Guillaume Boivin wins Canadian Road title with solo breakaway

After a two-year hiatus, the Canadian National Road Championship for Elite men returned on Saturday, with Guillaume Boivin (Israel Start-up Nation) winning for the second time after an impressive 50 kilometre solo effort.

Antone Duchesne (Groupama-FDJ) took second and Derek Gee (Xspeed), third in Friday's time trial, took another bronze medal in the road race.

Held for the first time since June of 2019, the 199km men's route saw over two-thirds of the field drop out during the race, the constant rolling hills, rough roads and gusting wind taking its toll on the field. The riders rode 30 kilometres from the start in St-Georges, south of Quebec City, to a 28 kilometre circuit for five laps before heading back to St-Georges.

Boivin was one of three WorldTour riders in the field, joined by Hugo Houle (Astana-Premier Tech), winner of the time trial 24 hours earlier, and Antoine Duchesne (Groupama-FDJ).

The pace was aggressive from the start, with a group of nine riders breaking clear in the first three kilometres. By the six kilometre mark they had 50 seconds, and Houle was blowing up the peloton with surging efforts at the front.

Halfway into the first lap, on a long climb that reached 13%, Houle, Boivin, Duchesne, Gee and a few others bridged across to the leaders, while the already much smaller peloton continued to disintegrate. Before the end of the lap, the chasers had caught the lead group, enlarging it to 14 riders. This group was, for all intents and purposes, 'the race'.

The remaining riders rode together until late in the third lap, when inattention on the part of a few riders on a long descent allowed gaps to open. Suddenly, a group of six was clear, with Houle on the wrong side of the gap.

Boivin, Duchesne and Gee were joined by Alexis Cartier (Velo 2000 / Rhino Rack), Paul Blanc Pacque (Cycle Regis / 360 Agency) and a lone Under-23 rider Thomas Schellenberg (TaG Cycling). They quickly extended the gap over their main rival.

Houle managed to hold the deficit at 30 seconds for a while but he had no help in the chase. The gap increased to a minute and then beyond, putting him out of the picture for the national title.

Up front, Schellenberg dropped back to Houle and his Under-23 teammate Carson Miles, leaving five in the break. Miles would eventually take the Under-23 title.

Into the final lap, Duchesne attacked and, when he was brought back, Boivin immediately countered. Over the longest climb on the circuit, he gradually extended his lead to 30 seconds, and then to 50 seconds as he headed back towards St-Georges.

The chase held him for a few kilometres but they were all clearly at their limits, and Boivin was pounding on the pedals, not slowing.

As cracks developed in the chase, the gap started to grow, reaching nearly two minutes in the final 15 kilometres, and 2:24 by the finish line.

Duchesne finally managed to break clear of the other four in the final ten kilometres to take second, while Gee outsprinted the remaining riders for third. Houle finished seventh, ten minutes down.

"It wasn't an easy day out there at all," said Boivin, who previously won the Canadian road title in 2015 as an Elite and in 2009 as an Under-23 rider.

"It was full gas from start to finish, and everybody was on their knees. I just gave it a try and paced myself. I knew if the guys were going to come back they were going to have to work for it, and eventually, they didn't come back.

“Cooperation wasn't so good in the group and guys were skipping pulls, and it was kind of annoying, so I just got a gap and kept the pressure on. For me, it's the continuation of an amazing season."

This is the first Canadian title awarded since 2019 and Boivin is looking forward to wearing it in the professional peloton in Europe.

"I'm flying back to Belgium on Monday to do a couple of one days, then Worlds, Paris-Roubaix, and then Paris-Tours or Lombardy with Woodsy [Mike Woods]. It would be fun to have the national champion's jersey helping Woodsy in Lombardy."

