Bell claims Canadian road title

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.


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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Zachary Bell (Champion System Pro Cycling)4:13:51
2Ryan Anderson (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies)Row 1 - Cell 2
3Antoine Duchesne (Bontrager)Row 2 - Cell 2
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)Row 9 - Cell 2
11Michael Woods (Équipe cycliste Garneau-Quebecor)0:06:42
12Bruno Langlois (Équipe cycliste Garneau-Quebecor)Row 11 - Cell 2
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)Row 26 - Cell 2
28Benjamin Perry (Team Ontario)Row 27 - Cell 2
29Osmond Bakker (Octto-Cervelo)Row 28 - Cell 2
30Adam De Vos (Trek Red Truck Racing Team)Row 29 - Cell 2
31Brandon Etzl (Team Ontario)Row 30 - Cell 2
32Chris Prendergast (Team Manitoba)0:23:14
33Antoine Matteau (Équipe cycliste EKOÏ-DeVinci)Row 32 - Cell 2
34Jean-François Racine (Équipe cycliste Garneau-Quebecor)Row 33 - Cell 2
35Dylan Cunningham (Indépendant)Row 34 - Cell 2
36Bruce Bird (Wheels of Bloor)Row 35 - Cell 2
37Evan Bayer (Team Niklas)Row 36 - Cell 2
38Antoine Caron (Indépendant)0:23:20
39Garrett Mcleod (H&R Block)Row 38 - Cell 2
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)Row 43 - Cell 2
DSQChris Gruber (Wheels of Bloor)Row 44 - Cell 2
DSQGiovanni Traina (Indépendant)Row 45 - Cell 2
DNFRyan Roth (Champion System Pro Cycling)Row 46 - Cell 2
DNFSebastian Salas (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies)Row 47 - Cell 2
DNFNic Hamilton (Jelly Belly p/b Kenda Riders)Row 48 - Cell 2
DNFGuillaume Boivin (Cannondale Pro Cycling)Row 49 - Cell 2
DNFAaron Fillion (Ride With Rendall)Row 50 - Cell 2
DNFAaron Schooler (H&R Block)Row 51 - Cell 2
DNFAdam Andersen (Norco Bicycles/Premier Tech)Row 52 - Cell 2
DNFAndrew House ( 53 - Cell 2
DNFBen Chaddock (Team Smart Stop p/b Mountain Khakis)Row 54 - Cell 2
DNFBenjamin Chartrand (Medique p/b Silber Investments)Row 55 - Cell 2
DNFBraydon Bourne (Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery)Row 56 - Cell 2
DNFBrian Trafford (Octto-Cervelo)Row 57 - Cell 2
DNFCasey Roth (Ride With Rendall)Row 58 - Cell 2
DNFConor O'brien (Indépendant)Row 59 - Cell 2
DNFDavid Boily (Amore & Vita)Row 60 - Cell 2
DNFDavid Fugère (Norco Bicycles/Premier Tech)Row 61 - Cell 2
DNFDavid Onsow (Medique p/b Silber Investments)Row 62 - Cell 2
DNFDrew Steeves (Indépendant)Row 63 - Cell 2
DNFEd Veal (RealDeal/Gears p/b Fieldgate)Row 64 - Cell 2
DNFÉmile Jean (Équipe cycliste EKOÏ-DeVinci)Row 65 - Cell 2
DNFEtienne Moreau (Team Ontario)Row 66 - Cell 2
DNFFrederic Cossette (Équipe cycliste EKOÏ-DeVinci)Row 67 - Cell 2
