In His Own Words: Christian Meier on Tour de Beauce Stage FiveSat 15 Jun 2013
Christian Meier, riding for the Canadian National Team, used the penultimate stage of the Tour de Beauce to make gains on the overall classification. Up to sixth overall from eighth place after the individual time trial yesterday, he is now 47” outside the race lead and 39” off the overall podium. In his own words, he describes the fifth stage of the race.
Today we raced an urban circuit through the streets of the historic old Québec City. The course borrows from the WorldTour race held here in September. Early in the stage, we put Guillaume Boivin in a breakaway but instead of letting it go to the line, we decided to start putting pressure on the team of race leader Francisco Mancebo (5 Hour Energy). We began to launch our missives with five laps (50 kilometres) left to race.
I made the first few attacks through the finishing climb to get them on the rope. My teammates followed with attacks of their own that launched them off the front on the climb. I bridged across, and from there, we rolled full gas with the three of us making contact with the remnants of the break. Guillaum and Rob Britton laid down the last pulls, and in the final lap, I was left in a group of five riders.
As I was the one with the most to gain on the overall, the break was looking at me do the work, so I rode it like I was in a solo move, going all in to make the biggest possible gain. I managed to push the break out to 1’15 at one point, nearly of the 1’28 I needed to make up on the race leader.
Coming into the last climb, I rode it as hard I could. I led my group until the final 300 metres before I faded back slightly ahead of the sprint. In the end, I finished fifth on the stage, took back 45” on GC and jumped up to sixth overall. We laid it all out on the line today and went for broke. The boys rode incredibly, and the team put its mark on the race.