Posted by Editoress on 09/2/16
Team Canada's Antoine Duchesne of Chicoutimi, Quebec, finished fifth in the opening stage of the Tour of Alberta on Thursday, in Lethbridge. The Tour of Alberta is Canada's top-ranked international professional stage race. Duchesne finished with the same time as race winner Colin Joyce of the USA, and was awarded the red jersey as the top Canadian rider in the race.
Duchesne was part of a 29 rider break that formed early in the 106.9 kilometre stage. The breakaway group also contained Canadian riders Alex Cataford and Nigel Ellsay of the Silber team, who finished ninth and 11th, respectively. The group went over two minutes clear of the main field, and then splintered in the final 35 kilometres, with 11 riders making the front group for the sprint finish in downtown Lethbridge.
Top Canuck, Antoine Duchesne
"I was a little bit surprised that such a big break went away," admitted Duchesne. "It wasn't the plan for me to go in a break today, but I saw a lot of big riders were going there so I had to make a move. I felt quite good so I tried to save energy for the end of the race. With three laps to go, a good move went and I bridged across. For the sprint I was well positioned, but I didn't have the legs for it, but for me fifth place in a sprint is alright. It was good to see that I had good legs, and I am looking forward to the rest of the week."