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Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation 4:53:03
2Antoine Duchesne (Can) Groupama-FDJ 0:02:24
3Derek Gee (Can) Xspeed United Continental 0:04:09
4Alexis Cartier (Can) Vélo 2000 / Rhino Rack
5Paul Blanc Paque (Can) Cycle Régis / 360 Agency
6Carson Miles (Can) Tag Cycling Race Team 0:09:57
7Hugo Houle (Can) Astana-Premier Tech 0:10:06
8Thomas Schellenberg (Can) Tag Cycling Race Team 0:16:15
9Jordan Cheyne (Can) Elevate-Webiplex Pro Cycling 0:16:31
10Edward Walsh (Can) Team Nova Scotia 0:16:57
11Adam Roberge (Can) Elevate-Webiplex Pro Cycling
12Eric Inkster (Can) Gsc Blagnac Velo Sport 31
13Thibault, Jean-Denis (Can) Team U Cube 17
14Ethan Pauly (Can) Tag Cycling Race Team
15Robin Plamondon (Can) Israel Cycling Academy
16Francis Izquierdo Bernier (Can) Cannondale Échelon P/B 4Iiii
17Evan Russell (Can) Tag Cycling Race Team
18Jack Burke (Can) Union Raiffeisen Radteam Tirol 0:17:03
19Laurent Gervais (Can) Scott Creuse Oxygene Guéret
20Daniel Koszela (Can) Win Cycling Centre 0:21:58
21Nicolas Cote (Can) Desjardins-Ford 0:22:18
22Lukas Conly (Can) Digital Commerce Bank 0:22:20
23Edward Ouellet (Can) Yoeleo Test Team P/B 4Mind 0:22:21
24Ryan Rudderham (Can) Toronto Hustle 0:22:23
25Alexander Fraser-Maraun (Can) Red Truck Racing P/B Mosaic Homes 0:23:09
26Nicolas Rivard (Can) Équipe Du Québec 0:23:49
27Braden Kersey (Can) Tag Cycling Race Team 0:29:08
28Simon Dubuc (Can) Digital Commerce Bank 0:29:54
29Lukas Carreau (Can) Équipe Du Québec
30Etienne Scherer (Can) Vélo 2000 / Rhino Rack 0:29:56
31Daniel Kalichman (Can) United Nations Of Cyclist
32Jude Szabo (Can) Ignite Development
33Nicholas Menegon (Can) Toronto Hustle 0:30:01
34Gabriel Guay (Can) Desjardins-Ford 0:30:02
35Ryan Primeau (Can) Yoeleo Test Team P/B 4Mind 0:30:04
36Ethan Sittlington (Can) Toronto Hustle
37Charles Antoine Forest Leblanc (Can) Desjardins-Ford 0:30:13
38Sean Lancaric (Can) Indépendant 0:32:22
39David Dubé (Can) Desjardins-Ford 0:32:49
DNFAndré Boudreau (Can) Indépendant
DNFChristopher Rowley (Can) Yoeleo Test Team P/B 4Mind
DNFWilliam Goodfellow (Can) Yoeleo Test Team P/B 4Mind
DNFJoseph Lupien (Can) Team Skyline
DNFAidan Oliphant (Can) Indépendant
DNFTommy Feng (Can) Indépendant
DNFNicholas-Ian McDonnell-Stewart (Can) Veloselect-Silber
DNFJeremy Obrand (Can) Toronto Hustle
DNFAlec Cowan (Can) L39Ion Of Los Angeles
DNFEmmett Culp (Can) Digital Commerce Bank
DNFDeclan Kelly (Can) Red Truck Racing P/B Mosaic Homes
DNFJason Vettorel (Can) Veloselect-Silber
DNFJoseph Chamberlain (Can) Lorneville Cycling Club
DNFJoshua Artzy-McCendie (Can) Indépendant
DNFMathieu Belanger Barette (Can) Indépendant
DNFMiguel Belanger-Drouin (Can) Rocket Factory
DNFMathieu Borduas (Can) Rocket Factory
DNFBrad Bradford (Can) Toronto Hustle
DNFDenis Coulet (Can) Rocket Factory
DNFEmile Farrell Dessureault (Can) Ride With Rendall P/B Biemme
