Thanks for joining Canadian Cycling Magazine for our live coverage of the Grand Prix Cycliste de Gatineau presented by Hydro-Quebec held on Monday in the Ottawa area. The International Cycling Union (UCI) 1.1-sanctioned circuit race hosted some of the top female cyclists in the world.

Top Canadian racers who participated in the event were six-time Olympic medallist Clara Hughes (Specialized-Lululemon), three-time world champion Tara Whitten and national champion Veronique Fortin (Tibco) and Joelle Numainville (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies).

The field also boasted a mix of international riders such as former world champion from Great Britain Nicole Cooke and Italy’s Fabiana Luperini (Faren Honda), German national champion Ina-Yoko Tuetenberg (who won the race) and U.S. time trial national champion Evelyn Stevens (Specialized-Lululemon).

The field raced for 13 laps on a challenging 10.18-kilometre circuit, totaling 134 kilometres. Race organizers aimed to mimic the London Olympic road course by making it longer and adding more climbs than in previous editions.

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9:13
Canadian Cycling – KF:

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the Grand Prix Cycliste de Gatineau held on this gorgeous holiday Monday.

9:17
Canadian Cycling – KF:

We can thank Grand Prix Cycliste de Gatineau’s management company Groupe Simoncic, and all its sponsors, for hosting the nation’s only UCI-sanctioned road race for women.

9:18
Twitter
CanRoadCycling:

Sign in closed #GPGatineau about to start. 130km UCI elite women’s road race.

9:21
Canadian Cycling – KF:

The women are warming up on course as we speak. It’s a beautiful day for a bike race with warm temperatures and mild winds. If the wind stays in its current direction there will be a headwind during the last 400 metres to the finish line.

9:22
Canadian Cycling – KF:

The field will race for 13 laps on a challenging 10.18-kilometre circuit, totaling 134 kilometres. Race organizers aimed to mimic the London Olympic road course by making it longer and adding more climbs than in previous editions.

9:23

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9:25
Canadian Cycling – KF:

Check out the course map and profile posted above. As you can see it is not a flat course, although many predict it will still end in a bunch sprint.

9:27
Kris Westwood:

2 minutes to the start.

9:29
Canadian Cycling – KF:

Some of the fastest sprinters participating in the race today are Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (specialized-lululemon), Rochelle Gilmore (Faren Honda) and Jen Purcell (TIBCO). We can’t forget about our fast Canadian duo racing for Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies Joelle Numainville and Leah Kirchmann.

9:30
Twitter
velowijf:

RT @CanRoadCycling: Sign in closed #GPGatineau about to start. 130km UCI elite women’s road race.

9:31
Kris Westwood:

And they’re off. It’s a beautiful day here in Gatineau. It’s already 21C and it’s expected to go to 29C.

9:32
Kris Westwood:

The weather is expected to play a role today. A lot of the teams I’ve spoken to said the heat would be a factor. Tara Whitten just told me “I wish I was cross-country skiing!”

9:33
Kris Westwood:

A lot of the riders were putting ice-filled socks down the backs of their jerseys.

9:34
Kris Westwood:

The other factor today could be the wind. It’s blowing fairly strongly, and will give the riders a cross wind on the false-flat climb up Lac des Fees, and then a headwind out Boul. des Alumettieres. Then they’ll get a tailwind all the way to the right-hand hairpin 400m before the finish, and a headwind for the sprint.

9:37
Twitter
velociosports:

#GPGatineau starts now. Good luck to @stacherchick@evelyn_stevens @amberneben @yokoteute and Clara.

9:38
Canadian Cycling – KF:

While Tara Whitten wishes she was cross-country skiing, the rest of us are enjoying the warm weather, and maybe even opening up the cottages, and enjoying a BBQ and a 2-4 with family and friends on this beautiful Victoria Day.

9:38
Kris Westwood:

The race this year is about 30 km longer than it has been in the two previous editions, and that’s expected to play a role in how the race develops.

9:40
Kris Westwood:

Opinion has been split on how the race is expected to develop today. Since the first two editions of this race ended in a bunch sprint, a lot of people expect the same to happen this year. But with Olympic qualification points on the line the bigger teams will be hoping for a breakaway to develop.

9:43
Kris Westwood:

Former pro Roberto Gaggioli is the director for the Italian Forno d’Asolo Colavita squad. He said he expects the race to stay together for the first 10 laps and then explode in the final three.

9:44
Kris Westwood:

Tara Whitten is away alone at the end of Lap 1.

9:44

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9:46
Canadian Cycling – KF:

The field probably won’t want to let Tara Whitten gain too much time. The three-time world track champion is also well known for being a very strong time trialist.

9:46
Kris Westwood:

Whitten has 46 seconds. No chase is being organized — so far.

9:47
Twitter
velowijf:

GP Cycliste de #Gatineau can be followed on Twitter or here :http://fb.me/y45hABOK #GPGatineau

9:48
Kris Westwood:

Besides being a multiple track cycling world champion, Whitten was fourth in the world time trial championships last year, and finished fourth in Saturday’s Chrono Gatineau just 31″ behind Clara Hughes.

