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Davidenko claims crit, Tuft holds lead at Beauce

The Friday-evening criterium had no appreciable effect on the overall standings at the Tour de Beauce, though Navigators racked up its third consecutive stage victory, with Vassili Davidenko easily coming by Evan Elken (Jittery Joe's-Kalahari) at the line. Yellow jersey holder Svein Tuft (Symmetrics) finished safely in the peloton, 17 seconds behind the breakaway of 11 riders, including Davidenko. For the first time in the race, it did not rain during the stage, to the relief of the top contenders. Attacks began immediately, with Team Canada being very aggressive - particularly

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By Rob Jones

The Friday-evening criterium had no appreciable effect on the overall standings at the Tour de Beauce, though Navigators racked up its third consecutive stage victory, with Vassili Davidenko easily coming by Evan Elken (Jittery Joe’s-Kalahari) at the line. Yellow jersey holder Svein Tuft (Symmetrics) finished safely in the peloton, 17 seconds behind the breakaway of 11 riders, including Davidenko.

For the first time in the race, it did not rain during the stage, to the relief of the top contenders. Attacks began immediately, with Team Canada being very aggressive – particularly mountain-bike pro Max Plaxton. According to team manager Kris Westwood, “We wanted to create as many opportunities for ourselves as possible, without putting Svein’s jersey at risk.”

Plaxton featured in nearly every move that occurred, and was usually at the front. However, Symmetrics and Navigators were keeping a close eye on things, and it wasn’t until 17 laps to go (of 40) that a break finally stuck. It included Davidenko, his teammate Mark Walters, Dom Perras and Plaxton from Team Canada, Raphael Tremblay and Jean-Sebastien Maheu (both VW-Trek), Mike Sayers and Mike Jones (both Health Net-Maxxis), Glen Alan Chadwick (Cyclingnews.com) and espoir jersey holder Brandon Cricton (Italpasta-Transport Belmire CC). Walters was the highest placed on GC, but still 1:46 back, and Crichton was there to watch Maheu for the best-young-rider competition.

The group never seemed to develop any cohesion, and the gap fluctuated from seven to 15 seconds for six or seven laps, before Walters went to the front and pulled for four laps. The gap grew to over 25 seconds at that point, and Symmetrics seemed to be struggling, with all their riders at the front, before starting to pull it back in the final three laps.

“It was very disorganized,” said Davidenko. “Some riders would work hard and pull for a lap or two, and then stop working, it was frustrating. It was Mark that made it work, he did all the work for four, five laps. That was what kept us away.”

In the final lap, Elken attacked with 600 meters to go, out of a corner into a descent, and Davidenko hopped on his wheel before coming by in the final 150 meters to take the win.

Tuft admitted afterwards that his team had a bit of trouble for a few laps. “It was hard out there, we were working the whole race. It started to get away from us there for a bit, but we were able to bring it back under control at the end.”

On Saturday the Tour de Beauce moves to Quebec City for a difficult circuit race on the old course used in the 1999 TransCanada Tour.

Race notes
Christian Meier went down fairly hard halfway through the stage, in the last corner, after coming out of the descent a little too fast. He went into the pit for a free lap, and finished with the field.

Symmetrics were “warned” by officials at the time trial about the curved earpieces on their Rudy Project helmets – apparently they were deemed to provide an aerodynamic advantage (despite the fact that the helmet has been used by many teams around the world).

