April 16, 2011 (Goes-Goes, Netherlands) – The strategy was to keep Simon Lambert-Lemay well protected in the lead because there were strong chances that the race would end in a peloton sprint – or at least in a sprint from a large group.
Simon suffered a tire puncture in mid-race, and Brad Clifford gave him his wheel. Then came a disaster when Antoine Duchesne and Lambert-Lemay were involved in a crash, which took Lambert-Lemay out of the race. Duchesne was forced to change bikes and go back to the pack.
As we approach the final lap, the peloton to accelerate to catch a breakaway of three riders. Duchesne was able to sneak into the first pack with 10km to do, but in vain he was the only member of Team Canada. He went on to finish in 29th position.
“The riders still are learning. Unfortunately, once again, we were the victims of a fall, which took out our chances to stand out in the final,” said Vincent Jourdain, Head Coach of the Canadian Road Cycling Team.
NEXT NATIONS CUP RACE: April 19-23, UCI 2.Ncup Toscana, Italy
1. Luke Rowe Rowe (Gbr) 21, 4:04:30
2. Robin Stenuit Stenuit (Bel) 21
3. Youcef Reguigui Reguigui (Alg) 21
4. Arnaud Demare Demare (Fra) 20
5. Kenneth Bultynck Bultynck (Bel) 22
29. Antoine Duchesne (Can) 20
67. Stuart Wight Wight (Can) 19, +1:24
DNF Evan Mundy Mundy (Can)
DNF Brad Clifford Clifford (Can)
DNF Ryan Macdonald Macdonald (Can)
DNF Remi Pelletier-Roy Pelletier-Roy (Can)