Round 36 of the Tour de Beauce: The yellow jersey changes shoulders

Round 36 of the Tour de Beauce: The yellow jersey changes shoulders

New Zealander Josh Burnett won the third stage of 36H Edition of the Tour de Beauce on Friday, at the summit of Mont-Mégantic.

Team member Mito Q thus took possession of the yellow leader's jersey that had belonged to American Tyler Stites for two days. But the latter retains the white jersey in the points classification.

Burnett finished the day's event 26 seconds ahead of Ian Lopez (Evolo). It was Quebecer Felix Hamel (Ecoflow Chronos) who took the third step on the podium, who crossed the finish line just 30 seconds after the winner.

“At 300 metres, I saw the device explode in front of us. I went out into the wind and pushed hard. It's really unexpected. I didn't think I would get such a good result,” said Hamel.

“I knew I was the best climber on the team, but not one of the best climbers in the Tour de Beauce.”

Photo credit: Photo courtesy of BRIAN BLACK HODES VELOIMAGES

Two more La Belle County representatives finished in the top 10 on the day. Laurent Gervais (Project Echelon) and Francis Izquierdo Bernier (Cannondale Echelon) finished eighth and ninth, respectively.

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The fourth phase will be launched at 1:30 pm on Saturday on the streets of Quebec.

The yellow jersey could change again after a 35-lap battle on the Grande Allée near the Tourny Fountain. Stites is just 44 seconds behind Burnett, while Ian Lopez, Félix Hamel and Laurent Gervais are less than a minute behind the leader.

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