Bell claims Canadian road title

Anderson, Duchesne out-sprinted in elite men's race

Zach Bell (Champion System) has finally won the national road title that has been eluding him, outkicking Ryan Anderson (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies) on a 200 metre uphill sprint after more than 180 kilometres of racing in Quebec. Antoine Duchesne (Bontrager) repeated as the Under-23 champion, finishing third overall, just behind Anderson.

The race, through the rolling terrain and rough roads of the Beauce region, took the riders approximately 30 kilometres north of St-Georges before they tackled a 15 kilometre loop eight times and then headed back for the finish.

After a six kilometre neutralized start, that took the riders through a section of gravel, the race proper was restarted, and attacks began soon after 54 year old Louis Garneau (Equipe Garneau-Quebecor) took an almost ceremonial break off the front before retiring from the race after the first hour of racing.

Christian Meier (Orica-GreenEdge), who had just missed out on the time trial title two days earlier, put in a strong attack, taking Anderson and a few others with him. After that, small groups jumped across over the next ten kilometres, until by the 20 kilometre mark there were 12 riders nearly two minutes down the road.

The group had considerable depth, containing, in addition to Meier and Anderson, Duchesne, Rob Britton (Team Raleigh), Will Routley (Accent Jobs-Wanty), Marsh Cooper (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies), Jean Sebastien Perron (Stevens p/b The Cyclery), Remi Pelletier-Roy (Equipe Garneau-Quebecor), Pierrick Naud (Equipe Garneau-Quebecor), Stuart Wight (New Brunswick) and Alex Cataford (Equipe Garneau-Quebecor).

Missing from the break were five big names: defending champion Ryan Roth (Champion System), Dom Rollin (FdJ), Francois Parisien (Argos-Shimano), Hugo Houle (AG2R la Mondiale) and Guillaume Boivin (Cannondale).

The front group was being driven by Meier, and by the start of the circuits was nearly two minutes up on the peloton. While the leaders settled into a steady tempo that was increasing the gap, the peloton behind was being torn apart. Attacks and flats broke the peloton into two groups, with Rollin and Parisien in the first half. The two tried to organize a chase, but had limited success, instead just reducing the size of the group each lap.

The leaders were forging on, and had a 3:30 gap by the halfway mark in the race. Rollin and Parisien were tearing the chase apart on the climbs, and their group steadily shrunk to just four riders at 2:30 with a lap and a half to go. However, that was as close as they would get.

The leaders lost Cataford before they exited the circuit, and then Meier dynamited the group with an attack 30 kilometres from the finish line as they headed back into St-Georges. The chase was slow getting organized, and Meier went out to 32 seconds, but that was as much as he would get. Behind, Routley, Britton and Cooper were the first to chase, and three others managed to bridge up to them - Bell, Anderson and Duchesne.

Meier was beginning to struggle in the head-cross wind, and the chase was closing in - 22 seconds at 15 kilometres to go, 18 seconds at 12 kilometres and 10 seconds at 10 kilometres. The catch was made just before the the last climb of the race and the gravel section with six kilometres to go.

Britton jumped on the climb, joined by Cooper and Routley, but the others clawed their way back. The remaining five kilometres were mostly downhill or flat so, despite multiple attempts, no one could get away. Making the final right hand turn into the 200 metre kicker up to the finish line, Bell went to the front and easily held off Anderson for the win.

"It's pretty surreal. There have a lot of people telling me that I was capable of winning. This year, I knew coming off Korea that I had good form. I knew the course was really similar to some of what we were doing over there."

"Today, it played out exactly how I wanted it to play out," explained Bell. "I wanted to make a selection early, and ride it away. I did a lot of work in that group to try to keep things moving, as did everybody else. There was a lot of interest to keep it going. We knew there would be two groups immediately. I knew a lot of the guys in my group from previous teams so we worked really well together."

Race Note

- This is the first race for Ryan Anderson in his new Optum kit. Anderson signed in the off-season with Champion Systems, but decided that he would prefer to race more in North America, so signed transfer papers at the beginning of June.


