In His Own Words: Christian Meier on Tour de Beauce Stage ThreeFri 14 Jun 2013
Christian Meier was his team’s top finisher on the third stage of the Tour de Beauce. The Canadian National Team started the day with the yellow jersey courtesy of stage two winner Guillaume Boivin and adopted an unconventional approach to defending the race lead. In his own, Christian describes the action from the queen stage of the race.
Today’s stage was always going to be a tough day. With the summit finish up Mont Megantic with its steep 18% pitches and dead roads, stage three was a demanding day.
Our plan for the stage was to get our guys in the moves rather than do a traditional defence of the yellow jersey. There was a two-fold thought behind this tactic. Our yellow jersey is a sprinter and also it allowed our guys to take chances for themselves as well.
The strategy worked well. The team never missed a move. The plan for me was to wait and have a crack at the final climb. In the end, I didn’t quite have the legs I had needed and was more in damage control mode for the last part of the uphill finish.
Mont Megantic has always eluded me. I have never been able to figure it out or produce a spectacular ride on it in a race setting. In the end, I finished in tenth place on the stage to jump up to tenth overall, 1’12 behind new race leader Francisco Mancebo (5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda). We’ll see how things shake out after the time trial tomorrow.
It’s always a bit of a mystery as to how the body will react after having a break post-Giro d’Italia, and I won’t say I’m not slightly disappointing, but we’ll keep riding into the tour and hope for something in the next few days. The team here is riding really well, and I’m confident another result can be achieved.