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Tim Hortons (Canadian) National Road Championships - CN

Beauce, Canada, July 5-11, 2007

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Stage 5 - July 9: Elite/U23 Individual Time Trial

Hesjedal and Samplonius win time trials

Ryder Hesjedal of Victoria and Anne Samplonius of Montreal won the time trial races on Monday at the Tim Hortons Road Nationals cycling competition held at St-Georges de Beauce, Quebec. In the men's event, Hesjedal completed the 40 kilometre route in 52 minutes and 44.16 seconds.

"After finishing third two years ago and second last year all I wanted was to win," said Hesjedal, savouring his first career national time trial title.

In the women's race, Samplonius also earned her first Canadian time trial crown. "I'd been waiting for that win for a long time," she said. "Last year I fell short by a half-second so I really wanted to win this year. I trained hard for this race and I'm very satisfied."

"The course was short (20 kilometres) and I would have preferred a 30 kilometre race," said Samplonius, who trained for four weeks at altitude in the Colorado mountains. "There was no room for error and I pushed hard from the start. Whether I was in the climbs or in the downhills, I tried to maintain the same intensity from start to finish. I raced at the Tour de l'Aude and Tour du grand Montréal back to back and that increased my strength. I kept that fitness level for the nationals."

Lyne Bessette returned to road racing for the first time in over a year and placed an impressive second. She finished 41 seconds back of Samplonius.

"I didn't make any major errors because I did a test run on this course last week," said Bessette. "My coach (Éric Van den Eynde) provided good advice throughout the race. I haven't raced much this year so it's very encouraging. Anne was the one to beat today."

Bessette is currently training for the individual pursuit track event and will decide this September whether she'll pursue a berth on the Olympic team.

In the men's under-23 race, David Veilleux successfully defended his title. Christian Meier was second only 1.42 seconds behind the winner.


