Boivin wins Canadian road race title

On Saturday, Guillaume Boivin finally gave Optum Pro Cycling the win it has been looking for at the Canadian National Road Championships, when he took the Elite Men's road title after a fierce battle. Boivin's teammate Ryan Anderson was second, and Ryan Roth (Silber Pro Racing) third. Ben Perry (Silber Pro Racing) won the Under 23 title after finishing fifth overall.

Held on the same course as Stage 1 of the Tour de Beauce two weeks earlier, the 186 kilometre race took riders north of Saint-Georges, Quebec, for 32.5 kilometres, to a 15 kilometre circuit, which the riders completed eight times before heading back to Saint-Georges for the finish. The rolling terrain and gusting wind left little chance for recovery, and the race finished with a steep 200 metre climb to the finish line.

The 123 rider field was dominated by three Continental level squads - Optum with 5 riders, Silber with 8 and Smartstop with 3. Also in the mix were European-based pros Hugo Houle (AG2R la Mondiale), Antoine Duchesne (Europcar), Christian Meier (Orica GreenEDGE) and Dominique Rollin (Cofidis), the latter out early, suffering from breathing problems due to a lung infection.

The real battle was expected to be between Optum and Silber, and that was the way it unfolded. Attacks began in the first kilometre, with a break of four established in the first ten kilometres, containing Mike Woods (Optum), Kris Dahl (Smartstop), Adam de Vos (H&R Block) and Derrick St John (Silber). de Vos was the only Under 23 rider in the group.

The four riders took the gap to nearly two minutes, but Meier, Duchesne and Houle took turns setting tempo to bring it back to under a minute. Four riders then bridged across on the third lap - Houle, Rob Britton (Smartstop), U23-aged Alex Cataford (Silber) and Will Routley (Optum).

This gave the three big teams two riders each up front and the gap began to grow quickly, up to four minutes by the eighth and final lap of the circuit. It appeared that the race was down to the front group, and then St John attacked off the front, joined by Routley.

The pair went over a minute up as the race exited the circuit, with Houle and de Vos the only two willing to chase. It looked like the race would come down to Silber versus Optum, but communication problems with race radio meant that no one up front knew that a group of eight was driving across the gap.

Meier made a massive effort on the route back to town, leading a group containing Duchesne, Boivin, Perry, Anderson, Roth, Zach Bell (Smartstop) and U23 aged Travis Samuel (H&R Block). This group caught the chasers with about five kilometres to go and the two leaders with less then two kilometres remaining.

Boivin and Anderson timed their move to the front perfectly, hitting it just before the final right hander into the climb to the line.

"To be honest, after 100K, I thought the race was over for me," explained Boivin. "But Randy [Ryan Anderson] and I kept following moves and Christian, Antoine and Zach drove the last 20K really hard, and Ryan and I could benefit from our team mates up the road."

"I couldn't believe it all came back together in the last 5K, and from there I knew I had no choice but to win the bike race. I wanted to make sure I was in the top two for the final corner; I punched it a 100 metres before the corner and ended up turning first with Randy on my wheel, and put my head down. With 75 metres to go I was sure that I was going to take it."

"It's an unbelievable feeling," said Boivin, who had family and friends on hand to watch his victory. "I have to thank the team, we had the race under control all day. I can't thank the guys enough and I think we rode a perfect race."

Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Guillaume Boivin (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies4:34:00
2Ryan Anderson (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit StrategiesRow 1 - Cell 2
3Ryan Roth (Can) Silber Pro CyclingRow 2 - Cell 2
4Zachary Bell (Can) Team SmartStopRow 3 - Cell 2
5Benjamin Perry (Can) Silber Pro CyclingRow 4 - Cell 2
6Adam De Vos (Can) H&R Block Pro CyclingRow 5 - Cell 2
7Alexander Cataford (Can) Silber Pro CyclingRow 6 - Cell 2
8Michael Woods (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit StrategiesRow 7 - Cell 2
9Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge0:00:04
10Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:06
11Antoine Duchesne (Can) Team EuropcarRow 10 - Cell 2
12Derrick St John (Can) Silber Pro CyclingRow 11 - Cell 2
13Will Routley (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:28
14Rob Britton (Can) Team SmartStopRow 13 - Cell 2
15Travis Samuel (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling0:01:17
16James Gene Piccoli (Can)0:04:31
17Emile Jean (Can)0:04:56
18Simon-Pierre Gauthier (Can) Garneau QuebecorRow 17 - Cell 2
19Matteo Dal-Cin (Can) Silber Pro CyclingRow 18 - Cell 2
20David Drouin (Can)Row 19 - Cell 2
21Frédéric Cossette (Can)Row 20 - Cell 2
22Olivier Brisebois (Can) Garneau QuebecorRow 21 - Cell 2
23Evan Bayer (Can)0:05:00
24Jack Burke (Can)Row 23 - Cell 2
25Robert Gutgesell (Can)Row 24 - Cell 2
26Bruce Bird (Can)Row 25 - Cell 2
27Anton Varabei (Can) Garneau Quebecor0:05:02
28Nigel Ellsay (Can) Silber Pro CyclingRow 27 - Cell 2
29Pierrick Naud (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit StrategiesRow 28 - Cell 2
30William Elliott (Can)0:05:06
31Kris Dahl (Can) Team SmartStop0:05:08
32Jordan Cheyne (Can)Row 31 - Cell 2
33Kyle Boorsma (Can)0:05:10
34Michael Le Rossignol (Can) Silber Pro Cycling0:08:41
35Danick Vandale (Can)Row 34 - Cell 2
36Martin Rupes (Can)0:12:29
37Osmond Bakker (Can)0:12:38
38Derek Snider (Can)Row 37 - Cell 2
39Kevin Massicotte (Can)0:16:28
40Jean-François Girard (Can)0:17:28
41Pascal Bussieres (Can)0:17:32
42Brandon Etzl (Can)0:20:13
43Felix Coté Bouvette (Can) H&R Block Pro CyclingRow 42 - Cell 2
44Hendrik Pineda (Can)Row 43 - Cell 2
45Justin Purificati (Can)Row 44 - Cell 2
46Cameron Mcphaden (Can)Row 45 - Cell 2
47Nicolas Masbourian (Can) Silber Pro CyclingRow 46 - Cell 2
OTLLarbi Benhabib (Can)0:24:37
OTLEtienne Moreau (Can)0:30:57
OTLWilliam Blackburn (Can)0:30:59
DNFCody Canning (Can)Row 50 - Cell 2
DNFDylan Cunningham (Can)Row 51 - Cell 2
DNFJordan Landolt (Can)Row 52 - Cell 2
DNFNormand Richard (Can)Row 53 - Cell 2
DNFDominique Rollin (Can) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 54 - Cell 2
DNFBenoit Boulay (Can)Row 55 - Cell 2
DNFJohn Parrott (Can)Row 56 - Cell 2