Results

Stage

1. Vassili Davidenko (Rus), Navigators Insurance, 1:25:58

2. Evan Elken (USA), Jittery Joe's-Kalahari

3. Raphaël Tremblay (Can), Volkswagen Trek

4. Max Plaxton (Can), Canada National Team

5. Mike Jones (USA), Health Net-Maxxis

6. Glen Alan Chadwick (Aus), Team Cyclingnews.Com

7. Jean-Sébastien Maheu (Can), Volkswagen Trek

8. Mark Walters (Can), Navigators Insurance

9. Dominique Perras (Can), Canada National Team

10. Mike Sayers (USA), Health Net-Maxxis

11. Brandon Crichton (Can), Italpasta-Transport Belmire C.C, all s.t.

12. Charles Dionne (Can), Canada National Team, 0:17

13. Kevin Lacombe (Can), Volkswagen Trek

14. Martin Gilbert (Can), Volkswagen Trek

15. Tomasz Lesniak (Pol), Paged-Mbk-Scout

16. Alexandre Nadeau (Can), Equipe Du Quebec

17. Dominique Rollin (Can), Equipe Du Quebec

18. Sven De Weerdt (Bel), Team Cyclingnews.Com

19. Nathan O'Neill (Aus), Navigators Insurance

20. Svein Tuft (Can), Symmetrics Cycling

21. Cameron Jennings (Aus), Team Cyclingnews.Com

22. Wojciech Kalemba (Pol), Paged-Mbk-Scout

23. Tom Barras (GBr), Team Cyclingnews.Com

24. Kimmo Kananen (Fin), Amore & Vita-Beretta

25. Kacper Sowinski (Pol), Amore & Vita-Beretta

26. Timothy Johnson (USA), Jittery Joe's-Kalahari

27. Cesar Grajales (Col), Navigators Insurance

28. Jeff Louder (USA), Navigators Insurance

29. Jens Schwedler (Ger), Stevens Racing

30. Chris Isaac (Can), Italpasta-Transport Belmire C.C

31. John Lieswyn (USA), Health Net-Maxxis

32. David O'Loughlin (Irl), Navigators Insurance

33. Jonathan Sundt (USA), Jittery Joe's-Kalahari

34. Oleg Grichkine (Rus), Navigators Insurance

35. Dawid Krupa (Pol), Paged-Mbk-Scout

36. Domenico Passuello (Ita), Amore & Vita-Beretta

37. Krzysztof Mermer (Pol), Paged-Mbk-Scout

38. Nat Faulkner (Can), Italpasta-Transport Belmire C.C

39. Doug Ollerenshaw (USA), Health Net-Maxxis

40. Bruno Langlois (Can), Jittery Joe's-Kalahari

41. Claudio Bartoli (Ita), Amore & Vita-Beretta

42. Jamie Burrow (GBr), Amore & Vita-Beretta

43. Peter Morse (Can), Yeti

44. Justin England (USA), Health Net-Maxxis

45. Leigh Palmer (Aus), Team Cyclingnews.Com

46. Eric Wohlberg (Can), Symmetrics Cycling

47. Mathieu Roy (Can), Equipe Du Quebec

48. Christian Meier (Can), Symmetrics Cycling

49. Finn Heitmann (Ger), Stevens Racing

50. Zach Bell (Can), Canada National Team

51. Chris Kuhl (USA), CRCA-Sakonnet Techno

52. Jacob Erker (Can), Symmetrics Cycling

53. Peter Sanowar (Can), Italpasta-Transport Belmire C.C

54. Dustin MacBurnie (Can), Yeti

55. Cory Jay (Can), CRCA-Sakonnet Techno

56. Jeremy Vennell (NZl), Team Cyclingnews.Com

57. Jean-Sébastien Béland (Can), Equipe Du Quebec

58. Przemyslaw Mikolajczyk (Pol), Paged-Mbk-Scout, all s.t.

59. Johnny Hayes (USA), CRCA-Sakonnet Techno, 0:47

60. Ryan Roth (Can), Canada National Team, 0:53

61. Bradley Fairall (Can), Symmetrics Cycling, 1:26

62. Cory Lange (Can), Symmetrics Cycling, 1:53

63. Richard Bowker (NZl), Italpasta-Transport Belmire C.C, 2:40

64. Alex Richer (Can), Yeti, 2:48

65. Andrew Pinfold (Can), Symmetrics Cycling, 3:43

66. Daniel MacLaren (Can), Italpasta-Transport Belmire C.C, 9:02

Overall (some times unavailable)

