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Tour de Beauce Bell – Stage 1 Report

June 14, 2005 (Saint Georges, Quebec) — Stage 1 of the 20th anniversary edition of the Tour de Beauce Bell got underway this morning at 10 am under a light rain, with 96 riders coming to the line in the southern Beauce region. A total of fifteen teams including squads from Canada, Québec, Poland, Australia, Germany, and the United States are competing in this 7-stage race which begins today and ends on June 19th. Surprisingly, newly crowned American USPRO champ, Chris Wherry, and Canada’s speedster Gord Fraser, both with Health Net were not present at the line.

Charles Dionne of Saint Redempteur, Quebec riding for Team Canada is considered one of Canada’s best bets for a collection of podiums; a sentiment shared by the rider himself, “My objectives are stage wins; and if I can, certainly a victory in the general classification. Beauce doesn’t have huge mountains like in the Canadian West, but make no mistake, its very difficult. I hope to do well, and to continue to have good results,” he added.

The pack was lively early in the 169 km race with a breakaway of three riders – Jean-Sébastien Béland (Équipe du Québec), Tomasz Lesniak (Paged-MBK-Scout) and Jiri Pospisil (Stevens Racing) – after just 23 kilometres. The tiny group maintained their lead that ranged from 2-3 minutes until Lesniak fell back to the pack just outside Armstrong, Québec.

After two hours of racing, an attack of six – Mike Jones (Health Net), Nathan O’Neil (Navigators), Przemyslaw Mikolajczyk (Paged MBK scout), Brandon Crichton (Italpasta Transports Belmire), Cory Lange (Symmetrics) and Alexandre Lavallée (Volkswagen Trek) – caught the escapées; finishing the job that Health Net’s Ivan Dominguez had started but abandoned.

An hour later it was once again Volkswagen Trek’s turn to play, sending out Alexandre Cloutier. In turn, a group of about 11 riders including 2003 Tour de Beauce winner John Lieswyn (Health Net) decided to pursue Cloutier; the peloton remained behind at 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Cloutier was caught shortly thereafter and the group stayed one minute in front of the peloton.

The breakaway group of riders kept their lead over the peloton but another two riders, Domenicio Passuello (Amore & Vita РBeretta) and Glen Alan Chadwick (CyclingNews.com-Fondriest) made a sucessful last-minute bid to join the escap̩es.

At 2:25 pm Stage 1 came to a close in Saint Georges de Beauce with a sprint finish as Martin Gilbert (Volkswagen Trek) bested Dominique Rollin (Équipe du Québec) who took second, followed by Domenicio Passuello (Amore & Vita – Beretta) in third.

