2016 Road World Cham­pi­onships

TTT Medals for Canuel, Nu­mainville and Tuft in TTT

Pedal Magazine - - Contents - by Ben Andrew and Tim Le­feb­vre

The 2016 Road World Cham­pi­onships took place be­tween Oct. 9-16 in Doha, Qatar, mark­ing the first time the Cham­pi­onships have been held in the Mid­dle East. Twenty-five Cana­di­ans took to the start in Doha, one of the largest squads to ever at­tend the event. The heat and wind were large fac­tors at all of the races, how­ever this did not stop Cana­di­ans from post­ing some ex­cel­lent re­sults.

TIME TRI­ALS

Elite Women's TTT

The 40km Elite women's TTT kicked off the Cham­pi­onships and was a great start for Canada, as Karol-Ann Canuel (Boels-Dol­mans Cycling Team) and Joelle Nu­mainville (Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling) both landed on the podium in first and third re­spec­tively along­side their team­mates. Boels-Dol­mans rode in­cred­i­bly strong, fin­ish­ing the day with a 48-sec­ond ad­van­tage over Canyon-SRAM in sec­ond, and a 1:57 ad­van­tage over Cervélo Bigla.

This was Canuel's third TTT gold medal, while Nu­mainville's bronze was her first medal at the Road Worlds. Canada's An­nie Fore­man-Mackey and Ali­son Jack­son had fan­tas­tic rides as well, as their team, TWENTY16-Ride­biker, fin­ished fifth in the event.

Elite Men's TTT

The Elite men's TTT saw the mo­men­tum con­tinue for Canada, as Svein Tuft and his ORICA-BikeEx­change team claimed third in the 40km race. This was Tuft's third TTT medal and fourth ca­reer medal at Worlds, as back in 2008, he claimed the In­di­vid­ual sil­ver medal in the ITT. Etixx–Quick-Step, driven by Tony Martin, stormed to vic­tory, at 12 sec­onds ahead of BMC Racing, the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons from 2014 and 2015. This was the Etixx–Quick-Step fran­chise's third TTT vic­tory, hav­ing won the event in 2012 and 2013 as Omega Pharma–Quick-Step.

Cana­dian Hugo Houle and his AG2R La Mon­di­ale team fin­ished 11th, while the Cycling Acad­emy Team of former Na­tional road cham­pion Guil­laume Boivin fin­ished one spot be­hind in 12th.

Elite Women's ITT

Fol­low­ing her strong per­for­mance in the TTT, Canuel was the lone Cana­dian in the 28.9km Elite women's ITT, fin­ish­ing in 19th place. Amer­i­can Am­ber Neben sur­prised the field and many favourites, putting in a stel­lar ride for the vic­tory. A former cham­pion from 2013, Ellen van Dijk (NED) took home sec­ond, while Ka­trin Gar­foot (AUS) claimed her first podium at Worlds, win­ning the bronze.

Elite Men's ITT

The 40km Elite men's ITT took place in Doha on Oct. 12, and Ger­many's Martin was on form, claim­ing a record fourth ti­tle to match Switzer­land's Fabian Can­cel­lara for the most ITT Worlds gold medals. De­fend­ing cham­pion Vasil Kiryienka (BEL) was sec­ond, while Jonathan Cas­tro­viejo Ni­co­las (ESP) raced to third on the podium.

Canada's Houle fin­ished a re­spectable 29th on the day at 3:17.24 be­hind Martin, while re­cently crowned Na­tional time-trial cham­pion Ryan Roth fin­ished just out­side the top 30 in 31st at 3:21.44 be­hind the win­ner.

U23 Men's ITT

The U23 men's ITT fea­tured Canada's Alexan­der Cowan and Sean MacKinnon on Oct. 10, and both rid­ers laid down strong per­for­mances. Cowan led the way, plac­ing a strong 12th at 1:26.26 be­hind win­ner Marco Mathis of Ger­many, while MacKinnon crossed the line in 16th at 1:42.86 back. Ger­many had an im­pres­sive show­ing in the event, with two rid­ers tak­ing the top two steps of the podium, and a to­tal of three rid­ers inside the top five. Amer­i­can Neil­son Pow­less con­tin­ued to show his strong time-trail­ing skills, fin­ish­ing sixth at 54.17 sec­onds be­hind Mathis.

Ju­nior Women's ITT

That same day, the ju­nior women's ITT race was held, with two Cana­di­ans on the start line. Lau­rie Jus­saume of Con­tre­coeur, Que. fin­ished 25th on the 13.7km ITT course, while Erin At­twell of Vic­to­ria, B.C. fin­ished close be­hind in 27th. Kar­li­jin Swinkels of The Nether­lands had the fastest time to claim the ju­nior women's ITT ti­tle.

