In His Own Words: Christian Meier on Tour de Beauce - Stage 3

Thu 28 Jun 2012

Christian Meier rode himself into the top ten on the Tour de Beauce stage three mountain finish. Below he checks in with his daily update and announces our raffle winner.

Stage three was a pretty good day of racing for the Canadian National Team. I was in a group of eight riders that rode away at the base of the Mont-Mégantic, the stage’s final climb. Once we had separated from the bunch, I rode within myself in the group. I was keeping company with some strong climbers, including race leader Francisco Mancebo (Competitive Cyclist Racing Team).

One rider from our group attacked us at about two kilometer to go and he was able to hold in to the line for the stage win. The group came apart inside the final half kilometre. I managed eighth place, and I’m feeling pretty good with that. I plan to keep given’er in the upcoming stages.

Svein also reported that his legs felt pretty good. He came in with a group not too far behind me, and hopefully with the time trial tomorrow, he and I will both be in a good position to fight hard over the final two days of racing.

The weekend stages are held over difficult circuits. We can expect this race to be explosive on these days. Even with seven riders on a team, it can be a difficult race to control. Any teams with overall ambitions will race aggressively on Saturday and Sunday, and we’re looking forward to throwing ourselves into that mix.

Thanks to all who read my report yesterday and piped up with your response to my question. Most of you were correct – it was Matt White who won atop Megantic in 1996. Susan Greenback, you are our lucky random raffle winner. We’ll be in touch to get your postal address and make arrangements to ship you your prize.