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Tour de Beauce – Another Canadian wins stage at Tour de Beauce, takes on Yellow Jersey
 
(Mont-Mégantic National Park, QC – June 14, 2018) Canada’s Jack Burke, of Jelly Belly, took the yellow jersey, winning the summit of Mont-Mégantic at the 33rd Tour de Beauce, ahead of Thomas Revard (Hagens Berman Axeon) and Serghei Tvetcov (United Healthcare).

The 23-year-old cyclist who lives in Squamish, British Columbia made a decisive attack with less than four kilometers to go in the final climb. Digging away, he was never threatened and rode with the win. Thomas Revard tried to get closer, but he was unable to do so by finishing 30 seconds behind the winner.

All day, the peloton faced difficult weather conditions with heavy showers and a maximum temperature of 12 degrees Celcius. Several cyclists suffered throughout the already difficult stage from this cool and wet weather.

 “Many people complained about the weather, but I love this type of day. It was great. Where I live, it always rains like that, without interruption,” explained the winner of the day.

The winner crossed the line after 4:16:01 After 169-kilometer of hard racing.

Quebec cyclist Adam Roberge (Silber Pro Cycling) had a great performance, finishing in fourth place.

With 91 cyclists within 10 seconds of the yellow jersey, this very open race was hard fought. The Silber Pro Cycling team, winner of the first stage, did not try to defend the yellow jersey worn by Pier-André Côté.

In addition to Burke in yellow, Thomas Revard will wear the Red Jersey as best Youth, while Benjamin Perry (Canada) wears the Polka Dot Jersey as the top climber. The White Jersey, leader of the Points classification, belongs to Rui Oliveira.

The story of the day is summed up quickly. A breakaway of three riders animated the race before being taken without surprise at the foot of the mountain. Their gap never exceeded three minutes. Winner of the stage in 2017, Canadian road champion Matteo Dal-Cin attempted the same attack as last year, but several teams wanted to get their hands on the yellow jersey.

In the overall standings, Revard is 34 seconds behind Burke, while Tvetcov is 53 seconds behind. In fourth place, Montreal’s Adam Roberge is only 58 seconds off the pace.

The yellow jersey could again change hands after the individual time trial of 19.4 kilometers on Friday morning, taking place in Saint-Prosper.

The 10-time Canadian Champion, Svein Tuft should normally perform well.

Canadian U23 Champion in the time trial, Roberge, 21, should also have a great stage. The battle promises to be fierce since the leader, Burke, took second place in the time trial in the U23 category at the 2016 Canadian Champion, and 4th of the stage of the 2017 Tour de Beauce.

In the evening, a short 78-kilometer stage will finish at the top of the wall on 20th Street in Notre-Dame-des-Pins, around 7:30 pm

The last Canadian to win the Tour de Beauce is Svein Tuft in 2008. Jacques Landry was the last Quebec champion in 1994.
 
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RESULTS
Results – Stage 2
1. BURKE, Jack (JELLY BELLY P/B MAXXIS -JBC) 4:16:01
2. REVARD, Thomas (HAGENS BERMAN AXEON -HBA) +0:30
3. TVETCOV, Serghei (UNITED HEALTHCARE -UHC) +0:47
4. ROBERGE, Adam (SILBER PRO CYCLING -SPC) +0:48
5. JOYCE, Colin (RALLY CYCLING -RLY) +0:49
 
Yellow Jersey Ville de Saint-Georges: Leader of the General classification
1. BURKE, Jack (JELLY BELLY P/B MAXXIS -JBC) 8:33:36
2. REVARD, Thomas (HAGENS BERMAN AXEON -HBA) +00:34
3. TVETCOV, Serghei (UNITED HEALTHCARE -UHC) +00:53
4. ROBERGE, Adam (SILBER PRO CYCLING -SPC) +00:58
5. JOYCE, Colin (RALLY CYCLING -RLY) +00:59
 
White Jersey Hydro-Québec: Leader of the Points classification
1. OLIVEIRA, Rui (HAGENS BERMAN AXEON -HBA) 23pts
2. JOYCE, Colin (RALLY CYCLING -RLY) 22pts
3. BURKE, Jack (JELLY BELLY P/B MAXXIS -JBC) 15pts
 
Polka Dots Jersey Desjardins: Leader of the King of the Mountain classification
1. PERRY, Benjamin (CANADA -CAN) 30pts
2. SANTOS MORENO, Efren (CANEL’S – SPECIALIZED -CAS) 25 pts
3. DAL-CIN, Matteo (RALLY CYCLING -RLY) 24pts
 
Red Jersey Le Georgesville: Leader of the Best Young Rider classification (U23)
1. REVARD, Thomas (HAGENS BERMAN AXEON -HBA) 8:34:10 +00:34
2. ROBERGE, Adam (SILBER PRO CYCLING -SPC) +00:58
3. GARRISON, Ian (HAGENS BERMAN AXEON -HBA) +02:02
 
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TOUR DE BEAUCE 2018 — STAGES
Stage 1 — June 13: Saint-Georges-Saint-Georges (177 km)
Stage 2 — June 14: Lac Mégantic/Parc National du Mont-Mégantic (169 km)
Stage 3a — June 15: Saint-Prosper (20 km) [Time Trial]
Stage 3b — June 15: Saint-Georges-Notre Dame Des Pins (77km)
Stage 4 — June 16: Ville de Québec (70 km) [Criterium: 35 laps of 2 km]
Stage 5 — June 17: Ville de Saint-Georges (122 km) [Urban Circuit: 12 laps of 10 km]
Total distance: 634.8 km
 
For more information:
Jérôme Gendreau, Communications, Tour de Beauce 2018, communication@tourdebeauce.com | 418-230-2923
Guy Napert-Frenette, Media Relations, Tour de Beauce 2018, guynf@performancepr.ca | 403-669-5015