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Ahlstrand wins Univest Grand Prix

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The break worked well for most of the race, building a maximum gap of 1:30.

The break worked well for most of the race, building a maximum gap of 1:30. (Image credit: Todd Leister/www.leisterimages.com)
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The winning ride.

The winning ride. (Image credit: Todd Leister/www.leisterimages.com)
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Jonas Ahlstrand (Team Cykelcity) wins the 2010 Univest Road Race.

Jonas Ahlstrand (Team Cykelcity) wins the 2010 Univest Road Race. (Image credit: Todd Leister/www.leisterimages.com)
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Amore & Vita came to the front and reeled the break in.

Amore & Vita came to the front and reeled the break in. (Image credit: Todd Leister/www.leisterimages.com)
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With three laps left to go, the charging field can be seen closing in.

With three laps left to go, the charging field can be seen closing in. (Image credit: Todd Leister/www.leisterimages.com)
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Solo attempts to get away would soon mark the end of the break.

Solo attempts to get away would soon mark the end of the break. (Image credit: Todd Leister/www.leisterimages.com)
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Tyler Wren (Jamis Sutter Home) shows signs of the day

Tyler Wren (Jamis Sutter Home) shows signs of the day (Image credit: Todd Leister/www.leisterimages.com)
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Andy Jacques-Maynes (Bissell) corners at speed.

Andy Jacques-Maynes (Bissell) corners at speed. (Image credit: Todd Leister/www.leisterimages.com)
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Spencer Smithermen (Hagens Berman) refills his lungs with air.

Spencer Smithermen (Hagens Berman) refills his lungs with air. (Image credit: Todd Leister/www.leisterimages.com)
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With only a few laps remaining, teamwork within the break begins to fade.

With only a few laps remaining, teamwork within the break begins to fade. (Image credit: Todd Leister/www.leisterimages.com)
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As the laps dwindle, Kevin Gottlieb (Haymarket) attempts to bridge up to the break.

As the laps dwindle, Kevin Gottlieb (Haymarket) attempts to bridge up to the break. (Image credit: Todd Leister/www.leisterimages.com)
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A trio of bagpipes starts the day.

A trio of bagpipes starts the day. (Image credit: Todd Leister/www.leisterimages.com)
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Will Goodfellow (BikeReg) at speed.

Will Goodfellow (BikeReg) at speed. (Image credit: Todd Leister/www.leisterimages.com)
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At one point, the field appeared to lose its drive to catch the break, allowing the gap to grow.

At one point, the field appeared to lose its drive to catch the break, allowing the gap to grow. (Image credit: Todd Leister/www.leisterimages.com)
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Serhy Hrechyn (Amore & Vita) and Arnaud Papillon (Team Quebec) go off in pursuit of the break.

Serhy Hrechyn (Amore & Vita) and Arnaud Papillon (Team Quebec) go off in pursuit of the break. (Image credit: Todd Leister/www.leisterimages.com)
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Jonas Ahlstrand (Team Cykelcity) is first away at the start; 83 miles later, he would be first to cross the finish line.

Jonas Ahlstrand (Team Cykelcity) is first away at the start; 83 miles later, he would be first to cross the finish line. (Image credit: Todd Leister/www.leisterimages.com)
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A very happy Jonas Ahlstrand (TeamCykelcity) takes the 2010 Univest Grand Prix

A very happy Jonas Ahlstrand (TeamCykelcity) takes the 2010 Univest Grand Prix (Image credit: marcoquezada.com/nyvelocity/)
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Joey Rosskopf (Mountain Khakis) leads the break up to the KOM line.

Joey Rosskopf (Mountain Khakis) leads the break up to the KOM line. (Image credit: Todd Leister/www.leisterimages.com)
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Jonas Ahlstrand (Team Cykelcity) wearing the 2010 Univest race leader's jersey.

Jonas Ahlstrand (Team Cykelcity) wearing the 2010 Univest race leader's jersey. (Image credit: Todd Leister/www.leisterimages.com)
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Team Hagens Berman LLP signs in.

Team Hagens Berman LLP signs in. (Image credit: Todd Leister/www.leisterimages.com)
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Tobias Ludvigasson (Team Cykelcity) climbs with the field.

