Micheal Garrison of Team USA won the first leg of the Tour de l’Abitibi, riding 117.6 km between Val-d’Or and Rouyn-Noranda. The young athlete clocked 2 hours 54 minutes and 47 seconds with his legendary breakaway, followed very closely by Lukas Carreau from Team Quebec and the American Matthew Riccitello.
These riders were part of a fourteen-cyclist breakaway that was seven minutes ahead of the peloton. The Commissioners have made rare decision, i.e.,they stopped the peloton was at the entrance of the circuit to let the leaders finish their race.
The peloton then got the green light complete their three laps.
Garrison, who clocked the best time, will wear the brown jersey during tomorrow’s race. He was also awarded the orange jersey (points classification), which will be worn by Lukas Carreau
of the Quebec team. As for Matthew Riccitello, he was awarded the blue jersey (best young rider). Finally, the polka dot jersey was awarded to Emil Schandorff Iwersen.
A long stage
The second and longest stage of the Tour will take place on Tuesday, July 17 on a road crossing the National Park the longest stage of the Tour on the road via the Parc national d’Aiguebelle. The very impressive 136.9km race will certainly make history in this 51st edition of the Tour.
This stage will start at 4 p.m. from the Parc de la Cathédrale in Amos and the finish line set RouynNoranda is scheduled to be crossed at 7:10 p.m.