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2012 GP Cycliste de Rimouski (UCI 1.1WJ)
 
By Bart Hazen
Date: 7/11/2012
2012 GP Cycliste de Rimouski (UCI 1.1WJ)
 

2012 GP Cycliste de Rimouski (UCI 1.1WJ)
American Erin Donohue solo's to win in the junior women's UCI race GP Cycliste de Rimouski. Donohue broke clear out of a break of three to win with a comfortable margin over Josiane Lessard and Madeleine McConnell.

Erin Donohue (Team CHCH) has won the third GP Cycliste de Rimouski (1.1 WJ). The 18 year old rider from the USA soloed to the win after breaking clear out of a three rider break within the final 5 kilometers. Josiane Lessard finished in second 12 seconds down on Donohue. Madeleine McConnell, Donohue's teammate, completed the podium. 4:31 later Canadian Champion Ariane Bonhomme won the sprint of the first chasing group for fourth followed by Audrey Labrie, Kinley Gibson, Gabrielle Matte, Amelie Bruneau, Karen Brocket and Allyson Gillard.

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Erin Donohue wins the GP Cycliste de Rimouski. Photo © 2012 Bart Hazen

In the first 40 km of the race Canadian Champion Ariane Bonhomme was the best of the race and reduced the field to a couple of riders on one of the many long climbs on the tough 80 km course. About halfway Donohue, Lessard and McConnell attacked and quickly gained a lead of over one minute. As they approached the finish the gap went up to 2.00 with 30 km to 3.00 with 20 km to go to over 4.00 in the final 10 km.

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Josiane Lessard and Madeleine McConnell finished in second and third. Photo © 2012 Bart Hazen

On the last climb of the day before heading down to Rimouski Donohue broke clear from the others to add an impressive win to her palmares.

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Josiane Lessard creates the decisive break. Photo © 2012 Bart Hazen

Result
1 DONOHUE,Erin Team CHCH 2:36:44
2 LESSARD,Josiane Club cycliste l'Équipe 2:36:56 00:12
3 MCCONNELL,Madeleine Team CHCH 2:38:02 01:18

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The race was held on a very tough course around Rimouski. Photo © 2012 Bart Hazen

4 BONHOMME,Ariane Atrium 2:41:15 04:31
5 LABRIE,Audrey Piste.ca 2:41:15 04:31
6 GIBSON,Kinley Piste.ca 2:41:15 04:31

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The break Lessard, Donohue and McConnell. Photo © 2012 Bart Hazen

7 MATTE,Gabrielle C.C. IAMGOLD 2:41:17 04:33
8 BRUNEAU,Amélie Espoirs Quilicot 2:41:17 04:33
9 BROCKET,Karen BORAH Development 2:41:17 04:33

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Josiane Lessard attacks. Photo © 2012 Bart Hazen

10 GILLARD,Allyson Atrium 2:41:20 04:36
11 RIOUX-COULOMBE,Janie Atrium 2:41:22 04:38
12 ELBERS,Emily BORAH Development 2:44:05 07:21

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Ariane Bonhomme - Erin Donohue. Photo © 2012 Bart Hazen

13 KOWALCHUK,Saskia Team CHCH 2:44:05 07:21
14 BROUILLETTE,Élise Espoirs Quilicot 2:44:05 07:21
15 AUDET,Léa Espoirs Quilicot 2:44:05 07:21

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The field was split into several groups. Photo © 2012 Bart Hazen

16 PÉPIN,Roxanne C.C. IAMGOLD 2:44:05 07:21
17 POISSON,Marie-Ève Espoirs Quilicot 2:44:20 07:36
18 OSBORNE,Corrie BORAH Development 2:45:55 09:11

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The course had long and steep climbs and very fast descents. Photo © 2012 Bart Hazen

19 BRAMEL,Emily BORAH Development 2:45:55 09:11
20 APRIL,Gabrielle Atrium 2:47:23 10:39
21 LEONHARDT,Jenna Team CHCH 2:48:54 12:10

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There was no real cooperation in the first chasing group. Photo © 2012 Bart Hazen

22 CARDIN HOULE,Rosalie C.C. IAMGOLD 2:51:15 14:31
23 FRÉCHETTE,Noémie Club cycliste l'Équipe 2:51:15 14:31
24 TOUSIGNANT,Renaude C.C. IAMGOLD 2:51:17 14:33

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Gabrielle Matte. Photo © 2012 Bart Hazen

25 CYR,Rosalie Club cycliste l'Équipe 2:55:27 18:43
26 DESJARDINS,Ève Club cycliste l'Équipe 3:10:47 34:03
DNF PAQUETTE,Laurence Piste.ca
DNF SEARS,Kristen Piste.ca

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Arianne Bonhomme - Erin Donohue. Photo © 2012 Bart Hazen


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