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Images by Jerome Lessard


Elite men - 40 km
1 Ryder Hesjedal (BC) Health Net/Maxxis                               52.44
2 Svein Tuft (BC) Symmetrics                                           0.38
3 Zach Bell (BC) Symmetrics                                            2.00
4 Eric Wohlberg (ON) Symmetrics                                        2.07
5 Greg Reain (ON) Calyon / Litespeed                                   2.43
6 Dominique Rollin (QC) KodakGallery p/b Sierra Nevada Pro Cycling     2.44
7 Andrew Randell (ON) Symmetrics                                       2.47
8 François Parisien (QC) Slipstream                                    2.53
9 Mathieu Toulouse (QC) Eva-Devinci                                    2.58
10 Ryan Roth (ON) Kelly Benefit                                        3.19
11 Derrick C St John (ON) The Cyclery                                  4.06
12 Rob Britton (BC) La-Z-Boy Cycling                                   4.13
13 Darko Ficko (ON) La Bicicletta                                      4.17
14 Buck Miller (ON) Team                                          
15 Michael Nash (ON) Ride with Rendall                                 4.49
16 Alexandre Cloutier (QC) Volkswagen/Trek                             5.01
17 Jamie Sparling (BC) La-Z-Boy Cycling                                5.10
18 Phillip Cortes (NB) Calyon / Litespeed                              5.25
19 Mark Walters (ON) KodakGallery p/b Sierra Nevada Pro Cycling        5.35
20 Devon Smibert (AB) H&R Block                                        5.36
21 Trevor Connor (BC) La-Z-Boy Cycling                                     
22 Mathieu Roy (QC) Eva-Devinci                                        5.50
23 Jean-François Racine (QC) Garneau-Crocs                             6.12
24 Maxime Vives (QC) Calyon / Litespeed                                6.30
25 Hugues Lapointe (QC) Équipe Bluberi - Martin Swiss - Specialized    6.38
26 Heath Cockburn (ON) La Bicicletta                                   7.27
27 Brendan Matthias (ON)                             7.51
28 Luc Dionne (QC) CIBC/Wood Gundy                                     8.36
29 Alexi Richer (QC) CIBC/Wood Gundy                                       
30 Marco Li (ON) Cycle Solutions                                       9.26
31 Jeff Schiller (ON) Cyclepath Thunder Bay                            9.41
32 Peter Sanowar (ON) Ital Pasta Transport Belmire                    10.09
33 Benot Lussier (QC) CIBC/Wood Gundy                                 11.18
34 Michel Jean (QC) Élicycle Sport Expert                             13.52
35 Glen Rendall (ON) Ride with Rendall                                36.01
DNS Ugo Lapierre (QC) Le Yéti                                              
DNS Benjamin Martel (QC) Garneau-Crocs                                     
DNS Ryan Morris (ON) Team Rio Grande                                       
DNS Daniel Martin (NS) Safeway                                             
Women - 20 km
1 Anne Samplonius (QC) Team                           29.33
2 Lyne Bessette (QC) Équipe du Québec                                  0.35
3 Leigh Hobson (ON) Cheerwine                                          1.05
4 Julie Beveridge (AB) Team Alberta                                    1.14
5 Alex Wrubleski (SK) Colvaita Sutter Home                             1.19
6 Merrill Collins (ON) La Bicicletta                                   1.27
7 Betina Hold (QC) Team cheerwine                                      1.46
8 Émilie Roy (QC) Vinci Specialized Menikini                           1.48
9 Erinne Willock (BC) Team                                 
10 Natasha Elliott (ON) The Cyclery                                    1.49
11 Jessica Spence (ON)                               1.51
12 Felicia Gomez (NS) Aarons/L5Flyers                                  2.04
13 Alison Testroete (BC) Team                          2.05
14 Krystal Jeffs (ON) Team Ontario                                     2.25
15 Moriah MacGregor (BC) AE Sport Development                          2.26
16 Leah Guloien (BC) Team Giant                                        2.33
17 Heather Davidson-Meyn (ON)                        2.39
18 Julie Bellerose (QC) Aberdeen                                       2.40
19 Genevive Gagnon (QC) Team Ultranik                                  2.49
20 Lila Fraser (QC) Équipe Cascades                                    2.55
21 Karol Ann Canuel (QC) Vinci Specialized Menikini                    3.08
22 Joëlle Numainville (QC) Team                        3.23
23 Joanie Caron (QC) Équipe Cascades                                   3.29
24 Heidi King (NB) Radical Edge Fredericton                            3.37
25 Magali Tisseyre (QC) Marinoni-Cadence                               3.44
26 Anne-Marie Lefrançois (BC) Team Integrale                           3.49
27 Stéphanie Roorda (AB) Synergy                                       3.58
28 Alena Radomsky (BC) Giant Bicycles Canada                           4.09
29 Marie-Pier Bédard (QC) Vinci Specialized Menikini                   4.19
30 Alyssa Weninger (SK) BCW                                            4.40
31 Naomi Cermak (ON) Team Ontario                                      4.51
32 Lucie Poulin (QC) Le yéti                                           4.56
33 Sarah Coney (ON) EMD Serono Cycle Logik Racing                      5.12
34 Catherine Hogan (QC) Espoirs Laval                                      
35 Jessica Burns (QC) Équipe Cascades                                  5.37
36 Laura Brown (BC) Giant Bicycles Canada                              5.49
37 Carmen Diges (ON) Indépendant                                       8.21
38 Jennifer Simpson (ON) EMD Serono Cycle Logik Racing                 8.29
DNS Elisa Gagnon (QC) Team Advil-ChapStick                                 
DNS Sue Schlatter (ON) The Cyclery                                         
U23 men - 30km
1 David Veilleux (QC) The Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling Team              41.27
2 Christian Meier (BC) Symmetrics                                      0.02
3 Bradley Fairall (BC) SuperSport 35 ACNC                              0.16
4 Zach Garland (NL) Masi Abode                                             
5 Bryson Bowers (ON) Jet Fuel Coffee                                   0.23
6 Brandon Crichton (ON) Symmetrics                                     0.28
7 Jean-Michel Lachance (QC) Garneau-Crocs                              0.37
8 Éric Boily (QC) Eva-Devinci                                          0.43
9 Charly Vives (QC) Calyon / Litespeed                                 0.49
10 Jean-Sébastien Perron (QC) Calyon / Litespeed                       0.55
11 Michaël Joanisse (QC) Garneau-Crocs                                 1.05
12 William Goodfellow (QC) Équipe du Québec                            1.10
13 Matthew Bell (ON) Team Ontario                                      1.21
14 Ryan Belliveau (NB) Calyon / Litespeed                              1.30
15 Ryan Anderson (BC) Trek Red Truck Racing                            1.32
16 André Tremblay (QC) Volkswagen/Trek                                 1.41
17 Jamie Lamb (QC) Garneau-Crocs                                       2.02
18 Keir Plaice (ON) Team Ontario                                       2.09
19 Charles Bryer (ON) Spin 12                                          2.10
20 Dave Vukets (BC) Trek-Red Truck Racing                                  
21 Joël Dion-Poitras (QC) Eva-Devinci                                  2.11
22 Jay Hawranik (MB) Team Integrale                                    2.19
23 Brook Boocock (ON) Calyon / Litespeed                               2.21
24 Nathan MacDonald (BC) Trek-Red Truck Racing                         2.30
25 Aaron Schooler (AB) E.R.T.C. / Redbike                              2.31
26 Thomas Foster (ON) Team Ontario                                     2.35
27 Mark Pozniak (ON) Team                                         
28 Philippe Abbott (AB) Ital Pasta Transport Belmire                   2.37
29 Kevin Hazzard (ON) Team Ontario                                     2.40
30 Erik Robertson (ON) Team                                   2.42
31 Charles Thibault (QC) Eva-Devinci                                   2.46
32 Shaun Adamson (AB) Team Alberta                                         
33 Éric Smith (AB) Team Bow Cycle - CMC                                2.47
34 Adam Thuss (ON) Team                                       2.49
35 Mark Batty (ON) Team                                       2.50
36 Dave Brooks (SK) Team Saskatchewan                                  2.56
37 Andrew Hunt (ON) Team                                      3.46
38 Vince De Jong (ON) Team Ontario                                     3.49
39 Christian Deshaies (QC) Volkswagen/Trek                             3.57
40 Sebastian Porten (ON) Team Ontario                                  4.08
41 Gavriel Epstein (QC) CRCA/Sakonnet Technology U25                   4.13
42 Jonathan Prosser (ON) Aquila Racing/Racer Sportif                   4.19
43 Ben Rempel (SK) Team Saskatchewan                                   4.28
44 David Bergeron (QC) Équipe Bluberi - Martin Swiss - Specialized     4.48
45 Ian Manning (ON) Team Spin 12                                       4.49
46 Dante D'Urbano (QC) West of Quebec Wheelers                         6.21
47 Tim Clarke (NB)                           7.21
DNS Stephen Ferris (BC) ERTC Redbike                                       
DNS Keven Lacombe (QC) Équipe du Québec                                    
DNS Louis-Charles Lacroix (QC) Ste-Foy Québec Métro                        
DNS Matthew Guse (ON) Calyon / Litespeed                                   
DNS Frédéric Boivin (QC) Eva-Devinci