Kirchmann crowned Canadian time trial champion

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.

Kirchmann was one of the favourites, along with defending champion Karol-Ann Canuel (Boels Dolmans), Kirsti Lay (Rally Cycling) and Jasmin Duehring (Twenty20 p/b SHO-AIR).

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."

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb Women0:36:13
2Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:08
3Kirsti Lay (Can) Rally Cycling0:00:39
4Jasmin Duehring (Can) Twenty20 p/b Sho-Air0:00:43
5Alison Jackson (Can) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:00:54
6Annie Foreman-Mackey (Can)0:00:54
7Sara Bergen (Can) Rally Cycling0:00:58
8Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally Cycling0:01:21
9Marie Soleil Blais (Can)0:01:34
10Alizee Brien (Can)0:01:37
11Gillian Ellsay (Can) Rally Cycling0:01:48
12Emily Marcolini (Can)0:02:05
13Katherine Maine (Can) Rally Cycling0:02:07
14Ariane Bonhomme (Can)0:02:08
15Kinley Gibson (Can)0:02:12
16Laurie Jussaume (Can)0:02:17
17Luce Bourbeau (Can)0:02:25
18Dana Gilligan (Can)0:02:36
19Miriam Brouwer (Can)0:02:54
20Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team0:02:57
21Catherine Ouellette (Can)0:03:34
22Frederique Larose Gingras (Can)0:04:06
23Olivia Baril (Can)0:04:15
24Devaney Collier (Can)0:04:29
25Callie Swan (Can)0:04:35
26Holly Simonson (Can)Row 25 - Cell 2
27Sophie Bernard (Can)Row 26 - Cell 2
28Isabella Bertold (Can)0:04:52
29Veronique Bilodeau (Can)0:05:19
30Allyson Gillard (Can)0:05:41
31Katherine Bergeron (Can)0:06:11
32Maggie Coles-Lyster (Can)0:06:26
33Charlotte Tousignant (Can)0:06:32
34Ainara Benavente-Babace (Can)0:06:33
35Elise Piedalue (Can)0:07:07
36Danielle Dumouchel (Can)0:07:58
37Anna Talmann (Can)0:08:09

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