#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Zachary Bell (Champion System Pro Cycling)4:13:51 
2Ryan Anderson (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies)  
3Antoine Duchesne (Bontrager)  
4Rob Britton (Raleigh)0:00:02 
5Will Routley (Accent Jobs-Wanty)0:00:03 
6Christian Meier (Orica-GreenEDGE)0:00:13 
7Marsh Cooper (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies)0:00:23 
8Jean Sébastien Perron (Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery)0:03:20 
9Rémi Pelletier-Roy (Équipe cycliste Garneau-Quebecor)0:03:31 
10Pierrick Naud (Équipe cycliste Garneau-Quebecor)  
11Michael Woods (Équipe cycliste Garneau-Quebecor)0:06:42 
12Bruno Langlois (Équipe cycliste Garneau-Quebecor)  
13Dominique Rollin (FDJ)0:07:20 
14Francois Parisien (Team Argos-Shimano)0:09:38 
15Stuart Wight (Team New Brunswick)0:11:01 
16Kevin Massicotte (Team Ontario)0:16:29 
17Cody Canning (Trek Red Truck Racing Team)0:19:22 
18Kristofer Dahl (H&R Block)0:19:27 
19Alexander Cataford (Équipe cycliste Garneau-Quebecor)0:20:51 
20Derrick St John (Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery)0:21:24 
21Anton Varabei (Jet Fuel / Norco)0:21:26 
22James Piccoli (Équipe du Québec)0:22:16 
23Nigel Ellsay (Cycling BC)0:22:35 
24Robin Clegg (H&R Block)0:22:54 
25Elliott Doyle (Équipe du Québec)0:23:08 
26Stephen Keeping (Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery)0:23:10 
27Felix Cote Bouvette (Équipe cycliste EKOÏ-DeVinci)  
28Benjamin Perry (Team Ontario)  
29Osmond Bakker (Octto-Cervelo)  
30Adam De Vos (Trek Red Truck Racing Team)  
31Brandon Etzl (Team Ontario)  
32Chris Prendergast (Team Manitoba)0:23:14 
33Antoine Matteau (Équipe cycliste EKOÏ-DeVinci)  
34Jean-François Racine (Équipe cycliste Garneau-Quebecor)  
35Dylan Cunningham (Indépendant)  
36Bruce Bird (Wheels of Bloor)  
37Evan Bayer (Team Niklas)  
38Antoine Caron (Indépendant)0:23:20 
39Garrett Mcleod (H&R Block)  
40Olivier Delaney (Medique p/b Silber Investments)0:23:32 
41Hugo Houle (AG2R la Mondiale)0:23:54 
HDBrandon Spencer (Mt.Borah/Minerva Design P/B Basso)0:30:36 
HDAlexandre Ricard (BH- Lessard)0:38:19 
DSQChris Freeland (Jet Fuel / Norco)  
DSQChris Gruber (Wheels of Bloor)  
DSQGiovanni Traina (Indépendant)  
DNFRyan Roth (Champion System Pro Cycling)  
DNFSebastian Salas (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies)  
DNFNic Hamilton (Jelly Belly p/b Kenda Riders)  
DNFGuillaume Boivin (Cannondale Pro Cycling)  
DNFAaron Fillion (Ride With Rendall)  
DNFAaron Schooler (H&R Block)  
DNFAdam Andersen (Norco Bicycles/Premier Tech)  
DNFAndrew House (  
DNFBen Chaddock (Team Smart Stop p/b Mountain Khakis)  
DNFBenjamin Chartrand (Medique p/b Silber Investments)  
DNFBraydon Bourne (Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery)  
DNFBrian Trafford (Octto-Cervelo)  
DNFCasey Roth (Ride With Rendall)  
DNFConor O'brien (Indépendant)  
DNFDavid Boily (Amore & Vita)  
DNFDavid Fugère (Norco Bicycles/Premier Tech)  
DNFDavid Onsow (Medique p/b Silber Investments)  
DNFDrew Steeves (Indépendant)  
DNFEd Veal (RealDeal/Gears p/b Fieldgate)  
DNFÉmile Jean (Équipe cycliste EKOÏ-DeVinci)  
DNFEtienne Moreau (Team Ontario)  
DNFFrederic Cossette (Équipe cycliste EKOÏ-DeVinci)  
DNFFrédéric Ebacher (Medique p/b Silber Investments)  
DNFGeoffroy Dussault (Équipe cycliste Garneau-Quebecor)  
DNFGuillaume Pinglot (Suarez-ACQ)  
DNFH Gaelan Merritt  
DNFJames Lucas Bent (Jet Fuel / Norco)  
DNFJean-Michel Lachance (Predator Repair)  
DNFJean-Samuel Deshaies (Équipe cycliste EKOÏ-DeVinci)  
DNFJeff Schiller (Jet Fuel / Norco)  
DNFJordan Brochu (Équipe du Québec)  
DNFJordan Cheyne (Team Ontario)  
DNFJules Cusson-Fradet (Iris)  
DNFKiernan Orange (Ride With Rendall)  
DNFKyle Buckosky (H&R Block)  
DNFLouis Garneau (Équipe cycliste Garneau-Quebecor)  
DNFLuke Koolman (Russ Hay's / Accent Inns)  
DNFMatteo Dal-Cin (Team Ontario)  
DNFMaxime Le Pluart (Norco Bicycles/Premier Tech)  
DNFMichaël Dalterio (Novo Nordisk)  
DNFNicolas Masbourian (Medique p/b Silber Investments)  
DNFOlivier Lavigueur (Guru)  
DNFRobert Gutgesell (Aquila / Racer Sportif)  
DNFRobert Hargrove (Indépendant)  
DNFRobert Ralph (Medique p/b Silber Investments)  
DNFRyan Macdonald (H&R Block)  
DNFRyan Aitcheson (Team Ontario)  
DNFSamuel Blanchette (Norco Bicycles/Premier Tech)  
DNFSamuel Gosselin-Simard (Norco Bicycles/Premier Tech)  
DNFSamuel Gagnon (Équipe cycliste EKOÏ-DeVinci)  
DNFScott Loong (Medique p/b Silber Investments)  
DNFSimon Lambert-Lemay (Équipe cycliste Garneau-Quebecor)  
DNFSimon-Pierre Gauthier (Équipe cycliste Garneau-Quebecor)  
DNFTravis Samuel (Jet Fuel / Norco)  
DNFWalter Meco (Indépendant)  
DNFWilliam Blackburn (Medique p/b Silber Investments)  
DNFWilliam Goodfellow (Guru)  
DNFYohan Patry (Équipe cycliste EKOÏ-DeVinci)  
DNFYuri Hrycaj (Jet Fuel l/ Norco)  
DNFSébastien Rousseau (Norco Bicycles/Premier Tech)  
DNFAlexis Carter (Iris)  
DNFDavid Dallaire (Sports GTH)  
DNFÉtienne Samson (Norco Bicycles/Premier Tech)  
DNFJean-Francois Girard (BH- Lessard)  
DNFJevon Almond  
DNFLogan Cornel (Indépendant)  
DNFMarc-Antoine Boulet (Norco Bicycles/Premier Tech)  
DNFNicolas Courtemanche (BH- Lessard)  
DNFSteven Murray (BH- Lessard)  
DNFZachary Hughes  


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