July 26, 2006 – Martin Gilbert (Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada) won the Mardis Cyclistes yesterday, his third victory in the series. Czeslaw Lukaszewicz (Sleeman Clear Ã‰nergie) came in second while Daniel BÃ©lisle (Cinelume-Cycles Performance) took third. The 50-km race was very close and all breakaways were quickly reeled in by the peloton. The final spots on the podium were decided by photo-finish sprints.
The man in yellow, SÃ©bastien Moquin (Sleeman/Clear Ã‰nergie), came in fifth. Moquin, who has been recovering from a bad fall, was merely attempting to “limit the damage” but must have breathed easier after the race. Gilbert’s win puts him within a few points of Dominique Rollin’s (VÃ©lo Club Roubaix) who is in second. Rollin is not competing at the Mardis Cyclists races now as he has returned to Europe to race there.
In the Junior Lait’s Go series, Simon Lambert-Lemay (AndrÃ© Cycle
id/Cad) won Tuesday’s event and was accompanied by Hugo Houle (VÃ©locitÃ© Drummond) and Alexandre Morin (Independent-RP) on the podium. The three young riders occupy exactly the same respective positions in the overall standings.
1. Martin Gilbert (kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada)
2. Czeslaw Lukaszewicz (Sleeman Clear Ã‰nergie)
3. Daniel BÃ©lisle (Cinelume-Cycles Performance)
Junior Lait’s Go
1. Simon Lambert-Lemay (AndrÃ© Cycle id/Cad)
2. Hugo Houle (VÃ©locitÃ© Drummond)
3. Alexandre Morin (Independent-RP)