Langlois wins men's road title as last man standing

Ben Perry and Will Routley complete podium

After years of coming close, Bruno Langlois (Garneau Quebecor) finally won the Elite Men's title on Sunday, at the Canadian Road Championships, in Ottawa. Ben Perry (Silber) finished second, and was also awarded the Under-23 national title, with Will Routley (Rally Cycling) taking third.

Langlois was literally the last man on his bike, after a crash in the final corner took three of four members of the leading break out of contention. Matteo Dal-Cin (Silber) led into the corner but was carrying too much speed and slide across the pavement into the grass verge. Routley managed to avoid him, but rolled his rear tire in the effort, while Perry crashed into Dal-Cin. Perry was able to ride his bike to the finish line, while Routley ran with his bike. Dal-Cin was taken to hospital, but latest reports from the team say that he has no serious injuries.

The 180 kilometre race was one of attrition, with only 18 finishers out of 141 starters, due to the heat and intense pace. The 37-year-old Langlois was one of ten riders that broke away from the main field early in the 18 lap race and steadily built up an insurmountable lead over the rest of the field. In addition to the final four, the break included Rob Britton (Rally), David Boily and Olivier Brisebois (both Garneau Quebecor), Nicolas Masbourian (Silber), Danick Vandale and Travis Samuel (both H&R Block).

Significantly, missing from the break were Euro-based pros Svein Tuft (Orica-GreenEdge), Hugo Houle (AG2R La Mondiale) and Ryan Anderson (Direct Energie). All had been heavily marked in the peloton, and were aggressively chased down whenever they attempted to bridge across to the break.

The final composition of the break was formed at the halfway mark, and began to pull away rapidly from the field, with all the main domestic teams in the group. By the time the race entered the final 60 kilometres, the gap to the next chase group was over six minutes, and the peloton was approaching 12 minutes in arrears, and in danger of being lapped. With four laps remaining the bunch was pulled, and the race for the title was down to ten riders.

The attacks began in the next lap, starting with Britton, which was then countered by Langlois, setting the stage for the final four riders. Langlois tried a couple of attacks but was brought back, leading to the final crash-marred finish.

"I think I've done all the top ten places except the win," said Langlois. "Today I raced from the front, because on this course it was one where you had to gamble. I tried to attack at the end because I don't have a good sprint, but the others guys were too strong. At the end I think the others guys went too fast into the last corner and unfortunately they crashed, so I was able to come around. Nationals is always a game of poker, especially on a course like this. It's my best result; to be champion of your country. Everybody wants this, and I've been chasing it for a long time."

Perry, the Under-23 champion, while happy with his title, admitted to being disappointed. "We came here today without thoughts of the Under-23 title. I was really, really wanting to win the elite title. It's an opportunity missed due to bad luck."