9:49
Canadian Cycling – KF:

Roberto Gaggioli’s wife is also participating the the race today — Whitney Gaggioli (Forno D’Asolo-Colavita) is a strong American rider.

9:49
Kris Westwood:

Whitten rides for the U.S.-based TIBCO-To the Top team, which is managed by Linda Jackson, who hails from just across the river in Ottawa. Jackson dropped by for the start riding on an ancient, dusty team-issue Cannondale from her racing days. She said it had been in her parents’ basement for the last 15 years.

9:50
Twitter
GiroJenny:

RT @velociosports#GPGatineau starts now. Good luck to@stacherchick @evelyn_stevens @amberneben @yokoteute and Clara.

9:50
Kris Westwood:

Race radio says the gap is up to 1:40.

9:51
Kris Westwood:

Whitten is wearing #1 today. Last year’s winner, Italian Giorgia Bronzini, isn’t here.

9:52
Kris Westwood:

TIBCO director Angela Van Smoorenburg said before the start that the team is not waiting for a bunch sprint … Seems like Tara got the message.

9:53
Kris Westwood:

The chatter on race radio is more about what’s happening in the caravan than what’s going on up front. Gap is now 58″.

9:53
Kris Westwood:

It’s possible I mis-heard the 1:40 gap earlier. Still waiting to see how this settles in …

9:55
Kris Westwood:

Gaggioli echoed a lot of other teams in saying that the success of any breakaway will depend on whether the three big teams are represented — Faren Honda, Specialized-lululemon and Orica-GreenEdge.

9:55
Canadian Cycling – KF:

Whitten is relatively new to cycling. Here is how she says she got into the sport. “I had a good friend in Edmonton who was a part of the cross country ski club but was also very involved in track cycling. His name was Roger Tetrault. He convinced me to try track cycling. It took a long time for him to convince me, but once I tried it, I was hooked!”

9:55
Twitter
CanRoadCycling:

After one and half laps #GPGatineau. Groupo compacto.

9:56
Kris Westwood:

Before the start Canadian Moriah “Mojo” MacGregor said there’s more appetite for a breakaway this year, and the fact that there’s a deeper field should bear that out.

9:56
Twitter
velociosports:

RT @velowijf: GP Cycliste de #Gatineau can be followed on Twitter or here : http://fb.me/y45hABOK #GPGatineau

9:56
Kris Westwood:

Whitten now has 1:04 on the peloton.

9:57
Twitter
CanRoadCycling:

Tara Whitten off the front solo #GPGatineau with over 1min10s gap

9:58
Kris Westwood:

MacGregor is riding for the U.S. domestic team Colavita ESPN. The team is completely independent from Forno d’Asolo-Colavita, despite sharing a sponsor’s name. The U.S. team, which came together just recently, is sponsored by the U.S. importer. The Italian UCI team is sponsored by the parent company.

9:59
Kris Westwood:

Whitten now has 1:15 on the pack.

9:59
Canadian Cycling – KF:

When asked about her ambitions for the Chrono Gatineau and the Grand Prix Cycliste de Gatineau, Whitten said, “this month is mostly about training for me, so I am still kind of coming into form on the road. That said, whenever there is a time trial I want to do well.”

10:01
Twitter
vanderkitten:

Follow #GPGatineau Live Text updates here and cheer on your favorite Vanderkittens! http://cyclingmagazine.ca/2012/05/sections/news/live-coverage-grand-prix-de-gatineau-pb-hydro-quebec/:

10:03
Kris Westwood:

The gap’s up to 1:25 after two laps. Nobody’s chasing — the pack was spread across the road.

10:03
Twitter
ant1roll1:

RT @vanderkitten: Follow #GPGatineau Live Text updates here and cheer on your favorite Vanderkittens! http://cyclingmagazine.ca/2012/05/sections/news/live-coverage-grand-prix-de-gatineau-pb-hydro-quebec/:

10:05
Kris Westwood:

Rachel Heal, the former racer and now director of the Optum Kelly Benefits team, which includes 2010 winner Joelle Numainville, had an interesting point about teams’ wanting a breakaway today. With the off-camber hairpin just 400 m from the line nobody wants to crash this close to the Olympic Games.

10:06
Kris Westwood:

As for Optum Kelly Benefits’ strategy today, Heal didn’t give much away: “We have lots of cards to play,” she said.

10:07
Kris Westwood:

The announcer today is Randy Ferguson, who is doing his usual great job in both French and English.

10:07
Twitter
velowijf:

Another podium sweep? “@velociosports: #GPGatineau starts now. Good luck to @stacherchick @evelyn_stevens @amberneben @yokoteute and Clara.”

10:08
Kris Westwood:

There’s a small crowd so far, but we can expect it to grow quite a bit before the finish. There was a pretty big turnout for the last wave of the time trial Saturday thanks to Clara Hughes’ star power.

