Côté Takes Win as Chrétien Proves He Is A Rider to Watch
Stage 1: Saint Georges – Saint Odilon – Saint Georges
177km including 3 x 39km laps around Saint Odilon and Lac Etchemin with1598m of climbing.
Our Mechanic, Yohan Patry, preps the race car. #racinglife ©Scott McFarlane
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Clif products and food prepared by our soigneurs set for riders to load up. #racinglife ©Scott McFarlane
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Quebec’s Bruno Langlois starting his 20th Tour de Beauce (!) and Gord Fraser who raced in 10 and has directed 10. #racinglife ©Scott McFarlane
Our staff keep it loose at the start of North America’s longest running stage race (33 years).
Silber’s 18-year-old, Charles-Étienne Chrétien, infiltrated a six-man break which escaped 25km into the race. He joined Bruno Langlois (Quebec), Austin Stephens (Project 303), Ruben Companioni (Holowesko), Ian Garrison (Axeon) and Efren Santos (Canel’s). Almost immediately Rally put Matteo Dal-Cin and Emerson Oronte on the front to control the gap to protect team leader Rob Britton’s GC aspirations.
Riders that would play key roles in the race sign on. L-R: Adam Roberge, Emile Jean, Pier-André Côté #silberbullet ©VeloImages
Charles-Étienne Chrétien signs on
Emile Jean and Adam Roberge pre-race
Emile Jean pre-race
Danick Vandale pre-race
Chrétien in the break #silberbullet ©VeloImages
One of our soigneurs, Sandra Dos Pasos, feeds Chrétien with a touch of panache #silberbullet ©VeloImages
#seen Saint Odilon loop ©Scott McFarlane
The course contained short gravel sections resulting in remarkably few flats
Danick Vandale has represented Canada at Cyclocross Worlds. #silberbullet ©VeloImages
#gravelgrind #dustinthewind #silberbullet ©VeloImages
With just under 30km to go, Adam Roberge bridged up to the break with Jordan Cheyne (Team Canada) and Jonathan Clarke (UnitedHealthcare). Fresh legs added to the break forced Rally to continue chasing, and to add more riders to the effort. With 20km to go, Roberge’s group attacked the initial break but other teams joined the chase and with less than 10km to go Roberge, Cheyne and Clarke’s gap was 10 sec and dropping. In the finale, Silber’s Emile Jean was able to lead Pier-André Côté around the final corner 1-2. Côté handily won the uphill 200m sprint for the biggest win of this 21-year-old’s young career.
Emile Jean’s leadout wd help seal the deal for Pier-André Côté. #teamworkmakesthedreamwork ©VeloImages
PA posts up #winnerwinner ©VeloImages
Podium: L-R: Rui Oliveira (Axeon) Pier-André Côté (Silber); John Murphy (Holowesko). ©VeloImages
PA won the yellow, white (points) and red (young rider) jerseys ©VeloImages
PA’s mother and father were there to watch the win. #racinglife
Fans big and small were cheering for Silber! ©Scott McFarlane