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Kobzarenko wins Tour de Beauce opener in Quebec

The 21st edition of Canada's premier stage race, the Tour de Beauce, began on Tuesday with a 164 kilometer stage through the rolling hills south of Quebec City. Valeriy Kobzarenko (Navigators Insurance) won the stage and yellow jersey of race leader after dropping three breakaway companions in the final five kilometers of the stage. Kobzarenko finished 21 seconds ahead of second place Fausto Esparza Munoz (Tecos Trek VH), who out sprinted Kobzarenko's teammate Sergey Lagutin and Stefan Parinussa of the German Team Sparkasse. The first of the small groups which made up the remnants

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By Rob Jones, Special to VeloNews

The 21st edition of Canada’s premier stage race, the Tour de Beauce, began on Tuesday with a 164 kilometer stage through the rolling hills south of Quebec City. Valeriy Kobzarenko (Navigators Insurance) won the stage and yellow jersey of race leader after dropping three breakaway companions in the final five kilometers of the stage.

Kobzarenko finished 21 seconds ahead of second place Fausto Esparza Munoz (Tecos Trek VH), who out sprinted Kobzarenko’s teammate Sergey Lagutin and Stefan Parinussa of the German Team Sparkasse. The first of the small groups which made up the remnants of the peloton rolled across the finish line 2:23 behind Kobzarenko.

Many of the riders were hoping for an easy ride, coming off the Commerce Bank Triple Crown series finale in Philadelphia on Sunday, but attacks began immediately. Three riders carved out a lead of three minutes by the first KoM – Peter Woestenberg (Team Altipower), Jean-Sébastien Perron (Calyon-Litespeed) and Will Frischkorn (TIAA-CREF).

A chase group of eight joined them, including Walters, Glen Chadwick (Navigators), David O’Loughlin (Navigators) and Danny Pate (TIAA-CREF), but this was too much and Symmetrics went to the front to pull everything back together.

After a brief pause in the action, what proved to be the winning move went clear, initiated by Triple Crown winner Sergey Lagutin. “It was maybe 50 kilometers from the finish” explained Kobzarenko, “when Sergey went I was on his wheel, then two others joined us.”

The break steadily increased their lead over the gradually climbing terrain, to just under three minutes with 10 kilometers to go. On the final short steep climb 5 kilometers from the finish Kobzarenko put in a hard effort and a gap opened up to Munoz riding second wheel. With the encouragement of team Director Ed Beamon, Kobzarenko powered through to the finish.

“Valeriy has been doing a incredible amount of work for the team” commented Beamon, “so given this opportunity we wanted him to take the win if possible.”

Behind the four leaders “everything exploded on the last two climbs”, explained Dominique Rollin (Team Canada). “In the last 10 kilometers it was all small groups, coming across the line, each one another 10, 20 seconds behind the one in front.”

Race NotesLagutin takes the white Points jersey, Frischkorn the Climbers jersey, Jairo Salas Atehortua (Colombia ES Pasion) the red Young Rider’s jersey and Walters the Blue jersey of top Canadian.Beamon is unsure of how hard Navigators will defend the jersey tomorrow. “This is a difficult race to control, so we will have to look at all our options. this is certainly not the race where you want to have your team riding at the front for six days. But, we have four riders in the top-10, so we have a few cards to play.” Kobzarenko is coming back from a few years of serious injury. He is a former Ukrainian road champion, and a silver medalist in the Pursuit at the 1998 world championships. As well, he represented the Ukraine at two Olympic Games. On Wednesday the riders face the longest stage of 180 kilometers, with three rated climbs, followed on Thursday by the feared Mont Megantic stage, which finishes at over 1100 meters, with an average gradient of over 12 percent for the last 5 kilometers.

Results – Stage 1
1. Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr), Navigators Insurance 3:49:48
2. Fausto Esparza Munoz (Mex), Tecos Trek Vh at 0:21
3. Sergey Lagutin (Uzb), Navigators Insurance
4. Stefan Parinussa (Ger), Team Sparkasse both s.t.
5. Jairo Salas Atehortua (Col), Colombia Es Pasion 2:23
6. David O’loughlin (Irl), Navigators Insurance
7. Danny Patte (USA), Team Tiaa-Cref
8. John Fredy Parra Calada (Col), Tecos Trek Vh
9. Cesar Augusto Grajales (Col), Navigators Insurance all s.t.
10. Jairo Hernandez (Col), Colombia Es Pasion 2:26

Results

Results – Stage 1
1. Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr), Navigators Insurance 3:49:48

