Canuel solos to first Canadian road race title

Boels Dolmans rider profits from daring late attack in the rain

Karol-Ann Canuel (Boels Dolmans), a two-time Canadian national time trial champion, won her first road title on Saturday in St-Georges, Quebec, with a daring late race solo attack.

Leah Kirchmann (Team Sunweb) won the field sprint for second, with Ariane Bonhomme (The Cyclery) finishing third. Olivia Baril (Macogep Tornatech Specialized), winner of the Under-23 time trial a day earlier, placed ninth and in doing so also took the U23 road title.

The 108.5 kilometre course took the riders on a 31-kilometre run out to a 15-kilometre circuit, which the riders completed three times before heading back in to the finish. The rolling terrain and intermittent rain whittled away the field.

Former cyclo-cross champion Maghalie Rochette (Specialized) was the first to attack, going clear 20 kilometres into the race and quickly joined by Marie-Soleil Blais (Astana). The bunch, controlled by Rally UHC, didn't let them get too far, and they were brought back halfway into the first circuit. After an attack from Rally, which was quickly brought back, Kinley Gibson (The Cyclery) countered and opened up a sizable gap almost immediately.

By the halfway mark of the second lap, Gibson was nearly three minutes up, and Rally began to chase in earnest. The chase split the field, with 14 riders making the front group, which exited the circuit 50 seconds down on Gibson. Gibson was caught with 25 kilometres to go, and the leading group contained most of the top contenders, including Canuel, Kirchmann, Alison Jackson (Tibco SVB), Blais, Rochette, Allison Beveridge (Rally UHC), Sara Bergen (Rally UHC) and Ariane Bonhomme (The Cyclery). Also in the group was Baril.

The group seemed content to ride together, as the weather got worse with wind and rain, until eight kilometres to go, when Canuel attacked on a climb. The group hesitated, and Canuel got eight seconds, then 12 and eventually 20. Coming up the final climb to the finish, Canuel was grinning, despite the rain, as she coasted across the line.

"It's funny, I woke up this morning hoping for rain," Canuel said. "It didn't bother me. Everyone in that group was strong, and you just had to pick your moment. It could have been anyone in the group. I think I was just smart with my move, and then everyone looked at each other for a couple of seconds. That's all I needed, and I just time trialed to the end. Last year was a similar situation, but I was caught in the last 100 metres, so this year I was just hoping I could make it."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam3:01:03 
2Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb0:00:12 
3Ariane Bonhomme (Can)0:00:13 
4Allison Beveridge (Can) Rally uhc Cycling  
5Lex Albrecht (Can) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank  
6Alison Jackson (Can) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank0:00:15 
7Gabrielle Pilote-fortin (Can) Wnt Rotor pro Cycling Team  
8Marie Soleil Blais (Can) Astana Women's Team  
9Olivia Baril (Can)  
10Maghalie Rochette (Can)  
11Frederique Larose Gingras (Can)  
12Ann Pascale Ouellet (Can)  
13Anna Gabrielle Traxler (Can) Charente - Maritime Women Cycling0:00:20 
14Sara Bergen (Can) Rally uhc Cycling0:00:28 
15Holly Simonson (Can)0:01:21 
16Miriam Brouwer (Can)0:01:26 
17Mireille Larose Gingras (Can)0:01:54 
18Haley Gill (Can)  
19Luce Bourbeau (Can)0:01:56 
20Gillian Ellsay (Can) Rally uhc Cycling  
21Isabella Bertold (Can)0:01:58 
22Kinley Gibson (Can)0:02:00 
23Emilie Fortin (Can)  
24Alizee Brien (Can)0:02:04 
25Katherine Maine (Can) Rally uhc Cycling0:03:30 
26Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally uhc Cycling0:08:03 
27Kaitlyn Rauwerda (Can)  
28Emily Spence (Can)0:08:05 
29Esta Bovill (Can)0:15:53 
30Emily Marcolini (Can) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank0:15:56 
31Sophie Bernard (Can)0:16:40 
32Josephine Peloquin (Can)0:19:49 
33Nicole Lentini (Can)  
34Béatrice Le Sauteur (Can)  
35Laurie Jussaume (Can)0:19:51 
36Chloe Desroche (Can)0:19:53 
37Benedicte Lebel (Can)0:19:56 
DNFBrenna Pauly (Can)  
DNFLaurie Coulombe (Can)  
DNFSarah Gilbert (Can)  
DNFAmanda Lee (Can)  
DNFErin J Attwell (Can)  
DNFAinsley Black (Can)  
DNFEmma Delisle (Can)  
DNFHolly Henry (Can)  
DNFAnna Talman (Can)  
DNFKatherine Bergeron (Can)  
DNSHelena Coney (Can)  
DNSAndreanne Murdaca (Can)  
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