Stage 1 Results

1 Martin Gilbert (Can) Volkswagen-Trek 4.15.15 (39.72 km/h)
2 Dominique Rollin (Can) Equipe du Quebec                          
3 Domenico Passuello (Ita) Amore & Vita-Beretta-Polska             
4 Thorben Wieditz (Ger) Yeti                                       
5 Jeff Louder (USA) Navigators Insurance
6 Tom Barras (GBr) Team Cyclingnews.com                            
7 Mark Walters (Can) Navigators Insurance
8 Dawid Krupa (Pol) Mesetacaffe-Mbk-Scout                          
9 Svein Tuft (Can) Symmetrics Cycling                              
10 John Lieswyn (USA) Health Net presented by Maxxis               
11 Alexandre Cloutier (Can) Volkswagen-Trek                        
12 David O’Loughlin (Irl) Navigators Insurance 0.08
13 Glen Alan Chadwick (Aus) Team Cyclingnews.com                   
14 Przemyslaw Mikolajczyk (Pol) Mesetacaffe-Mbk-Scout 0.10
15 Vassili Davidenko (Rus) Navigators Insurance 0.57
16 Charles Dionne (Can) Canadian National Team                     
17 Ivan Dominguez (Cub) Health Net presented by Maxxis             
18 Kevin Lacombe (Can) Volkswagen-Trek                             
19 Adam Hodges Myerson (USA) Team Nerac.com
20 Pierre-Olivier Boily (Can) Equipe du Quebec                     
21 Alexandre Nadeau (Can) Equipe du Quebec                         
22 Mathieu Roy (Can) Equipe du Quebec                              
23 Greg Reain (Can) Stevens Racing Team                            
24 Evan Elken (USA) Jittery Joe’s -Kalahari                         
25 Brandon Crichton* (Can) Recycling.co.uk/MG-Xpower/Litespeed     
26 Peter Sanowar (Can) Recycling.co.uk/MG-Xpower/Litespeed         
27 Craig Wilcox (USA) Jittery Joe’s -Kalahari                       
28 Jacob Erker (Can) Symmetrics Cycling                            
29 Andrew Pinfold (Can) Symmetrics Cycling                         
30 Wojciech Kalemba (Pol) Mesetacaffe-Mbk-Scout                    
31 Finn Heitmann (Ger) Stevens Racing Team                         
32 Timothy Johnson (USA) Jittery Joe’s -Kalahari                    
33 Jonathan Sundt (USA) Jittery Joe’s -Kalahari                     
34 Krzysztof Mermer (Pol) Mesetacaffe-Mbk-Scout                    
35 Kimmo Kananen (Fin) Amore & Vita-Beretta-Polska                 
36 Philippe Abbott (Can) Canadian National Team                    
37 Andrew Randell (Can) Canadian National Team                     
38 Cesar Grajales (Col) Navigators Insurance
39 Cameron Jennings (Aus) Team Cyclingnews.com                     
40 Oleg Grichkine (Rus) Navigators Insurance
41 Bruno Langlois (Can) Jittery Joe’s -Kalahari                     
42 Kacper Sowinski (Pol) Amore & Vita-Beretta-Polska               
43 Christian Meier (Can) Symmetrics Cycling                        
44 Tomasz Lesniak (Pol) Mesetacaffe-Mbk-Scout                      
45 Raphaël Tremblay (Can) Volkswagen-Trek                          
46 Dominique Perras (Can) Canadian National Team                   
47 Max Plaxton (Can) Canadian National Team                        
