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Boivin wins Canadian road race title

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Guillaume Boivin wins the 2015 Canadian road race title.

Guillaume Boivin wins the 2015 Canadian road race title. (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Hugo Houle (AG2R La Mondiale) leads the break

Hugo Houle (AG2R La Mondiale) leads the break (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Scenic Quebec

Scenic Quebec (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Routley attacks with 7 km to go

Routley attacks with 7 km to go (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Will Routley attacks

Will Routley attacks (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Antoine Duchesne (Team Europcar) leads the chase group

Antoine Duchesne (Team Europcar) leads the chase group (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Hugo Houle (AG2R), Will Routley (Optum), Alex Cataford (Silber) and Rob Britton (Smartstop) join the 4 leaders late in the 3rd lap

Hugo Houle (AG2R), Will Routley (Optum), Alex Cataford (Silber) and Rob Britton (Smartstop) join the 4 leaders late in the 3rd lap (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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The pelton on the circuit climb on lap 1

The pelton on the circuit climb on lap 1 (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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The remainder of the break looks tired and ragged

The remainder of the break looks tired and ragged (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Kristofer Dahl (Team SmartStop) doing a lot of work to chase down St John and Routley

Kristofer Dahl (Team SmartStop) doing a lot of work to chase down St John and Routley (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Will Routley (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) and Derrick St John (Silber Pro Cycling) attacked off the front of the late break

Will Routley (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) and Derrick St John (Silber Pro Cycling) attacked off the front of the late break (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Kristofer Dahl (Team SmartStop) gets a quick wheel change

Kristofer Dahl (Team SmartStop) gets a quick wheel change (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Jordan Cheyne (Ride with Rendall p/b Biemme) drives the chase

Jordan Cheyne (Ride with Rendall p/b Biemme) drives the chase (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Antoine Duchesne (Team Europcar) and Hugo Houle (AG2R La Mondiale) chase back to the bunch after a crash in pelton

Antoine Duchesne (Team Europcar) and Hugo Houle (AG2R La Mondiale) chase back to the bunch after a crash in pelton (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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The initial break: Kristofer Dahl (Smartstop) leads Derrick St John (Silber), Adam de Vos (H7R Block) and Mike Woods (Optum)

The initial break: Kristofer Dahl (Smartstop) leads Derrick St John (Silber), Adam de Vos (H7R Block) and Mike Woods (Optum) (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Peloton all together after neutral start

Peloton all together after neutral start (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Ryan Anderson (L-R), Guillaume Boivin and Ryan Roth.

Ryan Anderson (L-R), Guillaume Boivin and Ryan Roth. (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Guillaume Boivin (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) wins.

Guillaume Boivin (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) wins. (Image credit: Tour of Japan)

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

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Guillaume Boivin (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies4:34:00
2Ryan Anderson (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
3Ryan Roth (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
4Zachary Bell (Can) Team SmartStop
5Benjamin Perry (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
6Adam De Vos (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling
7Alexander Cataford (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
8Michael Woods (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
9Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge0:00:04
10Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:06
11Antoine Duchesne (Can) Team Europcar
12Derrick St John (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
13Will Routley (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:28
14Rob Britton (Can) Team SmartStop
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 Quebecor
19Matteo Dal-Cin (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
20David Drouin (Can)
21Frédéric Cossette (Can)
22Olivier Brisebois (Can) Garneau Quebecor
23Evan Bayer (Can)0:05:00
24Jack Burke (Can)
25Robert Gutgesell (Can)
26Bruce Bird (Can)
27Anton Varabei (Can) Garneau Quebecor0:05:02
28Nigel Ellsay (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
29Pierrick Naud (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
30William Elliott (Can)0:05:06
31Kris Dahl (Can) Team SmartStop0:05:08
32Jordan Cheyne (Can)
33Kyle Boorsma (Can)0:05:10
34Michael Le Rossignol (Can) Silber Pro Cycling0:08:41
35Danick Vandale (Can)
36Martin Rupes (Can)0:12:29
37Osmond Bakker (Can)0:12:38
38Derek Snider (Can)
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 Cycling
44Hendrik Pineda (Can)
45Justin Purificati (Can)
46Cameron Mcphaden (Can)
47Nicolas Masbourian (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
OTLLarbi Benhabib (Can)0:24:37
OTLEtienne Moreau (Can)0:30:57
OTLWilliam Blackburn (Can)0:30:59
DNFCody Canning (Can)
DNFDylan Cunningham (Can)
DNFJordan Landolt (Can)
DNFNormand Richard (Can)
DNFDominique Rollin (Can) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNFBenoit Boulay (Can)
DNFJohn Parrott (Can)
DNFJean-François Racine (Can)
DNFBruno Langlois (Can) Garneau Quebecor
DNFChristopher Rowley (Can)
DNFKevin Lynch (Can)
DNFBraydon Bourne (Can)
DNFJean-Michel Lachance (Can) Team Lvshan Landscape
DNFMark Brouwer (Can)
DNFCharles Gorman (Can)
DNFAndrew Lees (Can)
DNFSébastien Rousseau (Can)
DNFBenoit Bouchard-Ouellet (Can)
DNFGuillaume Lafleur (Can)
DNFMarc Antoine Noel (Can)
DNFTimothy Burton (Can)
DNFConor O'brien (Can)
DNFCasey Roth (Can)
DNFRobert Hargrove (Can)
DNFBen Andrew (Can)
DNFShaun Clarke (Can)
DNFBailey Mcknight (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling
DNFJacob Schwingboth (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling
DNFStuart Wight (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling
DNFMitchell Macdonald (Can)
DNFAlexis Cartier (Can)
DNFStephen Keeping (Can)
DNFPhilippe Allard (Can)
DNFOlivier Lavigueur (Can)
DNFBenjamin Martel (Can)
DNFJulien Brazeau-Séguin (Can)
DNFAlex Gibson (Can)
DNFAndrew House (Can)
DNFMatt Surch (Can)
DNFÉtienne Samson (Can)
DNFKevin Archambault (Can)
DNFDavid Boily (Can)
DNFÉtienne Dubuc (Can)
DNFEmmanuel Gagne (Can) Airgas-Safeway Cycling Team
DNFAlexandre Mathieu (Can)
DNFDevon Moonie (Can)
DNFVictor Bourassa (Can)
DNFNavarro Fong Roy (Can)
DNFMarc-Antoine Soucy (Can) Garneau Quebecor
DNFChristopher Prendergast (Can)
DNFLuke Van Lauwe (Can)
DNFWilliam Dal Prà (Ita)
DNFSimon Fothergill (Can)
DNFEric Johnston (Can)
DNFJames Orton (Can)
DNFAaron Thomas (Can)
DNFTommy Waldeck (Can)
DNFAntoine Pelletier Houle (Can)
DNFAntoine Breton (Can)
DNFAlex Lessard (Can)
DNFAlexandre Simard (Can)
DNFEdward Walsh (Can)
DNFTrevor O'donnell (Can)
DNFOlivier Péloquin (Can)
DNFPeter Disera (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling
DNFReid Mcclure (Can)
DNFJoshua Kropf (Can)
DNFSamuel Périgny (Can)
DNFTrevor Stothard (Can)
DNFTyler D'arcy (Can)
DNFNicolas Ducharme (Can)
DNFChristian Ricci (Can)

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