Posted by Editoress on 06/13/12
Mardis Cyclistes race 2: Max Vives wins
It was Maxime Vives (Garneau-Québecor) who won the senior men’s race at Tuesday evening’s second race of the Mardis Cyclistes bicycle race presented by Jean Coutu. He was followed closely by Pierre-Olivier Boily (Fantino-Cycle Régis) in second and by Hughes Lapointe (Cycles Neron LaPrairie) in third.
“These are the type of conditions (in the rain) that I like. The Fantino team controlled the race until the end and I was the only rider here from my team. I knew that I had only one card to play.” Vives averaged 45.5 km/h around the 50km race course.
The defending champion, Jean-François Laroche (Fantino-Cycle Regis) won the first three intermediate sprints and seemed positioned to win the stage this evening, but got caught up in a crash. “It was a beginner’s error,” said Laroche, “to ride so close to two young riders. When they went down on a corner, I couldn’t get out of the way.”
His team mate, Boily, usually pulls Laroche in for the victory, but went on without Laroche this evening. He missed winning by a few centimetres.
“Falls are part of the sport," mused Boily. “Sometimes you can slip on a paint line, but what happened was pathetic. The guy went down. It’s too bad that our team was not able to accumulate more points toward the championship.”
Lapointe, Vives, Boily June 12th podium
Only 38 cyclists were on the start line when Lachine Mayor Claude Dauphin fired the pistol, down sharply from 92 on June 5th. The Tour de Beauce, which began Tuesday, drew away many top riders. “But there should be a lot of good riders here again next Tuesday,” commented Vives. He noted that many riders from the Beauce might try their chances on June 19 before flying back home.
Technical problems prevented results being available for the three other races (women, junior men, and junior women), but Elisabeth Albert (Rocky Mountain) won among the senior women.
Elisabeth Albert (left) and Catherine Couture pose for photo at start line
The standings after 2 races , Hugo Houle (SpiderTech p/b C10) is leading the series with 144 points, followed by Jean-Samuel Deshaies (Ekoi.Com-Gaspesien) with 128, while Maxime Vives (Garneau-Quebecor) follows closely in third with 126.
Race 2 (June 12th)
1 Max Vives (Garneau-Québecor)
2 Pierre-Olivier Boily (Fantino-Cycle Régis)
3 Hughes Lapointe (Cycles Neron LaPrairie)
1 Hugo Houle (Spidertech), 144 pts
2 Jean-S Deshaies (EKOÏ.com/Gaspesien), 128
3 Maxime Vives (Garneau-Québecor), 126
4 Hugues Lapointe (Cycles Neron LaPrairie), 124
5 Pierre-Olivier Boily (Cycles Neron LaPrairie), 117
Courtesy Mardis Cyclistes
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