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Brozyna cements lead at Beauce

Tomasz Brozyna (Action ATI) solidified his lead at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Beauce after finishing second behind Radoslaw Romanik (Hoop CCC) on the difficult climb up Mont Megantic. Scott Moninger (Health Net) managed a strong performance to finish third, and take over third in the general classification. The 5km climb to the Observatory at 1100 meters above sea level has become legendary at Beauce. Averaging 10 percent, with sections as steep as 16 percent in the final 2km, it usually reduces the contenders for the overall title to a handful. This year was no exception, with only Romanik

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By Rob Jones, Special to VeloNews

Brozyna put the hurt on the field in defense of his leader's jersey, working with countryman Romanik

Brozyna put the hurt on the field in defense of his leader’s jersey, working with countryman Romanik

Photo: Rob Jones

Tomasz Brozyna (Action ATI) solidified his lead at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Beauce after finishing second behind Radoslaw Romanik (Hoop CCC) on the difficult climb up Mont Megantic. Scott Moninger (Health Net) managed a strong performance to finish third, and take over third in the general classification.

The 5km climb to the Observatory at 1100 meters above sea level has become legendary at Beauce. Averaging 10 percent, with sections as steep as 16 percent in the final 2km, it usually reduces the contenders for the overall title to a handful. This year was no exception, with only Romanik (at 16 seconds), Moninger (32 seconds), and Colavita-Bolla’s Nathan O’Neill (57 seconds), having a chance of dethroning Brozyna now.

The 152km stage begins in Saint-Georges, and the riders face two Cat. 2 climbs before Megantic, but nothing is considered important except the final Cat. 1 climb. In the past, riders have attempted to break away early and start the climb with a enough of a cushion to win, or at least avoid finishing well back. This year it was former Beauce stage winner Svein Tuft (Symmetrics), who made the first move, taking four other riders with him – Bruno Langlois (VW-Trek), Vassili Davidenko (Navigators), Tyler Wren (Colavita-Bolla), and Linus Gerdemann (Winfix Arnolds).

Tuft had an early go with a small group, only to be caught at the base of Megantic

Tuft had an early go with a small group, only to be caught at the base of Megantic

Photo: Rob Jones

“I figured it was worth a shot.” explained Tuft. “With the right group of people we could get to the base of the climb with a bit of a buffer and maybe hang in for a reasonable result. But there was something going on between the German (Gerdemann) and Wren. The German felt that Wren wasn’t doing enough work and was all over him, trying to drop him, and even crash him. Instead they both were gone, then the three of us started to really work.”

The trio managed to gain more than five minutes on the Action ATI-led peloton by the 100km mark, but it wasn’t enough, and the peloton began to slowly reel them in, eventually catching them at the base of the climb. From there it became a race of attrition, with the two Polish teams (Action ATI and Hoop CCC) setting a high tempo that quickly burned off all but a hard core of 20 or so riders. Brozyna went to the front and set an even higher pace, slashing that group in half. Among those remaining were Moninger, O’Neill, Romanik, Maxim Iglinskiy (Capec), and Canadian national champion Dominique Perras (Team Canada).

The attacks then began in earnest, first by Iglinskiy, and then Brozyna himself. This took the leaders down to four – Brozyna, Romanik, Moninger and Iglinskiy. Iglinskiy was shed in the last 1500 meters, and then the two Polish riders went to work on Moninger, dropping him in the final 500 meters; then Romanik surged ahead of Brozyna in the final 100 meters for the win.

“Those Polish guys were working together, tag-teaming me,” said Moninger. “I came back up to them a couple of times, but I was having trouble with the surges, the fast-slow stuff. I tried to ride third wheel, but they weren’t happy about it. When you have two strong teams combining forces, they are able to control the race. We just have to pick up the scraps we can.”

Romanik confirmed that he and Brozyna had discussed tactics before the start. “I knew that that he (Brozyna) was going to attack, this was the tactic we talked about. There are a lot of strong time trialists here, so we both wanted to get more time before the time trial tomorrow. Then, at the end, Brozyna attacked, and I countered to win.”

