Karol Ann Canuel, a member of the world champion Team Time Trial squad of Velocio SRAM, came into the women's race at the Canadian Time Trial Championship in Saint-Georges, Quebec, on Thursday as the favourite, and she did not disappoint, taking her first national title with a dominant performance. Optum riders Jasmin Glaesser and defending champion Leah Kirchmann took the remaining two podium spots, but were well back, with Glaesser at 1:17 and Kirchmann at 2:03.
The 30 kilometre course featured multiple long rolling climbs, plus tough, gusting winds that pushed the riders around. Held on a new, unopened highway, riders had a perfect surface to race on.
Canuel showed flashes of her form at the Chrono Gatineau earlier in the month, finishing second to Carmen Small (2016 p/b Sho-Air) by eight seconds, but clearly continues to improve after a serious injury from a crash at the Road World Championships last fall that left her with a broken pelvis.
"This title was a big objective for me this season," explained Canuel, "and I am really thrilled to be Canadian Champion in the Time Trial. My progression really took off when I joined Specialized-Lululemon last year and Velocio-SRAM this season. I believed in my ability to time trial, and I knew I could do well today. It was such a hard course and I had to push right until the end."
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Velocio-SRAM||0:45:05|
|2||Jasmin Glaesser (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies||0:01:17|
|3||Leah Kirchmann (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies||0:02:03|
|4||Joelle Numainville (Can) Equipe du Quebec||0:02:21|
|5||Alizée Brien (Can) Team TIBCO-SVB||0:02:49|
|6||Annie Foreman-Mackey (Can) The Cyclery-Opus||0:02:55|
|7||Alison Jackson (Can) TWENTY16||0:03:39|
|8||Lex Albrecht (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies||0:03:50|
|9||Diane Moug (Can) Folsom Bike/Trek||0:03:55|
|10||Sara Bergen (Can) Trek Red-Truck p/b Mosaic Homes||0:04:04|
|11||Ellen Watters (Can) The Cyclery-Opus||0:04:25|
|12||Denise Ramsden (Can) Trek Red-Truck p/b Mosaic Homes||0:04:41|
|13||Sara Poidevin (Can) bicisport Calgary Bi||0:05:01|
|14||Annie Ewart (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies||0:05:08|
|15||Justine Clift (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycl||0:05:14|
|16||Leah Guloien (Can) Trek Red-Truck p/b Mosaic Homes||0:05:17|
|17||Brook Noble (Can) Holiday Inn Express||0:05:37|
|18||Gabrielle Pilote Fortin (Can) Equipe du Quebec||0:05:39|
|19||Kinley Gibson (Can) Trek Red-Truck p/b Mosaic Homes||0:05:52|
|20||Catherine Dessureault (Can) SAS-Mazda-MACOGEP-Specialized||0:06:23|
|21||Miriam Brouwer (Can) Giant Toronto / Liv||0:06:23|
|22||Catherine Ouellette (Can) Equipe du Quebec||0:06:31|
|23||Emily Flynn (Can) The Cyclery-Opus||0:06:34|
|24||Adriane Provost (Can) SAS-Mazda-MACOGEP-Specialized||0:06:50|
|25||Dafné Theroux Izquierdo (Can) SAS-Mazda-MACOGEP-Specialized||0:07:11|
|26||Ariane Bonhomme (Can) The Cyclery-Opus||0:07:35|
|27||Suzanne Hamilton (Can) Trek Red-Truck p/b Mosaic Homes||0:07:45|
|28||Sarah Rasmussen (Can) Team Ontario||0:07:48|
|29||Allyson Gillard (Can) Promutuel/VMBL/Alco||0:08:48|
|30||Zeina Loutfi (Can) SAS-Mazda-MACOGEP-Specialized||0:08:56|
|31||Genevieve Krahn (Can) Holiday Inn Express||0:08:59|
|32||Calah Wright (Can) euro-sports||0:09:32|
|33||Sarah Coney (Can) Trek Red-Truck p/b Mosaic Homes||0:09:35|
|34||Natascha Piciga (Can) Giant Toronto / Liv||0:10:02|
|35||Suzie Brown (Can) Holiday Inn Express||0:10:22|
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