Canada MTB Cup 2017

Abitibi, GP Gatineau, Beauce, Road Na­tion­als

Pedal Magazine - - Contents - by San­dra Wal­ter

Tour de l’Abitibi

Cana­dian ju­nior men de­liv­ered some strong per­for­mances at the 49th edi­tion of the Tour de l’Abitibi, which ran July 18-23 in Amos, Que. and the sur­round­ing re­gion.

Team Canada’s Kurt Penno took the in­vi­ta­tional Chal­lenge Sprint vic­tory to kick things off, also win­ning Stage One ahead of team­mate Ni­cholas Diniz (Team On­tario) for a 1-2 Cana­dian fin­ish. On Stage Two, Noah Simms from Team On­tario claimed sixth, as Mexico’s Emil­iano Mi­ra­fuentes Re­sendez took the win. Ben Kater­berg

(Cy­cling BC) led the Cana­dian charge on Stage Three, plac­ing ninth in the 10km ITT. Mexico topped the podium again.

Charles-Éti­enne Chré­tien (Team Canada), the newly crowned Na­tional ju­nior road-race cham­pion, was the top Canuck on Stage Four, plac­ing sixth be­hind win­ner Richard Holec (LUX/Stradling p/b Spe­cial­ized) of the Czech Repub­lic, who also claimed Stage Five. Chré­tien was on the podium in third on Stage Six, while Canada’s Gabriel Dra­peau Zgo­ral­ski (Novo Nordisk) fin­ished fourth on the fi­nal Stage Seven.

Penno was the top Cana­dian over­all in sev­enth, with Robin Pla­m­on­don (Team Que­bec) fin­ish­ing 10th. The over­all fi­nal GC was won by Amer­i­can Ri­ley Shee­han (Etats-Unis), who took the lead fol­low­ing the Stage Three time trial and never looked back.

Gatineau Grand Prix

Canada put five rid­ers in the top 10 at the eighth an­nual 21km Chrono Gatineau UCI 1.1 time trial on May 19, with Team Canada’s Karol-Ann Canuel fin­ish­ing sec­ond. Amer­i­can Lauren Stephens (Team TIBCO-Sil­i­con Val­ley Bank) held off two world cham­pi­ons to win the com­pe­ti­tion. Stephens, who fin­ished fourth last year, fin­ished 3.64 sec­onds ahead of Canuel and 11.15 sec­onds in front of Amer­i­can rider Am­ber Neben (VeloCon­cept), the reign­ing In­di­vid­ual time-trial cham­pion.

The next day, Team Canada went 1-2 in the 104km UCI 1.1 Grand Prix Cy­cliste de Gatineau road race with Leah Kirch­mann (Team Canada/Sun­web) and Kirsti Lay (Team Canada/Rally Cy­cling) tak­ing first and sec­ond, re­spec­tively. Amer­i­can Ken­dall Ryan (TIBCOSil­i­con Val­ley Bank) rounded out the podium in third. Af­ter fin­ish­ing third last year, Kirch­mann timed her fi­nal kick to the line per­fectly with Lay in tow for a stun­ning dis­play of Cana­dian prow­ess in the clos­ing me­tres. Other Cana­di­ans in­side the top 10 in­cluded twotime podium fin­isher Joelle Nu­mainville (Équipe du Québec/Cy­lance Pro Cy­cling) in fourth and Kar­lee Gen­dron (Rise Rac­ing) in ninth.

Tour de Beauce

Canada’s Jor­dan Cheyne (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis) fin­ished third over­all at the 32nd an­nual Tour de Beauce on June 14-18 as Latvia’s Andzs Flak­sis (Holowesko-Ci­tade p/b Hin­capie Rac­ing) took a sur­prise vic­tory on the fi­nal stage.

Fel­low Canuck Jack Burke (Aevolo) was close be­hind in fourth, while 2016 Na­tional road cham­pion Bruno Lan­glois (GarneauQuébecor) also fin­ished in­side the top 10, claim­ing eighth on the fi­nal Gen­eral Clas­si­fi­ca­tion.

Cana­di­ans fac­tored heav­ily in this year’s race with Émile Jean (Sil­ber Pro Cy­cling) tak­ing the vic­tory and the leader’s jersey on Stage One, win­ning the bunch sprint. On Stage Two, it was fel­low Canuck Mat­teo Dal-Cin (Rally Cy­cling) who scored a strong solo vic­tory on the gru­el­ing slopes of Mont-Me­gan­tic, tak­ing the Queen Stage in style.

