Matteo Dal-Cin powered up the slopes of Mont Mégantic to win stage two of Canada’s Tour de Beauce. Dal-Cin crossed the line alone ahead of Robin Carpenter (Holowesko-Citadel) and last year’s stage two winner Sepp Kuss. Dal-Cin won by going clear with Carpenter with 20 kilometers remaining in the stage. The duo pulled out a lead of one minute over a three man chase with the peloton languishing a further two minutes back. Once on the final climb Dal-Cin quickly distanced Carpenter and built a gap of 1:05 by the top of the brutal 5-kilometer ascent. Behind Dal-Cin and Carpenter, Kuss rode clear of the shattered peloton to grab the final podium spot.
“Winning on Mégantic is pretty special,” said Dal-Cin. “I have had some pretty ugly days on this stage, freezing and having to walk up it 2014, and then crashing in the big pileup in 2015. It was incredible to have the chance to race for the win today! I’m just really stoked that I got the opportunity from the team to have a crack at it from the break when we had such a sure thing with Sepp. It means a lot that they let me play it out and waited to see what happened rather than bringing it back straight away.”
Matteo Dal-Cin suffers on the slopes of Mont Mégantic
A professional since 2014, Dal-Cin had a tremendous 2016 season, winning the overall classification at the Redlands Bicycle Classic and racking up several top-five finishes throughout the year. In his first season with Rally Cycling, Dal-Cin rode well during the team’s spring campaign in Europe before landing top results at the Joe Martin Stage Race before winning stage one and wearing the leader’s jersey at the Tour of the Gila.
After the team was caught on the wrong side of an unexpected split in the peloton in stage one, Rally Cycling is now on the hunt for stage glory. The remaining four stages feature a time trial and hilly circuit race well suited to Dal-Cin, Kuss and Rob Britton – along with two flat stages ideal for fast men Young and Pierrick Naud. Despite Dal-Cin’s success, the team was dealt a setback as Emerson Oronte and Adam de Vos were forced to abandon with a stomach virus.
“I am proud of the whole team, especially Adam and Emerson who fought hard against stomach issues,” said Team Director Eric Wolhberg. “We had to reset the plan two-thirds through the stage, have everyone mark moves and look for opportunities. Matteo made some great choices, picked the winning move and applied pressure at the right moments. Rob and Sepp were excellent on Mont Mégantic, and Sepp did a great job to take third on the day against a very tough field.”
Dal-Cin and Sepp Kuss on the podium after stage two
Dal Cin’s victory adds to the team’s long history of success at the Tour de Beauce. In addition to Kuss's win last year, the team grabbed overall victory in 2009 with Scott Zwizanski and claimed several stage wins along the way. In 2014, future Rally Cycling rider Britton finished second overall and was eighth in 2015. The team will look to build on its history of success in the final four stages of the 2017 edition.
The Tour de Beauce continues on Friday with a 19-kilometer time trial from Saint-Jean-de-la-Lande. The sprinters will then have a chance to grab a win in the day’s second stage beginning in Saint-Georges and finishing in front of the Beauce Art International Symposium of Sculpture. Naud and Young will have another opportunity for a stage win on Saturday’s criterium in Quebec City before the race ends on Sunday’s traditional torturous circuit race around Saint-Georges.
Tour de Beauce Stage 2
1. Matteo Dal-Cin (Rally Cycling)
2. Robin Carpenter (Holowesko-Citadel)
3. Sepp Kuss (Cycling Canada)
4. Taylor Eisenhart (Holowesko-Citadel)
5. Keegan Swirbul (Jelly Belly)