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Tim Hortons (Canadian) National Road Championships - CN
Beauce, Canada, July 5-11, 2007
Stage 6 - July 10: Elite women/U23 Road Race
Grain wins first Canadian road race title
Gina Grain of Vancouver won the women's elite road race on Tuesday at the Tim Hortons Road Nationals held at St-George de Beauce. It was a first career road title for the track specialist. Grain won the 127 kilometre race in three hours and 42 minutes and 24 seconds. Marni Hambleton was three seconds back for the silver and Moriah MacGregor third, nine seconds behind the winner.
The Expresscopy.com team member was surprised to win. "I'm very pleased to have won the race," said Grain. "I didn't expect to win. It was a good day for me."
Grain paid tribute to her teammates. "Anyone on my team could have won," she said. "It was a good race for our team. Our climbers did a great job and we made strong attacks."
Meier and Roy win the under-23 titles
British Columbia's Christian Meier, and Émilie Roy of Quebec earned victories in the under-23 races. The 22 year-old Meier took the 137 kilometre race in 3:31:51 edging Ryan Anderson of British Columbia Éric Boily of Quebec was third in 3:35:11.
"I broke away with a small pack of riders early in the race," said Meier. "We took turns at the front then with 25 kilometres to go Anderson and I made a strong push. We had a very close sprint and it was our intensity that got us on the podium. There were a lot guys in contention."
In the women's race, Roy finished 38 seconds ahead of Alberta's Julie Beveridge in second. Joelle Numainville was third in the 127 kilometre race. "I thought it would be a harder race and there would be more breakaways," she said. "I was feeling to comfortable after 15 kilometres so I decided to make a break.
"I rode and rode an it was only with 20 kilometres to go that three riders (Grain, Hambleton and MacGregor) caught me and we finished the race together," said Roy who rode 100 kilometres on her own before being caught by the three elite racers. "Despite not finishing first in that group of four, I'm still happy to win the under-23 title."
The Tim Hortons Road Nationals end Wednesday with the 180 kilometre men's elite road race.
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Images by Jerome Lessard
Elite women - 127 km 1 Gina Grain (BC) Team Expresscopycom 3.42.24 2 Marni Hambleton (BC) Symmetrics 0.03 3 Moriah MacGregor (BC) AE Sport Development 0.09 4 Émilie Roy (QC) Vinci Specialized Menikini 0.17 5 Alison Testroete (BC) Team Expresscopycom 0.39 6 Alex Wrubleski (SK) Colvaita Sutter Home 0.47 7 Leigh Hobson (ON) Cheerwine 0.49 8 Erinne Willock (BC) Team Expresscopycom 0.51 9 Felicia Gomez (NS) Aarons/L5Flyers 0.55 10 Julie Beveridge (AB) Team Alberta 11 Betina Hold (QC) Team cheerwine 1.02 12 Joëlle Numainville (QC) Team Expresscopycom 13 Johanne Cyr (QC) Équipe Cascades 1.05 14 Leah Guloien (BC) Team Giant 1.41 15 Jennifer Stephenson (ON) Team Ultralink 1.47 16 Anne Samplonius (QC) Team Expresscopycom 2.08 17 Elisa Gagnon (QC) Team Advil-ChapStick 2.45 18 Joanie Caron (QC) Équipe Cascades 19 Lila Fraser (QC) Équipe Cascades 2.49 20 Rebecca Nelson (ON) Mazurcoachingcom 2.52 21 Kelly Murray (NB) Radical Edge Fredericton 2.57 22 Magali Tisseyre (QC) Marinoni-Cadence 3.04 23 Natasha Elliott (ON) The Cyclery 3.08 24 Catherine Hogan (QC) Espoirs Laval 3.10 25 Heather Davidson-Meyn (ON) Mazurcoachingcom 3.38 26 Laura Yoisten (AB) Webcor Builders Cycling Team 3.39 27 Julie Marceau (QC) Marinoni-Cadence 3.44 28 Alena Radomsky (BC) Giant Bicycles Canada 29 Laura Brown (BC) Giant Bicycles Canada 