ROAD RACES CONCLUDE PARACYCLING PORTION AT 2012 DÉFI-SPORTIF
Croteau, Ledo and Weldon/Bessette repeat winners in
road race; Surprise in C men
(Montreal, QC – April 28, 2012) Despite racing
in the tough conditions highlighted by yet more cold
weather, Marie-Ève Croteau (Québec, QC),
Mark Ledo (Maple, ON) and the tandem of Robbi Weldon
and Lyne Bessette (Knowlton, QC) have all won their
second race in as many days as the road races were the
featured events at the 2012 Défi Sportif Alter-Ego,
on Ile Notre-Dame in Montréal, QC.
Croteau, who is enjoying tremendous success since starting
her competitive career on a tricycle last season, proved
that her winter training is paying off, winning the
tricycle race in a sprint against an American man to
grab her second straight victory this season. Louis-Albert
Corriveau took the third place, while both Shelley Gautier
(Toronto, ON) and Dominique Mainguy (Québec,
QC) were involved in a crash on the start line and couldn’t
recover in time to catch the lead group.
In the handcycle H2-4 category, Mark Ledo won after
a long solo breakaway, crossing the finish line with
a time of 1:03:58. Teammate Mark Beggs took the second
place, in dramatic fashion sprinting against an American
rider William Lachenaur. Both Beggs and Lachenaur posted
the same time, 2:37 behind the winning time.
In the H1 men/H1-3 women’s race, Robbert Labbé
(Québec, QC) took the second place, while Myriam
Adam crossed the finish line in third place.
In the C1-3 race, Paralympic hall of famer Arnold Boldt
took the third place in the peloton sprint, followed
by Matthieu Parent in fifth. In the C4 race, Sébastien
Bouchard (Québec, QC) won the race with a time
of 1:48.11. Bouchard took off in a solo breakaway, and
never looked back. Peter King took the second place
in the chase, while Eric Bourgeault showed a lot of
class to allow King the second place since he had done
most of the work in the chase. Both finished 22 seconds
Marie-Claude Molnar took the silver medal in the women’s
C1-5 race. Molnar conceded the victory to her competitor
Patricia Collins from the United States of America in
the final sprint. They both posted a time of 1:24:06.
In the tandem race, the Parapanamerican champion tandem
of Robbi Weldon and Lyne Bessette took a convincing
victory, winning by over two minutes over the established
tandem of Geneviève Ouellette and Émilie
Roy, both of Québec, QC. Melissa Boisvert took
the third place, riding with her new pilot Joanie Laflamme.
In the men’s race, the newly formed tandem of
William Stanley and Pierre-Olivier Boily won the race,
edging Daniel Chalifour and Alexandre Cloutier by two
seconds at the finish line.
The Canadian Para-Cycling Team will now turn to the
2012 UCI World Cup season, which ends with the World
Cup Finals in Baie-Comeau, QC, from July 7-10.