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Mardis Cyclistes p/b Jean Coutu Stage 10 Report, Results, PHOTOS – Lambert-Lemay Breaks Course Record and Pockets $15K

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August 06, 2013 (Lachine, QC) – Simon Lambert-Lemay (Garneau-Québécor) raised his arms in victory at the finish line of the Mardis Cyclistes Jean Coutu here this evening, stopping the clock at 58:16 as he pulverized the 36-year speed record of the 50km bicycle race. Lambert-Lemay received $15,000 in additional prize money for breaking the speed record. This meant maintaining an average speed of 51.4kmh for an hour! The previous record was 58:52, set by Guillaume Boivin in 2009.

Lambert-Lemay was followed across the finish line by four team mates: Simon-Pierre Gauthier, Pierrick Naud, and Remi Pelletier-Roy as Garneau-Québécor swept the podium. The win was not surprising as Garneau-Québécor dominated almost the entire 31 laps.

“We took the top four positions,” Naud exclaimed. “Yes, there will be a party tonight!”

And to make things sweeter for Lambert-Lemay, he ended up taking the 2013 series title with 1,142 points, followed by Naud in second with 1,125. Stephen Keeping (Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery) completed the series podium.

There were 115 cyclists on the start line this evening, including David Veilleux (Europcar), who distinguished himself in July as the first Quebecer to complete cycling’s most prestigious event, the Tour de France. Veilleux was seen taking the lead this evening with one lap to go, but eventually finished about seventh. The pack also included one woman, Veronique Labonté (CSM Epinay sur Seine) although she apparently did not finish.

Other results
In the women’s 24km race, Elisabeth Albert (Rocky Mountain Lessard) won, just as she has done for six of the seven last stages. Anne-Marie B Morin (GSD Grestion Kallisto) came in second while Audrey Bernard (Steven’s Racing) followed her in third. Albert also ended up winning the 2013 series with 499 points against 320 for Rosalie Cardin-Houde (IAMGOLD) and 206 for Bernard.

Among the cadets, Michael Storer (Team CHCH) took first place while Antoine Côté (VCL André Cycle) followed in second and Charles Côté (VCL André Cycle) completed the podium. But Thierry Kirouac Marcassa (VCL André Cycle) won the season title with 430 points despite only finishing 4th this evening. His teammate, Antoine Côté was second with 333 points, followed by Laurent Gervais (Espoirs Laval) with 218.

Charles-Etienne Chretien (Amos) won the 16km minime boys’ race followed by Tristan Guillemette (Velo Mauricie) in second and Griffin Schwartz (independent) in third. Schwartz finished the season with a commanding lead of 568 points to take the season title while Guillemette was second with 368 points and Gabriel Drapeau Zgoralski (VCL André Cycle) had 356.

Charlotte Toussignant (Espoirs Laval) won the minime girls’ race, followed by Laurie Jussaume (Dynamiks de Contrecoeur) in second and Emilie Fortin (Espoirs Laval) in third. Toussignant ended up winning the 2013 series title with 599 points followed by Jussaume with 499 and Laurie-Anne Grenon with 278.

The grand finale saw champagne for the cyclists, a corn roast for the public, and fireworks in the sky. The 37th edition of the Mardis Cyclistes will begin in June, 2014.

Results (brief)

1. Simon Lambert-Lemay (Garneau-Québécor)
2. Simon Gauthier (Garneau Québcor)
3. Pierrick Naud (Garneau-Québécor)

Final Standings

1. Simon Lambert-Lemay (Garneau-Québécor)
2. Pierrick Naud (Garneau-Québécor)
3. Stephen Keeping (Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery)

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