DNFFrédéric Ebacher (Medique p/b Silber Investments)Row 68 - Cell 2
DNFGeoffroy Dussault (Équipe cycliste Garneau-Quebecor)Row 69 - Cell 2
DNFGuillaume Pinglot (Suarez-ACQ)Row 70 - Cell 2
DNFH Gaelan MerrittRow 71 - Cell 2
DNFJames Lucas Bent (Jet Fuel / Norco)Row 72 - Cell 2
DNFJean-Michel Lachance (Predator Repair)Row 73 - Cell 2
DNFJean-Samuel Deshaies (Équipe cycliste EKOÏ-DeVinci)Row 74 - Cell 2
DNFJeff Schiller (Jet Fuel / Norco)Row 75 - Cell 2
DNFJordan Brochu (Équipe du Québec)Row 76 - Cell 2
DNFJordan Cheyne (Team Ontario)Row 77 - Cell 2
DNFJules Cusson-Fradet (Iris)Row 78 - Cell 2
DNFKiernan Orange (Ride With Rendall)Row 79 - Cell 2
DNFKyle Buckosky (H&R Block)Row 80 - Cell 2
DNFLouis Garneau (Équipe cycliste Garneau-Quebecor)Row 81 - Cell 2
DNFLuke Koolman (Russ Hay's / Accent Inns)Row 82 - Cell 2
DNFMatteo Dal-Cin (Team Ontario)Row 83 - Cell 2
DNFMaxime Le Pluart (Norco Bicycles/Premier Tech)Row 84 - Cell 2
DNFMichaël Dalterio (Novo Nordisk)Row 85 - Cell 2
DNFNicolas Masbourian (Medique p/b Silber Investments)Row 86 - Cell 2
DNFOlivier Lavigueur (Guru)Row 87 - Cell 2
DNFRobert Gutgesell (Aquila / Racer Sportif)Row 88 - Cell 2
DNFRobert Hargrove (Indépendant)Row 89 - Cell 2
DNFRobert Ralph (Medique p/b Silber Investments)Row 90 - Cell 2
DNFRyan Macdonald (H&R Block)Row 91 - Cell 2
DNFRyan Aitcheson (Team Ontario)Row 92 - Cell 2
DNFSamuel Blanchette (Norco Bicycles/Premier Tech)Row 93 - Cell 2
DNFSamuel Gosselin-Simard (Norco Bicycles/Premier Tech)Row 94 - Cell 2
DNFSamuel Gagnon (Équipe cycliste EKOÏ-DeVinci)Row 95 - Cell 2
DNFScott Loong (Medique p/b Silber Investments)Row 96 - Cell 2
DNFSimon Lambert-Lemay (Équipe cycliste Garneau-Quebecor)Row 97 - Cell 2
DNFSimon-Pierre Gauthier (Équipe cycliste Garneau-Quebecor)Row 98 - Cell 2
DNFTravis Samuel (Jet Fuel / Norco)Row 99 - Cell 2
DNFWalter Meco (Indépendant)Row 100 - Cell 2
DNFWilliam Blackburn (Medique p/b Silber Investments)Row 101 - Cell 2
DNFWilliam Goodfellow (Guru)Row 102 - Cell 2
DNFYohan Patry (Équipe cycliste EKOÏ-DeVinci)Row 103 - Cell 2
DNFYuri Hrycaj (Jet Fuel l/ Norco)Row 104 - Cell 2
DNFSébastien Rousseau (Norco Bicycles/Premier Tech)Row 105 - Cell 2
DNFAlexis Carter (Iris)Row 106 - Cell 2
DNFDavid Dallaire (Sports GTH)Row 107 - Cell 2
DNFÉtienne Samson (Norco Bicycles/Premier Tech)Row 108 - Cell 2
DNFJean-Francois Girard (BH- Lessard)Row 109 - Cell 2
DNFJevon AlmondRow 110 - Cell 2
DNFLogan Cornel (Indépendant)Row 111 - Cell 2
DNFMarc-Antoine Boulet (Norco Bicycles/Premier Tech)Row 112 - Cell 2
DNFNicolas Courtemanche (BH- Lessard)Row 113 - Cell 2
DNFSteven Murray (BH- Lessard)Row 114 - Cell 2
DNFZachary HughesRow 115 - Cell 2


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