Hot off a win in stage 2 of the GP Saguenay, Emile wins again. Stage one was marked by ‘gameplay’ as teams positioned players. A large 20+ rider group went up the road. We had it marked with Emile and Alec. Emile got away toward the end of the stage and beat Axeon’s Ian Garrison for the biggest win of his career. Alec finished 6th, just 8 seconds behind Emile. The gap to the main field was over 20 mins and only 20 riders sat within striking distance of the final GC (General Classification) win on Sunday.
The infamous climb of Mont Megantic is decisive in the GC battle at Beauce. Team alum Matteo Dal Cin – now riding for Rally – dropped Holowesko’s Robin Carpenter to win this iconic stage. Jelly Belly’s Keegan Swirbul would pull on the yellow jersey after this stage. Alec put in a strong ride to finish 13th – moving up to 4th on GC, 1:07 off Swirbul heading into the stage 3 time-trial, his strength. Nigel’s solid efforts throughout the day put him in the Polka Dot jersey leading the climber’s classification.
Wow… we knew he was good. He was 12th in the U23 World Championships last year after all. However, to say Cowan smashed the stage 3A time trial is an under-statement. He smashed it, then crushed it, and won. Now leading the race overall and the young rider classification… Silber had a dominant position in the race.
The new format of Beauce has a short, tricky stage in the evening after the morning time-trial. Double days are hard – on the riders, and the staff. The cold, wet weather on this third day of the race made this evening stage extra difficult. The team rode a classic and solid defence, keeping Alec in yellow… one step closer to the ‘victory’ that every Canadian bike racer yearns for.
Quebec city is perhaps the most beautiful city in Canada to hold a bike race. So much heritage, panoramic views and the historic old city. Silber riders weren’t here to site-see. Focused on one thing – defence – the stage 4 criterium would challenge our young team. Alec crashed, stayed calm, rejoined and the team managed a dangerous break of Carpenter (Holowesko), Dal-Cin (Rally) and GC threat Garrison (Axeon). The team did ALL the work and managed the gap to just 14 seconds by the end of the stage. Alec remains in yellow with one hard final stage to go… he leads the race by 26 seconds.
Cycling can be a cruel sport. And today that cruelty fell upon us in force. A hard race, riders and teams with multiple interests, a weakened team from 2 tough days of defending, a young rider who gave all he had to give… Whatever the multiple factors, Alec and the team fought hard and lost the yellow jersey today. Alec started the day in the race lead, with two other Canadians in 2nd and 3rd on GC. By day’s end Alec was 11th on GC and Latvian rider Andzs Flaksis of Holowesko jumped from 8th overall to win the race. France’s Clement Russo was 2nd overall and Canadian Jordan Cheyne (JellyBelly) hung onto the final GC podium position. We’re proud of how the team rallied around Alec today. Two stage wins, the KOM classification, wearing yellow for 3 days and 11th on GC is our best Beauce yet. Full results →