Canadian team report - Elite women/U23 men

On Saturday, Alex Wrubleski and Cameron Evans were the top Canadians in the world championships...

On Saturday, Alex Wrubleski and Cameron Evans were the top Canadians in the world championships elite women's and men's U23 road race.

"We already had a good feeling about the women's team work after spending one month racing in Europe together, and I can tell you that we can now build on this excellent new team spirit," said Vincent Jourdain, CCA's coach.

"Our espoir [U23] men have been very aggressive and found themselves regularly in the lead. Of course we would have hoped for better results, but the world's have been great so far for Team Canada," he added.

In the elite women's 132-km road race, the two top Canadians have been younger hopefuls Wrubleski and Erinne Willock. Alex Wrubleski succeeded in crossing the finish line among the breakaway, finishing 23rd, at 2'07 from new world champion, Netherlands' Marianne Vos. Team-mate Willock arrived in the same leading group in the same time, and placed 37th.

In the men's U23 177.2-km road race, top Canadians have been two BC riders, Cam Evans and Christian Meier, in 47th and 48th respectively, at 5 seconds from winner Germany's Gerald Ciolek, who took the title with a time of 4:00:50, followed by France's Romain Feillu and Russia's Alexander Khatuntsev.

"Our four U23 riders performed an awesome racing, Meier being in the front regularly. At only 18, first year as an espoir and making first steps at the international level, Veilleux also gave an impressive performance," said Jourdain.

"There was not much left to be at the front," said David Veilleux (Cap Rouge, QC), who was only 35 seconds back and was ranked 71st.

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