06.28.09 - Guillaume Boivin
wins national title
Saint-Georges-de-Beauce, June 28, 2009 – Guillaume
Boivin won the road race at the Canadian championships
in Saint-Georges-de-Beauce. The Quebec rider edged André
Tremblay at the finish. Andrew Hunt was third. All three
were 23-years-old and finished ahead of the elite field.
There was an initial nine-rider attack at the 20 kilometre
mark. The leading riders increased the gap to as much
as nine minutes.
Some groups set chase on the leaders including one
that featured defending champion Christian Meier. A
second counter attack with 12 riders was also formed.
With 50 kilometres to go, the two chase groups were
neutralized by the peloton which was led by the Planet
The peloton gained ground on the lead group which had
dispersed in the last 10 kilometres. Several failed
‘’There wasn’t much room to manœuvre
so I knew if it came down to the sprint I had a chance
to win it,’’ said the winner.
‘’My strategy was to join a breakaway early
in the race,’’ he said. ‘’I
wanted to ride at the front so I would be well positioned
when the top contenders attacked. The gap was widening
but I only believed victory was possible on the final
lap. At that point our group’s cohesion was not
at its best and I tried to motivate the others.’’
Aaron Filion was fourth overall in the 180 kilometre
race and won the men’s elite title. Osmond Bakker
and Ryan Roth were fifth and seventh overall and ranked
second and third in the Elite standings.
Filion, from Ontario, was surprised with how the race
unfolded. ‘’My expectations were not that
high. I came here to see how I measured up against this
field because I hadn’t raced lately. I knew the
potential was there. I just needed to capitalize on
my opportunities. I was having trouble maintaining the
pace and I thought we would get caught. I stayed positive
and the race went our way.’’
This Thursday, juniors, masters and the Paracyclists
will be in action here at the Canadian championships.