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St. Georges de Beauce, Quebec, Canada, June 27-July 6, 2008

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Day 7 - July 6: Elite men and U23 road race, 172.8km

Meier upgrades to elite champion, Veilleux U23

Christian Meier (Symmetrics) held off a charging Bruno Langlois (Volkswagen) in the dying moments of the men's 172.8 kilometre road race to win the gold medal at the Tim Hortons Road championships. Meier, last year's under-23 national champion, will wear the maple leaf jersey for another year.

After Meier and Langlois crossed, Jacob Erker (Symmetrics), who cramped up with a lap to go to lose Meier and Langlois at the front, held on to third place finishing over a minute behind.

"This is the most amazing feeling I've had in my career," said Meier. "It's beautiful. I have to thank my Symmetrics Cycling teammates so much because anybody could have won out there today and it just happened to be me. Jacob rode his heart out for me in the break."

The race was held on a 9.6 kilometre loop which the riders lapped 18 times. It was a challenging course used for the Tour de Beauce which includes a steep one kilometre climb to end the lap.

"This course is so tough," said Meier. "Some of us knew it from the Tour just a couple of weeks ago so we may have had an advantage that way. It's a hard course to chase and sometimes it's actually easier to be in a breakaway and ride in a controlled tempo. I'm not a sprinter type of guy, so I try to roll a breakaway."

Meier joined the lead group with eight laps to go and stayed up front until it whittled down to a showdown between himself and Langlois on the final lap.

"With 500 metres to go I kind of jumped and got a gap on Bruno," said Meier. "He came up again a bit but I was pretty confident I was going to get it. I really started to believe with two-three laps to go I would have an opportunity to challenge for the gold."

In the Under-23 standings, David Veilleux (Kelly Benefits Strategies-Medifast) earned his fifth national title and completed a golden sweep this weekend in the age group. He also won the time trial on Friday. Eric Boily (Volkswagen) was second and Dave Vukets (Trek Red Truck) third.

"It was a very tough race," said Veilleux. "The heat and the length of the race made it a very challenging day. That last climb at the end of the loop used up a lot energy and on such a short lap it kept coming back fast."

Veilleux, 20, was particularly pleased with how he fought back after falling behind early.

"I did a really good job catching up," said Veilleux. "In the second half of the race I was at the front a lot more. My teammate and I did a good job moving up in the standings. It was very important for me to get the under-23 title and I certainly raced with that in mind."