Tobias Ludvigasson (Team Cykelcity) climbs with the field. (Image credit: Todd Leister/www.leisterimages.com)
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A break forms on the first lap.

A break forms on the first lap. (Image credit: Todd Leister/www.leisterimages.com)
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A view of the decent, followed by an uphill finish.

A view of the decent, followed by an uphill finish. (Image credit: Todd Leister/www.leisterimages.com)
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Michael Olsson (PA Lighting), Jonas Ahlstrand (Team Cykelcity) and Nick Frey (Jamis Sutter Home).

Michael Olsson (PA Lighting), Jonas Ahlstrand (Team Cykelcity) and Nick Frey (Jamis Sutter Home). (Image credit: Todd Leister/www.leisterimages.com)
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The bag pipes led a moment of silence on September 11.

The bag pipes led a moment of silence on September 11. (Image credit: marcoquezada.com/nyvelocity/)
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Neil Sherley (Kelly Benefit Strategies) concentrates with two laps to go.

Neil Sherley (Kelly Benefit Strategies) concentrates with two laps to go. (Image credit: marcoquezada.com/nyvelocity/)
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Bobby Lea (New Zealand Procycling) pushes the limits on one of the many turns on the new course.

Bobby Lea (New Zealand Procycling) pushes the limits on one of the many turns on the new course. (Image credit: marcoquezada.com/nyvelocity/)
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The two big guns of the break push the pace on the climb.

The two big guns of the break push the pace on the climb. (Image credit: marcoquezada.com/nyvelocity/)
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Joey Rosskopf took home the sprint jersey for the day.

Joey Rosskopf took home the sprint jersey for the day. (Image credit: marcoquezada.com/nyvelocity/)
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Neil Sherley (Kelly Benefit Strategies) was very aggressive was in every move of the day. And his reward? The most aggressive rider of the day.

Neil Sherley (Kelly Benefit Strategies) was very aggressive was in every move of the day. And his reward? The most aggressive rider of the day. (Image credit: marcoquezada.com/nyvelocity/)
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Last year's crit winner Yurly Metlushenko stays fresh during the road race

Last year's crit winner Yurly Metlushenko stays fresh during the road race (Image credit: marcoquezada.com/nyvelocity/)
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Bernando Colex (Amore Vita Conad) was very active on the climbs and it paid off as he took the KOM jersey home.

Bernando Colex (Amore Vita Conad) was very active on the climbs and it paid off as he took the KOM jersey home. (Image credit: marcoquezada.com/nyvelocity/)
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Scott Zwizanski (Kelly Benefit Strategies) licks his lips waiting to pounce.

Scott Zwizanski (Kelly Benefit Strategies) licks his lips waiting to pounce. (Image credit: marcoquezada.com/nyvelocity/)
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Frank Pipp (Bissell Pro Cycling) instigates the big move of the day.

Frank Pipp (Bissell Pro Cycling) instigates the big move of the day. (Image credit: marcoquezada.com/nyvelocity/)
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John Loehner (AXA/Equitable) tried to bridge tpo the break on the descent but it was to no avail.

John Loehner (AXA/Equitable) tried to bridge tpo the break on the descent but it was to no avail. (Image credit: marcoquezada.com/nyvelocity/)
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Tyler Wren (Jamis Sutter Home) digs deep near the KOM.

Tyler Wren (Jamis Sutter Home) digs deep near the KOM. (Image credit: marcoquezada.com/nyvelocity/)
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American pride was very evident today.

American pride was very evident today. (Image credit: marcoquezada.com/nyvelocity/)
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The new course provided the riders with different scenery.

The new course provided the riders with different scenery. (Image credit: marcoquezada.com/nyvelocity/)
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Joe Whitman (AXA/Equitable) took a chance at the start of the first lap.

Joe Whitman (AXA/Equitable) took a chance at the start of the first lap. (Image credit: marcoquezada.com/nyvelocity/)
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It was very crowded at the start.

