Francisco Mancebo won the queen stage of the Tour de Beauce Thursday atop the 6.8km climb of Mont Mégantic in southeast Québec. Mancebo (Realcyclist.com) beat Bernardo Colex (Amore & Vita) and Sebastian Salas (H&R Block) to the observatory atop the summit finish atop the 7.7-percent climb.
With his stage win, Mancebo took control of the general classification from Scott Lyttle (Pure Black Racing) ahead of Friday’s 20km time trial in Saint René.
An elite group of 10 riders arrived to the base of the highest road in Québec 148km into the stage. When Arnaud Papillon (Garneau-Club Chaussures) attacked, Mancebo, Colex, Salas and Lyttle gave chase with Phil Gaimon (Kenda-5-hour Energy), Svein Tuft and Pat McCarty (Spidertech-C10) and Daniel Barry (Pure Black).
Salas attacked high on the climb, drawing out Mancebo and Colex, who caught and dropped him inside the final kilometer. Mancebo, the Spaniard, got the better of his Mexican rival was the first man to the finish.
- 1. Francisco MANCEBO PEREZ, (ESP) Realcyclist.Com Cycling Team, in 4:04:48
- 2. Bernardo COLEX TEPOZ, (MEX) Amore & Vita-Mcdonald’s, at 1
- 3. Sebastian SALAS, (CAN) , at 19
- 4. Jonathan Patrick MC CARTY, (USA) Spidertech-Planet Energy, at 27
- 5. Benjamin KING, (AUS) Team Type 1, at 29
GC after stage 3
- 1. Francisco MANCEBO PEREZ, (Spain) Realcyclist.Com Cycling Team, in 12:02:33
- 2. Bernardo COLEX TEPOZ, (Mexico) Amore & Vita-Mcdonald’s, at 22
- 3. Jonathan Patrick MC CARTY, (United States) Spidertech-Planet Energy, at 31
- 4. Scott LYTTLE, (New Zealand) Rabobank Continental Team, at 32
- 5. Benjamin KING, (Australia) Team Type 1, at 33