10:08
Twitter
cycling4women:

Tara Whitten has a 1 minute 20 gap ahead of the pack.#GPGatineau

10:08
Kris Westwood:

Speaking of Hughes, she looked a lot more relaxed before the start today than she did on Saturday.

10:09
Twitter
vanderkitten:

@kriswestwood thanks for the great reporting of #GPGatineau

10:10
Kris Westwood:

It’s starting to get hot. It doesn’t help that the live text position is in the sun …

10:11
Canadian Cycling – KF:

After watching Specialized-lululemon sweep the Chrono Gatineau time trial podium on Saturday, it is clear they have the horsepower to bring this breakaway back. Perhaps they will, instead, wait for a late-race attack or set-up for their sprinter Ina-Yoko Teutenberg.

10:12
Kris Westwood:

The latest gap for Tara Whitten is 1:14.

10:13
Kris Westwood:

Sounds like they’re getting their time checks a little mixed up. Now I’m hearing 1:28.

10:14
Kris Westwood:

Former CCA director and now UCI AmericaTour representative Pierre Hutsebaut said he doesn’t understand why nobody else went with Whitten. “They’re all waiting to be beaten by Teutenberg,” he said.

10:15
Kris Westwood:

Ina-Yoko Teutenberg is one of Clara Hughes’ Specialized-lululemon teammates, and she has a mean sprint. Most famously she won the Triple Crown in 2007: The Reading Classic, the Lancaster Classic and the Liberty Classic in Philadelphia.

10:16
Kris Westwood:

The gap is now 1:40.

10:16
Kris Westwood:

Whitten is just completing lap 3.

10:20
Kris Westwood:

Gap is 1:41. Whitten averaged 37.6 km/h for the third lap.

10:20
Kris Westwood:

The lap time was 16:14.

10:21
Kris Westwood:

Everyone’s moving their tables and chairs into any available shade, including me. That sun is baking hot!

10:21
Kris Westwood:

If anything the wind is dropping, making it feel even hotter.

10:22
Twitter
cyclaw:

Tara Whitten still out front alone at #gpgatineau [pic] http://t.co/HUHKuOco

10:22
Kris Westwood:

Apparently there’s a dead Canada goose lying in the course … Some little kids think it’s sleeping.

10:23
Twitter
ant1roll1:

has @evelyn_stevens won yet? #GPGatineau

10:24
Twitter
cycling4women:

Whitten’s gap is 1 minute 49 at the moment. They’re in lap 4/13.#GPGatineau

10:25
Kris Westwood:

The goose has been moved to the grass.

10:27
Canadian Cycling – KF:

We are wondering what happened to the Canada goose. Do any of the bikes in the peloton have goose feathers stuck in the front wheel?

10:28
Kris Westwood:

It’s believed the goose died of natural causes. No cyclists were involved.

10:31
Kris Westwood:

Clara Hughes and her Specialized-lululemon teammates are riding with purple D.I.F.D. wristbands this weekend. It’s for the Do It for Daron foundation in memory of Daron Richardson, the 14-year-old girl who committed suicide in November 2010. Daron’s father Luke is a former NHL player and is now assistant coach for the Ottawa Senators. Luke and his wife Stephanie were here Saturday to watch the race and hang out with Clara, and they had a great time — it was their first live bike race experience. Clara said every time she was suffering she’d look at her wristband and think of Daron.

10:32
Will Tara Whitten (TIBCO) stay away and win the Grand Prix Cycliste de Gatineau?
Yes

( 5% )

No

( 85% )

Maybe

( 10% )
10:32
Kris Westwood:

If you want to know more about D.I.F.D. visit www.doitfordaron.com.

10:36
Canadian Cycling – KF:

It’s great to see our Olympic medallist, Clara Hughes bike racing again. She re-joined the international peloton last year after a successful career as a speed skater.

10:37
Kris Westwood:

Tha gap is now 1:44 to Tara Whitten. Still no chase in the peloton. Clara Hughes and her teammate Evie Stevens are at the front, along with the Orica-Greenedge team.

10:38
Kris Westwood:

Four laps down, nine to go.

10:38
Twitter
cyclaw:

Gap for Cdn Tara Whitten at 1:44 after 4 laps. #gpgatineau Pic of the backlit peloton: http://t.co/A2Iddpyx

10:38
How many Olympic medals has Canada’s Clara Hughes (Specialized-lululemon) earned?
1

( 0% )

4

( 33% )

6

( 50% )

7

( 17% )
10:39
Kris Westwood:

The gap is now 1:29 just after the feedzone.

10:40
Kris Westwood:

The wind appears to have picked up a bit again, and switched direction. It’s a little hard to tell at the start-finish because it’s sheltered by trees.

10:41
Kris Westwood:

Tara Whitten averaged 36.9 km/h for the fourth lap.

