June 23, 2012 (Lac-Megantic, QC) – Ryan Roth of Cambride, ON is your new Canadian Champion in the road race, thanks to a great performance in the breakaway. Roth fought a tough battle along with Michael Barry (Team Sky), Marsh Cooper (Optum-Kelly Benefit), Sebastien Salas (Optum-Kelly Benefit), Rob Britton (H&R Block) and Antoine Duchesne (Garneau-Québécor) in the last 60 kilometres, and rode together to the very end, as the break stood its ground and lasted throughout the race.
With 180 kilometres to go from start to finish, and with over half the race held in pouring rain conditions, the feat of a breakaway was not easy. But Roth was able to bridge, along with Barry, to a previous breakaway on the 7-lap challenging Mont Morne. And on the way back to Lac Mégantic, the breakaway showed composure to the line.
Roth has had a great season, taking the first and only win for Team SpiderTech this season, at the Tro Bro Léon 1.1 race in France. Last season, Roth finished off the season on the highest step of the podium at Univest Grand Prix.
“TroBro and today were the goals for me this season. They were two big one-day races I wanted to do well. Today I don’t think I was the strongest man in the race by any means, but I rode the way that we had planned before.”
“We weren’t given a lot of information on the gap, and who was behind, so it was tough. Michael [Barry] was so strong I knew he didn’t want the break to come back with no teammates, and he’s not a big sprinter. It certainly didn’t suit him to be in a bunch sprint. Same goes for the two Optum riders. I thought between us the gap would last.”
“I didn’t know I won until I crossed the finish line. I didn’t want to put my hands up as I didn’t want to risk anything. I just focused on my race and not worrying about winning.”
In the U23 race, David Boily, which was in the break since the beginning of the race, stepped on the second step of the U23 podium, next to winner Antoine Duchesne (Garneau-Québécor). Hugo Houle, took the third place.
The race today also marked the return of Keven Lacombe, who suffered major inuries in the Tour of Turkey. François Parisien, which has missed the entire 2012 to date to heal a knee injury, was also in the race, which are good signs of the return to competition for these two riders.
June 23, 2012 (Lac-Megantic, QC) – Ryan Roth (Team SpiderTech) will proudly bear the maple leaf jersey for the next year following his victory in the road race at the 2012 Canadian Road Championships, which were held in Lac-Megantic. Antoine Duchesne (Garneau-Quebecor) claims for his part the Canadian champion’s jersey in the U23 category.
The work of Michael Barry (Team Sky), Dominique Rollin (FDJ-Big Mat), Svein Tuft (Orica-GreenEDGE) and Christian Meier (Orica-GreenEDGE), all world class riders, managed to close the gap. David Veilleux (Europcar) has also done extensive work in the bunch, but a flat tire made him lose precious time.
“It was so tight at the finish line,” said the new Canadian champion. “I did not even raise my arms for fear of being passed. It’s always hard to do a sprint finish, and I wanted the victory. When the peloton decided to react to catch the breakaway, the tempo became very high with the work of Tuft, Barry, Rollin, and Veilleux. When Michael decided to take the lead, I followed him. He worked very hard. With four of our guys in the break, there was Michael and I could try something in the mountain.”
“At six or seven kilometers from the finish, I went alone on a hill and I keep this position to the end. Fourth place among the Elite and a Canadian title in the U23, I could not ask for a better day.”
Full results HERE.