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Pinfold wins Beauce final as Kobzarenko takes overall

Andrew Pinfold (Symmetrics) scored what he terms "the biggest win of my career" in the final stage of the Tour de Beauce on Sunday when he outsprinted breakaway companion Will Frischkorn (TIAA-CREF) after 132 kilometers of racing. Valeriy Kobzarenko (Navigators) easily hung onto the Yellow Jersey after finishing with the main peloton 58 seconds behind Pinfold. In the final stage riders faced 12 laps of an 11 kilometer circuit through the host town of St Georges. In addition to a steep 2.8 kilometer climb each lap, riders had to contend with 30 degree (Celsius) temperatures and humidity

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By Rob Jones, Special to VeloNews

Andrew Pinfold (Symmetrics) scored what he terms “the biggest win of my career” in the final stage of the Tour de Beauce on Sunday when he outsprinted breakaway companion Will Frischkorn (TIAA-CREF) after 132 kilometers of racing. Valeriy Kobzarenko (Navigators) easily hung onto the Yellow Jersey after finishing with the main peloton 58 seconds behind Pinfold.

In the final stage riders faced 12 laps of an 11 kilometer circuit through the host town of St Georges. In addition to a steep 2.8 kilometer climb each lap, riders had to contend with 30 degree (Celsius) temperatures and humidity which pushed the Humidex reading to 38 degrees. That didn’t stop a group of four from immediately attacking, led by Canadian road champion Francois Parisien and his TIAA-CREF team mate Ian Macgregor. Also in the break were Jacob Erker(Symmetrics) and Timo Honstein (Sparkasse).

Chase groups formed over the next few laps as the break dangled two minutes in front of the Navigators controlled peloton, and by the fifth lap there were eight riders at the front: Parisien, Honstein, Erker, Cameron Jennings (DFL-Cyclingnews-Litespeed), Pinfold, Bruno Langlois (Team Canada), Rodolfo Lopez (Tecos Trek)and Jairo Salas Atehortua (Colombia Es Pasion). Jennings was the highest on GC, and he was over ten minutes back, so Navigators was content to let it go.

“As the break was getting established, it seemed like a good opportunity to have me up there” explained Pinfold. “Svein (Tuft) took me up to one of the chase groups, and we were able to make contact with the front group. Jacob rode like a selfless hero, so I got to sit on; until the last couple of laps I had a free ride.”

At the front Erker and Parisien were doing most of the work, and the gap had stabilized at around two and a half minutes, which is where it stayed until the leaders began to flag on the ninth lap and the gap dropped to just over a minute, making it look like the break’s days were numbered. A pair of TIAA-CREF riders – Frischkorn and Bryan Smith- attacked the peloton at this point and quickly bridged up, bringing some fresh legs to the group and revitalizing it.

A lap later, with less than 20 kilometers remaining, the gap was still hovering at just over a minute, and Pinfold decided it was time to go. “I knew I wasn’t going to win a bunch sprint – I saw that yesterday (when he finished fourth), so I attacked and Will was the only one able to go with me.”

The pair quickly opened up a minute on the remnants of the break (Parisien and Erker dropped off, their work done), and two minutes on the peloton by the start of the last lap, ensuring that the race was now down to the two of them. Watchers kept waiting for the attacks to happen on the last climb, or through the twists and turns along the upper half of the course, but the duo rode side by side on the climb, and stayed together until the final sprint.

“I had the legs today, I think I could have attacked on the hill. I did a couple of accelerations and knew that I had him” said Pinfold “but we said let’s just work together until the end, and go ‘mano a mano’. So we just lined up 200 meters from the finish and I went as hard as I could.”

Race NotesMark Walters’ (Navigators) bad luck Tour continued (after his incident with a car the day before), with a crash early in the race while he was at the front setting tempo. “I managed to catch a pedal – and with a Speedplay pedal that means you have to be way over – and it was enough to lift the back wheel and I slid out. I got back up, but just didn’t have it in my legs to stay in the race.”Kobzarenko was full of smiles and hugs after his win. “I am just so very happy that the team trusted me and worked so hard for me. The last two years (on Aqua Sapone) I was always working for someone else, so this is a special win for me.”Kobzarenko called Beauce “a really good race, really, really hard. It is not so much because of the hills, but that it is so technically difficult – always up and down, very windy, rough roads.” Andrew Pinfold was ecstatic crossing the finish line, calling his win “the biggest and best of my career. I was in the car (after a crash) following Svein when he won on a breakaway in 2001. It was the most motivating ride I’ve seen, and I was thinking about that today. I told some of the French journalists ‘I could die now that I have won a stage at Beauce’.”