Next up was young ris­ing Cana­dian star Alexan­der Cowan (Sil­ber Pro Cy­cling), who won the Stage 3a In­di­vid­ual time trial to take over the leader’s jersey as well. Then at the 77km Stage 3b Cri­terium in down­town Saint-Ge­orges, Olivier Brise­bois (Garneau-Québecor) was the top Cana­dian in sev­enth, fol­lowed by Ryan Roth (Sil­ber Pro Cy­cling) in eighth, as Christo­pher Law­less (Ax­eon Ha­gens Ber­man) of Bri­tain took the win.

Dal-Cin grabbed another podium by fin­ish­ing third on Stage Four, won by Amer­i­can Ian Gar­ri­son (Ax­eon) over coun­try­man Robin Car­pen­ter (Holowesko), as Cowan held on to the lead. Cana­dian vet­eran Rob Brit­ton (Rally Cy­cling) took his first UCI stage win at Beauce in style with a solo vic­tory on the fi­nal Stage Five. His at­tack cre­ated havoc in the chas­ing pelo­ton as Cowan was not able to main­tain the pace and Flak­sis emerged to take the over­all GC vic­tory as another Tour de Beauce came to a close.

Road Na­tion­als

The Cana­dian Elite, U23 and Ju­nior Road Na­tional Cham­pi­onships took place in the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion again this sum­mer on

June 24-28, with ex­cit­ing rac­ing un­fold­ing on the streets ahead of Canada’s 150th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions.

Lau­rie Jus­saume of Équipe du Québec took home her first Na­tional ti­tle, win­ning the 70km ju­nior women’s road race over de­fend­ing cham­pion Erin J. At­twell of Cy­cling BC, while Chré­tien of Équipe du Québec took the 120km ju­nior men’s road-race ti­tle.

In the Elite/U23 women’s race, Al­li­son Bev­er­age of Rally Cy­cling emerged as the win­ner of the 120km road race, while Catherine Ouel­lette of The Cy­clery-4iiii fin­ished eighth over­all and won her first U23 women’s ti­tle.

The Elite/U23 men’s race saw tor­ren­tial down­pours and heavy winds plague the field, but this did not stop Rally Cy­cling’s Dal-Cin from tak­ing his first Elite men’s ti­tle. Marc-An­toine Soucy of Garneau-Québecor fin­ished sec­ond to Dal-Cin, se­cur­ing him the U23 men’s ti­tle. Soucy has since joined Sil­ber Pro Cy­cling for the re­main­der of the 2017 sea­son.

The In­di­vid­ual Time Trial Cham­pi­onships took place in Gatineau Park on June 27, and saw Dana Gil­li­gan of Team On­tario/ Maverix Rac­ing win the ju­nior women’s ti­tle and Gray­don Sta­ples of Team On­tario/Toronto Hus­tle take home the ju­nior men’s ti­tle.

Sara Poidevin of Rally Cy­cling took the women’s U23 crown, while Canuel of Boels Dol­mans Cy­cling won the Elite women’s Na­tional Cham­pi­onship jersey. Adam Roberge led a Sil­ber Pro Cy­cling sweep of the U23 men’s podium, and in the Elite men’s event, leg­endary Cana­dian hard­man Svein Tuft of Orica-Scott cap­tured his record 10th Elite men’s Na­tional ITT ti­tle.

On the fi­nal day of rac­ing dur­ing this year’s Na­tional Cham­pi­onships, rac­ers took to the streets of Aylmer, Que. to con­test the Na­tional Cri­terium ti­tle. Mag­gie Coles-Lys­ter of TaG Cy­cling Team took the vic­tory in the ju­nior women’s race, while the ju­nior men’s Cri­terium was won by Penno of Trek Red Truck Rac­ing.

The Elite women’s Cri­terium event saw Team Sun­web’s Kirch­mann power to vic­tory to re­claim the Na­tional jersey, while the fi­nal event wit­nessed Pier-An­dré Coté of Sil­ber Pro Cy­cling cap­ture the Elite men’s Cri­terium for a fit­ting end to the Cham­pi­onships.

Kurt Penno was the top Cana­dian over­all in 7th at the 49th edi­tion of the Tour de l’Abitibi.

Fi­nal GC podium at the 32nd Tour de Beauce (l-r) Cle­ment Russo, Andzs Flak­sis, Jor­dan Cheyne.

Women’s fi­nal podium at GP Gatineau road race (l-r) Kirsti Lay, Leah Kirch­mann, Ken­dall Ryan.

Mat­teo Dal-Cin claimed the big­gest win of his ca­reer in horrific rainy con­di­tions to win the Elite Men’s road race ti­tle at Na­tion­als.

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