Cana­di­ans Shine at 50th Edi­tion of Tour de l’Abitibi

B.C.’s Pick­rell Wins Three Stages

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The 50th edi­tion of the Tour de l’Abitibi on July 16-22 con­cluded with Team Canada’s Ri­ley Pick­rell win­ning his third stage and tak­ing the over­all Points jersey for the com­pe­ti­tion. Ri­ley Sheehan led a Team USA sweep of the over­all podium, and be­came only the fourth rider in the his­tory of the event to win in both years that he raced. Ken­drick Boots was sec­ond and Michael Gar­ri­son fin­ished third over­all.

Conor Martin (TaG Cy­cling) was the top Cana­dian in the over­all stand­ings, fin­ish­ing 10th, and also took the polka dot jersey as the top climber. He fin­ished third in the Best Young Rider cat­e­gory as well. Team Canada placed fourth in the Teams Clas­si­fi­ca­tion, which was won by the U.S.A.

“The race was far more than I ex­pected,” ad­mit­ted Pick­rell. “The strength of the in­ter­na­tional field is shock­ing, and to come away with three stage wins is sur­real. Abitibi was amaz­ing. It is by far the favourite stage race I’ve com­peted in, due to the sports­man­ship and fel­low­ship cre­ated by hard in­ter­na­tional rac­ing. I was often amazed by the speed of the pelo­ton as we flew through the Abitibi coun­try­side.”

Team Canada was di­rected by Scott McFar­lane, owner of Cana­dian Pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment team Sil­ber Pro Cy­cling, for the first five stages, with Kevin Field, road pro­gram man­ager at Cy­cling Canada, tak­ing over for the fi­nal two stages.

The only North Amer­i­can stop on the UCI Ju­nior Men’s Na­tions Cup, Tour de l’Abitibi has seen leg­endary cy­clists be­gin their ca­reers here, such as Steve Bauer, Alex Stieda, Pierre Har­vey, Louis Garneau and Lau­rent Jal­abert. – JC

Fi­nal jer­seys at 50th Tour de l’Abitibi (l-r): Conor Martin (CAN),Ri­ley Pick­rell (CAN), Ri­ley Sheehan (USA), Michael Gar­ri­son (USA)

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