1 Christian Meier (Can) Symmetrics Cycling                4.38.32
2 Bruno Langlois (Can) Volkswagen                                
3 Jacob Erker (Can) Symmetrics Cycling                       1.08
4 Eric Wohlberg (Can) Symmetrics Cycling                     2.45
5 Mathieu Toulouse (Can) Eva-Devinci                             
6 Keven Lacombe (Can) Équipe du Québec                       3.01
7 David Veilleux* (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifa      3.07
8 Mark Walters (Can) Team RACE Pro                           3.37
9 Ryan Roth (Can) Team RACE Pro                              4.05
10 Jean-Sébastien Perron (Can) Eva-Devinci                   5.59
11 Will Routley (Can) Symmetrics Cycling                     7.16
12 Éric Boily* (Can) Volkswagen                              8.49
13 Dave Vukets* (Can) Trek Red Truck P/B Mosaic Homes       10.02
14 Derrick St John (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee                    10.24
15 Andrew Pinfold (Can) Symmetrics Cycling                  10.39
16 Dominique Perras (Can) Eva-Devinci                       10.49
17 Trevor Connor (Can) Chris Cookies/Swan Cycles            10.55
18 Georges-Édouard Duquette* (Can) Eva-Devinci              11.30
19 Charly Vives* (Can) Calyon pro cycling team              12.23
20 Jean-Michel Lachance* (Can) Volkswagen                   13.14
21 Guillaume Boivin* (Can) Équipe du Québec                 13.38
22 Ryan Taylor* (Can) Atlantic Cycling Centre               13.39
23 Charles Dionne (Can) Équipe du Québec                         
24 Mark Batty* (Can) Team RACE Pro                               
25 Arnaud Papillon* (Can) Volkswagen                        13.45
26 Michael Joanisse* (Can) Équipe du Québec                 13.49
27 André Tremblay* (Can) Apogee-Kuota/Elicycle              13.53
28 Dominique Rollin (Can) Toyota-united pro cycling team    14.01
29 Peter Morse (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee                        14.05
30 Joel-Dion Poitras* (Can) Team RACE Pro                   14.07
31 Jamie Riggs* (Can) Team Ontario                          14.10
32 Francois Parisien (Can) Team RACE Pro                    14.30
33 Rob Britton (Can) Trek Red Truck P/B Mosaic Homes        14.41
34 Pascal Bussières (Can)                         16.34
35 Adam Thuss* (Can) Team RACE Pro                          18.29
DNF Cam Evans (Can) Symmetrics Cycling                           
DNF Andrew Randell (Can) Symmetrics Cycling                      
DNF Svein Tuft (Can) Symmetrics Cycling                          
DNF Dustin Macburnie (Can) Team RACE Pro                         
DNF Darko Ficko (Can) La Bicicletta/J Lindeberg                  
DNF Martin Gilbert (Can) Équipe du Québec                        
DNF Matt Guse (Can) Calyon pro cycling team                      
DNF Thierry Laliberté (Can) Sportif Bromont                      
DNF Jean-François Racine (Can) Garneau-Crocs-Suzano              
DNF Mathieu Roy (Can) Calyon pro cycling team                    
DNF Maxime Vives (Can) Calyon pro cycling team                   
DNF Ugo Lapierre (Can)                                 
DNF Jonathan Arseneault (Can) CIBC Wood-Gundy                    
DNF Jean-Sebastien Beland (Can) Volkswagen                       
DNF Zach Bell (Can) Symmetrics Cycling                           
DNF Pierre Boilard (Can)                               
DNF Eli Chiasson (Can) Atlantic Cycling Centre                   
DNF G. Tommaso Cirella (Can) Hawaii-Imperia                      
DNF Alexandre Cloutier (Can) Volkswagen                          
DNF Matt Deluco (Can)                     
DNF Luc Dionne (Can) CIBC Wood-Gundy                             
DNF Chris Freeland (Can) La Bicicletta / J. Lindeberg            
DNF Dominic Hamel (Can) Garneau-Crocs-Suzano                     
DNF Derrek Ivey (Can)                          
DNF Bradley Kerr (Can) Team Saskatchewan                         
DNF Matthew Knight (Can) Cycle Solutions/Angry Johnny's          
DNF Jamie Lamb (Can) Atlantic Cycling Centre                     
DNF Hugues Lapointe (Can) Bluberi-Martin Swiss                   
DNF Philippe Leduc* (Can) CIBC Wood-Gundy                        
DNF Marco Li (Can) Cycle Solutions/Angry Johnny's                
DNF Benoit Lussier (Can) CIBC Wood-Gundy                         
DNF Benjamin Martel (Can) Cycles Performances Cinelume           
DNF Mark Pozniak (Can) Team Ontario                              
DNF Sébastien Rousseau (Can) Marinoni-Cadence                    
