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By Rob Jones , VeloNews correspondent
The Classique du Quebec is a one-day road race that was held Saturday as a lead-up event to the Grand Prix de Beauce, which begins Monday. The UCI ranked race was held around the island of Orleans, just outside the city of Quebec. Riders headed out from Quebec to complete two loops around the island before heading back to the city, for a total of 165 kilometers.
On the second loop of the island a lead group of 14 formed, including Canadians Gord Fraser (Mercury), Dominique Perras (Team G.S. Ficonseils), Eric Wohlberg (Saturn), Czeslaw Lukaszewicz (Team Canada) and Mark Walters (Navigators), plus Elio Aggiano (Mapei-Quick Step), Zbigniew Piatek and Raimondes Vilcinskas (both Mroz Supradyn Witaminy). The group was further split in the finalkilometers when Vilcinskas, Piatek and Aggiano broke away on their own.
With Mroz having a 2-man advantage at the front, they looked to be in good shape for the finish, until Vilcinskas flatted in the town ofBeauport and received a slow change. In the final sprint, the Italian Aggiano proved to be too powerful for Piatek. Vilcinskas came in solo for third, and Fraser won the sprint in the chase group for fourth, followed by Perras.
CLASSIQUE DU QUEBEC, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. June 16.
1. Elio Aggiano (I), Mapei-Quick Step 3:32:48; 2. Zbigniew Piatek (P), Mroz Supradyn Witaminy, at 0:02; 3. Raimondes Vilcinskas (Lit), Mroz Supradyn Witaminy, at 0:19; 4. Gord Fraser (Can), Mercury, at 0:33; 5. Dominique Perras (Can), Team G.S. Ficonseils, at 0:35; 6. Eric Wohlberg (Can), Saturn, at 0:45; 7. Eugen Wacker (G), Mroz Supradyn Witaminy; 8. Czeslaw Lukaszewicz (Can), Team Canada; 9. Mark Walters (Can), Navigators all s.t.; 10. Christophe Gauthier (F), Saint- Quentin Oktos, at 0:49