A bronze medal at worlds out of many un­knowns

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - NEWS -

“Maybe it was a shame that I didn’t know Laura Stig­ger be­cause she is the world cham­pion in moun­tain bik­ing. I didn’t know what to ex­pect from other girls, too. But I did know what to ex­pect from me. I knew I was in top shape and feel­ing re­ally strong,” said Si­mone Boilard. The ju­nior na­tional cham­pion in the time trial and cri­terium was speak­ing about the ju­nior road world cham­pi­onship race in Inns­bruck, Aus­tria, in Septem­ber. Stig­ger, from Aus­tria, won. France’s Marie Le Net fin­ished in sec­ond place. Boilard took bronze, the first ju­nior Cana­dian woman to do so in 18 years.

At the start of the race, the rider from Que­bec City found it a chal­lenge to po­si­tion her­self within the pack be­fore the first ma­jor climb. The field of more than 100 rid­ers was big­ger than her lo­cal Que­bec races. Through­out the event, she stayed with the right groups un­til the end: a four-up dash for the line that put Italy’s Bar­bara Mal­cotti in fourth.

Next sea­son will also be full of un­knowns for Boilard as she makes the jump to the elite field with its stronger rid­ers and races dou­ble the dis­tances she’s used to. “It will be re­ally hard next year,” she said. “The goal is to be on a team that will get me to a lot of races and get me a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence.”— MP

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