DNFJean-François Racine (Can)Row 57 - Cell 2
DNFBruno Langlois (Can) Garneau QuebecorRow 58 - Cell 2
DNFChristopher Rowley (Can)Row 59 - Cell 2
DNFKevin Lynch (Can)Row 60 - Cell 2
DNFBraydon Bourne (Can)Row 61 - Cell 2
DNFJean-Michel Lachance (Can) Team Lvshan LandscapeRow 62 - Cell 2
DNFMark Brouwer (Can)Row 63 - Cell 2
DNFCharles Gorman (Can)Row 64 - Cell 2
DNFAndrew Lees (Can)Row 65 - Cell 2
DNFSébastien Rousseau (Can)Row 66 - Cell 2
DNFBenoit Bouchard-Ouellet (Can)Row 67 - Cell 2
DNFGuillaume Lafleur (Can)Row 68 - Cell 2
DNFMarc Antoine Noel (Can)Row 69 - Cell 2
DNFTimothy Burton (Can)Row 70 - Cell 2
DNFConor O'brien (Can)Row 71 - Cell 2
DNFCasey Roth (Can)Row 72 - Cell 2
DNFRobert Hargrove (Can)Row 73 - Cell 2
DNFBen Andrew (Can)Row 74 - Cell 2
DNFShaun Clarke (Can)Row 75 - Cell 2
DNFBailey Mcknight (Can) H&R Block Pro CyclingRow 76 - Cell 2
DNFJacob Schwingboth (Can) H&R Block Pro CyclingRow 77 - Cell 2
DNFStuart Wight (Can) H&R Block Pro CyclingRow 78 - Cell 2
DNFMitchell Macdonald (Can)Row 79 - Cell 2
DNFAlexis Cartier (Can)Row 80 - Cell 2
DNFStephen Keeping (Can)Row 81 - Cell 2
DNFPhilippe Allard (Can)Row 82 - Cell 2
DNFOlivier Lavigueur (Can)Row 83 - Cell 2
DNFBenjamin Martel (Can)Row 84 - Cell 2
DNFJulien Brazeau-Séguin (Can)Row 85 - Cell 2
DNFAlex Gibson (Can)Row 86 - Cell 2
DNFAndrew House (Can)Row 87 - Cell 2
DNFMatt Surch (Can)Row 88 - Cell 2
DNFÉtienne Samson (Can)Row 89 - Cell 2
DNFKevin Archambault (Can)Row 90 - Cell 2
DNFDavid Boily (Can)Row 91 - Cell 2
DNFÉtienne Dubuc (Can)Row 92 - Cell 2
DNFEmmanuel Gagne (Can) Airgas-Safeway Cycling TeamRow 93 - Cell 2
DNFAlexandre Mathieu (Can)Row 94 - Cell 2
DNFDevon Moonie (Can)Row 95 - Cell 2
DNFVictor Bourassa (Can)Row 96 - Cell 2
DNFNavarro Fong Roy (Can)Row 97 - Cell 2
DNFMarc-Antoine Soucy (Can) Garneau QuebecorRow 98 - Cell 2
DNFChristopher Prendergast (Can)Row 99 - Cell 2
DNFLuke Van Lauwe (Can)Row 100 - Cell 2
DNFWilliam Dal Prà (Ita)Row 101 - Cell 2
DNFSimon Fothergill (Can)Row 102 - Cell 2
DNFEric Johnston (Can)Row 103 - Cell 2
DNFJames Orton (Can)Row 104 - Cell 2
DNFAaron Thomas (Can)Row 105 - Cell 2
DNFTommy Waldeck (Can)Row 106 - Cell 2
DNFAntoine Pelletier Houle (Can)Row 107 - Cell 2
DNFAntoine Breton (Can)Row 108 - Cell 2
DNFAlex Lessard (Can)Row 109 - Cell 2
DNFAlexandre Simard (Can)Row 110 - Cell 2
DNFEdward Walsh (Can)Row 111 - Cell 2
DNFTrevor O'donnell (Can)Row 112 - Cell 2
DNFOlivier Péloquin (Can)Row 113 - Cell 2
DNFPeter Disera (Can) H&R Block Pro CyclingRow 114 - Cell 2
DNFReid Mcclure (Can)Row 115 - Cell 2
DNFJoshua Kropf (Can)Row 116 - Cell 2
DNFSamuel Périgny (Can)Row 117 - Cell 2
DNFTrevor Stothard (Can)Row 118 - Cell 2
DNFTyler D'arcy (Can)Row 119 - Cell 2
DNFNicolas Ducharme (Can)Row 120 - Cell 2
DNFChristian Ricci (Can)Row 121 - Cell 2

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