Routley, who was clearly one of the strongest riders in the break, was also bitterly disappointed, commenting "it's virtually flat, so everyone talked about it not being a hard enough race, but it was ridiculously hot and windy, and the race was full gas right from the get-go. At the end the attacks start happening and that was perfect for me, I love those accelerations. I had just latched onto Matteo's [Dal-Cin] wheel, and it was 100% perfect; there was no way I was going to lose the race ... and then he took a massive yardsale in the corner. I managed to keep it up but I rolled my tire right off the rim. I figured I was going to win the race, so it's a little disappointing."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bruno Langlois (Can) Garneau-Québécor4:17:23 
2Benjamin Perry (Can) Silber Pro Cycling0:00:27 
3William Routley (Can) Rally Cycling0:01:03 
4David Boily (Can) Garneau-Québécor0:01:05 
5Robert Britton (Can) Rally Cycling0:01:23 
6Olivier Brisebois (Can) Garneau-Québécor0:04:08 
7Nicolas Masbourian (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
8Danick Vandale (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling0:04:10 
9Travis Samuel (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling0:04:14 
10Matteo Dal-Cin (Can) Silber Pro Cycling0:08:15 
11Kristofer Dahl (Can) Silber Pro Cycling0:11:04 
12Anton Varabei (Can) RealDeal/D'Ornellas p/b Garneau  
13Marc-Antoine Soucy (Can) Garneau-Québécor  
14Christopher Prendergast (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling0:11:08 
15Gaelen Merritt (Can) Wheels of Bloor/Graywood0:12:03 
16Brad Bradford (Can) RealDeal/D'Ornellas p/b Garneau0:12:57 
17Ed Veal (Can) RealDeal/D'Ornellas p/b Garneau0:13:40 
18Nigel Ellsay (Can) Silber Pro Cycling0:13:42 
DNFHugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFRyan Roth (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
DNFJordan Cheyne (Can) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis  
DNFAlex Cataford (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
DNFBayden Pritchard (Can) OCTTO Cycling Team  
DNFAndrew Lees (Can) Ride with Rendall p/b Biemme  
DNFNormand Richard (Can) Independent  
DNFBen Andrew (Can) Équipe Cycliste  
DNFAlexis Cartier (Can) Garneau-Québécor  
DNFTimothy Burton (Can) RealDeal/D'Ornellas p/b Garneau  
DNFNathan Underwood (Can) Euro-Sports  
DNFWarren Macdonald (Can) Cycling Team  
DNFBailey McKnight (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling  
DNFRemi Pelletier-Roy (Can) Garneau-Québécor  
DNFMarc-Antoine Brassard (Can) Stingray/Trek/Lacasse  
DNFSvein Tuft (Can) Orica GreenEdge  
DNFDylan Davies (Can) Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes  
DNFGreg Boileau (Can) Cycling Team  
DNFRobert Gutgesell (Can) Transports Lacombe/Devinci  
DNFDerek O'Farrell (Can) Tekne Cycle Club  
DNFKevin Massicotte (Can) 613 Cycling  
DNFCody Canning (Can) Accent Inns/Russ Hays p/b Champion  
DNFIsaac Leblanc (Can) Accent Inns/Russ Hays p/b Champion  
DNFJohn Fee (Can) Cyclery Racing  
DNFRyan Anderson (Can) Direct Energie  
DNFShawn Cranwell (Can) ECHELON  
DNFTyler D'arcy (Can) Équipe Cycliste  
DNFCameron McPhaden (Can) Équipe Cycliste  
DNFJean-Sébastien Perron (Can) Équipe Cycliste  
DNFSimon-Pierre Gauthier (Can) Garneau-Québécor  
DNFBrandon Jones (Can) Giant Langley/ SmartSavvy + p/b  
DNFFelix Cote Bouvette (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling  
DNFJure Rupnik (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling  
DNFJacob Schwingboth (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling  
DNFChristian Deshaies (Can) IAMGOLD  
DNFChris Freeland (Can) Independent  
DNFDorel Pop (Can) La Bicicletta  
DNFAlan Dempsey (Can) La Shop / Santé Universelle  
DNFBrent Dallimore (Can) Mountain Equipment Co-op  
DNFBen McNabb (Can) NCCH p/b DEC Express  
DNFAlex Schmidt (Can) PHI Hotel Group/P-K Express p/b Holiday  
DNFPierrick Naud (Can) Rally Cycling  
DNFCedrick Bourgeois (Can) RBC/Vo2  
DNFConor O'Brien (Can) Ride with Rendall p/b Biemme  
