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August 10/11 10:46 am - Mardis Lachine #9

Posted by Editoress on 08/10/11

Mardis Cyclistes August 9th: Benjamin Martel Wins in Pouring Rain

Benjamin Martel (Team Spirit Cannondale) won the ninth stage in pouring rain with an after-dark finish. Martel, 37, launched his attack with only two laps to go in the 31-lap, 50km race. Cautious cyclists rode slowly this evening with Martel stopping the clock at 1:06:37 for an average speed of 45kmh, the slowest of the nine races run to date in this 34th season of the Mardis Cyclistes series. Some eight seconds later, the pack followed Martel with Hugues Lapointe (Nativo Devinci) finishing second and Mathieu Roy (Gaspésien) in third. They were closely followed by defending champion Jean-François Laroche (Fantino Mondello) and by Dominic Chalifoux (Trek Bontrager).

Only 62 cyclists were on the start line and many of them DNF’d before the finish. Erik Lyman (Team Spirit) and Mathieu Roy (Gaspésien) broke away from the pack with 10 laps to go, but were swallowed up by the pack at two laps from the finish. That was the moment Martel chose to launch his attack.

“It was a strategic win and also a team victory,” said Martel. “Team Spirit rode very well this evening and it feels great to end up on the podium. I hate riding in the rain and braked hard on the turns. Perhaps I owe this victory in part to my experience and endurance.” His teammate, Lyman, finished in tenth position.

In the general classification, Laroche built up his lead to 765 cumulative points and will be riding next Tuesday’s race in the yellow leader’s jersey. Roy is a distant second place at 561 points with Chalifoux follows in third at 551 points. The grand finale on August 16 will see a doubling of points. This means that next week’s winner could pick up to 300 points and might be able to wrestle the title away from Laroche.

Women's Race: Olympic medalist claims second place

Elisabeth Albert (Rocky Mountain) won the women’s race followed by Caroline Brunet, an Olympic-medal-winning kayaker riding with Garneau-Club Chaussures-Norton Rose. Mélissa Houde (La Cabosse d'or) finished third in that contest. Albert continues to lead the series and will race next week again in the leader’s yellow jersey.

“With time, I have learned that it serves no purpose to put useless pressure,” stated Brunet. “This is my fourth Mardis race and the first time that I’ve finished on the podium. I still find crit races very difficult, but am no longer so nervous at the start of a race,” laughed Brunet. The 42-year-old won silver medals at the Atlanta (1996) and Sydney (2000) Olympics together with a bronze in Athens (2004). She has also won multiple gold medals at various kayak World Championships. When asked whether it was harder to get onto the podium paddling a kayak or riding a bicycle, she responded that they can both be difficult sports.

Junior and Minime Races

Olivier Miclette (VC Longueuil) won the junior men’s race ahead of Olivier Brisebois (Cycles Bernard Hinault-IMC) in second while Shawn Turcotte (Prud’Homme IGA) finished third but remains the series leader there.

For the minimes, this evening’s stage wins went to Melyssa Fortin (VC Longueuil) and to Édouard Laparé-Morin (Espoirs Laval).

All races started late because of cars on the race course early in the evening. The rain only began in earnest for the senior men’s race. Racers and spectators alike were curious about a monument near the finish line covered covered in plywood. Lachine councillor Jean-Francois Cloutier promised that the plywood would be removed at the finale on August 16th and that something (beautiful) inside would be revealed then. The Mardis Cyclistes races take place Tuesday evenings around LaSalle Park in Lachine and are free to spectators. The minimes start at 5:30 p.m. and the senior men begin at 7 p.m. The awards ceremony usually begins just after 8 p.m.