Ju­nior Men's ITT

The next day saw two Cana­di­ans racing the 28.9km ju­nior men's ITT, as Nick­o­las Zukowsky was the top fin­isher in 24th at 2:51.7 be­hind Amer­i­can win­ner Bran­don McNulty, who also won the Tour de l'Abitibi back in July. Fel­low Canuck Matthew Sta­ples fin­ished 64th on the day.

ROAD RACES

U23 Men's Road Race

The road races were up next, be­gin­ning on Oct. 13, and the 165.7km U23 men's road race was won in a field sprint by Kristof­fer Halvorsen (NOR), fol­lowed closely by Pas­cal Ack­er­mann (GER) and Jakub Mareczko (ITA) in sec­ond and third re­spec­tively.

The race was an­i­mated by a group of nine rid­ers who broke away on the first lap, how­ever they were kept in check by the strong Nor­we­gian team. The break was pulled back in the fi­nal laps as the main field's pace in­creased. A crash with five kilo­me­tres to go caused a split in the field that left the Cana­di­ans out of con­tention.

David Drouin of St-Pros­per, Que. was the top Canuck in 42nd, fol­lowed by de­fend­ing U23 cham­pion Ben­jamin Perry in 59th. Team Canada's MacKinnon was 135th, while Canucks Ni­co­las Mas­bourain and Cowan did not fin­ish.

Ju­nior Women's Road Race

In the 74.5km ju­nior women's road race the next day, Mag­gie Coles-Lys­ter led Team Canada to a top-15 per­for­mance, fin­ish­ing 14th in a bunch sprint. Elisa Bal­samo (ITA) won, with Sky­lar Sch­nei­der (USA) in sec­ond and Su­sanne An­der­sen (NOR) in third. Fel­low Canuck De­vaney Col­lier fin­ished 24th, while reign­ing Na­tional road-race cham­pion At­twell fin­ished 31st, and was fol­lowed by Jus­saume in 39th.

Ju­nior Men's Road Race

Cana­dian Thierry Kirouac-Mar­cassa of Boucherville, Que. fin­ished 30th in the 135.5km ju­nior men's road race at 1:45 be­hind Den­mark's Jakob Egholm, who claimed the win af­ter a sur­prise late-race at­tack with ap­prox­i­mately 10 kilo­me­tres to go. Egholm broke clear of the front group with team­mate Julius Jo­hansen, and held on for an em­phatic solo vic­tory. Ger­man Nik­las Markl took the bunch sprint for the sil­ver medal, while Reto Muller (SUI) won bronze. Kirouac-Mar­cassa was the only Cana­dian fin­isher in an event that saw many DNFs, which in­cluded Canucks Zukowsky, Sta­ples and Charles-Eti­enne Chre­tien.

Elite Women's Road Race

Nu­mainville led Team Canada, claim­ing a strong ninth-place fin­ish in the 134.1km Elite women's com­pe­ti­tion. The vet­eran Que­bec rider was able to re­main up­right in the sprint even af­ter an Ital­ian rider pulled a foot out of her pedal just in front of Nu­mainville. Three Cana­di­ans fin­ished inside the top 25 among the field of 146 rid­ers, as Leah Kirch­mann and Ali­son Jack­son fin­ished 14th and 23rd re­spec­tively. Amalie Diderik­sen (DEN) took the win from a bunch sprint, with Kris­ten Wild (NED) in sec­ond and Lotta Lepistö (FIN) in third.

Team Canada ral­lied near the end of the race, as Kirch­mann and Jack­son worked to­gether to po­si­tion Nu­mainville well for the fin­ish­ing sprint. Canuel ended up 71st, while Sara Bergen, who made her de­but at the Cham­pi­onships, fin­ished 91st. Re­cently crowned Cana­dian road-race cham­pion Fore­man-Mackey did not fin­ish. This was an­other great per­for­mance by the Cana­dian women, build­ing off their strong ride last year in Rich­mond, Va., where Nu­mainville fin­ished 11th and Canuel was 13th.

Elite Men's Road Race

Cana­dian fans were stoked to see Roth in the win­ning break, as Slo­vakian Peter Sagan de­liv­ered in Doha to re­tain his cov­eted rain­bow jer­sey. Near the end of the 275.5km day in the As­pire zone of western Doha, a select group of 21 rid­ers, in­clud­ing Roth, re­mained, as Sagan chose to sprint from be­hind due to a tough head­wind in the fi­nale. Sagan was able to squeeze by Ital­ian Gi­a­como Niz­zolo and the bar­ri­ers, while hold­ing off Bri­tish sprinter and former world cham­pion Mark Cavendish, who was held up slightly be­hind Aussie Michael Matthews and set­tled for the sil­ver. Claim­ing bronze was an­other former win­ner, Tom Boo­nen of Bel­gium.