Saturday, the riders face a double stage day, with a time trial in the morning and a criterium in the evening.

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Results

Results

1. Radoslaw Romanik (Pol), Hoop CCC Polsat, 152km in 4:13:53

2. Tomasz Brozyna (Pol), Action ATI, same time

3. Scott Moninger (USA), Health Net-Maxxis, at 0:04

4. Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz), Capec, at 0:17

5. Nathan O’Neill (Aus), Colavita Olive Oil, at 0:26

6. Mike Jones (USA), Health Net-Maxxis, at 0:39

7. Seweryn Kohut (Pol), Hoop CCC Polsat, at 0:41

8. Kairat Baigudinov (Kaz), Capec, at 0:59

9. Arkadiusz Wojtas (Pol), Hoop CCC Polsat, at 1:02

10. Timo Scholz (Ger), Winfix Arnolds, at 1:09

11. Thomas Liese (Ger), Winfix Arnolds, at 1:18

12. Kazimierz Stafiej (Pol), Action ATI, at 1:21

13. Mathieu Toulouse (Can), Equipe Quebec, at 1:32

14. Victor Rapinski (Blr), Navigators Insurance, at 1:35

15. Dominique Perras (Can), Canadian National Team, at 1:45

16. Ciaran Power (Irl), Navigators Insurance, at 1:49

17. Assan Bazaev (Kaz), Capec, at 1:51

18. Jean-Sebastien Maheu (Can), Volkswagen-Trek, at 2:04

19. Jeff Louder (USA), Navigators Insurance, at 2:22

20. Will Routley (Can), Symmetrics Cycling, at 2:31

21. Charles Dionne (Can), Canadian National Team, at 2:36

22. Mark Walters (Can), Navigators Insurance, at 2:36

23. Eugen Wacker (Kgz), Action ATI, at 2:36

24. Chris Isaac (Can), Ital Pasta, at 2:51

25. Dan Bowman (USA), TIAA-CREF-5280 Magazine, at 2:51

26. Alexander Dymovskikh (Kaz), Capec, at 2:54

27. Andrey Medyannikov (Kaz), Capec, at 3:08

28. Plamen Stoyanov (Bul), Hoop CCC Polsat, at 3:16

29. Alexandre Nadeau (Can), Volkswagen-Trek, at 3:36

30. Eric Wohlberg (Can), Canadian National Team, at 3:43

31. Martin St-Laurent (Can), Volkswagen-Trek, at 3:55

32. Dominique Rollin (Can), Equipe Quebec, at 4:07

33. Brice Jones (USA), Health Net-Maxxis, at 4:09

34. Dustin MacBurnie (Can), Les Espoirs De Laval, at 4:30

35. Daniel Olszewski (Ger), Winfix Arnolds, at 4:30

36. Aaron Olson (USA), Colavita Olive Oil, at 5:07

37. Jaroslaw Zarebski (Pol), Hoop CCC Polsat, at 5:07

38. Bakhtiyar Mamyrov (Kaz), Capec, at 5:09

39. Pierre-Olivier Boily (Can), Equipe Quebec, at 5:33

40. Dylan Sebel (Can), Symmetrics Cycling, at 5:37

41. Greg Roth (Can), Ital Pasta, at 5:49

42. Cory Jay (Can), Canadian National Team, at 6:33

43. Joe Giuliano (Can), Ital Pasta, at 6:33

44. Piotr Chmielewski (Pol), Action ATI, at 6:53

45. Ryan Mckenzie (Can), Canadian National Team, at 7:14

46. Dennis Kraft (Ger), Action ATI, at 8:15

47. Andrew Pinfold (Can), Symmetrics Cycling, at 8:15

48. Siro Camponogara (Ita), Navigators Insurance, at 8:15

49. Jason MacLaren (Can), Ital Pasta, at 8:15

50. Vassili Davidenko (Rus), Navigators Insurance, at 8:15