It was very crowded at the start. (Image credit: marcoquezada.com/nyvelocity/)
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The men's podium: Michael Olsson (PA Lighting), Jonas Ahlstrand (TeamCykelcity), Nick Frey (Jamis Sutter Home)

The men's podium: Michael Olsson (PA Lighting), Jonas Ahlstrand (TeamCykelcity), Nick Frey (Jamis Sutter Home) (Image credit: marcoquezada.com/nyvelocity/)

An all-out effort by the powerful Amore Vita squad and series of aggressive attacks by Neil Shirley of Kelly Benefits Strategies helped close a 40-second gap with two kilometers to go in Saturday's Univest Grand Prix. But it was the final strike by Cykelcity's Jonas Alhstrand that gave the young Swedish champion his first international elite victory.

Ahlstrand's countryman Michael Olsson of the PA Lightning team took second, and American Nick Frey of Jamis Sutter Home/Colavita got third in the reconfigured North American Pro-Am classic that featured constant attacks and breakaways and led to the largest pack sprint in race history.

"We watched the large groups go and come back, go and come back," Ahlstrand said. "I had good legs but Amore Vita had five guys left and they pushed really hard."

Amore Vita, with defending Souderton champion Volodomyr Starchyk and two-time Doylestown winner Yuriy Metlushenko in the field, sent all of their guys to the front in the final laps, setting a pace that was impossible for the breakaway to withstand. Yet even after the pack came together in the final kilometer, Shirley kept attacking until Ahlstrand's jump with 500 meters to go on a downhill sprint.

Shirley - along with Amore Vita's Vladislav Borisov of Russia, Canadian Ryan Roth of Spidertech Powered by Planet Energy and Frank Pipp of Bissell Pro Cycling - looked to have the winning break with three laps left.

"We hit the final five circuits and it was 'game on,'" said Shirley, who expected his attacks to wear out the others. "I looked at the other guys, and I could tell they were feeling it. I felt we were going to be able to keep it up but the pack came up faster than expected."

The new Univest Grand Prix course designed by race organizer John Eustice of Sparta Cycling featured 11 laps on a 5.8-mile figure eight shaped course in Souderton, Franconia and Telford and five finishing laps on a 3.8-mile loop in Souderton. The course was designed to enhance spectator appeal, and large crowds gathered at the finish line and along Souderton's deceptively steep Wile Avenue hil..

"Based on the spectacular finish, the daylong racing action, the crowd attendance and enthusiasm, I feel absolutely certain I made the right decision to change the race course," Eustice said afterward. "This is the future of road racing, especially in urban areas and maybe even in Europe."

None of the early breaks was able to maintain a consistent lead and riders kept reshuffling the early standings, but the constant turns and 16 times up Wile Avenue kept the strongest riders in contention until the end. However, with only three kilometers left it looked like the winning break of four riders would stay away until defending champions Amore Vita went to the front and hit the gas.

"It was really close at the end. I had to throw my bike across the line for third," said Frey, who also won the Bergey's First American Award in his fourth attempt to finish the Univest Grand Prix. "That hill, going up every single time, was like a grinder. This was a European-style race - always hard and aggressive."

Olsson said the race was really fast right from the start. He had some difficulty adjusting to the almost constant turns but found his rhythm as the race progressed, he said.

Cykelcity coach Aike Visbeek, a Univest Grand Prix veteran, who earlier in the week said the new course had national championship potential, said the race lived up to its promise. "It was exciting to the finish," he said.

Visbeek said he was surprised that the final break was pulled back but it played right into Cykelcity's strategy.

"With almost 40 seconds to go and one lap, I thought it was going to be incredibly tight," he said. "But we had four guys and there were all prepared to work for Jonas."

In addition to the top three places and Frey's Best American award, other awards included the yellow jersey to Ahlstrand; the best sprinter jersey to Joey Rosskofh of Team Mountain Khakis/Jittery Joe's Coffee, the king of the mountains jersey to defending jersey holder Bernardo Colex Tepoz of Amore Vita and the most aggressive rider jersey to Neil Shirley.