1. Svein Tuft (Can), Symmetrics Cycling, 15:04:14

2. Nathan O'Neill (Aus), Navigators Insurance, at 0:06

3. Jeff Louder (USA), Navigators Insurance, 0:26

4. John Lieswyn (USA), Health Net-Maxxis, 1:11

5. Dawid Krupa (Pol), Paged-Mbk-Scout, 1:15

6. Mark Walters (Can), Navigators Insurance, 1:29

7. Glen Alan Chadwick (Aus), Team Cyclingnews.Com, 1:32

8. David O'Loughlin (Irl), Navigators Insurance, 2:25

9. Kacper Sowinski (Pol), Amore & Vita-Beretta, 2:29

10. Mike Jones (USA), Health Net-Maxxis, 2:39

11. Dominique Rollin (Can), Equipe Du Quebec, 3:09

12. Eric Wohlberg (Can), Symmetrics Cycling, 3:26

13. Brandon Crichton (Can), Italpasta-Transport Belmire C.C, 3:45

14. Krzysztof Mermer (Pol), Paged-Mbk-Scout, 4:05

15. Dominique Perras (Can), Canada National Team, 5:06

16. Jacob Erker (Can), Symmetrics Cycling, 5:23

17. Doug Ollerenshaw (USA), Health Net-Maxxis, 5:24

18. Christian Meier (Can), Symmetrics Cycling, 6:06

19. Wojciech Kalemba (Pol), Paged-Mbk-Scout, 6:09

20. Cameron Jennings (Aus), Team Cyclingnews.Com, 8:00

21. Jean-Sébastien Maheu (Can), Volkswagen Trek, 9:20

22. Kimmo Kananen (Fin), Amore & Vita-Beretta, 10:21

23. Charles Dionne (Can), Canada National Team, 10:30

24. Mike Sayers (USA), Health Net-Maxxis, 12:03

25. Martin Gilbert (Can), Volkswagen Trek, 13:44

26. Cesar Grajales (Col), Navigators Insurance, 14:57

27. Justin England (USA), Health Net-Maxxis, 15:09

28. Vassili Davidenko (Rus), Navigators Insurance, 20:58

29. Chris Isaac (Can), Italpasta-Transport Belmire C.C, 21:31

30. Timothy Johnson (USA), Jittery Joe's-Kalahari, 22:14

31. Max Plaxton (Can), Canada National Team, 22:23

32. Oleg Grichkine (Rus), Navigators Insurance, 22:49

33. Cory Jay (Can), CRCA-Sakonnet Techno, 23:17

34. Chris Kuhl (USA), CRCA-Sakonnet Techno, 23:58

35. Raphaël Tremblay (Can), Volkswagen Trek

36. Finn Heitmann (Ger), Stevens Racing, 35088:12:00

37. Domenico Passuello (Ita), Amore & Vita-Beretta

38. Jamie Burrow (GBr), Amore & Vita-Beretta

39. Sven De Weerdt (Bel), Team Cyclingnews.Com

40. Tomasz Lesniak (Pol), Paged-Mbk-Scout

41. Claudio Bartoli (Ita), Amore & Vita-Beretta

42. Nat Faulkner (Can), Italpasta-Transport Belmire C.C

43. Kevin Lacombe (Can), Volkswagen Trek

44. Alexandre Nadeau (Can), Equipe Du Quebec

45. Dustin MacBurnie (Can), Yeti

46. Andrew Pinfold (Can), Symmetrics Cycling

47. Cory Lange (Can), Symmetrics Cycling

48. Jeremy Vennell (NZl), Team Cyclingnews.Com

49. Ryan Roth (Can), Canada National Team

50. Bradley Fairall (Can), Symmetrics Cycling

51. Jonathan Sundt (USA), Jittery Joe's-Kalahari

52. Leigh Palmer (Aus), Team Cyclingnews.Com

53. Bruno Langlois (Can), Jittery Joe's-Kalahari

54. Richard Bowker (NZl), Italpasta-Transport Belmire C.C

55. Tom Barras (GBr), Team Cyclingnews.Com

56. Evan Elken (USA), Jittery Joe's-Kalahari

57. Przemyslaw Mikolajczyk (Pol), Paged-Mbk-Scout

58. Mathieu Roy (Can), Equipe Du Quebec

59. Jens Schwedler (Ger), Stevens Racing

60. Jean-Sébastien Béland (Can), Equipe Du Quebec

61. Zach Bell (Can), Canada National Team

62. Peter Morse (Can), Yeti, 1:03:43

63. Peter Sanowar (Can), Italpasta-Transport Belmire C.C, 1:05:25

64. Alex Richer (Can), Yeti, 1:30:59

65. Johnny Hayes (USA), CRCA-Sakonnet Techno, 1:31:53

66. Daniel MacLaren (Can), Italpasta-Transport Belmire C.C, 1:57:25

