April 03, 2012 – Pedal caught up with the podium girl of the month, Joelle Numainville, who is still on a high after scoring a stellar third place podium finish for Team Canada at the Tour of Flanders Women’s World Cup on Sunday – her first WCup podium.
Judith Arndt (Ger) GreenEdge took the top spot ahead of American Kristin Armstrong (USA National Team) in a two-up sprint only 30 seconds ahead of a select field who challenged for third which Numainville won. The former Canadian champ out-sprinted Kirsten Wild (Ned) AA-Drink and in doing so put the Canadian jersey up on the UCI Women’s Road World Cup podium.
Her podium is not only a huge result for Numainville, but also for the Canadian Women’s Road Team and it is yet another testament of how deep the country’s talent pool has become. Canada’s young riders have developed to the top level and have now stepped onto a top level podium. They are gaining valuable UCI points for Canada, which are very important during this Olympic year.
The Flanders course contained several short, steep climbs and although the weather was cold, it was raced hard and aggressively Numainville told Pedal. “It was steadily fast and, therefore, it was hard to attack, and it was only the top riders who were able to make attacks from the front.”
Numainville commented that the climbs were hard, but she rode them really well, and by staying in good position, she was able to still have lots of energy for the final sprint. Coming into the finish, it was a little crazy and aggressive, but Numainville stayed calm.
Numainville explained that there weren’t any lead-outs which may have helped her. It seemed like the Euro teams weren’t controlling the front leading into the sprint so it was woman-against-woman and Numainville was able to succeed.
The Quebec rider is extremely happy with the outcome, and although it’s her first World Cup podium, it likely won’t be her last. After being her teammate for the past two years, I’ve seen her getting stronger every year. Numainville is one of the hardest working riders on the circuit who takes her training and racing very seriously. She has now gained experience, confidence and consistency.
Next up for the talented Numainville, she will travel with the Canadian Team to the Netherlands for the Energiewacht Tour, which is a five-day stage race starting April 4th.
Pedal wishes Joelle and the Canadian Women’s team the best of luck!
Full results and more photos HERE.