Courtesy Mardis Cyclistes

1 Elisabeth Albert (Rocky Mountain-Desjardins) 65 pts
2 Caroline Brunet (Garneau-Club Chaussures-Norton Rose) 51
3 Mélissa Houde (La Cabosse d'or) 38
4 Anne- Marie B. Morin (Atrium - CC2R) 33
5 Laurie Dumas (Spidertech propulsée par Powertech) 15
6 Rosalie Cardin- Houde (Espoirs de Laval) 8
Josiane Lessard (Vélo Club Longueuil- André Cycles) 5
Valerie Crete (Juvederm-Specialized) 5
Jessica Joly (Guru/Cinelume) 5
Alizee Brien (Spidertech propulsée par Powertech) 5
Amelie Bruneau (Espoirs Quilicot) 5
Katherine Lafreniere (Vélo Club Longueuil- André) 5
Tennessee Mayer (Espoirs Quilicot ) 5
1 Mathieu Roy (Gaspésien /Passion Vélo) 124 pts
2 Benjamin Martel (Team Spirit GTH Cannondale) 119
3 Hugues Lapointe (Nativo Devinci) 98
4 Jean-François Laroche (Fantino Mondello) 95
5 Dominic Chalifoux (Trek-Bontrager) 94
6 Jean- Samuel Deshaies (Rocky Mountain-Desjardins) 70
7 Francois Chabot (Gaspésien /Passion Vélo) 57
8 Shaun McCarthy (Garneau-Club Chaussures-Norton Rose) 45
9 Erik Lyman (Team Spirit GTH Cannondal) 34
10 Michel Henri (Iris) 33
11 Thierry Laliberte (XPREZO- BORSAO) 23
12 Robert Ralph (Rockland MD présenté par Medic) 22
13 Louis- Charles Lacroix (Dedacciai/HYPE-ski vélo) 15
14 Leni Trudel (Garneau-Club Chaussures-Norton Rose) 15
15 Yannick Bedard (Gaspésien /Passion Vélo) 13
16 Felix Cote Bouvette (Prud' Homme- IGA) 12
17 Dominic Cantin (Team Spirit) 8
18 Julien Langlois (Team Spirit GTH Cannondal) 8
19 Simon- Pierre Gauthier (Espoirs Quilicot propulsée p) 8
20 Maxime Vives (Powerwatts- FITTIME) 7
21 Stephen Keeping (Kingsnorth International Wh) 7
22 Gabriel Michaud (Espoirs de Laval) 7
23 Lachlan Holmes (Team H&R Block) 6
Antoine Matteau (Gaspésien /Passion Vélo) 5
Antoine Duchesne (Garneau-Club Chaussures-Norton Rose) 5
Miguel Agreda Rojas (Garneau-Club Chaussures-Norton Rose) 5
Adam Andersen (Dedacciai/HYPE-ski vélo) 5
William Blackburn (Gaspésien /Passion Vélo) 5
Pierre- Etienne Boivin (Amical Cycliste Thann) 5
Marc- Andre Daigle (Garneau-Club Chaussures-Norton Rose) 5
Laurent Dallaire (Rocky Mountain-Desjardins) 5
Samuel Gosselin- Simard (Dedacciai/HYPE-ski vélo) 5
Philippe Leduc (Jean-Coutu/CIBC Wood Gun) 5
Vincent Levesque (Fantino Mondello) 5
Raphael Masse- Viau (Rocky Mountain-Desjardins) 5
Kianoush Missaghi (Team Spirit GTH Cannondal) 5
Sam Witmitz (Garneau-Club Chaussures-Norton Rose) 5
Brett Tivers (Garneau-Club Chaussures-N) 5
Christ McGarithy (Gaspesien/Passion Vélo) 5
Nicholas Friesen (Team H&R Block) 5
Alexandre Nadeau (Fantino Mondello Cycles Re) 5
Jean-Sébastien Maheu (Fantino Mondello Cycles Re) 5
Jean Phillipe Houle Paradis (Fantino Mondello Cycles Re) 5
Charles- Eric Gascon (Fantino Mondello) 5
Vincent Bouchard (Espoirs de Laval) 5
Olivier Delaney (Espoirs Quilicot propulsée p) 5
Jasmin Houle (Prud' Homme- IGA) 5
Francois Vaillancourt (Espoirs Quilicot propulsée p) 5
David Dulude (Gaspésien /Passion Vélo) 5
Edward Forest (Iris) 5
Mathieu Fortier (Quilicot- Rackultra) 5
Alexandre Morin (Trek-Bontrager) 5
Jonathan Oligny (Jean-Coutu/CIBC Wood Gun) 5
Eric Pare (Espoirs de Laval) 5
Frederic Belanger (Trek-Bontrager) 5
Martin Vinet (Trek-Bontrager) 5
Yorick Caron (Guru/Cinelume) 5
Francois Bernatchez (CC ROSSI Lachine) 5
Mathieu Fagnan (Indépendant) 5
Michel Brazeau ( 5
Yves LeFebvre (Trek-Bontrager) 5
Martin Ste- Marie (Vélos à rabais) 5
1 Elisabeth Albert (Rocky Mountain-Desjardins) 460 pts
2 Veronique Drapeau- Zgoralski (Juvederm-Specialized) 378
3 Audrey Labrie ( 299
4 Torresan Elsie (Independant) 147
5 Tennessee Mayer (Espoirs Quilicot propulsée p) 111
6 Valerie Crete (Juvederm-Specialized) 97
7 Caroline Brunet (Garneau-Club Chaussures-N) 86
8 Amelie Bruneau (Espoirs Quilicot propulsée p) 70
9 Rosalie Cardin- Houde (Espoirs de Laval) 68
