In His Own Words: Christian Meier on Tour de Beauce Stage FourFri 14 Jun 2013
Christian Meier is back with his daily check in from the Tour de Beauce. The St-Benoît-Labre stage four individual time trial was meant to sort out the overall classification ahead of the two weekend circuits. Instead it sets up the overall contenders for a fierce battle for the leader’s jersey. In his own words, Christian shares details of his day.
The Tour de Beauce time trial is a 20 kilometre out and back test with mostly uphill trending rollers on the way out and a fast ride home. My ride started to look fairly decent before I got an untimely flat just before the mid-point of the course. The mechanical stalled the good momentum I had built up on my minute man.
Although the mechanic did a great job with the wheel changes, the new rules that force us to leave the lawyer tabs on the base of the fork made the wheel change a bit more slower than what I’ve come to expect. The win may not have been in reach, but it would have been nice to have a clear run at the stage.
I ended the day in 11th, around 43” off the pace of stage winner Joey Rosskopf (Hincapie Sportswear Development Team). I’m up two spots on the overall, from tenth to eight, 1’28 behind race leader Francisco Mancebo (5 Hour Energy). The next couple of days are both very difficult circuits, and the fight for the overall is fierce with Mancebo only 2” ahead of Matt Cooke (Century Road Club) and 3” ahead of Nathan Brown (Bontrager). A top spot on the overall for me seems slightly out of reach at this point, but we’ll definitely see what we can do.