The 2018 Canadian Road Championships opened on Thursday with the individual time trials, and it was Leah Kirchmann (Team Sunweb), fresh off the back of riding the Ovo Energy Women's Tour, who took the elite women's title, which was her first since 2014.
Held in the beautiful Saguenay region, north of Quebec City, the 25.14km out-and-back course took the riders on a twisting, rolling course with multiple climbs and gusting crosswinds.
Riding her first time trial of the year, Kirchmann caught her 'minute rider', Sara Poidevin (Rally Cycling) – who went on to win the under-23 title – and finished with a time of 36:12.76, eight seconds ahead of Canuel, with Lay in third and Duehring in fourth.
Rally Cycling swept the U23 podium, with Poidevin joined by teammates Gillian Ellsay and Katherine Maine.
"I'm really happy to be able to claim another title today," said Kirchmann. "I felt super-strong racing the Women's Tour [in the UK], but this was my first time trial of the season, so I didn't know how I was going to recover after the race and the travel from Europe, so I was happy to find that I felt so strong today. It was a really tough course, with climbing the whole way out, and then on the way back it was a headwind, so it still felt like you were climbing."
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb Women||0:36:13|
|2||Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam||0:00:08|
|3||Kirsti Lay (Can) Rally Cycling||0:00:39|
|4||Jasmin Duehring (Can) Twenty20 p/b Sho-Air||0:00:43|
|5||Alison Jackson (Can) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank||0:00:54|
|6||Annie Foreman-Mackey (Can)||0:00:54|
|7||Sara Bergen (Can) Rally Cycling||0:00:58|
|8||Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally Cycling||0:01:21|
|9||Marie Soleil Blais (Can)||0:01:34|
|10||Alizee Brien (Can)||0:01:37|
|11||Gillian Ellsay (Can) Rally Cycling||0:01:48|
|12||Emily Marcolini (Can)||0:02:05|
|13||Katherine Maine (Can) Rally Cycling||0:02:07|
|14||Ariane Bonhomme (Can)||0:02:08|
|15||Kinley Gibson (Can)||0:02:12|
|16||Laurie Jussaume (Can)||0:02:17|
|17||Luce Bourbeau (Can)||0:02:25|
|18||Dana Gilligan (Can)||0:02:36|
|19||Miriam Brouwer (Can)||0:02:54|
|20||Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team||0:02:57|
|21||Catherine Ouellette (Can)||0:03:34|
|22||Frederique Larose Gingras (Can)||0:04:06|
|23||Olivia Baril (Can)||0:04:15|
|24||Devaney Collier (Can)||0:04:29|
|25||Callie Swan (Can)||0:04:35|
|26||Holly Simonson (Can)|
|27||Sophie Bernard (Can)|
|28||Isabella Bertold (Can)||0:04:52|
|29||Veronique Bilodeau (Can)||0:05:19|
|30||Allyson Gillard (Can)||0:05:41|
|31||Katherine Bergeron (Can)||0:06:11|
|32||Maggie Coles-Lyster (Can)||0:06:26|
|33||Charlotte Tousignant (Can)||0:06:32|
|34||Ainara Benavente-Babace (Can)||0:06:33|
|35||Elise Piedalue (Can)||0:07:07|
|36||Danielle Dumouchel (Can)||0:07:58|
|37||Anna Talmann (Can)||0:08:09|
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