DNF Nathan Schnarr (Can) Waterloo Cycling Club/The Flyin         
DNF Jeff Sherstobitoff (Can) Symmetrics Cycling                  
DNF Jamie Sparling (Can) Trek Red Truck P/B Mosaic Homes         
DNF Justin Steeds (Can) Aquila Racing/Racer Sportif              
DNF Tyler Trace (Can) Trek Red Truck P/B Mosaic Homes            
DNF Giovanni Traina (Can) Marinoni-Cadence                       
DNF Nathan Underwood (Can) Team Saskatchewan/BCW                 
DNF Pierre-Olivier Boily (Can) Sleeman Clear/Énergie-uota        
DNF Michael Bennett (Can)                 
DNF Martin Picard (Can)                                
DNF Mathew Bell* (Can) Calyon pro cycling team                   
DNF Andrew Bradbury* (Can) Team Ontario                          
DNF Kevin Hazzard* (Can) JetFuel Coffee                          
DNF Antoine Matteau* (Can) Garneau-Crocs-Suzano                  
DNF Vincent Quirion* (Can) Garneau-Crocs-Suzano                  
DNF Ben Rempel* (Can) Team Saskatchewan                          
DNF Ryan Anderson* (Can) Symmetrics Cycling                      
DNF Ryan Béliveau* (Can) Apogee-Kuota/Elicycle                   
DNF Guillaume Bilodeau* (Can) Indépendant                        
DNF Mathieu Boudier-Revéret* (Can) Club Cycliste CGR             
DNF Bruno Bourassa* (Can) Apogee-Kuota/Elicycle                  
DNF Bryson Bowers* (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee                         
DNF Dave Brooks* (Can) Team Saskatchewan                         
DNF Charles Bryer* (Can) Ciclo Werks Presents Tempo 88           
DNF Dominic Cantin* (Can)                              
DNF François Chabot* (Can) Volkswagen                            
DNF Christian Deshaies* (Can) Volkswagen                         
DNF Thomas Devisscher* (Can) Apogee-Kuota/Elicycle               
DNF Marc Dugas* (Can) Apogee-Kuota/Elicycle                      
DNF Geoffroy Dussault* (Can) Sports Bazar Inc                    
DNF Steffan Elzinga* (Can) Cyclingnews Jako                      
DNF Kyle Fry* (Can) Team Ontario                                 
DNF Sandy Fulton* (Can) Eva-Devinci                              
DNF Simon Gagnon-Brassard* (Can) Eva-Devinci                     
DNF Zack Garland* (Can) Kona-Adobe                               
DNF Shane Gill* (Can) Atlantic Cycling Centre                    
DNF Dominic Guiver* (Can) Team Ultralink                         
DNF Nic Hamilton* (Can) Team Aviawest                            
DNF Christopher Hillier* (Can) Indépendant                       
DNF Andrew Hunt* (Can) Team RACE Pro                             
DNF Maxime Joly-Smith* (Can)                           
DNF Stephen Keeping* (Can) Bluberi-Martin Swiss                  
DNF Louis-Charles Lacroix* (Can) Ste-Foy-Qc Métro                
DNF James Larmer* (Can) Sudbury Cycling Club                     
DNF Nicolas Lefrançois* (Can) CIBC Wood-Gundy                    
DNF François-Charles Malo* (Can) Volkswagen                      
DNF David Maltais* (Can) Eva-Devinci                             
DNF Garrett Mc Leod* (Can) Apogee-Kuota/Elicycle                 
DNF Chris Mcgarity* (Can) Team Saskatchewan                      
DNF Stephen Meyer* (Can) Team Ontario                            
DNF Evan Mundy* (Can) Team Ontario                               
DNF Geoff O'toole* (Can) Apogee-Kuota/Elicycle                   
DNF Keir Plaice* (Can) Team RACE Pro                             
DNF Jonathan Prosser* (Can) Team Ontario                         
DNF Eric Robertson* (Can) Team RACE Pro                          
DNF Brian Robinson* (Can) Team Alberta/ CMC/ Bow Cycle           
DNF Olivier Savaria* (Can)                             
DNF Joel Sidhu* (Can) Team Ultralink                             
DNF Spencer Smitheman* (Can) Creusot Cyclisme                    
DNF Duncan Sturz* (Can) Atlantic Cycling Centre                  
DNF Charles Thibault* (Can) Eva-Devinci                          
DNF Jean-P Thibault-Roberge* (Can) Rocky Mountain/Pro-Cycle      
DNF Brandon Throop* (Can)                      
DNF Kurtis Vallee* (Can) Team Aviawest                           
DNF Vincent Veilleux-Lessard* (Can)                    
DNF Jan Zak* (Can)                             
DNS Jim Tsilemos (Can) Ride With Rendall                         
DNS Buck Miller (Can) Team RACE Pro                              
DNS Devon Smibert (Can) Synergy Cycling Club                     
DNS Paul Benson* (Can) Alter Ego Sports/Manitoba                 
DNS James James* (Can) Kinesis UK                                