2. Fausto Esparza Munoz (Mex), Tecos Trek Vh at 0:21

3. Sergey Lagutin (Uzb), Navigators Insurance

4. Stefan Parinussa (Ger), Team Sparkasse both s.t.

5. Jairo Salas Atehortua (Col), Colombia Es Pasion 2:23

6. David O'loughlin (Irl), Navigators Insurance

7. Danny Pate (USA), Team Tiaa-Cref

8. John Fredy Parra Calada (Col), Tecos Trek Vh

9. Cesar Augusto Grajales (Col), Navigators Insurance all s.t.

10. Jairo Hernandez (Col), Colombia Es Pasion 2:26

11. Jarley Colorado Hernandez (Col), Colombia Es Pasion

12. Gregorio Ladino Vega (Col), Tecos Trek Vh both s.t.

13. Mark Walters (Can), Navigators Insurance 2:41

14. Jean-Sébastien Maheu (Can), Équipe Du Québec
2:43

15. Trent Wilson (Aus), Jittery Joe's – Pb Zero Gravity

16. Koki Simbo (Jap), Aisan Racing Team

17. Dustin Macburnie (Can), Canadian National Team

18. Yovanny Torres Castro (Col), Colombia Es Pasion

19. Diego Montoya (Col), Colombia Es Pasion

20. Cameron Hughes (Aus), Italpasta – Transport Belmire C.C.

21. Francisco Matamoros Navarro (Mex), Tecos Trek Vh all
s.t.

22. Glen Alan Chadwick (Aus), Navigators Insurance 2:48

23. Andrew Pinfold (Can), Symmetrics

24. Zachary Garland (Can), Équipe Du Québec

25. Hector Rangel Zimarron (Mex), Tecos Trek Vh

26. Richard Faltus (Cze), Team Sparkasse

27. Timo Honstein (Ger), Team Sparkasse

28. Takeaki Ayabe (Jap), Aisan Racing Team

29. Alexis Rojas Dias (Col), Colombia Es Pasion

30. Edward King (USA), Priority Health Cycling

31. Ciaran Power (Irl), Navigators Insurance

32. Francois Parisien (Can), Team Tiaa-Cref all s.t.

33. Cody Stevenson (Aus), Frf Couriers – Caravello 2:55

34. Brent Bookwalter (USA), Priority Health Cycling

35. David Veilleux (Can), Garneau – Optik

36. Bernie Sulzberger (Aus), Dfl – Cyclingnews – Litespeed

37. Kevin Miller (Can), Fiordifrutta

38. Rodolfo Lopez (Mex), Tecos Trek Vh

39. Ger Soepenberg (Ned), Altipower

40. Bruno Langlois (Can), Canadian National Team

41. Ian Macgregor (USA), Team Tiaa-Cref all s.t.

42. Sebastian Frey (Ger), Team Sparkasse 2:57

43. Peter Hatton (Aus), Jittery Joe's – Pb Zero Gravity 2:59

44. Mitsuteru Tanaka (Jap), Aisan Racing Team

45. Philippe Abbott (Can), Italpasta – Transport Belmire C.C.

46. Kane Oakley (Aus), Dfl – Cyclingnews – Litespeed

47. Jesus Zarate Estrada (Mex), Tecos Trek Vh

48. Brendan Brooks (Aus), Frf Couriers – Caravello

49. Jeremy Vennell (NZl), Dfl – Cyclingnews – Litespeed

50. Martin Lazarski (Can), Canadian National Team

51. Mathieu Roy (Can), Garneau – Optik

52. Rahsaan Bahati (USA), Team Tiaa-Cref

53. Jamie Lamb (Can), Garneau – Optik

54. Peter Mcdonald (Aus), Frf Couriers – Caravello

55. Tony Mann (Aus), Frf Couriers – Caravello all s.t.

56. Eric Boily (Can), Volkswagen Trek 3:21

57. Dominique Rollin (Can), Canadian National Team

58. Cameron Jennings (Aus), Dfl – Cyclingnews – Litespeed

59. Dan Timmerman (USA), Fiordifrutta all s.t.

60. David O'brien (Can), Équipe Du Québec 3:42

61. Maxime Vives (Can), Calyon-Litespeed 3:44

62. Raphaël Tremblay (Can), Volkswagen Trek

63. Stefan Loffler (Ger), Team Sparkasse both s.t.

64. Derek Mcmaster (Can), Italpasta – Transport Belmire C.C. 3:47

65. Christian Meier (Can), Symmetrics s.t.

66. Brian Sheedy (USA), Priority Health Cycling 3:51

67. Thoren Wieditz (Can), Italpasta – Transport Belmire C.C.

68. David Harrigan (Aus), Dfl – Cyclingnews – Litespeed

69. Charly Vives (Can), Calyon-Litespeed

70. Simon Kelly (Irl), Team Murphy & Gunn / Newlyn

