Race: Tour de Beauce, Stage 2
Start/Finish: Lac-Mégantic/Parc National du Mont Mégantic, Quebec
Distance: 169 kilometers
Parc National du Mont Mégantic, Canada — On Thursday, Team Novo Nordisk tackled the Queen Stage of the Tour de Beauce, a 169-kilometer race that included three categorized climbs.
Stage 2 of the Tour de Beauce began with the first categorized climb situated only 9 km from the start in Lac-Mégantic. Heading up the climb, the peloton splintered into pieces. Kevin De Mesmaeker made the front group along with approximately two dozen riders while Martijn Verschoor and Charles Planet stayed in the chase covering any attacks. De Mesmaeker’s group was brought back, but the Belgian fought to make the following break. Again this group was reeled in and soon new riders attacked. All the escapees were caught on the final climb up Mont Mégantic. Amets Txurruka (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) soloed to the win on the summit finish while De Mesmaeker finished as Team Novo Nordisk’s best-placed rider.
“I went as hard as possible because I wanted to test my climbing skills,” De Mesmaeker said. “It was a really steep finish, which is not my specialty. I gave it 100 percent. I think if I had saved some energy on earlier climbs that I could have been in the top 20. I’m looking forward to the Quebec stage and seeing how the team can do.”
Results: Amets Txurruka (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) took the win 52 seconds ahead of teammate Pello Bilbao (Caja Rurual-Seguros RGA) and Toms Skujins (Hincapie Racing Team).
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team, continues its doubleheader on Friday with Stage 6 of the Tour de Korea and a double day at the Tour de Beauce. Stage 6 of the Tour de Korea is a 193.7-km run from Gangjin to Gunsan. In Canada, the riders will tackle a 21-km individual time trial in the morning followed by a 40-lap evening criterium.