51. Cameron Evans (Can), Symmetrics Cycling, at 8:15

52. Thorben Wieditz (Can), Team Ontario, at 8:15

53. Gord Fraser (Can), Health Net-Maxxis, at 8:15

54. Creg Henderson (NZl), Health Net-Maxxis, at 8:15

55. Kevin Noiles (Can), Les Espoirs De Laval, at 8:56

56. Todd Yezefski (USA), TIAA-CREF-5280 Magazine, at 9:09

57. Bruno Langlois (Can), Volkswagen-Trek, at 9:17

58. Alexandre Lavallee (Can), Volkswagen-Trek, at 9:17

59. Martin Gilbert (Can), Volkswagen-Trek, at 9:30

60. Kevin Lacombe (Can), Volkswagen-Trek, at 9:32

61. Colby Pearce (USA), TIAA-CREF-5280 Magazine, at 9:45

62. David Mckenzie (Aus), Navigators Insurance, at 10:08

63. Dave Mustaikis (Can), Equipe Quebec, at 10:08

64. Svein Tuft (Can), Symmetrics Cycling, at 10:58

65. Andrew Randell (Can), Canadian National Team, at 10:58

66. Todd Herriott (USA), Colavita Olive Oil, at 10:58

67. Adam Wadecki (Pol), Action ATI, at 11:52

68. Mark Pozniak (Can), Team Ontario, at 12:12

69. Gustavo Artacho (Arg), Colavita Olive Oil, at 12:23

70. Daniel Maggiacomo (Can), Ital Pasta, at 12:23

71. Tyler Wren (USA), Colavita Olive Oil, at 12:23

72. Sheldon Deeny (USA), TIAA-CREF-5280 Magazine, at 12:26

73. Linus Gerdemann (Ger), Winfix Arnolds, at 12:26

74. Ivan Dominguez (Cub), Colavita Olive Oil, at 12:26

75. Thorsten Rund (Ger), Winfix Arnolds, at 12:34

76. Ronny Lauke (Ger), Winfix Arnolds, at 12:34

77. Hayden Godfrey (NZl), Health Net-Maxxis, at 13:58

78. Ryan Roth (Can), Team Ontario, at 14:24

Overall

1. Tomasz Brozyna (Pol), Action ATI, 16:29:07

2. Radoslaw Romanik (Pol), Hoop CCC Polsat, at 0:16

3. Scott Moninger (USA), Health Net-Maxxis, at 0:32

4. Nathan O’Neill (Aus), Colavita Olive Oil, at 0:57

5. Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz), Capec, at 1:02

6. Arkadiusz Wojtas (Pol), Hoop CCC Polsat, at 1:51

7. Kazimierz Stafiej (Pol), Action ATI, at 1:59

8. Victor Rapinski (Blr), Navigators Insurance, at 2:01

9. Mike Jones (USA), Health Net-Maxxis, at 2:06

10. Seweryn Kohut (Pol), Hoop CCC Polsat, at 2:09

11. Timo Scholz (Ger), Winfix Arnolds, at 2:37

12. Dominique Perras (Can), Canadian National Team, at 2:41

13. Thomas Liese (Ger), Winfix Arnolds, at 2:46

14. Jeff Louder (USA), Navigators Insurance, at 3:50

15. Eugen Wacker (Kgz), Action ATI, at 4:04

16. Ciaran Power (Irl), Navigators Insurance, at 4:19

17. Kairat Baigudinov (Kaz), Capec, at 9:31

18. Charles Dionne (Can), Canadian National Team, at 10:50

19. Assan Bazaev (Kaz), Capec, at 10:57

20. Plamen Stoyanov (Bul), Hoop CCC Polsat, at 12:28

21. Alexandre Nadeau (Can), Volkswagen-Trek, at 12:44

22. Eric Wohlberg (Can), Canadian National Team, at 14:15

23. Mark Walters (Can), Navigators Insurance, at 16:24

24. Will Routley (Can), Symmetrics Cycling, at 16:28

25. Dan Bowman (USA), TIAA-CREF-5280 Magazine, at 16:50

