Guillaume Boivin demonstrated some of his trademark toughness on Thursday in his home province’s GP Saguenay, finishing fourth in a very select bunch sprint 14 seconds behind solo victor Matteo Dal-Cin of Sliber Pro Cycling. Boivin and Bjorn Selander helped form the breakway of the day, and Pierrick Naud and Tom Soladay were able to bridge across to the already strong move to help solidify an uncontested run to the finish. A tactically savvy escape by Dal-Cin on the closing laps sadly proved uncatchable, despite Soladay and Selander’s efforts to chase it down. The gap was reduced to only a handful of seconds at the line, where Boivin took 3rd place from the group and 4th on the stage.
The result is a strong indicator of Boivin’s speedy recovery after his scary crash during the final stage of the Amgen Tour of California. Boivin received stitches and a bit of treatment on his knee, but promptly reported that he was ready to race back on home soil.