August 18, 2007 (Trois-RiviÃ¨res, QC) — The second edition of the QuÃ©bec-Trois-RiviÃ¨res Louis-Garneau Challenge organized by Jean-Yves LabontÃ© in collaboration with title sponsor, Louis Garneau Sports, welcomed almost 120 riders this year, a big increase over last year.
The race was marked by a 19-rider break including almost all of the Garneau-Crocs team. The break pulled away of the pack at the 20km mark of a 105.5km course. Strong north-westerly winds made things tough as racers ploughed into the wind. Several other breaks developed in the main pack and a few minor crashes occurred.
StÃ©phane Lebeau (Le YÃ©ti/Opus) was the overall winner of the 2007 race with a time of 2:31. Antoine Papillon (AndrÃ© Cycle/IdCad) was the big winner in the junior category only a few hundredths of a second back. The entire Garneau-Crocs junior team did extremely well placing seven riders among the first 11 finishers. William Garneau (Garneau-Crocs) and team mate Hugo Houle finished second and third respectively in the junior race. William is the son of former Olympian Louis Garneau.
Today’s race was good preparation for the 2007 Quebec road championships taking place next week near Quebec City.
Sunday sees the 59th edition of the 252km Louis Garneau MontrÃ©al-QuÃ©bec City Classic – rated as the longest one-day cycling race in North America. Some 150 cyclists (Senior 1-2-3 and Master A) from all over Canada and the USA will be at the start line at 8 am in front of the Maurice Richard Arena in eastern MontrÃ©al. Lyne Bessette, the event’s honorary president and only woman ever to have completed this race, will take part in Sunday’s event.