ST-GEORGES, Québec (VN) — Nathan Brown (Bontrager Cycling Team) won the 28th edition of the Tour de Beauce on Sunday as Diego Jimenez (Inteja) took the sixth and final stage, out-kicking Luis Romero Amaran (Jamis-Hagens Berman) and Lucas Euser (UnitedHealthcare).
Brown made his move in the sixth lap of the 107km Ville St-Georges circuit race. He joined Christian Meier (Canadian National) and Philip Deignan (UnitedHealthcare) in chasing the break of the day, leaving race leader Francisco Mancebo (5-hour Energy-Kenda) behind.
The winner of the stage-4 time trial, Brown started the day just five seconds down on Mancebo. At the finish, he had the yellow jersey by 36 seconds over Deignan and 44 seconds ahead of Meier, who moved onto the podium from fifth and sixth overall, respectively. Mancebo finished in 17th on the day, 1:26 down, and slid right off the podium to fourth at 1:23.
“Meier attacked, I followed and Mancebo had no teammates left. When I crossed, Mancebo had no reaction. I told myself, Wow, this can’t be true!’” said Brown.
“In the break, the guys were working really well together. Near the end, I knew this could happen. I gave it everything I had and it paid off.”
Brown played it safe in the finale, saying “all I was thinking about was to stay safe.”
“The guys hit it at 500 meters to go, and I just rode it in as I had enough time,” he said.
“It’s so amazing to win. The team rode great all week, and to finish it off for them, it’s a great feeling.”
Meier said the team was originally focused on the stage win.
“It turned out that the race proved more aggressive than anticipated through mostly the UnitedHealthcare guys,” said Meier. “I had Nic Hamilton in the break and rode all out. The guys going for the GC were fully committed to the breakaway.
“It was fantastic – another hard day.”