Elite Men Time Trial: Saint-Prosper - Saint-Prosper
The Canadian national time trial titles have been contested for the first time in more than two years, with Hugo Houle winning the men’s title.
The first national road championships since June of 2019 opened on Friday, hosted by the organizers of the Tour de Beauce, in the region south of Quebec City.
Houle came into the race as the favourite after finishing 13th in the time trial at the Olympics. The Quebec rider won the title in 2015, and was fourth in 2016, the last time he attended the national championships.
The Astana-Premier Tech rider was clearly riding at a different level then the rest of the field, completing the 34 kilometre course in 41:48, 1:39 ahead of second placed Alec Cowan (L39ion of Los Angeles). Olympic team pursuiter Derek Gee (Xspeed United) was third, at 1:45.
"It was a nice opportunity to be here this year," said Houle.
"The last few years I haven't been able to attend the Nationals because I was preparing for the Tour de France. When I saw that it was in September this year, I had it in the back of my mind to try and win the jersey; it's always nice to be able to wear it in Europe."
"I'm glad I could do it; I think everyone was expecting it from me, but you still have to deliver the ride. Obviously, today was a really good day, and I felt strong from the start. I was able to execute my plan perfectly. It was a demanding course, a lot of up and down, and the rough road wasn't good, with a lot of holes and cracks. But I managed to stay on the bike and keep the tires safe all the way home. I'm really happy with my ride, it was the best I could give today and I was able to push to my limit."
The out-and-back course featured the well-known rolling Beauce terrain and rough roads. Rain held off for most of the day, but strong gusting crosswinds proved to be a factor.
"I was going 70 to 75 kmph on some of the downhills and the bike was swinging," admitted Houle.
"It was scary the way the wind was pushing my bike around, I had to be quite careful."
Houle will line up for the road race on Saturday, looking to bring both Canadian national championship jerseys to the WorldTour.
|Pos.||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Hugo Houle (Can) Astana-Premier Tech||0:41:48|
|2||Alec Cowan (Can) L39Ion Of Los Angeles||0:01:39|
|3||Derek Gee (Can) Xspeed United Continental||0:01:45|
|4||Adam Roberge (Can) Elevate-Webiplex Pro||0:01:47|
|5||Edward Ouellet (Can) Yoeleo Test Team||0:01:56|
|6||Tristan Jussaume (Can) Équipe Du Québec||0:02:10|
|7||Jordan Cheyne (Can) Elevate-Webiplex Pro||0:02:34|
|8||Ethan Sittlington (Can) Toronto Hustle||0:02:40|
|9||Carson Miles (Can) Tag Cycling Race Team||0:02:43|
|10||Jean-Denis Thibault (Can) Team U Cube 17||0:02:46|
|11||Jack Burke (Can) Union Raiffeisen Radteam||0:03:05|
|12||Chris Ernst (Can) Xspeed United Continental||0:03:11|
|13||Joseph Chamberlain (Can) Lorneville Cycling Club||0:03:20|
|14||Warren Muir (Can) Indépendant||0:03:37|
|15||Thomas Schellenberg (Can) Tag Cycling Race Team||0:03:44|
|16||Nicholas-Ian McDonnell-Stewart (Can) Veloselect-Silber||0:03:47|
|17||Patrick Riddell (Can) Redkilo||0:04:03|
|18||Ethan Pauly (Can) Tag Cycling Race Team||0:04:05|
|19||Simon Dubuc (Can) Digital Commerce Bank||0:04:18|
|20||Francis Juneau (Can) Team Macadam'S Cowboys||0:04:22|
|21||Thomas Nadeau (Can) Desjardins-Ford||0:04:39|
|22||Jérémie la Grenade (Can) Ride With Rendall||0:04:50|
|23||William Goodfellow (Can) Yoeleo Test Team||0:05:01|
|24||Christopher Rowley (Can) Yoeleo Test Team||0:05:02|
|25||André Boudreau (Can) Indépendant||0:05:06|
|26||Arnaud Beaudoin (Can) Équipe Du Québec||0:05:19|
|27||Jude Szabo (Can) Ignite Development||0:05:27|
|28||Declan Kelly (Can) Red Truck Racing||0:05:29|
|29||Joseph Lupien (Can) Team Skyline||0:05:31|
|30||Gabriel Guay (Can) Desjardins-Ford||0:05:38|
|31||Lukas Conly (Can) Digital Commerce Bank||0:05:39|
|32||Nicolas Cote (Can) Desjardins-Ford||0:05:46|
|33||Zach Webster (Can) Ignite Development||0:05:53|
|34||Charles Antoine Forest Leblanc (Can) Desjardins-Ford||0:05:54|
|35||Eric Inkster (Can) Gsc Blagnac Velo Sport 31||0:05:57|
|36||Nicolas Rivard (Can) Équipe Du Québec||0:06:04|
|37||Daniel Koszela (Can) Win Cycling Centre||0:06:07|
|38||Nicholas Menegon (Can) Toronto Hustle||0:06:57|
|39||Jacob Lacroix (Can) Ride With Rendall||0:07:01|
|40||Joel Plamondon (Can) Espoirs Quilicot||0:07:01|
|41||Jeremy Obrand (Can) Toronto Hustle||0:07:01|
|42||Evan Russell (Can) Tag Cycling Race Team||0:07:03|
|43||Emmett Culp (Can) Digital Commerce Bank||0:07:20|
|44||Philippe Schampaert (Can) Odd Collectif||0:07:34|
|45||Gregory Santiago Zapata Cordoba (Can) Team Macadam's Cowboys||0:07:37|
|46||Aidan Oliphant (Can) Indépendant||0:08:07|
|47||Jason Vettorel (Can) Veloselect-Silber||0:08:42|
|48||Victor Marchand (Can) Desjardins-Ford||0:09:59|
|49||Brayden Windsor (Can) Team Sask||0:10:00|
|50||Tommy Feng (Can)||0:10:04|
|DNF||Lukas Carreau (Can) Équipe Du Québec|
|DNF||Braden Kersey (Can) Tag Cycling Race Team|
|DNF||Caleb Bender (Can) Tag Cycling Race Team|
|DNF||Alexis Rochette (Can) IBIKE|
|DNS||David Dubé(Can) Desjardins-Ford|
|DNS||Zakariya Jackson (Can) Newmarket Eagles|
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