June 14, 2013 (St-Benoit-Labre, QC) – Francisco Mancebo (Esp) of Team 5-HR Energy resisted to the pressures today as the prestigious Tour de Beauce cycling race continued on Friday. Ultimately, it was Joey Rosskopf (USA) of Team Hincapie Sportswear Development Team who won the Stage 4 individual time trial of 20km in St-Benoit-Labre.
Rosskopf crossed the finish line with a time of 26:30, equal to Nathan Brown (USA) of Bontrager Cycling Team. Ben Day (Aus) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Team, multiple winner of the Tour de Beauce, was third, just one second behind the winning time.
“We have a power meter on the bike, and it’s all about metering. I haven’t been that good at time trials in the past, and worked on it. It’s always a little bit easier in the first half, but this course was a bit more uphill in the first half. I went a little bit harder on the first half knowing there were some downhill in the second half,” said Rosskopf. “I am really surprised. I was hoping for a Top 10. I didn’t expect to win. I didn’t know what time would be good. The only thing I knew was the leader’s time before I started.”
Thanks to his solo performance, a sixth-place finish, Mancebo keeps the control of the race and the Yellow Jersey. The General Classification was once again reshuffled at the end of the fourth stage. Mancebo remains the race leader, followed by Matthew Cook (USA) of the Century Road Club Association (+0:02) and Brown (+0:03) with two stages remaining.
After four days of racing, the 2013 Tour de Beauce saw three different riders wear the yellow jersey: Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Bontrager, Guillaume Boivin (Canadian National Team), and current leader Mancebo.
Rob Britton was the best Canadian in the race today, in ninth position, while New-Brunswick’s Christian Meier is the top Canadian rider in the General Classification in eighth position (Meier finished 3rd overall last year).
The Tour De Beauce has two stages left, both urban circuits first in Québec City on Saturday, and then St-Georges on Sunday. During both of these stages, the Tour de Beauce will launch a promotional caravan, a new addition to the fabled stage race.
Full results HERE.