10:44
Kris Westwood:

There are some interesting riders here that you may not have heard of. Local club West of Quebec Wheelers entered a composite team that includes two Irish women. Olivia Dillon was Irish road race and time trial champion in 2010, and Carolyne Ryan won the 2011 time trial championships. Their coach, Brian Nugent, was inspired by the Chrono Gatineau to launch a similar UCI race called the Celtic Crono, which had its first edition this year. He’ll be inviting some Canadians over for the 2013 event.

10:45
Kris Westwood:

The gap is now 1:13. Is Tara tiring or is the pack finally taking an interest?

10:47
Canadian Cycling – KF:

There’s a very international peloton assembled here today with riders from Finland, Brazil, New Zealand, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Australia, Great Britain and the U.S. …

10:49
Kris Westwood:

The gap is now 1:31. It seems to be jumping around a lot, which is probably because of the short climb which comes after a quick descent. A pack will go a lot quicker through there.

10:49
Kris Westwood:

Tara Whitten is just finishing her fifth lap.

10:50
Twitter
cyclaw:

Little Luca cheering the women on! #gpgatineau http://t.co/AbYOpECX

10:51
Canadian Cycling – KF:

One rider to watch out for is Italy’s legendary Fabiana Luperini (Faren Honda). She has been racing bikes for nearly two decades and is a five-time winner of the women’s Giro d’Italia.

10:53
Kris Westwood:

The pack was a bit more strung out through the start-finish this lap. But for some reason it was Myriam Gaudreault of Real Deal Racing La Bicicletta setting temp. Not sure why she’s chasing …

10:55
Kris Westwood:

The usual suspects are all sitting near the front of the pack, but nobody is taking the race by the scruff of the neck yet.

10:55
Kris Westwood:

Tara Whitten now has 1:17 on the pack.

10:56
Kris Westwood:

Evelyne Gagnon of Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery has dropped out.

10:58
Comment From Guest

Is Evelyne Gagnon the first one to drop out?

10:58
Kris Westwood:

I spoke to Joelle Numainville before the start. The Optum Kelly Benefits rider won this race in 2010 and was second in 2011. She says the longer distance is better because it should encourage more breakaways, but the revised course is a little easier so that might have the opposite effect. Either way, she says she’s ready for however the race plays out.

10:59
Kris Westwood:

Yes, I believe Gagnon is the first to drop out. There are a couple of stragglers who will likely quit at any time, but none of them are well-known riders.

10:59
Kris Westwood:

The gap is now back up over 1:40.

11:01
Kris Westwood:

I’m standing in the VIP tent next to Rémi Bérubé, who works for the City of Gatineau and has been instrumental in getting this race up and running. Rémi used to be the events director at the Canadian Cycling Association and before that worked for GESTEV, who organize the Mt. Ste. Anne mountain bike world cup, so he knows cycling inside and out. There has been universal praise from the riders about the quality of the course and the excellent road security.

11:03
Comment From Guest

How are the girls from team Canada & team Quebec doing?

11:03
Kris Westwood:

Evelyn Stevens of Specialized-lululemon said after the time trial that she was really enjoying the courses here and riding the great network of pathways in the region here.

11:04
Kris Westwood:

All the top Canadians and Quebeckers are in the peloton — except of course Tara Whitten, who is forging ahead solo.

11:05
Kris Westwood:

Canadian national team coach Denise Kelly said before the start that their main focus will be trying to get Karol-Ann Canuel or Rhae-Christie Shaw into a UCI points-scoring position. Olympic qualification is based on each country’s top five riders, and Canuel and Shaw are the only national team riders here in that position.

11:07
Twitter
ant1roll1:

let’s go @Bridie_OD#GPGatineau

11:07
Canadian Cycling – KF:

How many Olympic medals has Canada’s Clara Hughes (Specialized-lululemon) earned? The answer is six. She earned two bronze medals at the Summer Olympics in cycling and four medals (one gold, one silver and two bronze) at the Winter Olympics in speed skating.

11:08
Comment From Guest

Specialized Lulu Lemon is just going to let her stay out there till the last few laps where they’ll then easily bring her back and then keep the pace high to the finish to prevent attacks. Other teams need to start doing something to bring her back and try to form another break or else everyone will just be playing into Ina’s hands!

11:09
Kris Westwood:

The gap is 1:09 at the end of the sixth lap. Alizée Brien flatted just as the pack passed the start-finish, but she’s underway again. The pack was not going hard, but Myriam Gaudrealt attacked just after the line.

11:10
Kris Westwood:

Doesn’t look like Gaudreault has a gap, but Whitten’s lead is down to 1:06.

11:11
Kris Westwood:

Yes, some other teams need to take the initiative and start something, otherwise everyone’s playing into Specialized-lululemon’s hands.

11:11
Kris Westwood:

There are seven laps to go.

11:12
Comment From Russ Mullo

happy to see canadian do well but unfortunately them Specialized gals (just like the highroad days) know how to spoil a good race 🙂

11:12
Kris Westwood:

Alizée Brien got a very quick wheel change from Quebec coach Pascal Choquette, a former national team rider himself (he was on the team for the first national team project I managed, the Tour de Hokkaido in 1999).

