Champion System's Friedemann Third In Final Stage In Canada
Champion System Pro Cycling Team's Matthias Friedemann won the field sprint for third place Sunday in the final stage of the Tour de Beauce.
The German was part of an eight-man breakaway that formed early on the 12.5 kilometer circuit course in Saint-Georges. Bruno Langlois (Garneau-Quebecor-Norton Rose) took the win ahead of Marsh Cooper (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies). Rory Sutherland (UnitedHealthcare) earned the overall victory, as the overall standings remained unchanged.
Friedemann started the day in fourth place in the points classification, yet despite winning all three intermediate sprints for the day, remained one point shy from taking the jersey.
“Today was the hardest stage and I worked hard to win and get the sprint jersey," Friedemann said. "Obviously, I wasn't far off. That gives me self-confidence for the next races.”
Friedemann’s group worked well together and extended its lead of up to a minute and a half on the field. With only the final lap remaining, Langlois attacked and only Cooper was able to follow. The rest of the breakaway was rapidly swept up by the peloton, but Friedemann still had enough left to win the field sprint.
“I'm actually satisfied with my results," Friedemann said. "A win was my goal, but that's cycling, and of course everybody wants to win. My two third places and a fourth place showed me that I'm on a good way. Hopefully I will be rewarded with a win next time.”
Champion System General Manager Ed Beamon said it was a positive week for the growth and development of the team. Craig Lewis won Stage 2, Friedemann added his two third places on Stages 1 and 6 and a fourth on Stage 2, while Chris Butler was fifth on the summit finish of Mont-Mégantic on Stage 3.
“The guys rose well together and made the important selections in each stage,” Beamon said. “The near misses were disappointing, but having the team be competitive and so close in every stage shows the development that has occurred the past several weeks.”