30 Karol Ann Canuel (QC) Vinci Specialized Menikini 3.50 31 Marie-Pier Bédard (QC) Vinci Specialized Menikini 3.54 32 Stéphanie Roorda (AB) Synergy 3.57 33 Allison Lampi (QC) Euro-Sportsca 34 Alyssa Weninger (SK) BCW 4.17 35 Jenny Trew (BC) Giant Bicycles Canada 4.35 36 Caroline Montminy (QC) Équipe Cascades 4.40 37 Naomi Cermak (ON) Team Ontario 5.00 38 Krystal Jeffs (ON) Team Ontario 5.01 39 Anne-Marie Lefrançois (BC) Team Integrale 5.38 40 Heidi King (NB) Radical Edge Fredericton 6.03 41 Karine Tessier (QC) Marinoni-Cadence 6.31 42 Alyssa Mellon (ON) OTTAWA BICYCLE CLUB 6.41 43 Lucie Poulin (QC) Le yéti 7.38 44 Jessica Burns (QC) Équipe Cascades 9.28 45 Marie-Ève Racicot (QC) La Cabosse d'Or 9.51 46 Andrea J Bunnin (SK) Team Saskatchewan 10.54 DNF Merrill Collins (ON) La Bicicletta DNF Sarah Coney (ON) EMD Serono Cycle Logik Racing DNF Geneviève Gagnon (QC) Team Ultranik DNF Julie Bellerose (QC) Aberdeen DNF Carmen Diges (ON) Indépendant DNF Kim Lambert-Gosselin (QC) La Cabosse d'Or DNF Amanda Shan (ON) Team Expresscopycom DNF Jennifer Simpson (ON) EMD Serono Cycle Logik Racing DNS Sue Schlatter (ON) The Cyclery DNS Jessica Spence (ON) Mazurcoachingcom U23 men - 137 km 1 Christian Meier (BC) Symmetrics 3.33.51 2 Ryan Anderson (BC) Trek Red Truck Racing 3 Éric Boily (QC) EVA-Devinci 1.20 4 Max Plaxton (BC) La-Z-Boy Cycling 1.30 5 Jamie Lamb (QC) Garneau-Crocs 1.32 6 David Veilleux (QC) The Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling Team 1.39 7 Keven Lacombe (QC) Équipe du Québec 1.42 8 Gavriel Epstein (ON) CRCA/Sakonnet Technology U25 1.45 9 Matthew Guse (ON) Calyon / Litespeed 2.03 10 Brandon Crichton (ON) Symmetrics 2.52 11 Bradley Fairall (BC) SuperSport 35 ACNC 3.11 12 Zach Garland (NL) Masi-Adobe 3.24 13 William Goodfellow (QC) Équipe du Québec 3.28 14 Joël Dion-Poitras (QC) EVA-Devinci 3.32 15 Jean-Michel Lachance (QC) Garneau-Crocs 3.55 16 Adam Thuss (ON) Team RACEcom 3.57 17 Jean-Sébastien Perron (QC) Calyon / Litespeed 5.11 18 Keir Plaice (ON) Team Ontario 5.20 19 Jonathan Prosser (ON) Aquila Racing/Racer Sportif 6.37 20 Philippe Abbott (AB) Ital Pasta Transport Belmire 6.39 21 Frédéric Boivin (QC) EVA-Devinci 6.46 22 Charles Bryer (ON) Spin 12 6.55 23 Dave Brooks (SK) Team Saskatchewan 7.01 24 André Tremblay (QC) Volkswagen/Trek 7.07 25 Jackson Beuhler (BC) Trek-Red Truck Racing 26 Aaron Schooler (AB) ERTC / Redbike 7.16 27 Jay Hawranik (MB) Team Integrale 7.40 28 Nathan MacDonald (BC) Trek-Red Truck Racing 7.56 29 Dave Vukets (BC) Trek-Red Truck Racing 12.25 30 Christian Deshaies (QC) Volkswagen/Trek 31 Mark Batty (ON) Team RACEcom 13.56 32 Charly Vives (QC) Calyon / Litespeed 16.07 DNF Mark Pozniak (ON) Team RACEcom DNF Stephen Ferris (BC) ERTC Redbike DNF Tim Clarke (NB) AtlanticCyclingCentercom DNF Matthew Bell (ON) Team Ontario DNF Sebastian Porten (ON) Team Ontario DNF Jean-François Landry (QC) Élicycle Sport Expert DNF Bryson Bowers (ON) Jet Fuel Coffee DNF David Bergeron (QC) Équipe Bluberi - Martin Swiss - Special DNF Kevin Hazzard (ON) Team Ontario DNF Zack Morris (ON) Jet Fuel Coffee DNF Michaël Joanisse (QC) Garneau-Crocs DNF Brook Boocock (ON) Calyon / Litespeed DNF Ryan Belliveau (NB) Calyon / Litespeed DNF Vince De Jong (ON) Team Ontario DNF Dante D'Urbano (QC) West of Quebec Wheelers DNF Thomas Foster (ON) Team Ontario DNF Andrew Hunt (ON) Team RACEcom DNF Ian Manning (ON) Team Spin 12 DNF Ben Rempel (SK) Team Saskatchewan DNF Erik Robertson (ON) Team RACEcom DNF Charles Thibault (QC) EVA-Devinci DNF Shaun Adamson (AB) Team Alberta DNS Louis-Charles Lacroix (QC) Ste-Foy Québec Métro DNS Frédéric Cusson (QC) Club cycliste Dynamiks de Contrecoeur