11:13
Kris Westwood:

The VIP tent here is starting to fill up. People smelled the beer and are gravitating towards it ….

11:13
Kris Westwood:

Whitten’s gap is now 51 seconds.

11:14
Kris Westwood:

As the race approaches the half-way point the crowds are getting bigger.

11:14
Kris Westwood:

Sounds like they’re pulling out Whitten’s following car — always a bad sign for a breakaway.

11:15
Comment From Jana

How fast is the pack going?

11:15
Kris Westwood:

So, what will happen when they catch Whitten? Will there be some attacks, or is everyone to scared of the Specialized-lululemon train?

11:15
Kris Westwood:

The pack is going at about the same pace as Whitten, about 37 km/h. There’s a lot more speed than that in those legs …

11:16
Twitter
cycling4women:

Whitten at less than a minute. #GPGatineau

11:16
Twitter
Mathieu_Laberge:

Le cousin de Borat, spectateur au #GPGatineauhttp://t.co/MHKIVTGV

11:18
Kris Westwood:

Everyone’s waiting for the big teams to take the initiative. Canadian coach Denise Kelly said they’d try, but would key off of what the big teams do. One national team rider who could surprise is local girl Audrey Labrie, who won silver in the road race at the junior Pan Am championships last year

11:19
Kris Westwood:

The gap is down to 36 seconds.

11:19
Comment From Guest

There will be attacks for sure if they bring her back before the last lap, once the last lap comes good luck overcoming the pace of the lulu train!

11:19
Twitter
ant1roll1:

come on @vanderkitten, blow this race apart. #GPGatineau

11:20
Twitter
SMooreSMoore:

RT @Mathieu_Laberge: Le cousin de Borat, spectateur au#GPGatineau http://t.co/MHKIVTGV

11:22
Kris Westwood:

Chiara Nadalutti of Faren Honda has taken off solo and is 17″ behind Whitten. The pack is at 23″.

11:25
Comment From Guest

Audrey Bernard (Team Quebec) is competing at that level for the very first time, how is she doing among the stars?

11:26
Kris Westwood:

Correction: It’s Bridie O’Donnell of Vanderkitten Focus who bridged up to Whitten and went straight past her. Whitten is about 50 metres behind, and the pack is at a little over 30″ with six laps to go.

11:26
Twitter
ant1roll1:

yeah @Bridie_OD#GPGatineau

11:27
Kris Westwood:

Audrey Bernard is still in the pack as far as I can tell. She’s a local, from Gatineau, and she’s been racing for a few years now. She’s just 19 but three years ago she was able to hold her own in the local training races.

11:28
Kris Westwood:

The gap is 31 seconds. It’s unclear whether Whitten is with O’Donnell or not. I’ll let you know as soon as I do!

11:28
Kris Westwood:

There is a small chase group according to race radio. 25 seconds.

11:29
Kris Westwood:

Things are starting to get a little more interesting.

11:29
Kris Westwood:

I’m getting a gap of 18 seconds over the radio.

11:30
Kris Westwood:

Bridie O’Donnell has been caught. It’s all together again.

11:31
Kris Westwood:

Who will attack next?

11:32
Comment From Guest

Greenedge will start being aggressive!

11:32
Kris Westwood:

There are some attacks happening. 5 riders have 8 seconds.

11:33
Kris Westwood:

They are Rochelle Gilmore (Faren Hondo), Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Specialized-lululemon), Alona Andruk (Ukraine) Melissa Hoskins (Greenedge), Fabiana Luperini (Faren Honda).

11:33
Twitter
cycling4women:

Tara Whitten alone off the front. #GPGatineau http://t.co/ZgUqEngs

11:35
Canadian Cycling – KF:

Gilmore and Tuetenberg are two of the fastest sprinters in the world.

11:35
Comment From Guest

Wow that’s a good break!

11:37
Comment From Guest

All the big teams. This might stick. But there’s still lots of race left.

11:37
Kris Westwood:

Waiting for news on the gap …

11:38
Who is the faster sprinter?
Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Specialized-lululemon)

( 93% )

Rochelle Gilmore (Faren Honda)

( 7% )
11:40
Comment From Russ Mullo

Tuetenberg & Gilmore …. the Cav & Goss of womenscycling 🙂

11:40
Kris Westwood:

The group of 5 got caught just before the line with 5 to go. Evie Stevens (Specialized-lululemon) has about 50 metres on the pack, everyone else is strung out behind Rhae-Christie Shaw (Canadian national team)

11:41
Kris Westwood:

There’s a group of about 10 riders off the back. The pace has definitely gone up …

11:42
Kris Westwood:

Three riders off the front:
33 Evelyn Stevens
50 Rhae-Christie Shaw
81 Carmen Small

11:43
Kris Westwood:

The break has 13 seconds. Here are the teams:
33 Evelyn Stevens (Specialized-lululemon)
50 Rhae-Christie Shaw (Canadian national team)
81 Carmen Small (Optum Kelly Benefits)

11:43
Kris Westwood:

This is a good move …

11:43
Kris Westwood:

Less than 50 km to go now.

