Vogels-Moniger Take 1-2 in Beauce
6/25/2001 by Jeff Quenet, bike.com
“Mercury-Viatel came into the last stage of the Tour de Beauce with the main goal of winning the race, even if it meant that the 1-2 standings of Vogels and Moniger came into jeopardy. With a huge team effort from Bouchard-Hall, Sayers, and Wherry, The Green Wave never saw their advantage threatened by the peloton.
The final stage was a tough 15 lap 10k circuit that featured a tortuous 3k climb to help shake things up. Canadian Svein Tuft, took off solo in the early stages of the race in a move similar to the one that propelled Vogels into the race lead. Tuft built a lead of over 4 minutes and tried to hang on as the Mercury boys waited for the attacks to come. On the last few circuits, first, it was Saturn and then MROZ who took turns trying to shake off the Mercury leaders. But one by one, the Green Wave brought them back in an impressive display of teamwork. Tuft held on for a well-deserved stage victory, but it was Vogels and Moniger who took home the biggest accomplishment, a 1-2 finish in the biggest race in Canada.”