The Australian rider out sprints Canadians Numainville and Kirchmann in the 104-km road race
June 2nd, 2016 by Philippe Tremblay | cyclingmagazine.ca
Kimberley Wells of Colavita-Bianchi went long and won the seventh edition of the Grand Prix Cycliste Gatineau. The Australian rider edged out Joëlle Numainville racing for Team Quebec and Leah Kirchmann of Team Canada in a long sprint from a reduced group of about 40 riders.
“I took the words of Kirsten Wild who said you need to be fifth wheel in the roundabout, third wheel around the final corner and then you win,” Wells said. The Colavita rider ran into Wild, the winner of the 2015 Grand Prix Cycliste Gatineau, at the airport after the Amgen Tour of California wrapped up last month.
The 104.4-km race that passed through Gatineau Park twice was lit up by a number of attacks, but the peloton never let a true break establish itself. Leah Guloien of Trek Red Truck Racing did most of the first lap through the park solo off the front. Guloien attacked and quickly closed the gap to early attackers Allyson Gillard of TRJ Telecom-Desjardins Ford and Aliya Traficante of Stingray/Trek/Lacasse. The Trek rider had a maximum advantage of 50 seconds before the gap plummeted on the second lap.