Racing continues Sunday at the always-fast Univest Criterium of Doylestown, which includes 50 miles of high-speed action on a 1.4-mile course around the perimeter of the Doylestown Arts Festival in Bucks County.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Team Cykelcity3:06:07
2Michael Olsson (Swe) PA Lightning
3Nick Frey (USA) Jamis Sutter Home
4Frank Pipp (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling Team
5Alexander Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies
6Simon Lambert Lemay (Can) Spidertech-Planet Energy
7Sean Sullivan (Aus) Team Hotel San Jose-Juwi Solar
8Will Goodfellow (Can) Bikereg.com-Cannondale
9Sebastian Balck (Swe) Team Cykelcity
10Neil Shirley (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies
11Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Cykelcity
12Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Amore & Vita Conad
13Karl Menzies (Aus) Team UnitedHealthcare-Maxxis
14Neil Bezdek (USA) Team Mountain Khakis-Jittery Joe’s
15Jacob Keough (USA) Team UnitedHealthcare-Maxxis
16Andrew Guptill (USA) Jamis Sutter Home
17Spencer Smitheman (Can) Hagens Berman LLP Cycling Team
18Ryan Roth (Can) Spidertech-Planet Energy
19Peter Van Agtmaal (Ned) Global Dutch Cycling Team
20Benjamin Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling Team
21Kyle Wamsley (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling Team
22Ian Holt (USA) Battley Harley-Davidson
23Matthew Cooke (USA) Team Mountain Khakis-Jittery Joe’s
24Hamish Presbury (NZl) Team New Zealand Pro Cycling
25Vladislav Borisov (Rus) Amore & Vita Conad
26Charles Hutcheson (USA) Battley Harley-Davidson
27Peter Hurst (USA) Axa Equitable Cycling Team
28Antoine Duchesne (Can) Team Tour De Quebec
29Paul Mach (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling Team
30John Delong (USA) Haymarket Club
31Kennett Peterson (USA) Hagens Berman LLP Cycling Team
32Chris Johnson (USA) Alliance Environmental
33Hugo Houle (Can) Team Tour De Quebec
34John Loehner (USA) AXA Equitable Cycling Team
35Antoine Matteau (Can) Team Tour De Quebec
36Jake Hollenbach (USA) AXA Equitable Cycling Team
37Keck Baker (USA) Battley Harley-Davidson
38Jonathan Clarke (Aus) Team UnitedHealthcare-Maxxis
39Michael Chauner (USA) PA Lightning
40Sam Steele (NZl) Team New Zealand Pro Cycling
41Volodymyr Starchyk (Ukr) Amore & Vita Conad
42John Jackie W Simes Iv (USA) Jamis Sutter Home
43Austin Roach (USA) Met Life-Grosolar
44Logan Hutchings (NZl) Team Hotel San Jose-Juwi Solar
45Daniel Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies
46Kevin Gottlieb (USA) Haymarket Club
47Lucas Euser (USA) Spidertech-Planet Energy
48Lang Reynolds (USA) Hagens Berman LLP Cycling Team
49Amos Brumble (USA) CCB Wheelworks
50Johan Lindgren (Swe) Team Cykelcity
51Chris Gruber (Can) Bikyle-Mazur Coaching (alternate)
52Jonathan Mumford (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies
53Jordan Cheyne (Can) Bikyle-Mazur Coaching0:00:15
54Marc De Maar (Ned) Team UnitedHealthcare-Maxxis0:00:17
55Charly Vives (Can) Spidertech-Planet Energy0:00:20
56Heath Blackgrove (NZl) Team Hotel San Jose-Juwi Solar0:00:44
57Justin Lindine (USA) Bikereg.com_Cannondale0:01:00
58Igor Volshteyn (USA) Champion System Racing-Cycles Gladiator Wines
59Cameron Cogburn (USA) CCB Wheelworks
60Stefan Rothe (Ger) Team Hotel San Jose-Juwi Solar
61Tyler Wren (USA) Jamis Sutter Home
62Peter Morse (Can) Jetfuel Coffee
63Andy Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling Team0:01:11
