Guillaume Boivin took it to the competition on Quebecois turf, winning stage 3B of the 30th annual Tour de Beauce from a four man breakaway. The Montreal native was aggressive from the gun on the technical criterium course in downtown Saint-Georges and instrumental in the formation of the race’s breakaway. Matteo Dal-Cin (Silber) and Jack Bobridge (Budget Forklifts) quickly joined, while Angus Morton (Jelly Belly-Maxxis) bridged across several laps later. With considerable sprinting horsepower in the move and none of the quartet posing a threat to Hincapie Racing’s yellow jersey, a rare chance for survival to the line presented itself. The four riders worked well together and maintained a nail biting margin to the line – their gap was only 13 seconds when Boivin crossed with arms raised. See a photo gallery of the action from Saint-Georges.
“I was very motivated – my family was here and in many ways this is my hometown race, so I wanted to perform well,” said Boivin. “I knew Hincapie would let a breakaway roll that was not dangerous to their overall lead. Bobridge and Dal-Cin are powerful sprinters, so we all wanted a shot at the win. My strategy was to try very hard to break away in the first 10 laps, and if that didn’t work, we would lead out Eric Young for the field sprint. My breakaway companions and myself were working great together and as suspected, Hincapie wasn’t motivated to chase us down, so it all fell into place.”
Bovin’s win is a confidence boost for the a team whose primary goal of bringing home the yellow jersey was derailed before it began – Mike Woods and Phil Gaimon, the team’s dual general classification threat, were involved in a significant pile up in stage two, suffering injuries that forced them to withdraw from the race. The team will continue to hunt for stage wins over the final two days of racing.
The race now travels to Quebec City for a street circuit beginning at Parc de la Francophonie.
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