Ryan Roth will wear the Canadian red maple leaf jersey at the Tour de Beauce, while Chan Jae Jang will sport his Champion System-designed South Korean national jersey for the first time at the Tour of Korea.
“We have the team heading to opposite sides of the world and in both events there are some challenging parcours,” Champion System General Manager Ed Beamon said. “This should present some really interesting tactical situations and we are really looking forward to two great events.”
The six-day, 734-kilometer Canadian stage race begins Tuesday and includes a summit finish up Mont Mégantic on Stage 3 and circuit races around Quebec City and St-Georges de Beauce, respectively, on the final two stages.
Roth, who finished second on Stage 1, fifth on Stage 4 and eighth overall at last year’s Tour de Beauce, said that he always aims for results in what he considers his home race.
“I always look forward to racing the Tour de Beauce,” Roth said. “The courses are challenging, the organization is great and it’s about as close to home as a UCI race can be for me. I will aim for a stage win as well as having someone from the team on the podium at the end.”
A trio of Americans – Chad Beyer, Chris Butler and Craig Lewis – will be joining him. Lewis won Stage 2 at last year’s Tour de Beauce, while Beyer earned three top 10 finishes and Butler was fifth on Stage 3.
“Beyer and Butler are riding well and Lewis is coming off a strong performance in Japan,” Beamon said. “We are hoping to repeat his stage-winning performance of last year.”
Rounding out the roster are Germany’s Mathias Friedemann, New Zealand’s Clinton Avery and Slovenia national time trial champion Gregor Gazvoda. Beamon said the team will look to the first two for power in the sprints and Gazvoda – who recently finished fifth at the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic in Philadelphia – for the 20-km hilly time trial around St-Benoît-Labre.
Targeting Stage Wins, Overall in Korea
The eight-day 1,122.6-km Korean stage race begins Sunday and includes a 25.5-km team time trial around Chungju. Champion System will field an international lineup of seven riders from seven different countries to contest both the overall classification and hunt for stage wins, Beamon said.
“In addition to South Korean national champion Jang, Bobbie Traksel, Mart Ojavee, and Zach Bell will bring their experience and augment a group of youngsters that includes Adiq Othman, Kai Feng and Fabian Schnaidt,” Beamon said.
Jang – a first year professional – won Stage 3 and was the race leader for three days at last year’s Tour of Korea. He said he is still adjusting to the pro ranks, but is determined to do his national jersey justice.
“I have been learning this season how to be a professional,” Jang said. “At the beginning, things were difficult for me, especially in Europe. But now I am overcoming the difficulties. My goal is a top 10 finish and a stage win.”
Othman – who recently notched two top 10 finishes at the Tour of Japan – won Stage 6 and was third on Stage 5 at the Tour of Korea in 2011. The Malaysian rider said that he feels strong heading into the race and is looking to build upon his previous results.
“I feel really good going into Korea,” Othman said. “I know I can do something good at this race and I am ready to fight.”
Tour of Korea Roster (June 9-16):
Chan Jae Jang (KOR), Zach Bell (CAN), Chun Kai Feng (TPE), Mart Ojavee (EST), Adiq Othman (MAS), Fabian Schnaidt (GER), Bobbie Traksel (NED).
Sport Director: Chris Wherry (USA).
Tour de Beauce Roster (June 11-16):
Ryan Roth (CAN), Clinton Avery (NZL), Chad Beyer (USA), Chris Butler (USA), Matthias Friedemann (GER), Gregor Gazvoda (SLO), Craig Lewis (USA).
Sport Director: Ed Beamon (USA).
Canadian national road champion Ryan Roth will be in action in his home country at the Tour de Beauce.
(Brian Hodes, VeloImages.)