Simone Boilard (St Michel – Mavic – Auber93) had good expectations before the Classic RideLondon, she who had managed to finish in 10e place last year. On Sunday, in the last stage in Great Britain, Boilard had bad luck in the final sprint, but still managed to complete the top 10 of the day.
“The race went well. Unfortunately, I derailed at the very end. I’m a little disappointed, because I think the top 5 could have been accessible for me today [dimanche] “, she mentioned in an interview with Sportcom.
The peloton remained well together until the middle of the distance where three riders managed to break away. Frenchwoman Victoire Berteau (Cofidis), Dutchman Sofie Van Rooijen (Parkhotel Valkenburg) and Briton Grace Lister (DAS – Handsling) were finally caught up with just over 10 kilometers to go.
Despite the mechanical problems in the last meters, Boilard managed to hold on to take the 10e rank of this last stage which was won by Charlotte Kool. The Dutchwoman confirmed her victory in the general classification at the same time.
For his part, Boilard ends the weekend in 13e up (+55 seconds). Had it not been for an equipment problem which had a direct impact on her result in the first stage, Boilard is convinced that she could easily have improved her lot in the general classification.
“The Classic didn’t start very well. I had a problem with my wetsuit on Friday, it tore during the race and I lost all my gels trying to close it. As I went to get some gels from the car there was an attack and I was in a bad position to join the leading group,” Boilard said.
The Quebecer admits, however, that the second stage was much more positive as she took sixth place on Saturday.
Also in action at the Classique RideLondon, Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Cofidis) finished 90e Sunday to clock in at 68e step in the final classification.
Olivia Baril defends her title
Last year, Olivia Baril signed the first victory of her professional career by winning the Grand Prix in the city of Eibar (1.1), in Spain. Back on the starting line in the Basque Country on Sunday, the UAE cyclist had the sole objective of defending this title.
The Quebecer played it safe on the day’s various climbs to make sure she had enough energy in the final sprint. Baril finally confirmed her victory in a five-man sprint where she finished just ahead of Spain’s Sheyla Gutierrez (Movistar) and Ukraine’s Yuliia Biriukova (UAE).
“It’s always difficult to defend a victory. It went really well, we had to be careful of the Movistar cyclists, but my teammates did a superb job on that side. I didn’t want to make my life too difficult and it was mission accomplished,” commented Baril.
Three other Quebecers were at the start of the Grand Prix in the city of Eibar, Émilie Fortin (Cynisca Cyling) also broke through the top 10 taking eighth place. Adèle Normand (Massi – Tactic) and Joséphine Péloquin (Grand Est – Komugi – La Fabrique) respectively finished 20e and 53e.
For his part, Pier-André Côté suffered a fall with 65 kilometers to go during the third stage of the Boucles de la Mayenne on Saturday. The Human Powered Health cyclist was able to get back on the road, but as his helmet was broken in several places, he made the decision to pull out of the race as a precaution.
Côté therefore did not take part in the last stage of the Boucles on Sunday.