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Dionne gets his win at Beauce

Charles Dionne (Canadian National) finally scored the result he has been hoping for - a stage win at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Beauce. Dionne was one of the most dominant riders all day in the 180 kilometer stage that began and finished in the small town of Lac Etchemin, helping to initiate the day-long break, and then attacking repeatedly in the last 30 kilometers to finally engineer a solo win. Tomasz Brozyna (Action ATI), the overall leader, rode comfortably in the pack all day, as his team set tempo at the front. With three ranked climbs (two Category 2 and one Cat. 3), plus the

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By Rob Jones, Special to VeloNews.com

Charles Dionne (Canadian National) finally scored the result he has been hoping for – a stage win at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Beauce.

Dionne was one of the most dominant riders all day in the 180 kilometer stage that began and finished in the small town of Lac Etchemin, helping to initiate the day-long break, and then attacking repeatedly in the last 30 kilometers to finally engineer a solo win. Tomasz Brozyna (Action ATI), the overall leader, rode comfortably in the pack all day, as his team set tempo at the front.

With three ranked climbs (two Category 2 and one Cat. 3), plus the inevitable constant rolling terrain that Beauce is famous for, there were thoughts that the riders might take it a little easier, after having covered 300 kilometers in the previous two stages, and with the notorious Mont Megantic stage looming on Friday.

That wish was immediately dispelled, when attacks started as soon as the neutralized section ended. Within 10 kilometers a group of 12 had formed off the front, and were rolling away without hindrance from Action ATI. Of course, the fact that all the riders in the break had missed the split the day before, and were over 17 minutes down might have had something to do with it…

Dionne, his Team Canada team mate Eric Wohlberg and Navigator’s Mark Walters were all particularly active in the early going, but once the group was formed and everyone started working, it quickly went four minutes clear, stalled a bit and then went to nine minutes, which was acceptable to Brozyna’s squad.

Besides Dionne, Wohlberg and Walters, the group also contained Gord Fraser (Health Net), Jaroslaw Zarebski and Plamen Stoyanov (both Hoop CCC), Aaron Olson (Colavita Olive Oil), Kairat Baigudinov (Capec), Dan Bowman (TIAA-Cref), Joe Giuliano and Chris Issac (both Ital Pasta) and Will Routley (Symmetrics).

The group kept rolling through steadily until approximately 30 kilometers to go, when Dionne began to feel that some of the impetus was going out of the break, and it was time to reduce the odds.

“I knew the guys were getting tired, and I knew where to attack – I have studied this course. I went with everything I had.”

Three riders managed to stay with him – Fraser, Baigudinov and Stoyanov. Giuliano and Olson tried to bridge, but even when Wohlberg came up and drove the group, they couldn’t get across.

The trio did get to within 15 seconds, with Wohlberg doing 90 percent of the work, but into a headwind, against the four committed riders in front, it wasn’t enough. It caused some temporary ill will after the stage between Wohlberg and Dionne.

“Team mates aren’t supposed to drive big moves up the road when you are so close.” said Wohlberg afterwards. “Perhaps he (Dionne) didn’t know – our team radios aren’t working – but he could have looked back and seen us. I’m just disappointed to get that close, and he didn’t wait. We could have played it out differently.”

Dionne was adamant that he did not know Wohlberg was on the way. “There was nothing, no information until the officials said that it was one minute. I wasn’t looking back, I was just worried about winning. Of course, if I had known Eric was that close I would not have worked.”

Dionne was clearly the strongest rider in the front group, taking long pulls and looking good. He decided to bring the odds down even further, so he wouldn’t have to rely on outsprinting Fraser, and attacked on the final climb, with just over three kilometers to go. Stoyanov and Fraser came off immediately, and Baigundinov had to chase over the top of the climb to get back on. Dionne jumped again with 600 meters to go, and rolled in a few seconds clear, grinning from ear to ear.

“I attacked at the end because I knew I had to get rid of Gord; I couldn’t let it come to a sprint. I went with everything I had, and it was enough. I’ve wanted so long to win a stage at Beauce. Finally I have won, and I am so happy. This is what I have been dreaming about for years.”

