Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team riders Jordan Cheyne and James Piccoli had the opportunity to race the UCI 2.2 event Tour de Beauce in Canada. The two climbers joined the Canadian National Team to race the event, with the aspirations to win the overall.
A notoriously challenging stage race where the riders would take on the elements, steep climbs, technical circuits and a double day in order to complete the 5 stage event. As the stages unfolded, Team Canada had several riders in contention for top 10 placings, until the stage 4 criterium. Here, both James and Jordan rode into the breakaway of the day, where James ultimately attacked his compatriots for a valiant solo effort across the finish line. His win moved him to 8th General Classification and placed the Blue jersey on his back for the 5th and final stage of the event. Click the link to watch the video interview with James after his win on Canadian Cyclist.
Team Canada was committed to take on the technical circuits of the 5th and final stage with fury, putting United HealthCare and General Classification leader Sergei Tvetcov on the back foot. With both Jordan and James again in the breakaway, they lifted the pace and pushed the limits as the laps ticked down. The distance to the tattered peloton continued to grow until James became the virtual leader on the road. The breakaway began with 8 riders, and was whittled down to 4 before they crossed the finish line. Teammate Cheyne had crashed on a technical descent after diligently protecting James in the break and working hard to solidify their distance from the chasers. Ultimately James finished 4th on the stage while taking the overall Yellow Leaders Jersey at the end of a dramatic day of racing. Jordan continued his fight to the finish line to finish 5th on the stage and an impressive 9th overall.
Piccoli’s victory has placed him in the record books as it has been a decade since a Canadian has won the Tour de Beauce. His teammate for the tour, Svein Tuft, was the last Canadian to win the event in 2008. Rest assured, the team was elated and honored to place a Canadian back into the Yellow Jersey.
From James Piccoli: “So I’ve had a day to process and I have a lot of thanks to give here. Yesterday I won the Tour de Beauce. I would not have won the Tour de Beauce if it wasn’t for my unbelievable teammates. Jordan Cheyne gave 100% of himself and even some of his skin to give us the shot at the win. Ben Perry and Svein Tuft believed in me and set up the moves perfectly. Derek and the boys gave everything. The staff were passionate and supportive and caring. I think you can see by the pictures I chose here how much the win means to all of Team Canada. I am so blessed and honored to be a part of such an achievement. Thank you guys and girls for everything this week!”
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