11:44
Kris Westwood:

The crowd continues to get bigger. A lot of them have little cow bells.

11:44
Kris Westwood:

Gap is 12 seconds now.
33 Evelyn Stevens (Specialized-lululemon)
50 Rhae-Christie Shaw (Canadian national team)
81 Carmen Small (Optum Kelly Benefits)

11:44
Comment From Guest

Lulu won’t be happy with that, Carmen would out sprint those other two.

11:44
Comment From Robert Winder

This is the perfect Giro-restday.

11:45
Kris Westwood:

So far this year, Carmen Small won Classica Citta’ di Padova in Italy and finished 13th in the Tour of Flanders.

11:45
Twitter
cyclaw:

Gotta hand it to the amateur elites riding against some of the world’s highest ranked pros at #gpgatineau. Takes a lot of guts.

11:45
Kris Westwood:

Sounds like the break’s been pegged back. All together.

11:46
Canadian Cycling – KF:

Yes, it is a perfect rest day for the Giro d’Italia. Let’s hope Canada’s Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Barracuda) can take back that pink jersey during the final week of racing.

11:47
Comment From Guest

How is Candice Vermeulen from the Canadian National Team holding up with the big guns?

11:48
Kris Westwood:

Candice is still in the pack, near as I can tell. There was a small group of dropped riders but I didn’t get the number.

11:49
Twitter
cyclaw:

Snoozin’ at #gpgatineau. A lot of excitement for the little guy.http://t.co/JFDWNEqs

11:50
Kris Westwood:

Another group has gone off the front:
24 Jennifer Hohl (Faren Honda)
31 Amber Neben (Specialized-lululemon)
73 Claudia Haussler (GreenEdge-AIS)

11:51
Kris Westwood:

Haussler won both the Giro Donne and the Tour de l’Aude in 2009. Neben is the 2008 world time trial champion. Hohl is the 2008 and 2009 Swiss time trial champion.

11:52
Kris Westwood:

Still waiting for news on the gap ….

11:53
Comment From Bill

We could really use some television coverage of these races. With the top riders and Olympic contenders, womens racing needs to be promoted more…it’s great racing !!!

11:55
Kris Westwood:

All back together at the start-finish with four laps to go. Amber Neben and Rhae-Christie Shaw were a few metres off the front of a completely strung-out peloton.

11:57
Twitter
ShaunaSmash:

I love women’s race tickers. #GPGatineau I also love this sport, if you hadn’t noticed.

11:58
Twitter
OPTUMpbKBS:

RT @janelholcomb: Ladies of @OPTUMpbKBS racing at#GPGatineau today! Goooo team!

11:58
Kris Westwood:

Another move has gone off the front:
21 Fabiana Luperini (Faren Honda)
31 Amber Neben (Specialized-lululemon)
73 Claudia Haussler (GreenEdge-AIS)

11:59
Kris Westwood:

Now it’s just two in front:
21 Fabiana Luperini (Faren Honda)
31 Amber Neben (Specialized-lululemon)

12:01
Kris Westwood:

Correction – the two breakaway riders are:
21 Fabiana Luperini (Faren Honda)
33 Evelyn Stevens (Specialized-lululemon)

12:01
Twitter
cdncyclist:

#GPGatineau Gatineau GP @CanRoadCycling is doing LIVE updates

12:01
Kris Westwood:

Just one rider off the front now: Clara Hughes

12:02
Kris Westwood:

The situation is really fluid — nobody’s getting more than a few seconds.

12:03
Comment From Russ Mullo

lov’n the live ticker too great job Kris 🙂

12:03
Kris Westwood:

A second rider is bridging up to Hughes: Melissa Hoskins (GreenEdge-AIS)

12:03
Kris Westwood:

Thanks Russ! The info is coming thick and fast now …

12:04
Kris Westwood:

I’m getting 23 seconds for Hughes, with Hoskins about 15″ behind her.

12:05
Kris Westwood:

Hughes and Hoskins are now together. 17″ is the gap.

12:06
Kris Westwood:

So, the breakaway is:
32 Clara Hughes (Specialized-lululemon)
72 Melissa Hoskins (GreenEdge-AIS)

12:07
Kris Westwood:

The crowd’s getting really big now — people are jazzed that Clara’s off the front.

12:07
Kris Westwood:

Two more riders have bridged up …

12:07
Twitter
cyclaw:

Team @velociosports on the attack and looking very strong with 3 laps to go.#gpgatineau

12:08
Can Canada’s Clara Hughes (Specialized-lululemon) secure a seventh Olympic medal in London?
Yes

( 65% )

No

( 15% )

Maybe

( 20% )
12:08
Twitter
CanRoadCycling:

#GPGatineau Clara Hughes off the front with a GreenEdge rider trying to bridge the gap. Only a few laps to go.

