In His Own Words: Christian Meier on Tour de Beauce Stage TwoWed 12 Jun 2013
Christian Meier was part of a successful outing for the Canadian National Team at the Tour de Beauce on Wednesday. In his own words, he describes the race action from the second stage of the six day tour
It was another wet and cold day on the start of the second stage with wind threatening to make the day a real fight. After a quick start, a small group got away and Bontrager took up the pace-making to defend their yellow jersey. This stage typically ends in a sprint, and we had one of the quickest guys in the field amongst us, so we were happy with the situation.
The break proved more dangerous than anticipated, and the chase turned frantic in our attempt to bring them back to the bunch ahead of the finish. We only managed to catch them in the final few hundred metres. Without the final lap lead out by our team, they may have remained out of reach.
Now is probably a good time to mention we did indeed win the stage! Coming into the final of the four kilometre circuit, we took control of the race. Each rider took a big turn to deliver Guillaume and last lead out man Dominique Rollin well into the final hundre metres. It was a super effort by the entire team that showed the strength of our commitment, and it was very cool to see the result come together the way it did.
Tomorrow we tackle the famed Mount Megantic, a brutally steep windy climb leading to the summit finish. We’ll be riding to defend the yellow jersey which Boivin managed to wrestle away from the Bontrager boys, so we’ll have work cut out for us. We’ll see how we go.