Joelle Numainville (Optum) went two for two at the Canadian Road National championships on Friday, winning the Elite women's road title to go with the time trial title she had won 24 hours earlier.
Numainville won an uphill sprint after an impressive comeback from a flat suffered less than six kilometres from the finish line. Her teammate Leah Kirchmann took silver and Lex Albrecht (Now & Novartis for MS) third. Elisabeth Albert (Rocky Mountain-Lessard Bicycles-Apogee) was the top Under-23 rider, in eighth place.
The 110 kilometre race saw the riders start in St-Georges and ride approximately 32 kilometres to a 15 kilometre circuit, which they covered three times before riding back to the finish. The race opened with a neutral six kilometre section, after organizers discovered that 300 metres of the course had been covered with fresh, sharp stone gravel only a couple of days earlier.
After a regrouping following the gravel section, the race was restarted. Catherine Dessureault (Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery) attacked shortly after the restart, and by the beginning of the lap circuit was nearly a minute up on the peloton with two chasers - Josée Hepell (Iris) and Kristine Brynjolfson (Trek Red Truck) - steadily catching up. The two chasers joined Dessureault on the first lap, and the trio pulled away to nearly two minutes clear after another lap.
However, the attacks were beginning back in the peloton and the speed was increasing, especially on the long climb the riders hit at the start of each lap. Leading the charge up the climb was 2011 national road champion Veronique Fortin (Diadora- Pasta Zara), one of the acknowledged top climbers in the race. Each lap, her tempo splintered the field on the climb, and less rejoined over the top each time. Numainville, however, was matching Fortin pedal stroke for pedal stroke.
The three leaders were caught at the top of the climb as the peloton began their final lap, and the pace shattered the field. Through the final lap before heading back to St-Georges a small group of 20 riders reformed at the front of the race, just in time for earlier break rider Heppell to attack again, and quickly carve out a lead as the favourites watched each other.
Heppell soon had nearly a minute lead, but Fortin and Karol-Ann Canuel (Equipe du Quebec) started attacking on the rolling climbs back to the finish line, and an elite group soon bridged up to Heppell - Numainville, Canuel, Anika Todd (Tripleshot Cycling), Albrecht, Kirchmann and Fortin. Heppell was dropped soon after on the rolling hills. However, the group would not work together and were close to being caught by the peloton as they hit the gravel.
Canuel led the group onto the gravel, and then disaster struck for Numainville with a rear puncture. Neutral support was stationed at both ends of the gravel section, but Numainville could only watch the front of the race roll away from her as mechanics ran to her with a replacement wheel. The Optum rider put in an impressive effort to rejoin the leaders as they turned the last corner for the final 200 metres uphill to the finish line, launching herself clear of her team mate to take the win.
"I thought I was done when I got that flat," agreed Numainville, "but you want to give everything you have on the day and have no regrets, so I got my flat changed and attacked and bridged up to the break. I actually just caught the break on the last corner, and I attacked again. So, I'm just really happy. Iwanted to go everything I had and go home having done that."
"I felt really good out there. There are some days when you know your form is excellent. After the 50 kilometre mark, I knew I had it in me to post a good result. I tried not to dispense too much energy, but I also didn't want anybody to win. I controlled my energy and output levels and made sure to be in the right groups when I had to be there."
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Joelle Numainville (Optum)||3:01:23|
|2||Leah Kirchmann (Optum-Kelly Benefits Strategies)||0:00:01|
|3||Lex Albrecht (Now and Novartis for MS)|
|4||Karol- Ann Canuel (Équipe du Québec)|
|5||Laura Brown (Colavita Fine Cooking)||0:00:05|
|6||Véronqiue Fortin (Pasta ZARA-Cogeas)||0:00:08|
|7||Anika Todd (Tripleshot Cycling Club)||0:00:15|
|8||Elisabeth Albert (Rocky Monuntain Lessard Bicycles Apogée)*||0:00:34|
|9||Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Équipe du Québec)*|
|10||Maghalie Rochette (Power Watts)*|
|11||Denise Ramsden (Optum)|
|12||Stephanie Roorda (GSD Gestion-Kallisto)|
|13||Shoshauna Laxson (Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes)|
|14||Jasmin Glaesser (Team Tibco / To The Top)*|
|15||Véronique Labonté (CSM Épinay-Sur-Seine)|
|16||Meghan Grant (Local Ride Racing)|
|17||Josée Heppell (Iris)|
|18||Kristine Brynjolfson (Treck Red Truck Racing)||0:00:39|
|19||Laura Gazzola (P-K Express / HNZ Stategie)||0:01:03|
|20||Jennifer Stephenson (Team IFG By Cycle Logiok)|
|21||Julia Bradley (MVP Healthcare)||0:01:11|
|22||Anne Marie Morin (GSD Gestion-Kallisto)*||0:01:14|
|23||Paolina Allan (P-K Express / HNZ Stategie)||0:02:43|
|24||Annie Foreman-Mackey (Team Ontario)*||0:04:55|
|27||Catherine Dessureault (Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery)||0:04:59|
|28||Marie-Noel Labrecque (Norco Bicycles Premier tech)||0:05:07|
|29||Adriane Provost (Équipe du Québec)*||0:05:12|
|30||Carrie Cartmill (Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery)||0:05:29|
|31||Leah Guloien (Colavita Fine Cooking)||0:06:47|
|32||Sarah Coney (Trecred Track Racing)||0:06:49|
|33||Ellen Watters (Team New Brunswick)||0:06:50|
|34||Saskia Kowalchuk (Team Ontario)*|
|35||Jenny Lehmann (Treck Red Truck Racing)|
|36||Christina Smith (Team Feminin Languedoc Rousillon Sud)||0:06:54|
|37||Allison Beveridge (Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes)*||0:07:03|
|39||Marie-Helene Carrier (Norco Bicycles Premier tech)||0:10:25|
|40||Audrey Labrie (Piste.ca)*||0:10:27|
|41||Nik Vogler (RussHay Racing Cycling)|
|42||Stephanie Skoreyko (Infinit Canada / Cyclepower)|
|43||Sarah-Anne Rasmussen (Team Ontario)*|
|44||Isabelle Mayrand (Medique p/b Silber Investments)|
|45||Joanie Caron (Primal Prowomen p/b BH)|
|46||Candice Vermeulen (Invita-FCV)|
|47||Janie Rioux-Coulombe (Apogée)*|
|48||Alizee Brien (GSD Gestion-Kallisto)*|
|49||Rachel Carbonneau (4CX)|
|50||Audrey Bernard (Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery)*|
|51||Marie-Soleil Blais (Infinit Canada / Cyclepower)|
|52||Roxanne Pepin (GSD Gestion-Kallisto)*|
|53||Hélène Pilote Fortin (Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery)*|
|54||Emily Flynn (Team Ontario)*|
|55||Stephanie Bester (Team Ontario)*|
|56||Gillian Carleton (Specialized-lululemon)|
|57||Amélie Bruneau (Apogée)*|
|58||Amy Mausser (Indépendant)|
|DNF||Allyson Gillard (Apogée)*|
|DNF||Evelyne Gagnon (Équipe du Québec)*|
|DNF||Jennifer Fawcette (P-K Express / HNZ Stategie)|
|DNF||Jihane Boutros (Bikurius - Croix de fer|
* denotes U23