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Burnett battles to title at Tour de Beauce

Updated: Jun 17

The first New Zealander to win at the Tour de Beauce, Josh Burnett celebrates
Josh Burnett and MitoQ NZ Cycling Project teammates celebrate his victory at the Tour de Beauce PHOTO: NZ CYCLING PROJECT

New Zealand rider Josh Burnett from MitoQ NZ Cyclking Project has won the 2024 Tour de Beauce in Canada after a tight final stage.


Irishman Conn McDunphy of the Skyline team won the 5th and final stage of the Tour de Beauce which took place on the streets of downtown Saint-Georges.


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The winner stopped the clock at 3h 03m 20s, at an average speed of almost 40 km/h.

Quebecer Jérôme Gauthier (Ecoflo Chronos) took second place, followed by another Quebecer, Sasha Renaud-Tremblay, who completed the day's podium.


With 10 riders were less than 80 seconds behind the leader it was initially difficult to decide the overall winner.


After taking advantage of the hard work of his teammates, Burnett had to rely on his own perseverance to celebrate the overall victory.


It was a tight tussle between riders with Burnett showing plenty of strength and resolve to hold his position as overnight leader.


The 23-year-old from Southland finished ahead of American Tyler Stites (Project Echelon) by just 0.44 seconds with third to Ian Lopez (Aevolo), also crowned best young person under 23.


Burnett became the first New Zealand champion of Tour de Beauce since Graeme Miller 34-years-ago.

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