48 Mike Sayers (USA) Health Net presented by Maxxis                
49 Eric Wohlberg (Can) Symmetrics Cycling                          
50 Jens Schwedler (Ger) Stevens Racing Team                        
51 Mike Jones (USA) Health Net presented by Maxxis                 
52 Cory Jay (Can) CRCA/Sakonnet Technology                         
53 Doug Ollerenshaw (USA) Health Net presented by Maxxis           
54 Peter Morse (Can) Yeti                                          
55 Richard Bowker (NZl) Recycling.co.uk/MG-Xpower/Litespeed        
56 Nat Faulkner (Can) Recycling.co.uk/MG-Xpower/Litespeed          
57 Alexandre Lavallée (Can) Volkswagen-Trek                        
58 Justin England (USA) Health Net presented by Maxxis             
59 Jean-François Laroche (Can) Equipe du Quebec                    
60 Bradley Fairall (Can) Symmetrics Cycling                        
61 Chris Isaac (Can) Recycling.co.uk/MG-Xpower/Litespeed           
62 Luc Dionne (Can) Yeti                                           
63 Nathan O’Neill (Aus) Navigators Insurance
64 Jean-François Racine (Can) Equipe du Quebec                     
65 Chris Kuhl (USA) CRCA/Sakonnet Technology                       
66 Claudio Bartoli (Ita) Amore & Vita-Beretta-Polska               
67 Cory Lange (Can) Symmetrics Cycling                             
68 Sven De Weerdt (Bel) Team Cyclingnews.com                       
69 Jeffrey Hansen (Can) Recycling.co.uk/MG-Xpower/Litespeed        
70 Martin St-Laurent (Can) Volkswagen-Trek                         
71 Jamie Burrow (GBr) Amore & Vita-Beretta-Polska                  
72 Alex Richer (Can) Yeti                                          
73 Thaddeus Dulin (USA) Jittery Joe’s -Kalahari                     
74 Leigh Palmer (Aus) Team Cyclingnews.com                         
75 Christian Heule (Swi) Stevens Racing Team                       
76 Jesse Lawler (USA) Jittery Joe’s -Kalahari                       
77 Jean-Sébastien Maheu (Can) Volkswagen-Trek                      
78 Dustin Macburnie (Can) Yeti                                     
79 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Team Cyclingnews.com                       
80 Kane Oakley (Aus) Team Cyclingnews.com                          
81 Peter Presslauer (Aut) Stevens Racing Team                      
82 Jean-Sébastien Béland (Can) Equipe du Quebec 10.34
83 Ryan Roth (Can) Canadian National Team 19.10
84 Jonathan Swain (USA) CRCA/Sakonnet Technology 20.00
85 Zach Bell (Can) Canadian National Team                          
86 Lee Rosenthal (USA) CRCA/Sakonnet Technology                    
87 Alex Ferrero (USA) CRCA/Sakonnet Technology                     
88 Adam Mcclouine (Can) Yeti 21.47
89 Daniel Maclaren (Can) Recycling.co.uk/MG-Xpower/Litespeed       
90 Michael Norton (USA) Team Nerac.com 24.08
91 John Hanson (USA) Team Nerac.com
92 Johny Hayes (USA) CRCA/Sakonnet Technology                      
93 Ari De Wilde (USA) Team Nerac.com
94 Jiri Pospisil (Cze) Stevens Racing Team                         
DNF Cody Powell (USA) Team Nerac.com
DNF Duncan Seko (Ken) Yeti

