Three-time Canadian TT Champion (2004, 1005 & 2006), Svein Tuft (Symmetrics) was the only rider to put in a time of under 26 minutes in the 20km individual time trial in the fourth stage at the Tour de Beauce.
Tuft set the fastest time at 25 minutes and 45 second. Valeriy Kobzarenko (Team Type 1) was second at 40 seconds slower and Australian Darren Lapthorne (Team Sparkasse) was third, 55 seconds behind Tuft. GC leader going into the stage, Bernardo Colex Tepoz (Tecos Trek, finished in fourth place, at 58 seconds back. (Photo courtesy TourDeBeauce.com)
“The form is excellent,” said Tuft. “I came here hoping to win, but I’m particularly happy with my results in yesterday’s climb.”
With this result, Tuft takes over the top of the leaderboard, with a scant 7 seconds ahead of Colex, and 46 seconds over Kobzarenko.
In the last two year, the winner of the ITT won the overall, and Tuft is hoping to keep the trend going. Team Type 1 still has some cards to play, as they have 3 riders in play, Moises Aldape, Chadwick and Kobza. And the Tecos team has not given up with the dangerous Colex breathing down Tuft’s neck.
“The stages for the next two days will be difficult, but we will try to use our experience in order to control the race and not to let just anybody go.” said Tuft who along with his team is ready to defend the yellow jersey for the next 3 stages, tonight’s criterium and more importantly the last 2 stages, long and hilly circuit races.