Race Preview: Tour de Beauce

Climbing test in Canada

3 years ago by Tom Soladay

The 33rd edition of the Tour de Beauce starts in eastern Quebec this Wednesday in the town of Saint-Georges. Rally Cycling will tackle the historic 643-kilometer five-day race from June 13 – 17. Each stage holds a different set of challenges for the riders and offers up some of the most exciting racing of the year.

With four uphill finishes on the course profile, a roster filled with climbing talent will be needed for victory. Rally Cycling will start Ryan Anderson, Rob Britton, Matteo Dal-Cin, Nigel Ellsay, Colin Joyce, Kyle Murphy, and Emerson Oronte.

After winning the final stage in 2017, Rob Britton shows up to Canada’s longest running stage race with the yellow jersey on his mind.

“The approach for the team is simple,” said Britton. “Win. Either myself or someone on the team. Beauce is probably the hardest five days of racing you can do in North America. Every stage is tough and it’s one of the few pro bike races that still has a double day. We have a really strong squad and expect to contest every stage and the overall.”

Stage one in Saint-Georges covers 177 km over rolling terrain and finishes with an uphill drag to the line. Colin Joyce and Ryan Anderson will be the protected sprinters if the field arrives intact. The queen stage comes on day two with the mountaintop finish to Mont Megantic. The final four km climb has an average gradient of 11.7 percent. Kyle Murphy and Emerson Oronte will cover any dangerous moves on this stage as Britton will be the captain on the road.

Day three features two stages, an early 19 km out and back time trial in Saint-Prosper and a 78 km road race to Notre Dame des Pins in the afternoon. Time trial specialists Matteo Dal-Cin and Nigel Ellsay will chase top stage honors in the morning while the road race features another hilltop finish and is perfect for riders on the hunt for stage glory.

On Saturday, the riders race a 70 km criterium in Ville de Quebec. The top teams in the general classification will want a breakaway to go early and it will be up to the sprinter’s teams to bring it all back together for a field sprint.

The iconic final stage in Saint-Georges is held on a ten km circuit that the riders will tackle 12 times. Historically, this stage is a free-for-all with multiple hills on course that the peloton attacks relentlessly throughout the stage. This is the last chance for teams trying to unseat the overall yellow jersey and etch their names into the Tour de Beauce record books.

With both the Canadian and American National Championships coming a week after the Tour de Beauce, riders are in flying form in their bid to don their nation’s colors as national champion.

Tour de Beauce Roster
Ryan Anderson
Rob Britton
Matteo Dal-Cin
Nigel Ellsay
Colin Joyce
Kyle Murphy
Emerson Oronte

Director: Eric Wohlberg

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