Points 1. David O'Loughlin (Irl), Navigators Insurance, 40 pts

2. Mark Walters (Can), Navigators Insurance, 38

3. Jeff Louder (USA), Navigators Insurance, 37

4. Vassili Davidenko (Rus), Navigators Insurance, 34

5. Dominique Rollin (Can), Equipe Du Quebec, 33

6. Svein Tuft (Can), Symmetrics Cycling, 31

7. Dawid Krupa (Pol), Paged-Mbk-Scout, 30

8. Mike Jones (USA), Health Net-Maxxis, 30

9. Glen Alan Chadwick (Aus), Team Cyclingnews.Com, 27

10. Domenico Passuello (Ita), Amore & Vita-Beretta, 26

11. John Lieswyn (USA), Health Net-Maxxis, 25

12. Martin Gilbert (Can), Volkswagen Trek, 24

13. Kacper Sowinski (Pol), Amore & Vita-Beretta, 21

14. Nathan O'Neill (Aus), Navigators Insurance, 20

15. Brandon Crichton* (Can), Italpasta-Transport Belmire C.C, 15

16. Krzysztof Mermer (Pol), Paged-Mbk-Scout, 14

17. Evan Elken (USA), Jittery Joe's-Kalahari, 14

18. Wojciech Kalemba (Pol), Paged-Mbk-Scout, 13

19. Tomasz Lesniak (Pol), Paged-Mbk-Scout, 13

20. Jean-Sébastien Maheu (Can), Volkswagen Trek, 13

21. Max Plaxton (Can), Canada National Team, 13

22. Raphaël Tremblay (Can), Volkswagen Trek, 13

23. Christian Meier (Can), Symmetrics Cycling, 11

24. Eric Wohlberg (Can), Symmetrics Cycling, 10

25. Jacob Erker (Can), Symmetrics Cycling, 10

26. Kimmo Kananen (Fin), Amore & Vita-Beretta, 10

27. Tom Barras (GBr), Team Cyclingnews.Com, 10

28. Charles Dionne (Can), Canada National Team, 10

29. Dominique Perras (Can), Canada National Team, 9

30. Mike Sayers (USA), Health Net-Maxxis, 6

31. Jean-Sébastien Béland (Can), Equipe Du Quebec, 3

32. Doug Ollerenshaw (USA), Health Net-Maxxis, 3

33. Kevin Lacombe (Can), Volkswagen Trek, 3

34. Przemyslaw Mikolajczyk (Pol), Paged-Mbk-Scout, 2

35. Timothy Johnson (USA), Jittery Joe's-Kalahari, 2

36. Jonathan Sundt (USA), Jittery Joe's-Kalahari, 1

37. Oleg Grichkine (Rus), Navigators Insurance, 1

KOM

1. Wojciech Kalemba (Pol), Paged-Mbk-Scout, 36 pts

2. Mike Jones (USA), Health Net-Maxxis, 24

3. Nathan O'Neill (Aus), Navigators Insurance, 17

4. Cesar Grajales (Col), Navigators Insurance, 14

5. Glen Alan Chadwick (Aus), Team Cyclingnews.Com, 14

6. Krzysztof Mermer (Pol), Paged-Mbk-Scout, 12

7. Dawid Krupa (Pol), Paged-Mbk-Scout, 12

8. Jean-Sébastien Béland (Can), Equipe Du Quebec, 10

9. Timothy Johnson (USA), Jittery Joe's-Kalahari, 10

10. Kimmo Kananen (Fin), Amore & Vita-Beretta, 10

11. Jeff Louder (USA), Navigators Insurance, 9

12. Vassili Davidenko (Rus), Navigators Insurance, 8

13. Dominique Perras (Can), Canada National Team, 8

14. Doug Ollerenshaw (USA), Health Net-Maxxis, 7

15. Dominique Rollin (Can), Equipe Du Quebec, 6

16. Chris Isaac (Can), Italpasta-Transport Belmire C.C, 6

17. John Lieswyn (USA), Health Net-Maxxis, 6

18. Mark Walters (Can), Navigators Insurance, 5

19. Kacper Sowinski (Pol), Amore & Vita-Beretta, 4

20. Justin England (USA), Health Net-Maxxis, 3

21. Svein Tuft (Can), Symmetrics Cycling, 1

22. Oleg Grichkine (Rus), Navigators Insurance, 1

Team

1. Navigators Insurance

2. Symmetrics Cycling

3. Health Net-Maxxis

4. Paged-Mbk-Scout

5. Canada National Team

6. Team Cyclingnews.Com

7. Volkswagen Trek

8. Amore & Vita-Beretta

9. Equipe Du Quebec

10. Italpasta-Transport Belmire C.C

11. Jittery Joe's-Kalahari

12. CRCA-Sakonnet Techno

13. Yeti