Today was the penultimate stage of the 51st edition of the Tour de l’Abitibi. Riders had to cover 109.3 km towards Mont-Brun and then return to Rouyn-Noranda. With both the departure and arrival in Rouyn-Noranda, masses of spectators showed up to encourage their athletes. The Tour de la Relève also significantly contributed to the festive atmosphere.
This stage did not come without its share of difficulty. Indeed, the many curves, the steep slopes and narrow roads have caused athletes a lot of troubles. Some went off-road, others were stricken by the heat, but all persevered and reached the finish line.
Over many long kilometers, five riders were in a breakaway. Lucas Bourgoyne (American National Team), Ethan Craine (Team California), Axel Froner (Team Ontario), Antonin Souchon (French National Team) and Jack Shuckra (Vantaggio Team Fitness and Nutrition). Despite their lead, the peloton was able to catch up to the breakaway in the criterium, except for Lucas Bourgoyne, who kept his lead.
Indeed, Bourgoyne managed to gain a considerable lead in the final laps of the criterium and stood on the first step of the podium. Canadian Riley Pickrell and American Luke Lamperti fought over the last few meters of the race, finishing second and third.
The jersey roster ended up being all-American. Micheal Garrison defended his title as a bearer
of the brown jersey. Matthew Riccitello also defended his blue jersey. Lucas Bourgoyne showed us his talent by winning the orange jersey, and Luke Lamperti took the polka dot jersey from Iwersen.
The Final Stage
Tomorrow, it will be the rider’s last chance to earn one of the coveted jerseys. The seventh and last stage of the Tour de l’Abitibi will start in the city of La Sarre at 14h30. Cyclists will head towards the finish line in Rouyn-Noranda via Palmarolle and Sainte-Germaine-Boulé, riding 118.7km with over 10 criterium laps to complete.