Stage 2: Lac Mégantic – Mont Mégantic 170km, 2426m with rollers and four categorized climb finishing with a 24-25 min 9.4 km climb for the winners up to the Observatory on Mont Megantic. Plenty of 12-18% grades starting at 5km to go. Weather: drizzle to downpour with grey skies… #racinglife
Let’s start with the end… Adam Roberge’s Strava file for the finale of the stage:
The day started rather differently than that gruelling effort as riders, fans and friends gathered at the start in Lac Mégantic.
The Race: 15km in and the steep rollers put the field under stress resulting in a split with 50 riders rolling off the front. With 5 riders in the 2nd group, Holowesko was forced to lead a long and difficult chase along the rain pelted roads leading to Mount Morne. At 50km a group of 3 escaped including two Silber alumni riders, Ben Perry (Team Canada) and Matteo Dal-Cin (Rally), along with Rui Oliveira (Axeon). With the break up the road, the pace steadied which helped the split peloton come back together as UHC took control of the chase for their leader, Serghei Tvetcov.
The final catch was made 3km before the final climb up Mont Mégantic, but not before Oliviera took over the points jersey and Perry took the lead in the KOM competition.
Ryan Roth, Pier-André Côté, Danick Vandale and Emile Jean did well to position Nick Zukowsky, Charles-Étienne Chrétien and Adam Roberge at the base and all three were with the leaders at 3km to go. At that point eventual winner Jack Burke (Jelly Belly) attacked. He would put an impressive 30 seconds into Thomas Revard (Axeon) and 47 sec into Tvetcov.
The 21-year-old Roberge crossed the line a second later; a performance that announced he was ready to race with the best of the North American peloton. It also places him 4th in GC. 18-year-old Chrétien followed up being in the break on the first day with a 17th place finish up Mégantic. Zukowsky, who just turned 20, finished a credible 20th on the Queen stage of the Tour de Beauce.
Côté (in yellow) and Jean battle the rain. pic: VeloImages
Côté in action. pic: VeloImages
Ryan Roth thankful for his Giordana G-shield jacket. pic: VeloImages
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