The Champion System Pro Cycling Team will field a well-rounded roster for its first appearance in the Tour de Beauce, General Manager Ed Beamon said. The six-day race in Canada that begins Tuesday includes a summit finish on Stage 3 and a 20-kilometer time trial on Stage 4.
"Our 'Twin Towers' of Clinton Avery and Will Clarke have good form and should go well on the big rolling stages early on," Beamon said. "We have Matthias Friedemann and Adiq Othman for the sprints, and Chris Butler will have to test his legs on Mont Mégantic. Joris Boillet was 10th here last year and I think he's capable of improving on that result."
Friedemann said Beauce is one of his favorite races of the season because it's well organized and the stages are tough. That usually means the best rider wins, he said.
"I'd like to do a good result on the 'easier' stages, like the first one; but to win in Quebec City would be great," Friedemann said. "In Philadelphia, I felt strong, so I think my form is very good at the moment, even better than last year. So I hope I can perform well. It's a very important race for us and we're going there with a strong team."
In the general classification, Champion System will look to Craig Lewis. The Boulder, Colo., resident is coming off a 21st place finish at the U.S. national road championships two weeks ago.
"Beauce should be a good venue for him and if he's going to make a mark as a potential classification leader, I think this race is perfectly suited for him," Beamon said.
Lewis said he is looking forward to his first trip to Beauce.
"On paper, the courses really suit me, but I'm unsure of where my form is," he said. "I've done a good bit of travel these last few months and I've spent the past week up at 8,000 feet, so I'm just hoping to get to Canada feeling fresh."
Champion System Pro Cycling Team Tour de Beauce Roster:
Clinton Avery (NZL), Joris Boillet (SUI), Chris Butler (USA), Will Clarke (AUS), Matthias Friedemann (GER), Craig Lewis (USA), Adiq Othman (MAL).