Roth wins Canadian criterium title

The Canadian Road Nationals concluded, appropriately, on July 1st Canada Day, with the criterium. Ryan Roth (X-Speed United) took the elite men's title for the new Continental squad, X-Speed United.

The 1.3-kilometre circuit was a four left turn rectangle, with the most prominent feature the final 200-metre climb to the finish line.

Constant attacks in the opening laps of the men's race quickly whittled the field down, with only 25 of 119 starters finishing after 60 minutes (plus three laps) of racing.

Evan Burtnik (X-Speed United) and Robin Plamondon (Floyd's Pro Cycling) were the first to make a break stick at the halfway point in the race, and they were joined by Charles Etienne Chretien (Equipe du Quebec) and Derek Gee (Toronto Velodrome Club). Finally, Roth, Pierre Andre Cote (Rally UHC) and Alex Cowan (Floyd's Pro Cycling) jumped across to make up the rest of the group.

With the major teams represented, there was little incentive for the small remaining peloton to chase, and these seven riders became the race for the medals. Roth bided his time in the last ten laps as others made break attempts, launching a powerful move with a lap to go, and hanging on to win the title. Plamondon got a slight gap on the others to win silver, with Cote taking the final podium spot.

"It's a really hard course," said Roth. "About halfway in the front group started to get a bigger gap and become more dangerous. So Alex Cowan, Pier Andre Cote and myself bridged and that became the breakaway. We worked pretty well as a group to get a solid gap, but then we all started to play our cards for the win. Pierre Andre is a really fast sprinter, so my whole idea was to put pressure on him. After [Cote] put in a big dig, Derek [Gee] countered it and then everyone just sat up a tiny bit and I went from there."

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ryan Roth (Can) X Speed United Continental1:06:16
2Robin Plamondon (Can) Floyd's Pro Cycling0:00:07
3Pierre Andre Cote (Can) Rally UHC Cycling0:00:11
4Alexander Cowan (Can) Floyd's Pro CyclingRow 3 - Cell 2
5Charles Etienne Chretien (Can) Equipe du QuebecRow 4 - Cell 2
6Derek Gee (Can) Toronto Velodrome ClubRow 5 - Cell 2
7Evan Burtnik (Can) X Speed United Continental0:00:18
8Alexis Cartier (Can) Velo0:00:55
9Emile Jean (Can) Floyd's Pro Cycling0:00:59
10Nickolas Zukowsky (Can) Floyd's Pro CyclingRow 9 - Cell 2
11Edward Walsh (Can) X Speed United ContinentalRow 10 - Cell 2
12Trevor O'Donnell (Can) Gateway Devo CyclingRow 11 - Cell 2
13Lukas Conly (Can) Ride with Rendall p/b BiemmeRow 12 - Cell 2
14Adam Jamieson (Can) Toronto Velodrome ClubRow 13 - Cell 2
15Michael Foley (Can) Toronto Velodrome ClubRow 14 - Cell 2
16Connor Toppings (Can) Probaclac-DevinciRow 15 - Cell 2
17Antoine Ippersiel (Can) Desjardins Ford p/b CromwellRow 16 - Cell 2
18Kyle Buckosky (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic HomesRow 17 - Cell 2
19Arvin Moazami Godarzi (Can) NCCH Elite p/b MGCCRow 18 - Cell 2
20Olivier Brisebois (Can) Probaclac-DevinciRow 19 - Cell 2
21Ben Katerberg (Can) Development Team SunwebRow 20 - Cell 2
22Francis Izquierdo Bernier (Can) Probaclac-Devinci0:01:06
23Bruno Langlois (Can) Velo Cartel X Bello0:01:31
24Adam De Vos (Can) Rally UHC Cycling0:01:41
25Noah Simms (Can) Floyd's Pro Cycling0:02:21

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