An early break moved clear with Brayan Ramirez (COL), Nic Dougall (RSA), Nat­nael Ber­hane (ERI), Anas Ait El Ab­dia (MAR), Sergiy Lagkuti (UKR), Rene Corella (MEX) and Wood­stock, Ont.'s own Roth. Build­ing up an ad­van­tage of more than 11 min­utes, the group worked well to­gether, wait­ing for the even­tual win­ning move to come across.

Be­hind in the main pelo­ton, the Bel­gian and Dutch teams be­gan to take ad­van­tage of the strong cross­winds as they put pres­sure at the front of the race. Cracks be­gan to form and the lead group sped off in pur­suit of Roth and the break. Within this sec­ond group were no less than six Bel­gian rid­ers, as well as the Dutch, Nor­we­gians, and the Bri­tish, who had the men they wanted. It was Ger­many and France that failed to make the split and spent the rest of the day chas­ing in vain.

The two lead groups merged with 143 kilo­me­tres of racing to go, but with the right mix of work­ers and stars aboard, the gap slowly in­creased, with Roth hang­ing tight. As the race wound down on the Pearl cir­cuits, the Dutch, with Nikki Terp­stra and Tom Leezer, tried some moves in vain, as the Bel­gians pulled it all back for Boo­nen. In the end, no one could han­dle the fin­ish­ing sprint of Sagan, who will once again be clad in rain­bow stripes for 2017.

Canada's Roth held tough right up un­til the fi­nal kilo­me­tre, where he was dis­tanced from the lead sprint­ers and found him­self ar­riv­ing nine sec­onds in ar­rears in a won­der­ful, well-de­served 15th place.

“I found I wasn't ac­tu­ally feel­ing too bad on the last lap. I was ex­pect­ing more at­tacks, but in hind­sight there were mainly sprint­ers and team­mates of them to drive the group, so it was ac­tu­ally pretty calm. The only thing that went wrong was inside the last km, a gap opened up a wheel or two in front of me. I hes­i­tated to see if some­one from be­hind would close it, but no one did, mean­ing I didn't ac­tu­ally get to do the sprint with the front 10 guys or so.

“I didn't re­ally have any per­sonal goal for the road race, so to walk away with a top 15 is nice. I think Canada is headed in the right di­rec­tion and there are some pos­i­tive things go­ing on. I'd love to think that the work we did around this year's races adds some­thing to the day in the fu­ture when we [Canada] have some­one on the top step of the podium in a rain­bow jer­sey,” Roth told Pedal.

Roth's 15th was the best re­sult by a Cana­dian in the Elite men's race since the 2003 Road Worlds in Hamil­ton, Ont., where Michael Barry was sev­enth. Fel­low Cana­di­ans Hugo Houle, An­toine Duch­esne, Guil­laume Boivin, Adam de Vos and Ryan An­der­son did not fin­ish, as only 53 of the 199 starters re­mained.

(top left) Canada's Joelle Nu­mainville (2nd from left) on the podium for the first time

at Worlds, as her Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling team won bronze the Elite women’s TTT.

(top) Cana­dian Karol-Ann Canuel is all smiles with her third TTT gold medal.

(above) Canada's Svein Tuft (3rd from the right) with his ORICA-BikeEx­change

team that won third in the Elite men’s TTT.

(fac­ing top) Tony Martin (GER) claimed a record 4th Elite men’s ITT ti­tle.

(fac­ing bot­tom) Hugo Houle was Canada’s top fin­isher in the men’s ITT, plac­ing

a re­spectable 29th.

(op­po­site far left) Slo­vakia's Peter Sagan sprinted to vic­tory, de­fend­ing his

rain­bow jer­sey in the Elite men’s road race.

(op­po­site top) Canada's Ryan Roth had a stel­lar ride racing out front for the

en­tire day in the Elite men’s road race, earn­ing a well-de­served 15th over­all.

(op­po­site be­low) Canada’s Alexan­der Cowan fin­ished a strong 12th in the U23 Men’s ITT;

Mag­gie Coles-Lys­ter was the top Cana­di­an­ju­nior woman, fin­ish­ing 14th in the road race.

(above) Canada's Joelle Nu­mainville (in blue on the left) claimed 9th in the women's

road race be­hind win­ner (r) Amalie Diderik­sen from Den­mark and (l) Kris­ten Wild from The

Nether­lands in sec­ond.

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