12:09
Kris Westwood:

It’s Kirchmann and Beveridge who bridged up. 3 Canucks in the break!

12:11
Kris Westwood:

So here’s the composition of the break, which has about 25 seconds with 30 km to go:
32 Clara Hughes (Specialized-lululemon)
51 Julie Beveridge (Canadian national team)
72 Melissa Hoskins (GreenEdge-AIS)
83 Leah Kirchmann (Optum Kelly Benefits)

12:12
Twitter
cycling4women:

RT @CanRoadCycling#GPGatineau Clara Hughes off the front with a GreenEdge rider trying to bridge the gap. Only a few laps to go.

12:13
Kris Westwood:

The race is just hitting the 100-km mark and all hell’s breaking loose. Behind the break of four there are attacks going left, right and centre. Looks like Roberto Gaggioli was right.

12:14
Kris Westwood:

Gaggioli knows bike racing, of course. He won hundreds of races in his career, including what was then known as the CoreStates USPRO Championships in Philadelphia. He was an amazing sprinter.

12:15
Canadian Cycling – KF:

Leah Kirchmann is one of Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies’ fastest sprinters. We’re sure she would love to add this win to her career achievements.

12:16
Kris Westwood:

That didn’t last long — everything’s back together now. That break was too dangerous.

12:16
Comment From Guest

Has Tara been caught? Did you say?

12:16
Kris Westwood:

More attacks going now.

12:16
Kris Westwood:

Yes, Tara was caught awhile ago. Everything’s together now.

12:18
Comment From Guest

Have we lost other riders with all these attacks? The pack must be getting thin.

12:21
Kris Westwood:

Six riders off the front with 10″:
4 Kendall Ryan (TIBCO-To the Top)
21 Fabiana Luperini (Faren Honda)
31 Amber Neben (Specialized-lululemon)
74 Jessie MacLean (GreenEdge-AIS)
82 Denise Ramsden (Optum Kelly Benefits)
94 Leah Guloien (Colavita ESPN)

12:22
Twitter
cycling4women:

Small group off the front of the pack. #GPGatineauhttp://t.co/ZXnIa459

12:23
Kris Westwood:

All together again.

12:24
Will the race come down to a bunch sprint?
Yes

( 90% )

No

( 10% )
12:25
Kris Westwood:

The pack’s together again at the start-finish with 20 km to go. Ally Stacher (Specialized-lululemon) was driving things on the front.

12:25
Kris Westwood:

It’s pretty strung out, so the tempo is high.

12:26
Kris Westwood:

Yes, the repeated attacks are thinning out the peloton. There’s another couple of dropped riders rolling through the start-finish now.

12:26
Twitter
ShaunaSmash:

“Ally Stacher was driving things off the front, 20km to go.” Kill it,@stacherchick#GPGatineau

12:28
Comment From Scott Davidson

Ally Stacher the Jens Voigt of womans racing

12:29
Twitter
cycling4women:

Two laps from the end of the race and the riders are together. A lot of action and a very fast pace though. #GPGatineau

12:30
Twitter
vanderkitten:

For @s2_art RT @vanderkitten: Follow #GPGatineau Live Text updates here and cheer on your favorite Vanderkittens!http://cyclingmagazine.ca/2012/05/sections/news/live-coverage-grand-prix-de-gatineau-pb-hydro-quebec/:

12:30
Twitter
Russ_Mullo:

especially @cyclingart & those at #GPGatineau 🙂 Rt @VictoriasSecretTo our Canadian Tweeps, Happy #VictoriaDay

12:32
Canadian Cycling – KF:

Don’t forget to pick up the latest issue of Canadian Cycling Magazine!

12:33
Kris Westwood:

Tara Whitten has dropped out and she’s being interviewed on the podium.

12:33
Twitter
RDWracingteam:

RT @cycling4women: Two laps from the end of the race and the riders are together. A lot of action and a very fast pace though. #GPGatineau

12:33
Kris Westwood:

Two riders making a move: Bridie O’Donnell an Kathryn Donavan.

12:34
12:34
Kris Westwood:

Still waiting for the gap on the break of two riders:
94 Kathryn Donavan (Colavita ESPN)
100 Bridie O’Donnell (Vanderkitten-Focus)

12:35
Kris Westwood:

Nine riders off the front — will let you know the gap shortly.

12:36
Comment From Guest

Jens Voigt the Ally Stacher of Men’s racing 🙂

12:38
Twitter
vanderkitten:

Dynamite! 2 laps to go in #GPGatineau and @Bridie_OD@jazzyhurikino and Kathleen Billington repping VK @FocusBikes in the break of 12 riders

12:39
Twitter
cycling4women:

12 riders 15 seconds off the front with one lap to go. #GPGatineau

12:40
Twitter
robert_winder:

RT @vanderkitten: Dynamite! 2 laps to go in #GPGatineau and@Bridie_OD @jazzyhurikino and Kathleen Billington repping VK @FocusBikes in …

12:40
Comment From courtney

GO VANDERKITTEN GO!!!!!!