With his win, Dionne also took the Points Jersey.

Race Notes
* Fraser, Stoyanov and some other remnantsof the break were diverted off course into the vehicle deviation.”The guy was waving the flag, for the vehicles it turns out, but thisis a new finish for Etchemin, so we weren’t too sure.” explained Fraser.”It was a good attack by Charles. I was cramping, and couldn’t respondon the climb. I think we were coming back to him at the end, butthen we got diverted off course in the last few hundred meters. Idon’t know if we could have caught him, but that killed any chance.”Wohlberg’s trio made it through okay, but the next group (sprintingfor
eighth) were diverted. They were all given the same time, butin the confusion, Routley was not awarded the Young Riders jersey in theawards ceremony (it was accidentally given to Bowman instead).* Tomorrow the riders face the toughestclimb of the race – the finish at the top of Mont Megantic. The final3 kilometers averages over 10 percent, with sections of over 15 percent.

Results

Stage 3: Lac Etchemin to Lac Etchemin

1. Charles Dionne (Can) Canadian National Team, 180km in 4:31:17

2. Kairat Baigudinov (Kaz) Capec, 0:03

3. Gordon Fraser (Can) Health Net Maxxis, 0:36

4. Plamen Stoyanov (Bul) Hoop CCC Polsat, sametime

5. Aaron Olson (USA) Colavita Olive Oil, 1:59

6. Joe Giuliano (Can) Ital Pasta

7. Eric Wohlberg (Can) Canadian National Team, both sametime

8. Jaroslaw Zarebski (Pol) Hoop CCC Polsat, 5:23

9. Mark Walters (Can) Navigators Insurance

10. Dan Bowman (USA) Tia-Cref/5280 Magazine

11. Chris Isaac (Can) Ital Pasta

12. Will Routley (Can) Symmetrics Cycling, all sametime

13. Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Capec, 9:19

14. Kazimierz Stafiej (Pol) Action ATI

15. Dominique Rollin (Can) Equipe Quebec

16. Timo Scholz (Ger) Winfix Arnolds

17. Victor Rapinski (Blr) Navigators Insurance

18. Ivan Dominguez (Cub) Colavita Olive Oil

19. Pierre-Olivier Boily (Can) Equipe Quebec

20. Alexandre Nadeau (Can) Volkswagen Trek

21. Assan Bazaev (Kaz) Capec

22. BrIce Jones (USA) Health Net Maxxis

23. Tomasz Brozyna (Pol) Action ATI

24. Alexander Dymovskikh (Kaz) Capec

25. Ryan Mckenzie (Can) Canadian National Team

26. Eugen Wacker (Kgz) Action ATI

27. Mike Jones (USA) Health Net Maxxis

28. Radoslaw Romanik (Pol) Hoop CCC Polsat

29. Sheldon Deeny (USA) Tia-Cref/5280 Magazine

30. Dominique Perras (Can) Canadian National Team

31. Thomas Liese (Ger) Winfix Arnolds

32. Kevin Lacombe (Can) Volkswagen Trek

33. Ciaran Power (Irl) Navigators Insurance

34. Scott Moninger (USA) Health Net Maxxis

35. Jean-Sebastien Maheu (Can) Volkswagen Trek

36. Martin St-Laurent (Can) Volkswagen Trek

37. Andrey Medyannikov (Kaz) Capec

38. Bakhtiyar Mamyrov (Kaz) Capec

39. Mathieu Toulouse (Can) Equipe Quebec

40. Piotr Chmielewski (Pol) Action ATI

41. Jeff Louder (USA) Navigators Insurance

42. Andrew Randell (Can) Canadian National Team

43. Arkadiusz Wojtas (Pol) Hoop CCC Polsat