DNFMaxime Forget (Can) Scott Rackultra
DNFCole Glover (Can) Red Truck Racing P/B Mosaic Homes
DNFMatthew Kamermans (Can) Digital Commerce Bank
DNFLachance, Jean Michel (Can) Équipe du Québec
DNFCzeslaw Lukaszewicz (Can) Veloselect-Silber
DNFChris Macleod (Can) Red Truck Racing P/B Mosaic Homes
DNFJulien Marleau (Can) Mathieu Performance X Noctem
DNFZola Mehlomakulu (Can) Indépendant
DNFSam Morris (Can) Red Truck Racing P/B Mosaic Homes
DNFMax Rubarth (Can) Ride With Rendall P/B Biemme
DNFAdam Schwendt (Can) Above & Beyond Cancer Pb Bike World
DNFDmitry Serbin (Can) University Of Toronto Road Racing
DNFTomer Shahar (Can) Win Cycling Centre
DNFMatthew Sherar (Can) Ascent Cycling
DNFAnton Varabei (Can) Toronto Hustle
DNFChris Ernst (Can) Xspeed United Continental
DNFFrancis Juneau (Can) Team Macadam'S Cowboys
DNFAlexis Rochette (Can) IBIKE
DNFCaleb Bender (Can) Tag Cycling Race Team
DNFJérémie la Grenade (Can) Ride With Rendall P/B Biemme
DNFJoel Plamondon (Can) Espoirs Quilicot
DNFTristan Jussaume (Can) Équipe Du Québec
DNFAxel Froner (Can) Tag Cycling Race Team
DNFPhilippe Schampaert (Can) Odd Collectif
DNFZakariya Jackson (Can) Newmarket Eagles
DNFFelix Robert (Can) Équipe Du Québec
DNFGregory Santiago Zapata Cordoba (Can) Team Macadam'S Cowboys
DNFThomas Nadeau (Can) Desjardins-Ford
DNFJacob Lacroix (Can) Ride With Rendall P/B Biemme
DNFVictor Marchand (Can) Desjardins-Ford
DNFBrayden Windsor (Can) Team Sask
DNFZach Webster (Can) Ignite Development
DNFArnaud Beaudoin (Can) Équipe Du Québec
DNFThomas Castel (Can) Espoir Laval Planète Courrier
DNFErik Diertens (Can) Cycles West
DNFEmile Hamm (Can) Ride With Rendall P/B Biemme
DNFMathieu Jean (Can) Vélo 2000 / Rhino Rack
DNFNick Kleban (Can) Team Skyline
DNFJustin Landry (Can) Indépendant
DNFPierre-Antoine Larochelle (Can) Veloselect-Silber
DNFZed Olivier Masse (Can) Yoeleo Test Team P/B 4Mind
DNFLogan O'Krafka (Can) United Nations Of Cyclist
DNFLoic Olivier (Can) Desjardins-Ford
DNFSébastien Parent (Can) Veloselect-Silber
DNFNoah Ramsay (Can) Bateman'S Bicycle Co
DNFMitchell Robinson (Can) Indépendant
DNFKieran Sharpe (Can) Team Nova Scotia
DNFTim Shea (Can) Team Nova Scotia
DNFBryce Stephenson (Can) McGill Cycling
DNFBrett Stoppa (Can) Ride With Rendall P/B Biemme
DNFWilliam Toussaint (Can) Desjardins-Ford
DNFJohn Vanluxemborg (Can) Team Nova Scotia
DNFAdam Wolfe (Can) Digital Commerce Bank
DNFTheodore Woodford (Can) Ottawa Bicycle Club
DNSEvan Burtnik (Can) Xspeed United Continental
DNSDominic Cantin (Can) IBIKE
DNSYannick Banville (Can) Ride With Rendall P/B Biemme
DNSGuillaume Denis (Can) Cycle Régis / 360 Agency
DNSCedrik Dubois (Can) Cycle Régis / 360 Agency
DNSGuillaume Fiset (Can) Premiertech
DNSCharles Ouimet (Can) IBIKE
DNSFelix Bertrand (Can) Velo St-Joseph
DNSJack Ciotlos (Can) Mariposa
DNSTristan Guillemette (Can) Desjardins-Ford

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