Champion System's Friedemann Third On Stage 1 at Tour de Beauce
Matthias Friedemann of the Champion System Pro Cycling Team finished third and teammate Adiq Othman was sixth to earn the best young rider jersey on Tuesday's opening stage of the Tour de Beauce.
Francisco Mancebo (Competitive Cyclist) soloed to the win in the 162 kilometer race after escaping with two others in the final five kilometers. After the two riders with Mancebo were taken out by a crash and a mechanical, Friedemann was bested in the sprint by Canadian Ryan Roth (SpiderTech powered by C10). Still, it was the German's best result to date riding for Asia's first pro continental team.
"After those two guys with Mancebo hit a hole and crashed, I was following a Team Type 1 rider who faded with about 700 meters to go," Friedemann said. "Suddenly, I was at the front of the chase, but it was too early. So I had to back off and wait for the next surge, which allowed Mancebo to stay away and Roth to come up from behind."
Othman was also credited with the same finish time as Mancebo, while Champion System's Chris Butler rolled in with a small group 24 seconds later. The six-day race continues Wednesday with a 160 km stage that's likely to finish with a bunch sprint, Champion System General Manager Ed Beamon said.