Friday, September 2, 2011

Les Mardis Cyclistes: July 26, 2011 Miguel Agreda Rojas wins stage 7

Stage 7 Results: Top 5:

1. Miguel Agreda Rojas (Garneau-Club Chaussures)
2. Jordan Brochu (Rocky Mountain-Desjardins)
3. Jean-Michel Lachance (Rocky Mountain-Desjardins)
4. Philippe Nadon (Rocky Mountain-Desjardins)
5. Mathieu Roy (Gaspesien / Passion Velo)

Leaders after 7 stages:

1 Jean Francois Laroche (Fantino Mondello Cycles Regis)
2 Mathieu Roy (Gaspesien-Passion Vélo)
3 Martin Gilbert (SpiderTech p/b C10)
4 David Veilleux (Europcar)
5 Dominic Chalifoux (Trek-Bontrager)
6 Jean- Michel Lachance (Rocky Mountain-Desjardins)
7 Pierrick Naud (Rocky Mountain-Desjardins)
8 Benjamin Martel (Team Spirit GTH Cannondale)
9 Erik Lyman (Team Spirit GTH Cannondale)
10 Pierre- Etienne Boivin (Team Spirit GTH Cannondale)

Stage 7 race summary:
  • Series leader and defending champion, Jean-Francois Laroche (Fantino Mondello Cycles Regis) retains his yellow jersey.
  • Mathieu Roy (Gaspesien / Passion Velo) crashes again tonight but finishes 5th jumping him up into second place in the overall standings over Martin Gilbert (SpiderTech p/b C 10) and David Veilleux (Europcar) who hold 3rd and 4th place respectively.
  • Jean-Michel Lachance (Rocky Mountain-Desjardins) who currently sits in 6th place overall puts on another strong performance tonight picking up a third place finish behind team-mate Jordan Brochu.
  • Benjamin Martel (Team Spirit GTH Cannondale) presently in 8th spot overall displays an aggressive ride  and finishes 6th.  
  • Miguel Agreda Rojas (Garneau-Club Chaussures) gets a jump on the 4 Rocky Mountain-Desjardins riders present in the break and wins.

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Mardis Cyclistes Official press release:

July 26, 2011 (Lachine, QC) - Miguel Agreda Rojas (Garneau) won Tuesday evening’s seventh stage of Mardis Cyclistes Saputo pro-elite men’s races in Lachine, stopping the clock at 1:0:44 on the 50km course for an average speed of 49.3 km/h. Jordan Brochu (Rocky Mountain-Desjardins) finished second while his team mate, Jean-Michel Lachance, completed the podium.

“I attacked in the second-to-last straight stretch. After seeing that I had created a hole, I closed my eyes and gave it everything I had. I am surprised to have won, but I am also very happy,” explained Rojas, a 34-year-old Peruvian living in Quebec since 2001. He launched himself from a breakaway group that included two other Garneau riders and four Rocky Mountain riders.

Despite two Rocky Mountain riders on the podium, there was disappointment that the victory was not theirs. “There was a misunderstanding,” explained Brochu. “I was the only one to jump onto Rojas’ wheel when he attacked and I had just finished a relay. With four guys in the break, we should have done better.” But Brochu’s second place finish was nonetheless impressive considering that he injured his scaphoid (wrist) on May 22 and has barely raced since then.

Another Rocky Mountain rider, Pierrick Naud, announced that he is leaving in the next few days for Belgium to join the Canadian U23 team there to race in BelgiumFrance, and in Holland. “I am hoping to make the selection for the World Championships,” he said. The 2011 UCI World Road Championships take place from September 19—25 in CopenhagenDenmark.

Naud is presently ranked seventh in cumulative points but will no longer be a contender to win the 10 stage series. Other key riders who will be in Europe for the rest of the Mardis season include third-ranked Martin Gilbert (Spidertech p/b C10) and fourth ranked David Veilleux (Europcar).

Jean-François Laroche (Fantino Mondello) still leads the series with 547 points, but is now facing a new challenger in Mathieu Roy (Gaspésien) who finished fifth in this evening’s race and catapulted himself to second place in the cumulative standings with 437 points.

There was much buzz this evening because the 2011 winner of the prestigious Tour de France, Australian Cadel Evans (BMC) previously raced at the Mardis Cyclistes in about 2001. He is rumoured to have finished fifth in one stage race then.

Lachine Mayor Claude Dauphin fired the starter’s pistol for the 67 cyclists competing in the men’s race here. The crowds were thin this evening. Even the illustrious founder of the Mardis Cyclistes, Tino Rossi, was absent. The weather was cool and the pavement was dry despite a downpour in the late afternoon.


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