THE TOUR DE BEAUCE MODIFIES ITS STAGES, BUT REMAINS VERY DIFFICULT
The 29th edition of the Tour de Beauce will be contested over 638km
(St-Georges, QC – May 29, 2014) The start of the 2014 Tour de Beauce will be given on June 11, and throughout the five days of racing, nearly 140 cyclists from 21 teams will compete for General Classification in this prestigious race for a total distance of 638 kilometers in the Chaudière-Appalaches, Estrie and Quebec regions
Cycling enthusiasts will have the chance to attend and witness the exciting start of races in four host municipalities, including St. George, Lac- Mégantic, Quebec and Ste-Justine.
“Each year, the Tour de Beauce welcomes cyclists from around the world to participate in this sporting event of international caliber. The majestic roads of Beauce and surrounding areas are now recognized worldwide by the cycling community, and through the Tour de Beauce," says Francis Rancourt, Executive Director of the Tour de Beauce. “We are particularly pleased to welcome a record number of teams this year, with 21 teams from nine countries vying for top honors.”
“We also take this opportunity to thank all our partners from the municipal governments, which facilitate road usage for the duration of the Tour de Beauce. The warm welcome we receive annually in different municipalities is remarkable, and provides exceptional tourism showcase for the regions visited," expresses Francis Rancourt.
The 2014 edition of the Tour de Beauce is marked by the presentation of one less stage that years past, five compared to the previous six stages, as well as the deviation of the finish line at the Mont- Mégantic National Park.
The first stage will take place Wednesday, June 11 in Ste-Justine (196km), and will highlight the strategies of each team as the general classification takes shape.
Thursday, the peloton will face its first challenge. The second stage will showcase climbers with the finish of the race at the top of the difficult climb of Mont-Saint-Joseph, and after more than 150 kilometers in the saddle. In recent years, this stage ended at the top of Mont-Mégantic, but road work forced the deviation of the end of the race. It is slightly shorter than that of recent years, but will prove to be much more difficult with a higher grade. Expect a complete reshuffle of the general classification at the end of this stage.
The gruelling individual time trial race, a solo race with individual rider entering the course every minute, will take place during the third stage, Friday, June 13 in St- Georges, sector St-Jean-de-la-Lande and will run over a distance of 20 km. This time trial stage is usually one that brings a lot of change in the overall standings.
Quebec City will host once again a classic stage of the Tour de Beauce, the fourth on Saturday, June 14. Residents of Quebec City and surroundings areas will have once again the opportunity to witness a traditionally exciting race in the heart of Old Quebec, which borrows several sections of the circuit used by the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec, UCI WorldTour stage. This year's street circuit is 14.4 km.
The champion of the 2014 Tour de Beauce will be crowned Sunday, June 15, after a stage of 125 km contested on an urban circuit of 10.4 km in St-Georges, the central area where cyclists will be accommodated. This stage promises to be just as exciting as the riders will give it their all to climb in the General classification or protect their leaders.
TOUR DE BEAUCE 2014 — STAGES
Stage Desjardins — Wednesday June 11: Ste-Justine /Ste-Justine (196 km)
Stage Le Georgesville — Thursday June 12 juin: Lac Mégantic /Parc National du Mont-Mégantic (167 km)
Stage Hydro-Québec — Friday June 13: St-Georges (20 km) [Time Trials]
Stage Ville de Québec — Saturday June 14: Ville de Québec (130 km) [Urban circuit : 9 tours de 14,4 km]
Stage Ville de St-Georges — Sunday June 15: Ville de St-Georges (125 km) [Urban circuit : 12 tours de 10,4 km]
Total distance : 638 km
TOUR DE BEAUCE 2014 — JERSEYS
Yellow Jersey Desjardins: Leader of the General classifications
White Jersey Hydro-Québec: Leader of the Points classifications
Polka Dots Jersey: Leader of the King of the Mountain classifications
Red Jersey Le Georgesville: Leader of the Best Young Riders classifications (U23)
Blue Jersey Ville de Québec: Winner of the Quebec Stage
For more information:
Guy Napert-Frenette, Communications, Tour de Beauce 2014 firstname.lastname@example.org | 403-669-5015