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Boivin Ponders Retirement at the End 2015

by John Symon

Sept 10, 2015 (Montreal, QC) – Canada’s reigning Elite Men’s road champ, Guillaume Boivin (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies), is pondering retirement in the face of no contract for the 2016 season reports La Presse.

Boivin wins the Elite Men's national RR title  ©  Pasquale Stalteri
Apart from the Canadian road championship (he also won that title in 2009), Boivin, 26, distinguished himself in 2015 by winning bronze in the men’s 165km road race at the Toronto Pan Am Games; Venezuela’s Miguel Ubeto Aponte claimed the gold while Eric Marcotte (USA) took home the silver. Boivin also won the Stage 3b Criterium at this year’s Tour de Beauce. Overall, 2015 has been a very good year for Boivin with assertive riding and some solid hardware for his efforts.
Boivin wins Stage 3b at Beauce  ©  Pasquale Stalteri

In 2010, Boivin previously won bronze at the U23 Worlds. A former member of the defunct SpiderTech team, Boivin rode for WorldTour team Cannondale in 2013 and 2014, completing two Vueltas during that time.

PanAm RR men's finish (l-r) Ubeto, Boivin, Marcotte  ©  Peter Kraiker

Boivin will be on the start line for the Grands Prix Cyclistes races in Quebec City on Sept. 11 and in Montreal on Sept. 13 as part of the 8-man national team. Two weeks later, he will likely be part of Canada’s six-man senior men’s team for the 2015 UCI Road World Championships in Richmond, Va. That team has not yet been officially announced but, based on the current UCI America Tour rankings, we can assume that Michael Woods (Optum), Guillaume Boivin, and Ryan Roth (Silber Pro) will compete in Richmond. The road race there is scheduled for Sept. 27.

“It seems strange to say, but if I don’t return with a contract for 2016, there is perhaps a good chance that these could be my last three races,” Boivin told La Presse.

Pedal contacted Boivin but not hear back from his as yet and will continue to monitor the situation. We wish the road champ best of luck in his quest to land a contract for 2016!

La Presse (French) here.

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