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Tour de Beauce – Diego Milan-Jimenez takes the stage win

(Saint-Georges, QC – June 23, 2019) American cyclist Brendan Rhim of Arapahoe | Hincapie p/b BMC won the 34th Tour de Beauce, Sunday, in the streets of Saint-Georges.

After deploying strong performance to defend his title, James Piccoli of Montreal finished second overall, 14 seconds behind the new champion. Another Quebecer, Nickolas Zukowsky (Floyd’s Pro Cycling) climbs on the third step of the final podium.

“I can not be disappointed. We really tried everything. We are happy with the result,” commented Piccoli.

The Dominican Diego Miguel Jiminez, from the Inteja IMCA-Ridea team, won this completely crazy last stage on the difficult urban circuit that is renowned for doing damage every year. The 122.4-km course ended in 3:07:57.

On the final sprint, Jiminez beat Brendan Rhim and Floyd’s Pro Cycling rider Keegan Swirbul.

The title of this Tour de Beauce was played in the final sprint in the last 200 meters while James Piccoli finished fourth of the stage, just three seconds by Brendan Rhim. Despite the sunny skies, very strong winds swept the circuit all day.

“It was very tight. We never know. Piccoli was stronger on the climb, but I think my sprint was better,” Rhim summarized, very pleased with his win.

It is by a mere few seconds that this important UCI race is finished. Fourth overall at the start, Rhim was already ahead of Piccoli by four seconds before the final battle. His second place also allowed him to add a few more seconds in bonuses.

With less than three laps to go, six cyclists managed to take about 30 seconds on the main group. In this small breakaway group, Piccoli and Rhim both delivered an incredible war.

In the last long climb, with four kilometers to go, Piccoli seemed stronger than his opponent, but Rhim had tougher sprinting abilities to take on the yellow jersey he had never worn since the start of the week.

The leader at the start, Nickolas Zukowsky (Floyd’s Pro Cycling) finished seventh in this stage, only 37 seconds behind the winner. Zukowsky really resisted until the last moment, but he finished third in the Tour de Beauce, 36 seconds behind Rhim in the General Classification. He also earned the red jersey as the best young rider.

In this final stage, the other leader in the General Classification, the American Tyler Magner (Rally UHC Pro Cycling) cracked first, followed by Adam Roberge, who tumbled from fifth to 13th.

“I can not be disappointed. I felt really good. I was confident, and the team rode well. Third position in the Tour de Beauce and best young rider, I’m still very happy! It was two consecutive big races after Saguenay last week, and it’s good for the Canadian Championships next week,” explained Zukowsky.

For three years, the spectacular stage finished in an amazing scenario. In 2017 and 2018, the two champions of the Tour de Beauce were each ranked eighth overall before the stage. This time, Brendan Rhim was in fourth place before fleeing with the title of this 34th edition.

RESULTS – TOUR DE BEAUCE
Results – Stage 5

1. MILAN JIMENEZ, Diego (INTEJA IMCA – RIDEA) 3:07:57
2. RHIM, Brendan (ARAPAHOE | HINCAPIE P/B BMC) +0:00
3. SWIRBUL, Keegan (FLOYD’S PRO CYCLING) +0:00
4. PICCOLI, James (CANADA) +0:03
5. MURPHY, Kyle (RALLY UHC CYCLING) +0:32

Yellow Jersey Ville de Saint-Georges: Leader of the General classification
1. RHIM, Brendan (ARAPAHOE | HINCAPIE P/B BMC) 15:27:51
2. PICCOLI, James (CANADA) +00:14
3. ZUKOWSKY, Nickolas (FLOYD’S PRO CYCLING) +00:36
4. SWIRBUL, Keegan (FLOYD’S PRO CYCLING) +00:57
5. TVETCOV, Serghei (FLOYD’S PRO CYCLING) +01:03

White Jersey Hydro-Québec: Leader of the Points classification
1. RHIM, Brendan (ARAPAHOE | HINCAPIE P/B BMC) 72 pts
2. MAGNER, Tyler (RALLY UHC CYCLING) 56 pts
3. CÔTÉ, Pier-André (RALLY UHC CYCLING) 51 pts

Polka Dots Jersey Desjardins: Leader of the King of the Mountain classification
1. SANCHEZ GUARIN, Oscar Eduardo (CANEL’S – SPECIALIZED) 55 pts
2. SWIRBUL, Keegan (FLOYD’S PRO CYCLING) 33 pts
3. PICCOLI, James (CANADA) 24 pts

Red Jersey Le Georgesville: Leader of the Best Young Rider classification (U23)
1. ZUKOWSKY, Nickolas (FLOYD’S PRO CYCLING) 15:28:27
2. CÔTE, Pier-André (RALLY UHC CYCLING) 15:30:53
3. KATERBERG, Ben (TEAM B.C.) 15:31:31