71. Michael Ford (Aus), South Australia.Com – Ais

72. Clovis Auger (Can), Volkswagen Trek

73. Miles Olman (Aus), South Australia.Com – Ais

74. Wesley Sulzberger (Aus), South Australia.Com – Ais

75. Pim Van Den Berg (Ned), Altipower

76. Joe Mcdonnell (Aus), Frf Couriers – Caravello

77. Tom Flammang (Lux), Team Sparkasse

78. Chad Hartley (USA), Team Tiaa-Cref

79. Bryan Smith (USA), Team Tiaa-Cref

80. Joshua Gewirtz (USA), Fiordifrutta

81. Austin King (USA), Jittery Joe's – Pb Zero Gravity

82. Ryan Roth (Can), Canadian National Team

83. Frank Wierstra (Ned), Altipower

84. Erik Lyman (Can), Calyon-Litespeed

85. Peter Woestenberg (Ned), Altipower

86. Peter Dawson (Aus), South Australia.Com – Ais

87. Jean-Sébastien Beland (Can), Volkswagen Trek

88. Phillip Cortes (Can), Garneau – Optik

89. Joshua Dillon (USA), Fiordifrutta

90. Alexandre Lavallée (Can), Garneau – Optik

91. Russel Downing (GBr), Dfl – Cyclingnews – Litespeed

92. William Frischkorn (USA), Team Tiaa-Cref

93. Thijs Poelstra (Ned), Altipower all s.t.

94. Greg Reain (Can), Canadian National Team 4:14

95. David J. Richter (USA), Italpasta – Transport Belmire C.C.
4:19

96. Niek Asbroek (Ned), Altipower 4:39

97. Peter Sanowar (Can), Italpasta – Transport Belmire C.C. 5:56

98. Alexi Richer (Can), Équipe Du Québec s.t.

99. Condor Murphy (Irl), Team Murphy & Gunn / Newlyn 6:00

100. Ryan Mckenzie (Can), Volkswagen Trek 6:10

101. Glen Mitchell (NZl), Priority Health Cycling s.t.

102. Matthew White (USA), Fiordifrutta 6:14

103. Christian Lademann (Ger), Team Sparkasse 6:35

104. Tom Zirbel (USA), Priority Health Cycling 7:05

105. Richard England (Aus), Priority Health Cycling 7:22

106. Andrew Randell (Can), Symmetrics 7:30

107. Satoshi Hirose (Jap), Aisan Racing Team 8:09

108. Ken Akita (Jap), Aisan Racing Team 8:50

109. Joel Dion-Poitras (Can), Calyon-Litespeed 9:28

110. Jean-Sebastien Perron (Can), Calyon-Litespeed

111. Derek Burke (Irl), Team Murphy & Gunn / Newlyn both s.t.

112. Brandon Crichton (Can), Symmetrics 10:23

113. Christopher Rozdilsky (USA), Fiordifrutta

114. Sam Bewley (NZl), Equipe Nat. Nouvelle-Zelande

115. Neil Shirley (USA), Jittery Joe's – Pb Zero Gravity

116. Jacob P. Erker (Can), Symmetrics

117. Svein Tuft (Can), Symmetrics

118. Jean-Michel Lachance (Can), Garneau – Optik

119. Sean Finning (Aus), South Australia.Com – Ais all s.t.

120. Marsh Cooper (Can), Symmetrics 14:38

121. Brooke Boocock (Can), Calyon-Litespeed 15:44

122. Peter John Herzig (Aus), Frf Couriers – Caravello 15:52

123. Evan Elken (USA), Jittery Joe's – Pb Zero Gravity 15:59

124. Philip Wong (USA), Jittery Joe's – Pb Zero Gravity

125. Daniel Maggiacomo (Can), Italpasta – Transport Belmire C.C.
both s.t.

126. Darren Shea (NZl), Equipe Nat. Nouvelle-Zelande 16:23

127. Morgan Fox (Irl), Team Murphy & Gunn / Newlyn 17:10



TIME CUT

128. Jean François Racine (Can), Équipe Du Québec
OTL

129. Adam Coker (NZl), Equipe Nat. Nouvelle-Zelande OTL

130. Daniel Niezink (Ned), Altipower OTL

131. Matthew Haydock (NZl), Equipe Nat. Nouvelle-Zelande OTL

132. Robbie King (USA), Priority Health Cycling OTL

133. Alexandre Cloutier (Can), Volkswagen Trek OTL

134. Ariel De Cardenas (Can), Équipe Du Québec OTL

135. Martin Picard (Can), Équipe Du Québec OTL

136. Joshua Marden (Aus), Frf Couriers – Caravello OTL

DNF. Paul Healion (Irl), Team Murphy & Gunn / Newlyn

DNF. Joshua England (NZl), Equipe Nat. Nouvelle-Zelande

DNF. Andrew Thompson (NZl), Equipe Nat. Nouvelle-Zelande