Marc De Maar (UnitedHealthcare) sprinted to victory on Sunday in stage 5 of the Tour de Beauce.
De Maar out-kicked Antoine Duchesne (Bontrager) and Oscar Clark (Hincapie Sportswear Development) to win the 126km Ville de Québec circuit race.
Francisco Mancebo (5-Hour Energy-Kenda) finished seventh on the day to retain the overall lead.
De Maar got into the day’s break, and having raced here twice before he knew what to expect.
“The original plan was to put some pressure on Mancebo and his team. The only way to do it was to put our GC guys on the attack,” said De Maar.
“I was in the break, which worked out pretty well for me. I kept on going, and my director came and told me to go for the win.
“It’s a beautiful city. I’ve won here before; this is the second time. I always like to come here. There are lots of crowds out there, and the ambiance is very nice. Perhaps I should buy an apartment here for next year.”
Mancebo said he hoped to carry the jersey through Sunday’s finale on an urban circuit in Ville de St-Georges.
“The team worked really well for me today,” he said. “The Canadian team attacked a lot again today. Tomorrow will be the same, everybody will attack, and it will be tough once more to keep the jersey.
“If I race tomorrow like I did today, I am confident for the stage. Teamwork will once again be critical to keep the jersey tomorrow.”
With only the 107km Ville de St-Georges stage remaining Mancebo leads Nathan Brown ((Bontrager) by just five seconds on the overall with Matthew Cooke (Century Road Club) third at eight seconds.