Results

Stage 6: St-Georges Circuit, 133km

1. Andrew Pinfold (Can) Symmetrics 3:33:55

2. William Frischkorn (USA) Team TIAA-Cref 0:01

3. Rodolfo Lopez (Mex) Tecos Trek VH 0:43

4. Bryan Smith (USA) Team TIAA-Cref 0:43

5. Cameron Jennings (Aus) Dfl – Cyclingnews – Litespeed 0:50

6. Bruno Langlois (Can) Canadian National Team 0:50

7. Timo Honstein (Ger) Team Sparkasse 0:50

8. Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Navigators Insurance 0:58

9. Kevin Miller (Can) Fiordifrutta 0:58

10. Wesley Sulzberger. (Aus) South Australia.Com – AIS 0:58

11. Miles Olman (Aus) South Australia.Com – AIS 0:58

12. Ger Soepenberg (Ned) Altipower 0:58

13. Trent Wilson (Aus) Jittery Joe's pb Zero Gravity 0:58

14. Jarley Colorado Hernandez (Col) Colombia Es Pasion 0:58

15. David Harrigan (Aus) Dfl – Cyclingnews – Litespeed 0:58

16. Fausto. Esparza Munoz (Mex) Tecos Trek VH 0:58

17. Danny Pate (USA) Team TIAA-Cref 0:58

18. Andrew Randell (Can) Symmetrics 0:58

19. Peter Hatton (Aus) Jittery Joe's pb Zero Gravity 0:58

20. Diego Montoya (Col) Colombia Es Pasion 0:58

21. Peter John Herzig (Aus) Frf Couriers – Caravello 0:58

22. Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Navigators Insurance 0:58