44. Seweryn Kohut (Pol) Hoop CCC Polsat

45. Cameron Evans (Can) Symmetrics Cycling

46. Andrew Pinfold (Can) Symmetrics Cycling

47. Daniel Olszewski (Ger) Winfix Arnolds

48. Nathan O’neill (Aus) Colavita Olive Oil

49. Tyler Wren (USA) Colavita Olive Oil

50. Svein Tuft (Can) Symmetrics Cycling

51. Dustin Mac Burnie (Can) Les Espoirs De Laval, all sametime

52. Colby Pearce (USA) Tia-Cref/5280 Magazine, 9:34

53. Vassili Davidenko (Rus) Navigators Insurance, sametime

54. Siro Camponogara (Ita) Navigators Insurance, 9:36

55. Mark Pozniak (Can) Team Ontario

56. Cory Jay (Can) Canadian National Team

57. Dylan Sebel (Can) Symmetrics Cycling, all sametime

58. Martin Gilbert (Can) Volkswagen Trek, 10:12

59. Todd Yezefski (USA) Tia-Cref/5280 Magazine, sametime

60. Marsh Cooper (Can) Symmetrics Cycling, 10:16

61. Jason Maclaren (Can) Ital Pasta, 10:38

62. Greg Roth (Can) Ital Pasta, sametime

63. Dave Mustaikis (Can) Equipe Quebec, 10:55

64. David Mckenzie (Aus) Navigators Insurance, 11:14

65. Ronny Lauke (Ger) Winfix Arnolds, 11:46

66. Dennis Kraft (Ger) Action ATI, sametime

67. Mathieu Roy (Can) Equipe Quebec, 12:06

68. Thorben Wieditz (Can) Team Ontario, 12:33

69. Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Winfix Arnolds

70. Thorsten Rund (Ger) Winfix Arnolds

71. Hayden Godfrey (NZl) Health Net Maxxis

72. Creg Henderson (NZl) Health Net Maxxis

73. Adam Wadecki (Pol) Action ATI, all sametime

74. Alexandre Lavallee (Can) Volkswagen Trek, 28:52

75. Phil Cortes (Can) Ital Pasta

76. Gustavo Artacho (Arg) Colavita Olive Oil

77. Kevin Noiles (Can) Les Espoirs De Laval

78. Ariel De Cardenas (Can) Equipe Quebec

79. Bruno Langlois (Can) Volkswagen Trek

80. Ryan Roth (Can) Team Ontario

81. Daniel Maggiacomo (Can) Ital Pasta

82. Nathan St-Onge (Can) Les Espoirs De Laval, all sametime

83. Todd Herriott (USA) Colavita Olive Oil, 28:56

General Classification

1. Tomasz Brozyna (Pol) Action ATI, 12:15:20

2. Victor Rapinski (Blr) Navigators Insurance, at 0:20

3. Radoslaw Romanik (Pol) Hoop CCC Polsat, sametime

4. Nathan O’Neill (Aus) Colavita Olive Oil, 0:25

5. Scott Moninger (USA) Health Net Maxxis, 0:26

6. Kazimierz Stafiej (Pol) Action ATI, 0:32

7. Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Capec, 0:39

8. Arkadiusz Wojtas (Pol) Hoop CCC Polsat, 0:43

9. Dominique Perras (Can) Canadian National Team, 0:50

10. Mike Jones (USA) Health Net Maxxis, 1:21

11. Timo Scholz (Ger) Winfix Arnolds, 1:22

12. Eugen Wacker (Kgz) Action ATI, 1:22

13. Thomas Liese (Ger) Winfix Arnolds, 1:22

14. Seweryn Kohut (Pol) Hoop CCC Polsat, 1:22

15. Jeff Louder (USA) Navigators Insurance, 1:22

16. Ciaran Power (Irl) Navigators Insurance, 2:24

17. Charles Dionne (Can) Canadian National Team, 8:08

18. Kairat Baigudinov (Kaz) Capec, 8:26

19. Assan Bazaev (Kaz) Capec, 9:00

20. Alexandre Nadeau (Can) Volkswagen Trek, 9:02

21. Plamen Stoyanov (Bul) Hoop CCC Polsat, 9:06

22. Eric Wohlberg (Can) Canadian National Team, 10:26

23. Joe Giuliano (Can) Ital Pasta, 10:29

