In His Own Words: Christian Meier on Tour de Beauce Stage SixSun 16 Jun 2013
Christian Meier, racing with the Canadian National Team, scored his first overall podium of the season at the Tour de Beauce. Overcoming a bit of bad luck in the time trial, Meier rallied back in the weekend stages with support from his teammates. In his own words, he describes the final day of racing in Québec.
As predicted, the last day of the Tour de Beauce provided plenty of fireworks. Our focus as a team today was to chase the stage win rather than apply big pressure on the overall.
We managed to get a rider in the early break, and all seemed to be going according to plan until midway through the short, 110 kilometre stage, when UHC started to light up the race. They were sitting on third and fourth on the general classification, and it was clear they were to challenge for the overall win.
As the second half of the race unfolded, I ended up in a counter-move that included Nathan Brown (Bontrager), who started the day in second, and Phil Deignan (UHC), who started the day in fifth. We drove across to the early break together. As we pushed out the advantage, pressure mounted for race leader Francisco Mancebo’s 5 Hour Energy team, and we knew they had begun to falter.
We continued to apply pressure, keeping the tempo high until the end of the stage. I needed 47” on Mancebo to move onto the final podium. In the end, my group managed over a minute. It was enough for me to jump from sixth to third behind Brown, who took the overall victory.
Making such big overall gains in the last couple of stages was great. My teammates on the Canadian National Team really gave it everything to help make it happen. We had a bit of bad luck throughout the week including Hugo Houle’s crash and my flat tire in the time trial. Despite that, it was a pretty successful week for us and a good confidence boast for me ahead of Canadian National Road Championships next week.