01 Jun Grand Prix Cycliste de Gatineau Preview (WE 1.1)
Once again Gatineau, Quebec becomes the epicentre of women’s cycling in Canada hosting the two GP Gatineau one-day events (Grand Prix Cycliste Gatineau Road Race and Chrono de Gatineau). These two races are two out of the only three UCI ranked races that are held in Canada. This Thursday the 7th edition of the Grand Prix Cycliste Gatineau will be held.
Thursday, June 2nd 2016 Gatineau -Gatineau: 104.4km Local time: 17.20 pm to 20.05 pm approx (UTC-4)
After a neutralised section of 3.3 kilometres the race course will start. 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 6.5% gradient), that the riders will have to face twice, the race will likely end up with a bunch sprint.
Favourites & Outsiders
Joëlle Numainville, Karol-Ann Canuel, Leah Kirchmann
Lauren Stephens, Brianna Walle, Mandy Heinz, Kendall Ryan
Nina Laughlin, Gretchen Stumhofer, Kimberly Wells, Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin, Tara Whitten
Out favourite: Joëlle Numainville
Our outsider: Nina Laughlin
Kirsten Wild (Hitec Products) won the previous edition of the Grand Prix Cycliste de Gatineau. The Dutch rider was the fastest in the bunch sprint in Gatineau after 107 kilometres. Canadian rider Joëlle Numainville (Bigla) finished second while Luxembourger rider Christine Majerus (Boels Dolmans) finished third.