June 25/11 15:45 pm - Road Nationals: Men's Road race UPDATES
Posted by Editoress on 06/25/11
It is ~ 10 to the start of the Elite men's road race on the same course that the women raced on yesterday.
The field is 170 riders and includes the Elite and U23 riders and they will complete 14 laps of the 12.9 km circuit for a total of 180 km
Defending champion is Will Routley (Team Spidertech powered by C10)
The race organizers lost the start/finish banner, when the driver of a large truck decided, earlier today, that the "no trucks" sign visibly posted on Appleby Line did not pertain to him. The banner is lying in pieces beside the road at the top of the climb.
It is cool in the high teens, and very humid. High cloud with some occassional sun poking through, means that the rain may hold off. There is very little wind, unlike yesterday where the women' battled a head and/or cross wind on 3 sides of the course.
Race is underway. A couple of minor attacks but nothing really sticking. A crash just after the second corner has medical on the move.
As they head to the end of the first lap, Sebastian Salas (Team H&R Block) has attacked up the climb. And it is team Spidertech at the front in full control making the effort to bring him back.
Jean Francois Racine (Garneau-Club Chaussures Norton-Rose) is off the back first time up the climb
Riders are dropping off the back of teh pelton as the pace accelerates
Just over 18 minutes for Lap 1
All together as they head down the 14th side road
1/2 way into the 2nd lap. Already about 30 riders off the back, who will not be rejoining the peloton.
Up the climb on lap 2
An attack over the top and a break of 5 with 3 chasers has a small gap as they turn onto 14th sideroad
The break is now 6
Marsh Cooper (Kelly Benefit Strategies-Optumhealth)
Ed Veal (Jet Fuel Coffee/La Bicicletta)
Aaron Schooler (Team H&R Block)
Hugo Houle * (Team Spidertech powered by C10)
Zachery Garland (Team H&R Block)
David Boily * (Team Spidertech powered by C10)
They have 10 seconds
Break is being brought back by Spidertech at front of peloton, gap 6 seconds
Break group is now 4 as they head up the climb on Lap 3. 2 Spidertech riders are doing no work
Peloton has caught them on the climb
Average speed so far 42.7 kmph
Over the top of the climb there has been an attack. ~ 35 riders are giving chase. Then a gap ~ 40 seconds to 2nd group/mainpeloton
Now 6 4 away with 3 chasing.
Will Routley, Zach Bell , Keven Lacombe (Team Spidertech powered by C10), and Rob Britton (Bissell Pro Cycling) away with gap of 30 sec
Gap is 1 min as they head up the climb at the end of the 4th lap.
Osmond Bakker (Jetfuel/La Bicicletta), Mike Rothengatter * (Cycling BC), Ed Veal (Jet Fuel Coffee/La Bicicletta) chasing at 30 sec. Main peloton at 1 min. Now about 60 riders left
The wind has been picking up, which mean rain may be on its way
End of the 5th lap. The gap is 1 min to the now 4 NEW chasers
Michael Sidic (Cycling BC), Ryan Anderson (Team Spidertech), Jean-Michel Lachance (Rocky Mountain Desjardins Valeurs Mobilière), William Blackburn * (Gaspésien/ Passion-Vélo)
and 1:45 to the main bunch.
Dominique Rollin (FDJ) has had a mechanical and is off the back. Is getting a spare bike, he broke his top tube!
Rollin safely back in peloton. Owen Harrison (H&R Block) has had a mechanical and is chasing to get back onto the pelton
End of lap 6. Gap to peloton 1:30
Andrew Pinfold (United Healthcare Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis) has dropped off the back and retired from the race
Only 93 riders (of the original 170 originally registered) are left in the race. 74 have either dropped out, were lapped or were outside the time limit. 3 were DNS
End of lap 7 - 1/2 way through
Gap is 1 min. to a chase group of ~ 25 or 30. Christian Meier (United Healthcare Pro Cycling) and David Veilleux (Team Europcar) are leading the chase. The rest - the peloton now well back
End of lap 8, and 6 to go. Gap is 1:30 .... and the sun has come out
There are now 19 riders remaining in the chase group. 6 of which are Spidertech p/b C10 riders. Otheres are forming an alliance to chase
5 laps to go, gap is 2 min
In the break, Britton is doing a lot of work
After 3 hours of racing, the average speed is 40.3 kmph ... with 121 km of 180 km completed
4 laps to go, gap 1:40
These are the riders remaining in the race
Will Routley, Zach Bell , Keven Lacombe (Team Spidertech powered by C10), and Rob Britton (Bissell Pro Cycling)
Hugo Houle * (Team Spidertech powered by C10)
Spencer Smitheman * (Hagens Berman Llp Elite Cycling Team)
Laurent Dallaire * (Rocky Mountain Desjardins Valeurs Mobilière)
Jason Thompson (Independent)
Jamie Riggs * (Team Ontario)
Sebastian Salas (Team H&R Block)
Adam Thuss (Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes)
Dom Rollin (FDJ)
Christian Meier (United Healthcare Pro Cycling)
Andrew Randell (Team Spidertech powered by C10)
Ryan Anderson (Team Spidertech powered by C10)
Francois Parisien (Team Spidertech powered by C10)
David Veilleux (Team Europcar)
Trevor Connor (Team Rio Grande)
Nic Hamilton (Jelly Belly p/b Kenda)
Svein Tuft (Team Spidertech powered by C10)
Bruno Langlois (Team Spidertech powered by C10)
Up the climb to finish lap 11 and the gap is 2 min
Svein Tuft tried to attack, but was quickly chased down
Dom Rollin has dropped out commenting "nothing I can do"
More riders dropping out of chase group: Nic Hamilton, Spencer Smitheman, Jamie Riggs and Adam Thuss
Christian Meier at the front and has upped the pace of the chase group
Veilleux and Jason Thompson now off the back
Chase group getting smaller as Spidertech and Meier up the pace .. forcing Veilleux off. 6 of the remaining chase group are Spidertech
Svein Tuft and another rider attacked through the feedzone and have 30 seconds on the chasers
Over the top of the climb
Riggs, Veilleux, thompson rejoin the chasers.
Veilleux immediately attacks
Tuft has joined the front group. Now 4 there are 4 Spidertech riders and Britton in lead bunch
2 Laps to go
The gap to the chase group now 2:35
Lacombe has dropped off the back of the lead group
Bell and Routley have attacked off the front. Tuft is sitting on Britton
They are doing 95 kmph on the descent
Tuft and Britton are now 22 seconds back
1.5 laps to go
At the base of the climb, Tuft and Britton are 35 sec back of leaders. Britton looks tired. He has had a pretty hard go with 3 to 1. Gap to chase group 3 min?
Tuft attacks on the climb and drops Britton. 50 seconds to leaders. 4 min to chasers
1/2 lap to go ... Routley and Bell working well together, Tuft comfortable in 3rd
6 km to go. Tuft is 30 sec behind Routley and Bell, who will duke it out on the climb? maybe?
And then there were 3 - Tuft has joined Routley and Bell at the base of the climb
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