GC after Stage 1

1 Martin Gilbert (Can) Volkswagen-Trek 4.15.03
2 Dominique Rollin (Can) Equipe du Quebec 0.06
3 Domenico Passuello (Ita) Amore & Vita-Beretta-Polska 0.09
4 Mark Walters (Can) Navigators Insurance 0.11
5 Thorben Wieditz (Ger) Yeti 0.13
6 Jeff Louder (USA) Navigators Insurance
7 Tom Barras (GBr) Team Cyclingnews.com                            
8 Dawid Krupa (Pol) Mesetacaffe-Mbk-Scout                          
9 Svein Tuft (Can) Symmetrics Cycling                              
10 John Lieswyn (USA) Health Net presented by Maxxis               
11 Alexandre Cloutier (Can) Volkswagen-Trek                        
12 David O’Loughlin (Irl) Navigators Insurance 0.21
13 Glen Alan Chadwick (Aus) Team Cyclingnews.com                   
14 Przemyslaw Mikolajczyk (Pol) Mesetacaffe-Mbk-Scout 0.23
15 Jonathan Sundt (USA) Jittery Joe’s -Kalahari 1.09
16 Vassili Davidenko (Rus) Navigators Insurance 1.10
17 Charles Dionne (Can) Canadian National Team                     
18 Ivan Dominguez (Cub) Health Net presented by Maxxis             
19 Kevin Lacombe (Can) Volkswagen-Trek                             
20 Adam Hodges Myerson (USA) Team Nerac.com
21 Pierre-Olivier Boily (Can) Equipe du Quebec                     
22 Alexandre Nadeau (Can) Equipe du Quebec                         
23 Mathieu Roy (Can) Equipe du Quebec                              
24 Greg Reain (Can) Stevens Racing Team                            
25 Evan Elken (USA) Jittery Joe’s -Kalahari                         
26 Brandon Crichton* (Can) Recycling.co.uk/MG-Xpower/Litespeed     
27 Peter Sanowar (Can) Recycling.co.uk/MG-Xpower/Litespeed         
28 Craig Wilcox (USA) Jittery Joe’s -Kalahari                       
29 Jacob Erker (Can) Symmetrics Cycling                            
30 Wojciech Kalemba (Pol) Mesetacaffe-Mbk-Scout                    
31 Finn Heitmann (Ger) Stevens Racing Team                         
32 Timothy Johnson (USA) Jittery Joe’s -Kalahari                    
33 Krzysztof Mermer (Pol) Mesetacaffe-Mbk-Scout                    
34 Kimmo Kananen (Fin) Amore & Vita-Beretta-Polska                 
35 Philippe Abbott (Can) Canadian National Team                    
36 Andrew Randell (Can) Canadian National Team                     
37 Cesar Grajales (Col) Navigators Insurance
38 Cameron Jennings (Aus) Team Cyclingnews.com                     
39 Oleg Grichkine (Rus) Navigators Insurance
40 Bruno Langlois (Can) Jittery Joe’s -Kalahari                     
41 Kacper Sowinski (Pol) Amore & Vita-Beretta-Polska               
42 Christian Meier (Can) Symmetrics Cycling                        
43 Tomasz Lesniak (Pol) Mesetacaffe-Mbk-Scout                      
44 Raphaël Tremblay (Can) Volkswagen-Trek                          
45 Dominique Perras (Can) Canadian National Team                   
46 Max Plaxton (Can) Canadian National Team                        
47 Mike Sayers (USA) Health Net presented by Maxxis                
48 Eric Wohlberg (Can) Symmetrics Cycling                          
49 Jens Schwedler (Ger) Stevens Racing Team                        
50 Mike Jones (USA) Health Net presented by Maxxis                 
51 Cory Jay (Can) CRCA/Sakonnet Technology                         
52 Doug Ollerenshaw (USA) Health Net presented by Maxxis           
53 Peter Morse (Can) Yeti                                          
54 Richard Bowker (NZl) Recycling.co.uk/MG-Xpower/Litespeed        
55 Nat Faulkner (Can) Recycling.co.uk/MG-Xpower/Litespeed          
56 Alexandre Lavallée (Can) Volkswagen-Trek                        
57 Justin England (USA) Health Net presented by Maxxis             
58 Jean-François Laroche (Can) Equipe du Quebec                    
59 Bradley Fairall (Can) Symmetrics Cycling                        
60 Chris Isaac (Can) Recycling.co.uk/MG-Xpower/Litespeed           
61 Luc Dionne (Can) Yeti                                           
62 Nathan O’Neill (Aus) Navigators Insurance
63 Jean-François Racine (Can) Equipe du Quebec                     
64 Chris Kuhl (USA) CRCA/Sakonnet Technology                       
65 Claudio Bartoli (Ita) Amore & Vita-Beretta-Polska               
66 Cory Lange (Can) Symmetrics Cycling                             
67 Sven De Weerdt (Bel) Team Cyclingnews.com                       
68 Martin St-Laurent (Can) Volkswagen-Trek                         
69 Jamie Burrow (GBr) Amore & Vita-Beretta-Polska                  
70 Alex Richer (Can) Yeti                                          
71 Thaddeus Dulin (USA) Jittery Joe’s -Kalahari                     
72 Leigh Palmer (Aus) Team Cyclingnews.com                         
73 Christian Heule (Swi) Stevens Racing Team                       
74 Jesse Lawler (USA) Jittery Joe’s -Kalahari                       
75 Jean-Sébastien Maheu (Can) Volkswagen-Trek                      
76 Dustin Macburnie (Can) Yeti                                     
77 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Team Cyclingnews.com                       
78 Kane Oakley (Aus) Team Cyclingnews.com                          
79 Peter Presslauer (Aut) Stevens Racing Team                      
80 Andrew Pinfold (Can) Symmetrics Cycling 1.30
81 Jean-Sébastien Béland (Can) Equipe du Quebec 10.44
82 Ryan Roth (Can) Canadian National Team 19.23
83 Jonathan Swain (USA) CRCA/Sakonnet Technology 20.13
84 Zach Bell (Can) Canadian National Team                          
85 Lee Rosenthal (USA) CRCA/Sakonnet Technology                    
86 Alex Ferrero (USA) CRCA/Sakonnet Technology                     
87 Adam Mcclouine (Can) Yeti 22.00
88 Daniel Maclaren (Can) Recycling.co.uk/MG-Xpower/Litespeed       
89 Jiri Pospisil (Cze) Stevens Racing Team 24.19
90 Michael Norton (USA) Team Nerac.com 24.21
91 John Hanson (USA) Team Nerac.com
92 Johny Hayes (USA) CRCA/Sakonnet Technology                      
93 Ari De Wilde (USA) Team Nerac.com





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