20 May GP Cycliste Gatineau Road Race Preview (WE 1.1)
After Chrono de Gatineau ITT it is turn for Grand Prix Cycliste Gatineau Road Race. The 8th edition of the race will be held on Saturday under UCI WE 1.1 status. These two GP Gatineau one-day races (Chrono de Gatineau ITT and Grand Prix Cycliste Gatineau Road Race) are two out of the only three UCI ranked races that are held in Canada (the remaining one, White Spot Delta Road Race, is held in July).
Since its inception in 2010, any rider has been able to win the race twice. Will Canadian rider Joëlle Numainville as the only previous winner participating break this particular streak?
Saturday, 20 May 2017, local time from 14:00 to 16:45 pm approx (UTC-4)
Route 104.4km: Gatineau – Gatineau
Same race course as in the previous edition of the race. Riders will have to complete two laps to a 20.8 kilometre-circuit and five laps to a final local 9.4 kilometre-circuit. Despite the 2 kilometre-climb (average 6.1% gradient), that the riders will have to face twice, the race will likely end up with a reduced bunch sprint, similarly to the previous editions of the race.
Favourites & Outsiders
Leah Kirchmann, Peta Mullens, Joëlle Numainville, Mandy Heinz
Kendall Ryan, Ingrid Drexel, Karol-Ann Canuel, Brianna Walle, Lauren Stephens
Scotti Lechuga, Lex Albrecht, Irena Ossola, Jasmin Duehring, Annie Foreman-Mackey, Stephanie Roorda
Our favourite: Peta Mullens
Our outsider: Jasmin Duehring
There will be no Spanish riders at the 8th edition of GP Cycliste Gatineau Road Race.
Australian rider Kimberley Wells (Colavita Bianchi) won the previous edition of GP Cycliste Gatineau Road Race. The Australian rider was the fastest in the reduced group sprint in Gatineau. Canadian riders Jöelle Numainville (Cervélo Bigla) and Leah Kirchmann (Liv Plantur), completed the podium in second and third place respectively.
How to follow the race
A few Twitter accounts and hashtags (among others) to follow the race:
A few Facebook accounts: