Karol-Ann Canuel Wins First Road Title
Saint-Georges, QC (June 29, 2019) – The road race competition at the 2019 Canadian Road Championships kicked off on Saturday with the Para, Junior men, and Elite women’s categories. Former ITT champion Karol-Ann Canuel (Boels Dolmans) won the Elite women’s road title for the first time in her career, as did current ITT champion Olivia Baril in the U23 category (Magocep Tornatech Specialized p/b Mazda).
Athletes faced a tough course that took them from Saint-Georges to Saint-Odilon, where they completed three loops of a steep 15-kilometer circuit, before coming back to the finish line. Junior men and Elite women both completed a distance of 108.5 kilometers under difficult conditions, with rain and heavy winds picking up throughout the day.
The women’s race saw many breakaway attempts, but the peloton remained in control until the last 30 kilometers, where 15 of Canada’s top female athletes attacked and rode away from the main field. Karol-Ann Canuel waited until the final few kilometres before attacking and riding to a solo victory, followed closely by Leah Kirchmann (Team Sunweb), Ariane Bonhomme (The Cyclery Racing), Allison Beveridge (Rally UHC Cycling), Lex Albrecht (Tibco Silicon Valley Bank) and Alison Jackson (Tibco Silicon Valley Bank). Friday’s ITT champion Olivia Baril took the title in the U23 category, with her teammate Ann Pascale Ouellet taking silver and Anna Gabrielle Traxler (La Charente Maritime Women Cycling) bronze.
Riders from Quebec completely swept the podium in the Junior men’s race, with Raphael Parisella (Équipe du Québec) sprinting to victory, followed by Mathis Julien (Espoirs Élite Primeau Vélo) and Lukas Carreau (Vélo 2000/Rhino Rack). In the Para races, most of the gold medallists were former Canadian champions, including the highly-decorated tandem team of Jean-Michel Lachance and Daniel Chalifour.
Phil Abbott, Para-cycling NextGen Coach (West): “It was nice to see such a big group of athletes race so hard over the last two days. The results we witnessed this weekend have helped us make our final selection for the Para Pan American Games that will be held in Lima later this month.”
Raphael Parisella, Junior Men: “I decided to attack with one kilometer to go and I managed to create a gap of a few seconds between myself and the other riders in the front group. I took the last turn with a head start and was able to keep them off in the final sprint. I would like to thank my teammates from Team Quebec who controlled the peloton throughout the race.”
Karol-Ann Canuel, Elite Women: “It’s really difficult tactically when you’re alone. My goal was to be patient and not wait for a sprint because it does not benefit me personally. My strategy was to attack as much as possible and to use the other riders who were in the same situation as me. I think I attacked at the right moment and it allowed me to break away in the last kilometers. I’m so happy, I’ve been in Europe for a long time and being able to represent Canada in Europe is going to be incredible.”
C4 Women: 1- Keely Shaw, 2- Marie-Claude Molnar
C4 Men: 1- Lachlan Hotchkiss
T1-2: 1- Michael Shetler, 2-Louis-Albert Corriveau-Jolin, 3- Marie-Ève Croteau
H1-5 Women & H1-2 Men: 1-Kara Douville, 2-Matthew Kinnie, 3-Christine Molnar
H3-5: 1- Mark Ledo, 2- Joey Desjardins, 3- Charles Moreau
Tandem Women: 1-Carla Shibley & Meghan Leminski, 2-Annie Bouchard & Evelyne Gagnon, 3- Robbi Weldon & Erin Rutta
Tandem Men: 1- Daniel Chalifour & Jean-Michel Lachance, 2- Lowell Taylor & Andrew Davidson, 3- Benoit Lalumière Cloutier & Maxime Vives
Junior Men: 1- Raphael Parisella, 2- Matisse Julien, 3- Lukas Carreau
U23 Women: 1- Olivia Baril, 2- Ann Pascale Ouellet 3- Anna Gabrielle Traxler
Elite Women: 1- Karol-Ann Canuel, 2- Leah Kirchmann, 3- Ariane Bonhomme
For full results and schedules, please click here.
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