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Chad Beyer and the rest of BMC are riding strongly in Canada (foto by
Chad Beyer and the rest of BMC are riding strongly in Canada (foto by

BMC defends leader's jersey in Beauce second stage

11. June 2009

Thetford Mines

Since BMC already proved in the first stage of the Tour de Beauce that is the strongest team at the event, day two turned into a race to consolidate their gains while conserving as much energy as possible for the Queen stage on Thursday.  

A three man breakaway barely hung on until the finish with Darren Lapthorne taking the sprint win just 5 seconds ahead of the peloton.  Danilo Wyss finished 5th on the stage, retaining his leader's and point's jerseys.  Chad Beyer also handily defended his leads in the mountain and U23 classifications.

Cagey tactics

"Going into today's stage we had more of an offensive plan to try to get into some of the moves," Chad Beyer reported.  "We marked all the moves very well, but Fly V and Type 1 weren't letting anything go with us in it."  Realizing that they were going to have to let something go, BMC allowed a three man break establish itself.  Though the break contained potentially dangerous riders like Lapthorne and Peter Stetina, it was given between three and four minutes leeway for much of the race.  "When the break with three guys went away, we rode tempo at the front with Tony Cruz, Martin Kohler and Steve Bovay," Mike Sayers explained.  "We kept them to about four minutes, but no one else was helping so we were willing to let them go instead of working ourselves to death."  When the teams not represented in the break realized that they were going to have to work to bring the gap down, a more concerted chase formed which managed to bring the threesome back.   "The team rode awesome today. Everyone did a great job and I think we showed the other teams how solid of a team we are," Beyer said. 

Big climbing stage ahead

With a tough climbing stage up Mont-Mégantic facing the riders on Thursday, the overall GC is still very much in flux.  "Tomorrow will be another story for me," Danilo Wyss said.  "The uphill finish is apparently really difficult, very steep. It will be a very hard day."  Mike Sayers raced the Tour de Beauce many times in his career, so he knows just what his team will be facing.  "That 5 kilometer climb is always a deciding factor with two pitches of around 20%," Sayers gasped.  "You make this right hand turn and then for something like 300 meters you are climbing a 20% grade," Sayers remembered.  "Then it levels out a bit only to kick up to about 20% again; a lot of time can be lost in those moments."  With the expectation that the GC will be turned largely on its head, BMC still feels confident that they can come out in good shape.  "Tomorrow is going to be a big stage. I felt better today than I did yesterday and I was able to rest," Beyer explained.  "I think the team and I can have a good ride tomorrow."