August 7, 2007 (Montreal, QC) – Kleber Ramos da Silva in Garneau Crocs colours won his second Mardis Cyclistes Saputo race last tonight, the eighth stage of the 10-race series. The Brazilian national champ was followed by Jean-Francois Laroche (Sleeman Clear TATV) and Erik Lyman (Calyon/Litespeed). Ramos da Silva clocked a time of 1:00:37 over the 50km criterium course.
In overall points, Laroche won many of the intermediate sprints to increase his lead to 745 points over Nicholas Rowe (Volkswagen-Trek) with 496 and Charly Vives (Calyon/Litespeed) in third at 491. Laroche keeps the yellow leader’s jersey for another week.
“It was a good race for me,” Laroche told Pedal after the race. “Kleber won because he is a classy rider. He’s just fast.”
Pedal caught up with Ramos da Silva in the company of Louis Garneau. Ramos da Silva indicated that he was happy with the race and Garneau added that the 21-year-old Brazilian had recently done very well against top riders in the U.S.A.
The Shape Cup was won by Vanessa Godbehere (Marinoni-Cadence), followed by Shanie Bergeron (Specialized-Vinci-Menikini) and Laurie-Anne Dupont-Renaud (CIBC Wood-Gundy) with a time of 33:47 over the 24km course.
Philippe Lacasse (VÃ©lo Club Longueuil) won the Laits Go Cup with Jean-Michel Naud (D’Amos) in second and FrÃ©dÃ©ric Ouellet-Lacroix (VÃ©lo Club Longueuil) in 3rd.
The minime Hop & Go race was won by JÃ©rÃ©my Carignan D’Amos while Hubert Fratelli (VÃ©lo Club Longueuil) and Yohan Patry (Espoirs Laval) rounded out the podium.
1. Kleber Ramos da Silva (Garneau Crocs)
2. Jean-FranÃ§ois Laroche (Sleeman Clear TATV)
3. Erik Lyman (Calyon/Litespeed)