10 Anne- Marie B. Morin (Atrium - CC2R) 64
11 Virginie Gauthier (Atrium - CC2R) 58
12 Mélissa Houde (La Cabosse d'Or chocolateri) 56
13 Laurie Dumas (Spidertech propulsée par Po) 35
14 Josiane Lessard (Vélo Club Longueuil- André) 35
15 Audrey Sarrazin (Dynamiks de Contrecoeur) 33
16 Catherine Ouellette (Vélo Club Longueuil- André) 31
17 Frederique Lord (Atrium - CC2R) 30
18 Audrey Bernard (Spidertech propulsée par Po) 25
19 Justine Dallaire 25
20 Camille Bedard (cc Lac St-Louis) 25
21 Laurence Paquette ( 22
22 Kyla Rollinson (Juvederm-Specialized) 20
23 Jessica Joly (Guru/Cinelume) 20
24 Melissa Houde (La Cabosse d'Or chocolateri) 15
25 Gabrielle Wilson (Espoirs de Laval) 15
26 Audrey- Anne Blais (Espoirs de Laval) 15
27 Evelyne Gagnon (Atrium - CC2R) 15
28 Katherine Lafreniere (Vélo Club Longueuil- André) 15
29 Anne- Marie Jean (Vélo Mauricie) 10
30 Elise Brouillette (Espoirs Quilicot propulsée p) 10
31 Beatrice Le Bel (Vélo Club Longueuil- André) 5
32 Josiane Boily (Atrium - CC2R) 5
33 Marie- Eve Poisson (Vélo Mauricie) 5
34 Genevieve Patry (Dynamiks de Contrecoeur) 5
35 Stephanie Germain (Rockland MD présenté par M) 5
36 Claudia Boisvert (Vélo Club Longueuil- André) 5
37 Alizee Brien (Spidertech propulsée par Po) 5
Men (top 50)
1 Jean Francois Laroche (Fantino Mondello Cycles Regis) 765 pts
2 Mathieu Roy (Gaspesien) 561
3 Dominic Chalifoux (Trek-Bontrager) 551
4 Benjamin Martel (Team Spirit GTH Cannondale) 443
5 Martin Gilbert (SpiderTech powered by C10) 437
6 Jean- Michel Lachance (Amical Cycliste Bisontine) 418
7 David Veilleux (Europcar) 391
8 Erik Lyman (Team Spirit GTH Cannondale) 375
9 Pierrick Naud (Rocky Mountain-Desjardins Valeurs Mobili) 307
10 Hugues Lapointe (Nativo Devinci) 272
11 Jean- Samuel Deshaies (Rocky Mountain-Desjardins Valeurs Mobili) 264
12 Pierre- Etienne Boivin (Amical Cycliste Thann) 224
13 Rémi Pelletier- Roy (Garneau-Club Chaussures-Norton Rose) 210
14 Felix Cote Bouvette (Prud' Homme- IGA) 202
15 Raphael Masse- Viau (Rocky Mountain-Desjardins Valeurs Mobili) 177
16 Francois Chabot (Gaspésien /Passion Vélo) 167
17 Miguel Agreda Rojas (Garneau-Club Chaussures-Norton Rose) 167
18 Simon- Pierre Gauthier (Espoirs Quilicot propulsée par Specialized) 160
19 Antoine Duchesne (Garneau-Club Chaussures-Norton Rose) 154
20 Maxime Vives (Powerwatts- FITTIME) 146
21 Dion Smith (Pure Black Racing) 132
22 William Blackburn (Gaspésien /Passion Vélo) 126
23 Thierry Laliberte (XPREZO- BORSAO) 121
24 Michel Henri (Iris) 121
25 Philippe Nadon (Rocky Mountain-Desjardins Valeurs Mobili) 115
26 Arnaud Papillon (Garneau-Club Chaussures-Norton Rose) 111
27 Hugo Houle (SpiderTech powered by C10) 103
28 Jordan Brochu (Indépendant-RP) 103
29 Guillaume Boivin (SpiderTech powered by C10) 98
30 Robert Ralph (Rockland MD présenté par Médique) 90
31 James Oram (Pure Black Racing) 79
32 Sam Witnitz (Garneau- Club Chaussures-Norton) 70
33 Antoine Matteau (Gaspésien /Passion Vélo) 67
34 Shawn McCarthy (Garneau- Club Chaussures-Norton) 64
35 Laurent Dallaire (Rocky Mountain-Desjardins Valeurs Mobili) 59
36 Pierre- Olivier Boily (Fantino Mondello Cycles Regis) 56
37 Chris McGarity (Gaspésien /Passion Vélo) 56
38 Andreas Muller (Berliner TSC) 55
39 Dominic Cantin (Indépendant-RP) 54
40 Keven Lacombe (SpiderTech powered by C10) 52
41 Simon Lambert Lemay (SpiderTech powered by C10) 51
42 David Dulude (Gaspésien /Passion Vélo) 49
43 Vincent Levesque (Fantino Rossi) 48
44 Olivier Delaney (Espoirs Quilicot propulsée par Specialized) 47
45 Gabriel Michaud (Espoirs Laval) 46
46 Philippe Leduc (Jean Coutu) 45
47 Yorick Caron (Guru Cineume) 45
48 Julien Langlois (Team Spirit GTH Cannondale) 43
49 Ugo Lapierre (Jean Coutu) 43
50 Francois Doyon (Quilicot- Rackultra) 43

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