Canadians at Worlds

With today being a day off at the World Championships, I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at how our Canadian boys and girls have performed so far in Ponferrada.

So far the best individual performance for Canadians has been in the Elite Women’s Individual Time Trial in which Karol-Ann Canuel.  The 26 year old put down an impressive ride to finish 6th in the ITT, just 51 seconds behind winner Lisa Brennauer from Germany.  Her individual performance built on what has already been a good week for Canuel who’s Specialized-Lululemon team won the Team Time Trial for the third year in a row.

Canuel put in a strong performance to finish 6th.

Svein Tuft took home Canada’s second medal of the 2014 World Championship, but, like Canuel, it was from the Team Time Trial.  Tuft is a key member of a strong Orica-GreenEdge team time trial unit which picked up its second consecutive silver medal in the event.  Tuft finished well down the overall for the Elite Men’s Individual Time Trial in 28th, 3:18 behind winner Bradley Wiggins.

Leah Kirchman joined Canuel in the time trial but only managed to finish in 28th overall.

In the Junior Men’s Individual Time Trial, youngster Pier-andre Cote 47th.

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Our juniors are ready to take the world stage in Spain.

So far, our boys and girls have represented Canada well in Ponferrada with only the road races left to go. I expect them to continue to wear the maple leaf with pride and put in solid efforts. It is unlikely that any will be competing for a podium spot so look for them to try to get into early breaks and agitate the race.  Their goal will be to get the jersey seen since they are up against much stronger teams and riders.