23. John Fredy Parra Calada (Col) Tecos Trek VH 0:58

24. Yovanny Torres Castro (Col) Colombia Es Pasion 0:58

25. Austin King (USA) Jittery Joe's pb Zero Gravity 0:58

26. Brendan Brooks (Aus) Frf Couriers – Caravello 0:58

27. Mathieu Roy (Can) Garneau – Optik 0:58

28. Cameron Hughes (Aus) Italpasta – Transport Belmire C.C. 0:58

29. Ciaran Power (Irl) Navigators Insurance 0:58

30. Jairo Hernandez (Col) Colombia Es Pasion 0:58

31. Brent Bookwalter (USA) Priority Health Cycling 0:58

32. Cesar Augusto Grajales (Col) Navigators Insurance 0:58

33. Gregorio. Ladino Vega (Col) Tecos Trek VH 0:58

34. Richard Faltus (Cze) Team Sparkasse 0:58

35. Stefan Parinussa (Ger) Team Sparkasse 0:58

36. Joshua Dillon (USA) Fiordifrutta 0:58

37. Phillip Cortes (Can) Garneau – Optik 0:58

38. Christian Meier (Can) Symmetrics 0:58

39. Russel Downing (GBr) Dfl – Cyclingnews – Litespeed 0:58

40. Tony Mann (Aus) Frf Couriers – Caravello 0:58

41. Dustin MacBurnie (Can) Canadian National Team 0:58

42. Francisco. Matamoros Navarro (Mex) Tecos Trek VH 0:58

43. Tom Zirbel (USA) Priority Health Cycling 0:58

44. Glen Alan Chadwick (Aus) Navigators Insurance 0:58

45. Philippe Abbott (Can) Italpasta – Transport Belmire C.C. 1:30

46. Peter Dawson (Aus) South Australia.Com – AIS 1:37

47. Matthew White (USA) Fiordifrutta 2:43

48. Mitsuteru Tanaka (Jap) Aisan Racing Team 2:43

49. David Veilleux (Can) Garneau – Optik 2:43

50. Jamie Lamb (Can) Garneau – Optik 2:43

51. Niek Asbroek (Ned) Altipower 2:43

52. Satoshi Hirose (Jap) Aisan Racing Team 2:43

53. Kane Oakley (Aus) Dfl – Cyclingnews – Litespeed 2:43

54. Brian Sheedy. (USA) Priority Health Cycling 2:43

55. Cody Stevenson (Aus) Frf Couriers – Caravello 2:43

56. Svein Tuft (Can) Symmetrics 2:43

57. Ryan Roth (Can) Canadian National Team 2:43

58. Jacob P. Erker (Can) Symmetrics 6:53

59. Raphaël Tremblay (Can) Volkswagen Trek 6:53

60. Joel Dion-Poitras (Can) Calyon-Litespeed 6:53

61. Jairo Salas Atehortua (Col) Colombia Es Pasion 6:53

62. Hector Rangel Zimarron (Mex) Tecos Trek VH 15:47

63. Derek McMaster (Can) Italpasta – Transport Belmire C.C. 16:01

64. Simon Kelly (Irl) Team Murphy & Gunn / Newlyn 16:01

65. Thijs Poelstra (Ned) Altipower 16:01

66. David O'brien (Can) Équipe Du Québec 20:37

DNF. Mark Walters (Can) Navigators Insurance

DNF. Tom Flammang (Lux) Team Sparkasse

DNF. Francois Parisien (Can) Team TIAA-Cref

DNF. Ian Macgregor (USA) Team TIAA-Cref

DNF. Bernie Sulzberger (Aus) Dfl – Cyclingnews – Litespeed

DNF. Peter McDonald (Aus) Frf Couriers – Caravello

DNF. Morgan Fox (Irl) Team Murphy & Gunn / Newlyn

DNF. Condor Murphy (Irl) Team Murphy & Gunn / Newlyn

DNF. Greg Reain (Can) Canadian National Team

DNF. Michael Ford (Aus) South Australia.Com – AIS

DNF. Sean Finning (Aus) South Australia.Com – AIS

DNF. Jean-Sebastien Perron (Can) Calyon-Litespeed

DNF. Edward King (USA) Priority Health Cycling

DNF. Thoren Wieditz (Can) Italpasta – Transport Belmire C.C.

DNF. Peter Sanowar (Can) Italpasta – Transport Belmire C.C.

DNF. Eric Boily (Can) Volkswagen Trek

DNF. Clovis Auger (Can) Volkswagen Trek

DNF. Jean-Sébastien Beland (Can) Volkswagen Trek

DNF. Jean-Sébastien Maheu (Can) Équipe Du Québec

DNF. Peter Woestenberg (Ned) Altipower

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GC

1. Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Navigators Insurance 20:04:14

2. Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Navigators Insurance 0:15

3. Danny Pate (USA) Team TIAA-Cref 0:18

4. Stefan Parinussa (Ger) Team Sparkasse 0:42

5. Fausto. Esparza Munoz (Mex) Tecos Trek VH 1:49

6. John Fredy Parra Calada (Col) Tecos Trek VH 2:50

7. Gregorio. Ladino Vega (Col) Tecos Trek VH 4:01

8. Ciaran Power (Irl) Navigators Insurance 4:03

9. Jairo Hernandez (Col) Colombia Es Pasion 4:08

10. Jarley Colorado Hernandez (Col) Colombia Es Pasion 4:51

11. Cameron Hughes (Aus) Italpasta – Transport Belmire C.C. 5:09

12. Yovanny Torres Castro (Col) Colombia Es Pasion 5:14

13. Trent Wilson (Aus) Jittery Joe's pb Zero Gravity 5:18

14. Brent Bookwalter (USA) Priority Health Cycling 6:13

15. Russel Downing (GBr) Dfl – Cyclingnews – Litespeed 6:59

16. Glen Alan Chadwick (Aus) Navigators Insurance 7:38

17. Francisco. Matamoros Navarro (Mex) Tecos Trek VH 7:47

18. Brendan Brooks (Aus) Frf Couriers – Caravello 8:04

19. Joshua Dillon (USA) Fiordifrutta 9:35

20. Cameron Jennings (Aus) Dfl – Cyclingnews – Litespeed 10:03

21. Wesley Sulzberger. (Aus) South Australia.Com – AIS 10:51

22. Christian Meier (Can) Symmetrics 11:00

23. Austin King (USA) Jittery Joe's pb Zero Gravity 12:54

24. David Harrigan (Aus) Dfl – Cyclingnews – Litespeed 14:00

25. Miles Olman (Aus) South Australia.Com – AIS 15:46

26. Rodolfo Lopez (Mex) Tecos Trek VH 19:09

27. Andrew Pinfold (Can) Symmetrics 20:39

28. Peter Hatton (Aus) Jittery Joe's pb Zero Gravity 21:04

29. Dustin MacBurnie (Can) Canadian National Team 21:26

30. Phillip Cortes (Can) Garneau – Optik 21:47

31. Mathieu Roy (Can) Garneau – Optik 22:30

32. Diego Montoya (Col) Colombia Es Pasion 22:38

33. William Frischkorn (USA) Team TIAA-Cref 22:43

34. Brian Sheedy. (USA) Priority Health Cycling 22:54

35. Satoshi Hirose (Jap) Aisan Racing Team 23:01

36. Svein Tuft (Can) Symmetrics 23:53

37. David Veilleux (Can) Garneau – Optik 24:24:00

38. . Jairo Salas Atehortua (Col) Colombia Es Pasion 24:43:00

39. Jamie Lamb (Can) Garneau – Optik 24:55:00

40. Bryan Smith (USA) Team TIAA-Cref 26:11:00

41. Peter Dawson (Aus) South Australia.Com – AIS 27:02:00

42. Bruno Langlois (Can) Canadian National Team 27:54:00

43. Kevin Miller (Can) Fiordifrutta 28:16:00

44. Mitsuteru Tanaka (Jap) Aisan Racing Team 30:15:00

45. Kane Oakley (Aus) Dfl – Cyclingnews – Litespeed 30:20:00

46. Ger Soepenberg (Ned) Altipower 30:27:00

47. Richard Faltus (Cze) Team Sparkasse 30:35:00

48. Ryan Roth (Can) Canadian National Team 31:03:00

49. Tony Mann (Aus) Frf Couriers – Caravello 31:23:00

50. Peter John Herzig (Aus) Frf Couriers – Caravello 36:26:00

51. Timo Honstein (Ger) Team Sparkasse 38:28:00

52. Derek McMaster (Can) Italpasta – Transport Belmire C.C. 38:33:00

53. Jacob P. Erker (Can) Symmetrics 39:02:00

54. Cesar Augusto Grajales (Col) Navigators Insurance 40:26:00

55. Simon Kelly (Irl) Team Murphy & Gunn / Newlyn 40:48:00

56. Hector Rangel Zimarron (Mex) Tecos Trek VH 41:37:00

57. Tom Zirbel (USA) Priority Health Cycling 42:23:00

58. Raphaël Tremblay (Can) Volkswagen Trek 42:49:00

59. Niek Asbroek (Ned) Altipower 43:10:00

60. Matthew White (USA) Fiordifrutta 44:53:00

61. Philippe Abbott (Can) Italpasta – Transport Belmire C.C. 48:13:00

62. Joel Dion-Poitras (Can) Calyon-Litespeed 52:13:00

63. Andrew Randell (Can) Symmetrics 52:36:00

64. Cody Stevenson (Aus) Frf Couriers – Caravello 57:44:00

65. Thijs Poelstra (Ned) Altipower 18:51

66. David O'brien (Can) Équipe Du Québec 20:28

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Points GC

1. Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Navigators Insurance 78

2. Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Navigators Insurance 58

3. Danny Pate (USA) Team TIAA-Cref 56

4. Stefan Parinussa (Ger) Team Sparkasse 54

5. Fausto. Esparza Munoz (Mex) Tecos Trek VH 40

