A NEW FORMULA FOR THE TOUR DE BEAUCE AS IT CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF CYCLING
Criterium makes a return after six years hiatus
(Saint-Georges, QC – May 28, 2015) The start of the 2015 Tour de Beauce will be given on June 10 at its home base in Saint-Georges, 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 683,4 kilometers in the Chaudière-Appalaches, Estrie and Quebec regions.
Celebrating 30 years of the Tour de Beauce, fans will be treated to the spectator-friendly, fast-paced criterium in the downtown core of Saint-Georges. The short 60km-race makes it return to the Tour de Beauce after six years of hiatus thanks to an exemption from the UCI. The crit as commonly known will be preceded by a grueling time trial earlier in the day on a brand new and closed section of Highway 73.
“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 2015 edition of the Tour de Beauce is marked by the return of the very exciting and fast-paced Criterium downtown Saint-Georges, and the presentation of what promises to be a picturesque Time Trial on the closed portion of the new highway 73.
The first stage will take place Wednesday, June 11 with the start and finish at Saint-Georges, and will highlight the strategies of each team as the general classification takes shape. The course used in Stage 1 will be the same used later this month for the Global Relay Canadian Road Championships.
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-Mégantic, and after more than 160 kilometers in the saddle. Last year, the mountain top finish was deviated to Mont-Saint-Joseph as there were road renovations during the event. Expect a complete reshuffle of the general classification at the end of this stage.
The grueling individual time trial race will take place during the third stage, Friday, June 13 in Saint- Georges, on a new section of Highway 73, totaling a distance of 21 km. This time trial stage is usually one that brings a lot of change in the overall standings. Later in the evening, the downtown core of Saint-Georges will be utilized for the very exciting criterium, rolling around a 1.5 km circuit in front of patios and restaurants.
Quebec City will host once again a classic stage of the Tour de Beauce, the fifth, on Saturday, June 13. 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 9.6 km.
The 2015 Tour de Beauce champion will be crowned Sunday, June 14, after a 122.4 km stage contested on an urban circuit of 10.2 km in Saint-Georges, the centralized 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 2015 — STAGES
- Stage 1 — June 10: Saint-Georges-Saint-Georges (186.2 km)
- Stage 2 — June 11: Lac Mégantic/Parc National du Mont-Mégantic (169 km)
- Stage 3a — June 12: Saint-Georges (21 km) [Time Trial]
- Stage 3b — June 12: Saint-Georges (60km) [Criterium: 40 laps of 1.5km]
- Stage 4 — June 13: Ville de Québec (124.8 km) [Urban Circuit: 13 laps of 9,6 km]
- Stage 5 — June 14: Ville de Saint-Georges (122.4 km) [Urban Circuit: 12 laps of 10,2 km]
Total distance: 683.4 km
TOUR DE BEAUCE 2015 — 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