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Canadians in Europe Grand Prix Cycliste la Marseillaise 1.1 – Anderson 13th

by Ben Andrew

February 08, 2017 (Marseille, France) – In our recent Canadians in Europe post we forgot to includ The Grand Prix Cycliste la Marseillaise that took place in Marseille, France on January 29. The 146km UCI 1.1 event had three Canucks in the mix, with Ryan Anderson (Direct Energie) finishing 13th at 34 seconds behind winner Arthur Vichot (FDJ). Anderson finished in the second group on the road behind nine break-away riders.

Ryan Anderson  ©  Cor Vos
“Anderson’s team mate Lillian Calmejane was in the break in Marseille, which meant Anderson had to hold back a bit in that final. Calmejane was 3rd in Marseille and then won Etoile Besseges yesterday,” said Kevin Fields, Cycling Canada Road Program Manager.

Sean MacKinnon  ©  An Post Chain Reaction
Hamilton Ontario’s Sean Mackinnon (An Post Chain Reaction) finished 31st on the day at 3:12 back, while Ste-Perpétue, QC native Hugo Houle of AG2R La Mondiale was 95th, 11:59 behind.

Hugo Houle  ©  Pasquale Stalteri
“Anderson was 13th. Showing well again. Last year he was 5th. And I was super impressed with Mackinnon in Marseille,” praised Fields. “It’s a very tough final and Sean was in the group at 3-min. down, just behind Anderson’s group – who were 34 seconds behind the winner and front group of nine.”

Read our first report here.

Results (brief)

1. Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ    3:45:43
2. Maxime Bouet (Fra) Fortuneo – Vital Concept
3. Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie
4. Julien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
5. Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal
6. Mikaël Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
7. Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
8. Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
9. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ    0:06
10. Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    0:34

13. Ryan Anderson (Can) Direct Energie         
31. Sean Mackinnon (Can) An Post – Chain Reaction    3:12               
95. Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale     11:59         

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