24. Gordon Fraser (Can) Health Net Maxxis, 11:13

25. Mark Walters (Can) Navigators Insurance, 13:42

26. Will Routley (Can) Symmetrics Cycling, 13:51

27. Jaroslaw Zarebski (Pol) Hoop CCC Polsat, 13:53

28. Dan Bowman (USA) Tia-Cref/5280 Magazine, 13:53

29. Aaron Olson (USA) Colavita Olive Oil, 14:42

30. Ivan Dominguez (Cub) Colavita Olive Oil, 17:35

31. Piotr Chmielewski (Pol) Action ATI, 17:48

32. Dominique Rollin (Can) Equipe Quebec, 17:49

33. Alexander Dymovskikh (Kaz) Capec, 17:49

34. Daniel Olszewski (Ger) Winfix Arnolds, 17:49

35. Kevin Lacombe (Can) Volkswagen Trek, 17:49

36. Jean-Sebastien Maheu (Can) Volkswagen Trek, 17:49

37. Andrew Randell (Can) Canadian National Team, 17:49

38. Mathieu Toulouse (Can) Equipe Quebec, 17:49

39. Svein Tuft (Can) Symmetrics Cycling, 17:49

40. Chris Isaac (Can) Ital Pasta, 18:10

41. Martin St-Laurent (Can) Volkswagen Trek, 18:41

42. Bakhtiyar Mamyrov (Kaz) Capec, 19:01

43. Sheldon Deeny (USA) Tia-Cref/5280 Magazine, 19:21

44. Colby Pearce (USA) Tia-Cref/5280 Magazine, 19:36

45. Todd Yezefski (USA) Tia-Cref/5280 Magazine, 19:52

46. Andrew Pinfold (Can) Symmetrics Cycling, 20:01

47. Vassili Davidenko (Rus) Navigators Insurance, 20:13

48. Siro Camponogara (Ita) Navigators Insurance, 20:15

49. Ronny Lauke (Ger) Winfix Arnolds, 20:16

50. Dennis Kraft (Ger) Action ATI, 20:26

51. Adam Wadecki (Pol) Action ATI, 20:57

52. Cameron Evans (Can) Symmetrics Cycling, 22:02

53. David Mckenzie (Aus) Navigators Insurance, 22:47

54. Tyler Wren (USA) Colavita Olive Oil, 23:14

55. BrIce Jones (USA) Health Net Maxxis, 23:16

56. Ryan Mckenzie (Can) Canadian National Team, 24:07

57. Dave Mustaikis (Can) Equipe Quebec, 24:50

58. Andrey Medyannikov (Kaz) Capec, 25:07

59. Dustin Mac Burnie (Can) Les Espoirs De Laval, 25:07

60. Martin Gilbert (Can) Volkswagen Trek, 25:39

61. Mathieu Roy (Can) Equipe Quebec, 26:01

62. Greg Roth (Can) Ital Pasta, 26:01

63. Jason Maclaren (Can) Ital Pasta, 26:26

64. Thorben Wieditz (Can) Team Ontario, 27:21

65. Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Winfix Arnolds, 28:31

66. Thorsten Rund (Ger) Winfix Arnolds, 28:53

67. Dylan Sebel (Can) Symmetrics Cycling, 29:37

68. Marsh Cooper (Can) Symmetrics Cycling, 30:37

69. Creg Henderson (NZl) Health Net Maxxis, 31:06

70. Hayden Godfrey (NZl) Health Net Maxxis, 32:34

71. Mark Pozniak (Can) Team Ontario, 35:03

72. Cory Jay (Can) Canadian National Team, 36:10

73. Alexandre Lavallee (Can) Volkswagen Trek, 37:22

74. Bruno Langlois (Can) Volkswagen Trek, 37:22

75. Pierre-Olivier Boily (Can) Equipe Quebec, 41:29

76. Todd Herriott (USA) Colavita Olive Oil, 43:11

77. Ariel De Cardenas (Can) Equipe Quebec, 43:40

78. Ryan Roth (Can) Team Ontario, 44:40

79. Gustavo Artacho (Arg) Colavita Olive Oil, 48:53

80. Daniel Maggiacomo (Can) Ital Pasta, 48:53

81. Kevin Noiles (Can) Les Espoirs De Laval, 53:56

82. Nathan St-Onge (Can) Les Espoirs De Laval, 1:03:38

83. Phil Cortes (Can) Ital Pasta, 1:12:43