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Cooke Wins Tour de Beauce Queen Stage

Monday, June 18, 2012
Québec, Canada - Matthew Cooke of the Exergy team won the queen stage of the June 12-17 Tour de Beauce stage race in Quebec, Canada, soloing to an impressive victory atop Mont-Mégantic on Stage 3.

Cooke rode a strong, savvy race on the third stage of Canada’s biggest stage race, putting himself in a lead group that was whittled down from 25 to just eight riders with 3km to go in the 164km race from St. Georges to Mont-Mégantic.

“I really just hit it with 2k to go,” the American rider told after the win. “The pace slowed a little bit and I didn’t hesitate.”

Cooke made the move count, riding his Felt F1 to a 7-second advantage over GC contender Francisco Mancebo and moving up to second overall in the GC with two stages remaining.

Cooke rode a strong time trial in the following day’s stage, conceding 1:42 to TT specialist and stage winner Svein Tuft, and maintaining a top-five overall standing. In the end, he finished fifth overall.