64Alex Bhogal (Ger) Bikyle-Mazur Coaching0:01:29
65Bobby Lea (USA) Team New Zealand Pro Cycling0:01:37
66Joey Rosskopf (USA) Team Mountain Khakis-Jittery Joe’s
67David Hoyle (USA) CCNS-Charlescoaching.com
68Steven Gordon (USA) Haymarket Club0:01:53
69Jesper Dahlstrom (Swe) PA Lightning0:01:55
70Roberto Torres Aguiar-Santiago (PuR) Champion System Racing-Cycles Gladiator Wines0:02:07
71Tim Mitchell (USA) Ccb Wheelworks0:02:11
72Gavriel Epstein (USA) CRCA-Foundation Cycling
73Fausto Fognini (Ita) Amore & Vita Conad
74Serhy Hrechyn (Ukr) Amore & Vita Conad
75Maint Berkenbosch (Ned) Global Dutch Cycling Team
76Jonas Bjelkmark (Swe) Team Cykelcity0:02:18
77Rodney Santiago Gerena (PuR) Champion System Reacing-Cycles Gladiator Wines
78Scott Zwizanski (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:02:41
79Bernardo Colex Tepox (Mex) Amore & Vita Conad
80Ryan Fleming (USA) Met Life-Grosolar
81Nicholas Bennette (USA) Met Life-Grosolar
82David Guttenplan (USA) Team Mountain Khakis-Jittery Joe’s0:03:53
83Aliaksandr Bialiauski (Blr) CCB Wheelworks0:04:54
84Nick Bax (USA) Battley Harley-Davidson
85Russell Brown (USA) Haymarket Club
86Sean Smith (USA) Champion System Reacing-Cycles Gladiator Wines0:05:15
87Colin Sandberg (USA) Alliance Environmental (alternate)0:05:17
88Andrew Hughson (NZl) Team New Zealand Pro Cycling0:05:19
89Justin Steeds (Can) Bikyle/mazur Coaching0:05:33
90Jose Escobar (USA) Battley Harley-Davidson
91Franklin Burgos (USA) CRCA-Foundation Cycling
92Brady Gibney (USA) Alliance Environmental
93Nathaniel Wilson (USA) Haymarket Club0:05:41
94J Gabriel Lloyd (USA) Met Life-Grosolar
DNFShane Kline (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling Team
DNFEric Boily (Can) Spidertech-Planet Energy
DNFMark Batty (Can) Spidertech-Planet Energy
DNFRichard Hoffarth (USA) Team Mountain Khakis-Jittery Joe’s
DNFEric Schildge (USA) Team Mountain Khakis-Jittery Joe’s
DNFTimothy Johnson (USA) Team UnitedHealthcare-Maxxis
DNFRory Sutherland (Aus) Team UnitedHealthcare-Maxxis
DNFBlair Berbert (USA) Alliance Environmental
DNFClayton Barrows (USA) AXA Equitable Cycling Team
DNFJohn Minturn (USA) AXA Equitable Cycling Team
DNFJoseph Whitman (USA) AXA Equitable Cycling Team
DNFTimothy Rugg (USA) Battley Harley-Davidson
DNFJerome Townsend (USA) Bikereg.com-Cannondale
DNFStephen Weller (USA) Bikereg.com_Cannondale
DNFAdam Farabaugh (USA) Bikyle-Mazur Coaching
DNFYahor Buben (Blr) CCB Wheelworks
DNFAidan Charles (USA) CCNS-Charlescoaching.com
DNFRon Larose (USA) CCNS-Charlescoaching.com
DNFRyan Serbel (USA) CCNS-Charlescoaching.com
DNFAlejandro Guzman (Dom) CRCA-Foundation Cycling
DNFLisban Quintero (Col) CRCA-Foundation Cycling
DNFErik Andrea (Ned) Global Dutch Cycling Team
DNFWouter De Groot (Ned) Global Dutch Cycling Team
DNFRuud Kooijmans (Ned) Global Dutch Cycling Team
DNFPhillip Elsasser (USA) Hagens Berman LLP Cycling Team
DNFSean Passage (USA) Hagens Berman LLP Cycling Team
DNFMike Stubna (USA) Haymarket Club
DNFRyan Aitcheson (Can) Jetfuel Coffee
DNFDave Byer (Can) Jetfuel Coffee
DNFKevin Hazzard (Can) Jetfuel Coffee
DNFJoe Lewis (USA) Jetfuel Coffee
DNFStephen Meyer (Can) Jetfuel Coffee
DNFChristian Bertilsson (Swe) PA Lightning
DNFJohan Landstrom (Swe) Team Cykelcity
DNFChad Haga (USA) Team Hotel San Jose-Juwi Solar
DNFJames Canny (NZl) Team New Zealand Pro Cycling
DNFYannick Bedard (Can) Team Tour De Quebec
DNFArnaud Papillon (Can) Team Tour De Quebec

 

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