26. Joe Giuliano (Can), Ital Pasta, at 17:08

27. Jaroslaw Zarebski (Pol), Hoop CCC Polsat, at 19:06

28. Gord Fraser (Can), Health Net-Maxxis, at 19:34

29. Mathieu Toulouse (Can), Equipe Quebec, at 19:47

30. Aaron Olson (USA), Colavita Olive Oil, at 19:55

31. Jean-Sebastien Maheu (Can), Volkswagen-Trek, at 19:59

32. Alexander Dymovskikh (Kaz), Capec, at 20:49

33. Chris Isaac (Can), Ital Pasta, at 21:07

34. Dominique Rollin (Can), Equipe Quebec, at 22:02

35. Daniel Olszewski (Ger), Winfix Arnolds, at 22:25

36. Martin St-Laurent (Can), Volkswagen-Trek, at 22:42

37. Bakhtiyar Mamyrov (Kaz), Capec, at 24:16

38. Piotr Chmielewski (Pol), Action ATI, at 24:47

39. Kevin Lacombe (Can), Volkswagen-Trek, at 27:27

40. BrIce Jones (USA), Health Net-Maxxis, at 27:31

41. Andrey Medyannikov (Kaz), Capec, at 28:21

42. Andrew Pinfold (Can), Symmetrics Cycling, at 28:22

43. Vassili Davidenko (Rus), Navigators Insurance, at 28:29

44. Siro Camponogara (Ita), Navigators Insurance, at 28:36

45. Dennis Kraft (Ger), Action ATI, at 28:47

46. Svein Tuft (Can), Symmetrics Cycling, at 28:48

47. Andrew Randell (Can), Canadian National Team, at 28:53

48. Todd Yezefski (USA), TIAA-CREF-5280 Magazine, at 29:07

49. Colby Pearce (USA), TIAA-CREF-5280 Magazine, at 29:27

50. Dustin Mac Burnie (Can), Les Espoirs De Laval, at 29:43

51. Ivan Dominguez (Cub), Colavita Olive Oil, at 30:07

52. Cameron Evans (Can), Symmetrics Cycling, at 30:23

53. Ryan Mckenzie (Can), Canadian National Team, at 31:27

54. Sheldon Deeny (USA), TIAA-CREF-5280 Magazine, at 31:53

55. Greg Roth (Can), Ital Pasta, at 31:56

56. Adam Wadecki (Pol), Action ATI, at 32:55

57. Ronny Lauke (Ger), Winfix Arnolds, at 32:56

58. David Mckenzie (Aus), Navigators Insurance, at 33:01

59. Jason MacLaren (Can), Ital Pasta, at 34:47

60. Dave Mustaikis (Can), Equipe Quebec, at 35:04

61. Martin Gilbert (Can), Volkswagen-Trek, at 35:15

62. Dylan Sebel (Can), Symmetrics Cycling, at 35:20

63. Thorben Wieditz (Can), Team Ontario, at 35:42

64. Tyler Wren (USA), Colavita Olive Oil, at 35:43

65. Creg Henderson (NZl), Health Net-Maxxis, at 39:27

66. Linus Gerdemann (Ger), Winfix Arnolds, at 41:03

67. Thorsten Rund (Ger), Winfix Arnolds, at 41:33

68. Cory Jay (Can), Canadian National Team, at 42:49

69. Hayden Godfrey (NZl), Health Net-Maxxis, at 46:38

70. Bruno Langlois (Can), Volkswagen-Trek, at 46:43

71. Alexandre Lavallee (Can), Volkswagen-Trek, at 46:45

72. Pierre-Olivier Boily (Can), Equipe Quebec, at 47:08

73. Mark Pozniak (Can), Team Ontario, at 47:21

74. Todd Herriott (USA), Colavita Olive Oil, at 54:15

75. Ryan Roth (Can), Team Ontario, at 59:10

76. Gustavo Artacho (Arg), Colavita Olive Oil, at 1:01:22

77. Daniel Maggiacomo (Can), Ital Pasta, at 1:01:22

78. Kevin Noiles (Can), Les Espoirs De Laval, at 1:02:58