The unstoppable Dwayne Kress (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) made it four stage victories in a row with a blistering time of 33:07.3 on a rolling course that featured no less than 10 separate climbs in 20.40 km. The short power-climbs suited Kress, but left his closest rival on General Classification Roger Lee (Peak Centre, Vancouver; 35:55.7) floundering, and Kress extends his lead on GC to 36 points. Second on the stage went to Marcel Lavoie (Peak Centre, Ottawa) in 34:25.2, and Lavoie climbs to 7th on GC with some impressive performances in recent weeks. Sean Anderson (SBR Coaching, Verona) has also stormed up the leaderboard after a slow start. His 3rd place finish on the stage in 34:36.9 was enough to climb to 4th on General Classification, ahead of last season’s winner Alex Gagnon (Peak Centre, Ottawa) who was only 4 seconds behind Anderson on the stage in 34:40.4.
Since Shea Rankin’s (The Cycle Studio, Carmel) early season dominance the stage victories in the Women’s A classification have been shared around, with no back-to-back stage wins since stage 3. This week it was another debut winner with Kerri Labrecque (Peak Centre, Ottawa) wining the stage in 38:18.9 ahead of last week’s stage winner Kelly Knowles (Peak Centre, Ottawa; 38:57.0). As a results, none of Rankin’s closest rivals were able to take advantage of her absence, and her lead on GC is still a healthy 21 points. Summer Ohlendorf (SBR Coaching, Verona) took 3rd on the stage in 39:12.8 and will surely be the one to watch next week with an average of 244 Watts on stage 8.
Leader on the Men’s B classification Mark Scott (Peak Centre, Ottawa) returned to form to take his 3rd stage victory of the season, his first since stage 4, in a time of 36:08.2. Scott’s lead had been eroded over the past few weeks by strong performances from Partick Melfi (Centre Entrainement Cyclisme VeloCite, Blainville; 36:49.6) and Mike Fertuck (Peak Centre, Vancouver; 36:53.0), but this win puts him 8 points clear of Melfi after the pair were tied on points following stage 7. The closest challenge to Scott on the stage came from Nick Wiesmuller (SBR Coaching, Verona) who finished just 10 seconds down in 36:18.2. Dan Giberson (Natural High Fitness, Okotoks) put in his best performance of the season to take 3rd place in 36:38.6.
Megan Davies (Peak Centre, Vancouver) continues to challenge overall leader Christiane Gagne (Centre Entrainement Cyclisme VeloCite, Blainville) in the Women’s B classification. Davies won her 4th stage in a row in 43:54.7 to close the gap to 12 points. Gagne’s lead is intact thanks to some fantastic consistent riding to pick up podium finishes on the past 3 stages, as well as bonus points for a P.B. on the Original Time Trial. The same was true this week, with another second place finish in 44:52.5. Those two riders have pulled away from the chasing pack, and look to be battling it out for the overall victory. Their closest challenger this week was Jacinthe Vadeboncoeur (Peak Centre, Ottawa) who picked up 3rd place in a time of 44:56.1.
Next week see the road point downwards for a Net Downhill stage and unlike stage 4, there is not too much climbing to break up the high speeds.
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