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Whitten comes back from head injury to win Canadian time trial title

Neither of Canada's time trial champions were able to retain their titles on Tuesday, at the Canadian Road National Championships as Tara Whitten (The Cyclery-Opus) took the second women's title of her career.

The out-and-back course took the riders through the Gatineau national park outside of Ottawa, opening with a long rolling climb to the turnaround point and then a fast descent back to the finish. The women rode 26 kilometres and the men 36 kilometres.

Whitten, who was the top Canadian finisher on a modified version of the course a few weeks ago at the Gatineau Chrono, is in only her third race
this season after suffering a severe neck injury early in the season that put her in a neck brace. The 2012 Olympic bronze medalist on the track in the Team Pursuit, was clearly the fastest at every check point, beating defending champion Karol-Ann Canuel (Boels-Dolmans) by 48.47 seconds. Joelle Numainville (Cervelo Bigla) took third, a further 58 seconds back.

"I was really excited about this course, actually," said Whitten. "Riding in the Park was so nice, and I've been working on my climbing, so I thought I could do something here. I'm really happy with how my ride went. This is only my third race this season, so I was a little uncertain about how it would go."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tara Whitten (Can) The Cyclery-Opus0:37:41
2Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:48
3Joelle Numainville (Can) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling0:01:47
4Jasmin Glaesser (Can) Rally Cycling0:01:59
5Annie Foreman-Mackey (Can) The Cyclery-Opus0:03:27
6Ariane Bonhomme (Can) The Cyclery-Opus0:04:04
7Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally Cycling0:04:04
8Kinley Gibson (Can) Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic0:04:22
9Diane Moug (Can) Folsom Bike / Trek0:04:26
10Sara Bergen (Can) Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic0:04:32
11Lindsay Sferrazza (Can) Kallisto-FCV p/b Toyo Tires0:04:38
12Gillian Ellsay (Can) Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic0:04:55
13Alizée Brien (Can) Team TIBCO - Silicon0:04:58
14Miriam Brouwer (Can) The Cyclery-Opus0:05:01
15Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling0:05:04
16Sarah Anne Rasmussen (Can) SAS-Macogep-Acquisio p/p0:05:11
17Justine Clift (Can) The Cyclery-Opus0:05:25
18Ellen Watters (Can) The Cyclery-Opus0:05:31
19Emily Marcolini (Can) PHI Hotel Group/P-K0:05:38
20Calah Wright (Can) Euro-Sports0:06:39
21Catherine Ouellette (Can) Rally Cycling0:06:42
22Olivia Baril (Can) Équipe du Québec0:06:58
23Allyson Gillard (Can) TRJ Télécom - Desjardins0:07:08
24Véronique Labonté (Can) OGC/Opus0:07:22
25Luce Bourbeau (Can) SAS-Macogep-Acquisio p/p0:07:23
26Kaitlyn Steeves (Can) NCCH p/b DEC Express0:07:29
27Adriane Provost (Can) SAS-Macogep-Acquisio p/p0:07:42
28Emily Flynn (Can) The Cyclery-Opus0:07:45
29Suzanne Hamilton (Can) Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic0:08:01
30Dafné Théroux-Izquierdo (Can) BZK0:08:02
31Erin Ruttan (Can) Bicisport0:08:18
32Ashley Barson (Can) Rise Racing0:08:59
33Sophie Bernard (Can) Cyclery Racing0:09:11
34Isabelle Mayrand (Can) Équipe Iris0:09:27
35Jodi Wendland (Can) Velo Outaouais0:09:43
36Caroline Boileau (Can) Cycling0:10:12
37Marina Aspen (Can) Team Saskatchewan
38Janie Rioux-Coulombe (Can) TRJ Télécom - Desjardins
39Elise Piedalue (Can) Équipe du Québec
40Beatrice Le Sauteur (Can) SAS-Macogep-Acquisio p/p
DNSAlison Jackson (Can) Twenty16 RideBiker


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