Anderson Second in Road Race, Women Win Five Medals, Horbach Top Under 23 in Germany
Guillaume Boivin won his first Canadian road race championship in St. Georges, Quebec, storming to victory in his home province from a group of 12 riders after 185 km of racing. The final selection, whittled down greatly after four and a half hours on a grueling course, included Ryan Anderson, who finished second in the charge to the line, and Mike Woods, who finished 8th.
“It’s an incredible feeling. We rode a perfect race today – people who don’t believe cycling is a team sport should watch how we executed together to get this win,” said Boivin. “Having confidence in each other allowed us play our cards exactly how we wanted. I can’t thank the guys and staff enough for this amazing day!”
The day’s breakaway was kicked off by Mike Woods and three other riders, and slowly built in numbers as the race’s strongest realized it was likely the ticket to the finish. Routley attacked this breakaway with Derek St-John (Silber Pro Cycling’s), gaining several minutes. With this dangerous duo up the road, the rest of the race was forced to chase at full tilt if they hoped for a shot at the title.
“Ryan and I benefited greatly from the work of Routley and Woods early in the race,” said Boivin. “We knew Routley would win if he was able to hold on to the line, so we were able to save all of our energy. It was the perfect set up.”
Anderson and Boivin enjoyed a free ride to the finish line, tucked safely into the chase to catch Routley and St-John. The duo was absorbed with 2 km remaining, setting things up for a bunch sprint on the winding, uphill run to the line.
“We really just wanted to try and keep ahead of the game – if we kept our numbers up at the front of the race, we had a good chance of winning,” said Anderson. “We had Woodsy in the first move of the day, Routley in the second, and Boivin and I made our way across at different times later in the race to give us a lot of chances at a great result.”
Boivin’s title is the men’s first Canadian national championship in the road race discipline, and first maple leaf jersey since the team’s former French Canadian star David Veilleux’s criterium title in 2010. Is there something in Quebec’s cool, clean Atlantic waters that keeps delivering the Orange & Black some of the country’s toughest cyclists?
Podiums in Road Race, Time Trial, and Criterium for Women
Leah Kirchmann earned medals in all three disciplines, including a hard-fought silver in the road race championship after a drag race with former teammate and title holder Joelle Numainville (Bigla Pro Cycling). Kirchmann and Numainville, widely regarded as the country’s greatest sprinters, charged up the final climb to the finish neck-and-neck, with a photo finish giving the victory to Numainville. As the most cohesive team in the race, countrywomen Lex Albrecht, Annie Ewart, Jasmin Galesser, and Kirchmann carried much of the pace-setting burden across 105 km of pavement, if the team hoped at giving Kirchmann a shot at defending her title.
Kirchmann added third place finishes in the time trial and criterium to her near-win in the road race. Jasmin Glaesser, showing again why she is one of the country’s best young riders, finished 2nd in the time trial, 1:17.29 behind Velocio-SRAM’s Karol-Ann Canuel. Annie Ewart claimed bronze in the Under-23 time trial. Kirchmann was happy with the team’s multiple podium performances, but mentioning that “the top step is always the goal,” was looking forward to some time off the bike.
“I’m looking forward to taking a few days off the bike to recover and refocus for the second half of the season,” said Kirchmann. “I’m excited to return to Europe with the team later this month for a solid block of racing. We have some big goals coming up – La Course, the Sparkassen Giro Bochum World Cup, and then the world championships in Richmond.”
In the German Championships, hosted in Einhausen, Ariane Horbach finished 7th in the women’s road race, the top Under 23 rider in the race. Look for a fresh new maple leaf design for Boivin, courtesy of Borah Teamwear, coming soon to a road race near you.
Photos © Rob Jones