6. John Fredy Parra Calada (Col) Tecos Trek VH 34

7. Trent Wilson (Aus) Jittery Joe's pb Zero Gravity 31

8. Ciaran Power (Irl) Navigators Insurance 28

9. Andrew Pinfold (Can) Symmetrics 27

10. Jairo Hernandez (Col) Colombia Es Pasion 27

11. Wesley Sulzberger. (Aus) South Australia.Com – AIS 27

12. Russel Downing (GBr) Dfl – Cyclingnews – Litespeed 26

13. Peter Hatton (Aus) Jittery Joe's pb Zero Gravity 22

14. Jarley Colorado Hernandez (Col) Colombia Es Pasion 21

15. Rodolfo Lopez (Mex) Tecos Trek VH 21

16. Gregorio. Ladino Vega (Col) Tecos Trek VH 18

17. Miles Olman (Aus) South Australia.Com – AIS 18

18. Brent Bookwalter (USA) Priority Health Cycling 17

19. Glen Alan Chadwick (Aus) Navigators Insurance 17

20. Richard Faltus (Cze) Team Sparkasse 16

21. William Frischkorn (USA) Team TIAA-Cref 14

22. Cameron Hughes (Aus) Italpasta – Transport Belmire C.C. 13

23. Bryan Smith (USA) Team TIAA-Cref 12

24. . Jairo Salas Atehortua (Col) Colombia Es Pasion 11

25. Cameron Jennings (Aus) Dfl – Cyclingnews – Litespeed 11

26. Bruno Langlois (Can) Canadian National Team 11

27. Timo Honstein (Ger) Team Sparkasse 10

28. Yovanny Torres Castro (Col) Colombia Es Pasion 8

29. Cesar Augusto Grajales (Col) Navigators Insurance 8

30. David Harrigan (Aus) Dfl – Cyclingnews – Litespeed 8

31. Kevin Miller (Can) Fiordifrutta 8

32. Phillip Cortes (Can) Garneau – Optik 7

33. Ger Soepenberg (Ned) Altipower 7

34. Peter Dawson (Aus) South Australia.Com – AIS 6

35. Joshua Dillon (USA) Fiordifrutta 5

36. Austin King (USA) Jittery Joe's pb Zero Gravity 5

37. Francisco. Matamoros Navarro (Mex) Tecos Trek VH 2

38. Christian Meier (Can) Symmetrics 2

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Climbers GC

1. Jarley Colorado Hernandez (Col) Colombia Es Pasion 65

2. Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Navigators Insurance 59

3. Gregorio. Ladino Vega (Col) Tecos Trek VH 29

4. Danny Pate (USA) Team TIAA-Cref 29

5. Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Navigators Insurance 28

6. William Frischkorn (USA) Team TIAA-Cref 22

7. Glen Alan Chadwick (Aus) Navigators Insurance 21

8. Stefan Parinussa (Ger) Team Sparkasse 18

9. Rodolfo Lopez (Mex) Tecos Trek VH 13

10. Tony Mann (Aus) Frf Couriers – Caravello 12

11. John Fredy Parra Calada (Col) Tecos Trek VH 9

12. Yovanny Torres Castro (Col) Colombia Es Pasion 9

13. Hector Rangel Zimarron (Mex) Tecos Trek VH 8

14. Ciaran Power (Irl) Navigators Insurance 7

15. Jairo Hernandez (Col) Colombia Es Pasion 7

16. Cesar Augusto Grajales (Col) Navigators Insurance 7

17. Jacob P. Erker (Can) Symmetrics 7

18. Fausto. Esparza Munoz (Mex) Tecos Trek VH 6

19. Cameron Hughes (Aus) Italpasta – Transport Belmire C.C. 6

20. Richard Faltus (Cze) Team Sparkasse 6

21. Andrew Pinfold (Can) Symmetrics 5

22. Cameron Jennings (Aus) Dfl – Cyclingnews – Litespeed 5

23. Timo Honstein (Ger) Team Sparkasse 5

24. Trent Wilson (Aus) Jittery Joe's pb Zero Gravity 4

25. Francisco. Matamoros Navarro (Mex) Tecos Trek VH 4

26. Bryan Smith (USA) Team TIAA-Cref 3

27. Peter John Herzig (Aus) Frf Couriers – Caravello 2

28. Bruno Langlois (Can) Canadian National Team 2

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Team GC. .

1. Navigators Insurance 60:13:40

2. Tecos Trek VH 7:52

3. Colombia Es Pasion 12:40

4. Dfl – Cyclingnews – Litespeed 24:49:00

5. Team TIAA-Cref 30:15:00

6. Symmetrics 35:34:00

7. Jittery Joe's pb Zero Gravity 38:22:00

8. Frf Couriers – Caravello 38:33:00

9. South Australia.Com – AIS 45:03:00

10. Priority Health Cycling 46:13:00

11. Team Sparkasse 57:13:00

12. Garneau – Optik 01:05.0

13. Fiordifrutta 01:09.5

14. Italpasta – Transport Belmire C.C. 01:13.1

15. Canadian National Team 01:17.2

16. Altipower 02:01.0

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