Events

Tesar takes Stage 2 at de Beauce; Fraser earns Commonwealth slot

Gord Fraser (Mercury), has qualified for his fourth Commonwealth Gamesby finishing third in the second stage of the Grand Prix Cycliste de Beauceon Tuesday. The 162 kilometer stage began in the town of Levis, south ofQuebec, and finished in the village of Ste-Marie after nearly four hoursof racing. Czech rider Lubor Tesar (Nürnberger), won the stage, anddonned the yellow leader's jersey, approximately 15 seconds in front ofFraser.An early breakaway of two - Johan Coenen (Marlux - Ville de Charleroi),and Doug Ziewacz (7Up-Nutra Fig), were allowed to go away at the 37 kilometermark and build up

By Rob Jones, VeloNews correspondent

Gord Fraser (Mercury), has qualified for his fourth Commonwealth Gamesby finishing third in the second stage of the Grand Prix Cycliste de Beauceon Tuesday. The 162 kilometer stage began in the town of Levis, south ofQuebec, and finished in the village of Ste-Marie after nearly four hoursof racing. Czech rider Lubor Tesar (Nürnberger), won the stage, anddonned the yellow leader’s jersey, approximately 15 seconds in front ofFraser.An early breakaway of two – Johan Coenen (Marlux – Ville de Charleroi),and Doug Ziewacz (7Up-Nutra Fig), were allowed to go away at the 37 kilometermark and build up a 5:30 lead before Mercury and Saturn went to the frontand slowly reeled them in. Everything was back together with 60 kilometersto go, and that was when the race got into the larger rollers – the onesthat make Beauce so hard.The peloton thinned out a few times on the climbs, but came back togetheron the downhills, until 30 kilometers to go, when Tesar and David McKenzie(iTeamNova.com), broke clear. Tom Leaper (Navigators), bridged up to them,and the trio began to make time on the field, with Leaper doing much ofthe work. The maximum gap was 1:30 after 10 kilometers, but by 5 kilometersto go Leaper had blown (and would get caught at the line),, and the packwas breathing down the necks of Tesar and McKenzie.The duo would manage to hold of the field by 15 seconds, with the Czech,Tesar, taking the stage and the yellow jersey. Gord Fraser finished thirdafter a strong leadout by Scott Moninger, and grabbed the brass ring -automatic qualification for the Commonwealth Games. Fraser also took thirdon the GC, courtesy of the time bonus awarded.”I’m happy to make the team, but disappointed that I didn’t win thestage.” said Fraser afterwards. “We decided to start chasing with 20 kilometersto go; if we had started earlier maybe we would have caught them.”Overall leader Tesar had a hard ride to take the lead. “It was so windythat it was very hard. The gap is so small that I am not sure what we aregoing to do – the team has many strong riders, so it may not be me (theysupport),.”Tesar took the Points jersey as well as the Yellow, early breakawayJohan Coenen will wear the Mountain jersey, Martin Gilbert (Volkswagen-Trek),team dons the jersey for Best Quebec Rider and Allan Davis (Mapei-QuickStep), the Best Young Rider jersey.

Results

1. Lubor Tesar (Cz), Nürnberger – Versicherung 162 km in 3:57:11;
2. David McKenzie (Aus), IteamNova.com s.t.;
3. Gordon Fraser (Can), Mercury at 0:15;
4. Christian Lademann (G), Wüstenrot – ZVVZ;
5. Aurélien Clerc (Swi), Mapei Quickstep;
6. Michal Precechtel (Cz), Wüstenrot – ZVVZ;
7. Charles Dionne (Can), 7UP Nutra Fig;
8. Miguel Meza Flores (Mex), Tecos – Turbo;
9. Alexandre Chouffe (F), Oktos-Saint-Quentin;
10. Jay Sweet (Aus), Saturn all s.t.

OVERALL
1. Tesar 3:57:30;
2. McKenzie at 0:03;
3. Fraser 0:18;
4. Johan Coenen (B), MAR 0:19;
5. Dionne 0:20;
6. Alex Candelario (USA), Prime Alliance;
7. Alexandre Cloutier (Can), VW-Trek;
8. Christophe Chezeau (Can), Espoirs de Lavala;
9. Douglas Ziewacz (USA), 7UP Nutra Fig all s.t.;
10. Allan Davis (Aus), Mapei-Quick Step 0:21