DNFCasey Roth (Can) Ride with Rendall p/b Biemme  
DNFDerrick St John (Can) Ride with Rendall p/b Biemme  
DNFEmile Jean (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
DNFMichael Lerossignol (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
DNFMatt Surch (Can) Tekne Cycle Club  
DNFAndrew House (Can) To Wheels Epic Sports BCC  
DNFEric Hueston (Can) To Wheels Epic Sports BCC  
DNFJeff Schiller (Can) To Wheels Epic Sports BCC  
DNFPhilippe Allard (Can) Transports Lacombe/Devinci  
DNFBenoit Boulay (Can) Transports Lacombe/Devinci  
DNFStephen Keeping (Can) Transports Lacombe/Devinci  
DNFMitchell Macdonald (Can) Transports Lacombe/Devinci  
DNFWilliam Blackburn (Can) Veloselect  
DNFMathieu Borduas (Can) Veloselect  
DNFJulien Brazeau-Séguin (Can) Veloselect  
DNFFrancois Chabot (Can) Veloselect  
DNFOsmond Bakker (Can) Wheels of Bloor/Graywood  
DNFAaron Hamill (Can) Wheels of Bloor/Graywood  
DNFWalter Meco (Can) Independent  
DNFKyle Buckosky (Can) Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes  
DNFAlexander Cowan (Can) Team RaceClean  
DNFDavid Drouin (Can) Équipe du Québec  
DNFSean Mackinnon (Can) Team RaceClean  
DNFEdward Walsh (Can) Team RaceClean  
DNFAdam Roberge (Can) Équipe Cycliste  
DNFNicolas Ducharme (Can) TRJ Télécom - Desjardins Ford  
DNFIsaac Niles (Can) Accent Inns/Russ Hays p/b Champion  
DNFAdam Jamieson (Can) Team RaceClean  
DNFDerek Gee (Can) Giant Langley/ SmartSavvy + p/b  
DNFChris Macleod (Can) Giant Langley/ SmartSavvy + p/b  
DNFElliott Doyle (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
DNFConnor Toppings (Can) Giant Langley/ SmartSavvy + p/b  
DNFLaurent Gervais (Can) TRJ Télécom - Desjardins Ford  
DNFWill Elliott (Can) Team RaceClean  
DNFNavarro Fong Roy (Can) Independent  
DNFJoshua Kropf (Can) Team Saskatchewan  
DNFJack Burke (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling  
DNFMarc-Antoine Noel (Can) TRJ Télécom - Desjardins Ford  
DNFTimothy Austen (Can) La Shop / Santé Universelle  
DNFTommy Waldeck (Can) OCTTO Cycling Team  
DNFAlexander Amiri (Can) Giant Langley/ SmartSavvy + p/b  
DNFLukas Conly (Can) Team Saskatchewan  
DNFMax Rubarth (Can) Tekne Cycle Club  
DNFMitch Ketler (Can) Accent Inns/Russ Hays p/b Champion  
DNFOlivier Péloquin (Can) Stingray/Trek/Lacasse  
DNFJoel Taylor (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling  
DNFPier-André Côté (Can) TRJ Télécom - Desjardins Ford  
DNFJean-François Soucy (Can) Équipe Cycliste  
DNFLukas Adomonis (Can) Giant Langley/ SmartSavvy + p/b  
DNFMason Burtnik (Can) Giant Langley/ SmartSavvy + p/b  
DNFKellen Viznaugh (Can) Giant Langley/ SmartSavvy + p/b  
DNFJérôme Bastien (Can) IAMGOLD  
DNFFelix Belhumeur (Can) Indpendent  
DNFMathieu Tremblay-Gravel (Can) La Shop / Santé Universelle  
DNFJackson Pickell (Can) Cycling BC  
DNFBrandon Etzl (Can) NCCH p/b DEC Express  
DNFSimon Fothergill (Can) NCCH p/b DEC Express  
DNFEric Johnston (Can) NCCH p/b DEC Express  
DNFMartin Rupes (Can) NCCH p/b DEC Express  
DNFRaphael Auclair (Can) Pivot Cycles - OTE  
DNFTrevor O'Donnell (Can) RealDeal/D'Ornellas p/b Garneau  
DNFVincent Brassard (Can) Rossi-ThePack  
DNFJules Cusson-Fradet (Can) Stingray/Trek/Lacasse  
DNFEtienne Dubuc (Can) Stingray/Trek/Lacasse  
DNFReid McClure (Can) Team Novo Nordisk Development  
DNFWillem Boersma (Can) Team RaceClean  
DNFHendrik Pineda (Can) Transports Lacombe/Devinci  
DNFHubert Laferrière (Can) TRJ Télécom - Desjardins Ford  
DNFFabien Lemaire (Can) Veloselect  
DNFChristian Ricci (Can) Veloselect  
DNSAdam De Vos (Can) Rally Cycling  
DNSJames Piccoli (Can) Transports Lacombe/Devinci  
DNSKevin Archambault (Can) Norco Premier Tech p/b Chew Pod  
DNSAntoine Coquard (Can) Rossi-ThePack  
DNSOlivier Lavigueur (Can) Rossi-ThePack  
DNSAmiel Flett-Brown (Can) Accent Inns/Russ Hays p/b Champion  
DNSSimon Ouellet (Can) Équipe Cycliste  
DNSSimon Ouellet (Can) Norco Premier Tech p/b Chew Pod  
DNSJulien Gagné (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  


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