Mapei’s Rogers Wins GP Beauce
– Reported by Mapei-Quickstep –
Michael Rogers won yesterday (23rd June) the 17th edition of the Grand Prix Cycliste de Beauce in Canada.
The MAPEI-Quick Step Young Riders Group athlete, who was always up along with the best riders right from the first stages, constructed his success thanks to his constant ability during the two most difficult stages of this short Canadian stage race, the 4th and 5th stages. During the 4th stage the Australian rider rode alongside the climbing specialists arriving at the finish line along with them. The following day in the 5th stage he gained the yellow shirt as leader being classified in 3rd place in the difficult 22 kilometre timed stage.
During yesterday’s final stage that finished at Saint-Georges, Rogers had to defend himself from the attacks of his immediate chasers. During the long circuit of 64 kilometres that had to be repeated twice, the winner of the Tour Down Under 2002 was able to rely on the help of his team mates, who were very good at keeping the race tightly sewn on an undulating course that was easily open to attack. After having neutralised a 35-man breakaway that was borne just a few kilometres into the race, Rogers’ team mates kept him as covered as possible; something that enabled him to win the general classifications beating the American rider Decanio of the Prime Alliance team by 35” and the Czech rider Lubor Tesar of the Nurnberger-Versicherung team by 37”.
“This is a very comforting win – says Rogers after having gained his 3rd victory of the season. After the Tour Down Under I found it very difficult to get a good rhythm whilst racing; at the moment I am in pretty good condition and I hope I’ll be winning other races soon so that I can prove to be a cyclist that is able to do well throughout the whole season”.