* Denotes U23 rider 
Under 23 results
1 David Veilleux (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifa    4.41.39
2 Éric Boily (Can) Volkswagen                                5.42
3 Dave Vukets (Can) Trek Red Truck P/B Mosaic Homes          6.55
4 Georges-Édouard Duquette (Can) Eva-Devinci                 8.23
5 Charly Vives (Can) Calyon pro cycling team                 9.16
6 Jean-Michel Lachance (Can) Volkswagen                     10.07
7 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Équipe du Québec                   10.31
8 Ryan Taylor (Can) Atlantic Cycling Centre                 10.32
9 Mark Batty (Can) Team RACE Pro                                 
10 Arnaud Papillon (Can) Volkswagen                              
11 Michael Joanisse (Can) Équipe du Québec                  10.42
12 André Tremblay (Can) Apogee-Kuota/Elicycle               10.46
13 Joel-Dion Poitras (Can) Team RACE Pro                    11.00
14 Jamie Riggs (Can) Team Ontario                           11.03
15 Adam Thuss (Can) Team RACE Pro                           15.22
DNF Philippe Leduc (Can) CIBC Wood-Gundy                         
DNF Mathew Bell* (Can) Calyon pro cycling team                   
DNF Andrew Bradbury (Can) Team Ontario                           
DNF Kevin Hazzard (Can) JetFuel Coffee                           
DNF Antoine Matteau (Can) Garneau-Crocs-Suzano                   
DNF Vincent Quirion (Can) Garneau-Crocs-Suzano                   
DNF Ben Rempel (Can) Team Saskatchewan                           
DNF Ryan Anderson (Can) Symmetrics Cycling                       
DNF Ryan Béliveau (Can) Apogee-Kuota/Elicycle                    
DNF Guillaume Bilodeau (Can) Indépendant                         
DNF Mathieu Boudier-Revéret (Can) Club Cycliste CGR              
DNF Bruno Bourassa (Can) Apogee-Kuota/Elicycle                   
DNF Bryson Bowers (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee                          
DNF Dave Brooks (Can) Team Saskatchewan                          
DNF Charles Bryer (Can) Ciclo Werks Presents Tempo 88            
DNF Dominic Cantin (Can)                               
DNF François Chabot (Can) Volkswagen                             
DNF Christian Deshaies (Can) Volkswagen                          
DNF Thomas Devisscher (Can) Apogee-Kuota/Elicycle                
DNF Marc Dugas (Can) Apogee-Kuota/Elicycle                       
DNF Geoffroy Dussault (Can) Sports Bazar Inc                     
DNF Steffan Elzinga (Can) Cyclingnews Jako                       
DNF Kyle Fry (Can) Team Ontario                                  
DNF Sandy Fulton (Can) Eva-Devinci                               
DNF Simon Gagnon-Brassard (Can) Eva-Devinci                      
DNF Zack Garland (Can) Kona-Adobe                                
DNF Shane Gill (Can) Atlantic Cycling Centre                     
DNF Dominic Guiver (Can) Team Ultralink                          
DNF Nic Hamilton (Can) Team Aviawest                             
DNF Christopher Hillier (Can) Indépendant                        
DNF Andrew Hunt (Can) Team RACE Pro                              
DNF Maxime Joly-Smith (Can)                            
DNF Stephen Keeping (Can) Bluberi-Martin Swiss                   
DNF Louis-Charles Lacroix (Can) Ste-Foy-Qc Métro                 
DNF James Larmer (Can) Sudbury Cycling Club                      
DNF Nicolas Lefrançois (Can) CIBC Wood-Gundy                     
DNF François-Charles Malo (Can) Volkswagen                       
DNF David Maltais (Can) Eva-Devinci                              
DNF Garrett Mc Leod (Can) Apogee-Kuota/Elicycle                  
DNF Chris Mcgarity (Can) Team Saskatchewan                       
DNF Stephen Meyer (Can) Team Ontario                             
DNF Evan Mundy (Can) Team Ontario                                
DNF Geoff O'toole (Can) Apogee-Kuota/Elicycle                    
DNF Keir Plaice (Can) Team RACE Pro                              
DNF Jonathan Prosser (Can) Team Ontario                          
DNF Eric Robertson (Can) Team RACE Pro                           
DNF Brian Robinson (Can) Team Alberta/ CMC/ Bow Cycle            
DNF Olivier Savaria (Can)                              
DNF Joel Sidhu (Can) Team Ultralink                              
DNF Spencer Smitheman (Can) Creusot Cyclisme                     
DNF Duncan Sturz (Can) Atlantic Cycling Centre                   
DNF Charles Thibault (Can) Eva-Devinci                           
DNF Jean-P Thibault-Roberge (Can) Rocky Mountain/Pro-Cycle       
DNF Brandon Throop (Can)                       
DNF Kurtis Vallee (Can) Team Aviawest                            
DNF Vincent Veilleux-Lessard (Can)                     
DNF Jan Zak (Can)                              
DNS Paul Benson (Can) Alter Ego Sports/Manitoba                  
DNS James James (Can) Kinesis UK