12:40
Kris Westwood:

12 riders off the front now, the gap is 16″. Numainville is bridging up. 10 km to go.

12:41
Twitter
cyclaw:

Crash at the hairpin takes out Clara Hughes. She’s back on the bike though.#gpgatineau

12:42
Kris Westwood:

Looks like it’s coming back together again before I can give you the composition of the break. It includes Karol-Ann Canuel and Lex Albrecht, Amber Neben, Nicole Cooke, Megan Guarnier, Melissa Hoskins and more …

12:42
Kris Westwood:

I’m seeing Clara Hughes crashed at the roundabout with one lap to go. She’s going again, but no word yet if she’s back in the pack.

12:43
Canadian Cycling – KF:

The women are seeing one lap to go. There are a series of roundabouts before the peloton hits the finale corner, a hairpin with 400 metres to the finish line.

12:43
Kris Westwood:

Roundabouts are Hughes’ nemesis — she crashed in the 2011 Chrono Gatineau in the roundabout at the half-way mark, but got up and won anyway!

12:44
Kris Westwood:

4 riders off the front now, but they’re being caught. Shaping up for a bunch sprint …

12:45
Kris Westwood:

Specialized-lululemon will be looking for Ina-Yoko Teutenberg for the win today. She’s riding in the German champion jersey.

12:46
Kris Westwood:

But there are plenty of other strong sprinters. Joelle Numainville (Optum Kelly Benefits), Nicole Cooke and Rochelle Gilmore from Faren Hondo …

12:46
Kris Westwood:

There’s another small breakaway — waiting for numbers.

12:47
Kris Westwood:

16 riders off the front now.

12:48
Twitter
vanderkitten:

7 kms to go 3 Vanderkitten Focus riders in the break of 12 at UCI#GPGatineau. Its gonna be tight! @kaskhelmets @chamoisbuttr @kendatire

12:49
Comment From courtney

lots of strong sprinters on vk too! Ruth Winder, Emily Collins and Jazzy Hurikino – keep an eye on those kitties

12:50
Kris Westwood:

Among them: Amber Neben, Joelle Numainville, Megan Guarnier, Bridie O’Donnell, Lex Albrecht, Shara Gillow, Karol-Ann Canuel, Evie Stevens, Melissa Hoskins, Rochelle Gilmore, Jessie MacLean, Ina-Yoko Teutenberg …

12:50
Kris Westwood:

… But the gap’s just 10 seconds.

12:51
Kris Westwood:

18 riders now. Three Specialized-lululemon riders, three Optum Kelly Benefits, three GreenEdge-AIS …

12:51
Kris Westwood:

Finish coming soon! Give me a few seconds to give you the winner …

12:51
Kris Westwood:

I’m hearing it’s all back together.

12:54
Comment From Bernie

Great job Kris, keep typing!!!

12:55
Comment From Guest

Suspense is killing me!

12:55
Comment From Hevii Guy

What’s happening? can’t hold my breath for much longer!

12:55
Kris Westwood:

Teutenberg wins!

12:55
Kris Westwood:

Rochelle Gilmore 2nd, Alona Andruk 3rd.

12:56
Twitter
ShaunaSmash:

YOOOOOOOOOOOO @yokoteute#GPGatineau

12:56
Kris Westwood:

There were four Specialized -lululemon riders in the top 10.

12:56
Twitter
CanRoadCycling:

Teutenberg wins #GPGatineau.

12:57
Twitter
cycling4women:

Ina @velociosports wins! #GPGatineau

12:57
Canadian Cycling – KF:


Unofficial top three:
1 – Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Specialized-lululemon)
2 – Rochelle Gilmore (Faren Honda)
3 – Alona Andruk (Ukraine)

12:57
Twitter
ShaunaSmash:

@velociosports riders in the top 10! Dang! #GPGatineau

12:57
Comment From Guest

Kris thanks! U did an awesome job at keeping us updated with race info and other interesting facts!

12:57
Kris Westwood:

Joelle Numainville was up there, about 5th or so.

12:57
Twitter
Cyclopunk:

RT @ShaunaSmash: YOOOOOOOOOOOO @yokoteute#GPGatineau

12:57
Kris Westwood:

I’m off to get some interviews now.

12:58
Twitter
Bartoli84:

RT @vanderkitten: Stellar! @yokoteute wins #GPGatineau from Gilmore and Andruk.

12:59
Canadian Cycling – KF:

Unofficial top three:
1 – Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Specialized-lululemon)
2 – Rochelle Gilmore (Faren Honda)
3 – Alona Andruk (Ukraine)

12:59
Twitter
podiuminsight:

RT @CanRoadCycling: Teutenberg wins #GPGatineau.

12:59
Canadian Cycling – KF:

We hope you enjoyed our live coverage of the Grand Prix Cycliste de Gatineau p/b Hydro-Quebec. Visit our website for a post-race report by Kris Westwood atcyclingmagazine.ca.


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