May 20, 2017 (Gatineau, QC) – Canada put five riders in the top-10 at the Chrono Gatineau UCI time trial on Friday, with Team Canada’s Karol-Ann Canuel finishing second. American Lauren Stephens (Team TIBCO – Silicon Valley Bank) held off two world champions to win the competition. Stephens, who finished fourth last year, finished 3.64 seconds ahead of Karol-Ann Canuel and 11.15 seconds in front of American rider Amber Neben (VeloConcept), the reigning individual time trial champion.
Jasmin Duehring (Sho-Air TWENTY20), a member of the bronze medal winning Team Pursuit squad from Rio, set the first fast time of 31:05, 11 riders in from the 49 starters. Her time held up until eight riders to go, when Claire Rose (Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling) became the first to go under 31 minutes (30:57). Two riders later, Leah Thomas (Sho-Air TWENTY20) knocked over six seconds off the leading time, but Canuel was right behind her, and took the top time down to 30:23. Canuel, in turn, was immediately supplanted on the Hot Seat by Stephens, with the final winning time of 3:20.
“I’m racing tomorrow and then will take a little break to start prepping for Nationals and then the Giro in July. Last year the Giro was my favourite race. We won the pink jersey, but it was also a fun race to do and really hard. I hope this year is going to be the same.”
“Last year I was 4th just by 17 seconds and so this year I corrected a few small mistakes on how to ride the course and managed to come out with the win. This is definitely a highlight to my season so far,” commented Stephen who added that winning in Canada was special because former Canadian star Linda Jackson, founded Team Tibco.
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