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The Final of the Tour’s 51st Edition: The Americans Won the Day

Today was the last day of the 51st edition of the Tour de l’Abitibi. The last race was a 118.7 km course starting in La Sarre and ending in Rouyn-Noranda. Riders had to ride through Palmarolle and Sainte-Germaine-Boulé. Upon arrival, a dense crowd welcomed the cyclists with a lot of energy.

During this stage, none of the cyclists were able to take a lead of more than 20 seconds when they were on a breakaway. Riders strategized and took all means necessary to stop the breakaways throughout the race.

Despite the numerous breakaway attempts, it was only at the criterium, 78.9 km into the race, that some riders managed a slight breakaway. That’s how American Gianni Lamperti took first place, closely followed by Canada’s Riley Pickrell, and teammate Luke Lamperti.

As for the jerseys, the Americans had no intention of letting go of their awards. Michael Garrison won the brown jersey again, becoming this year’s champion. Matthew Riccitello kept the blue jersey which he has been wearing proudly since the very beginning of the week. Lucas Bourgoyne won the orange jersey, and Luke Lamperti won the polka dot jersey.

This year’s Tour was absolutely amazing, filled with surprise and great performances. We hope to see you again at the next edition!

An American podium

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.

A tough Stage for the Cyclists in Temiscamingue

Today was the day of the long-awaited Teminscamingue. The Témiscamiens offered a very warm welcome to the cyclists riding the 131.5km. There were spectators in every village and the atmosphere was great.

The riders showed determination, riding at 35 degrees Celsius. However, some cyclists encountered difficulties with flat tires or suffering heat strokes. The Temiscamingue challenge was quite unique due to its altitude difference, its landscapes and its exceptional roads.

For the first time since the beginning of this 51st edition, the Tour de l’Abitibi has seen disorganized and dispersed riders due to the heat and valleys. Despite everything, the New Zealander, Joshua Kench, led the breakaway race over nearly thirty kilometers and got first place. He was followed by the Canadian, Jackson Kinniburgh, and the French Lucas Cumenal. The 5th stage’s podium changed its roster with members from various teams.

As for the jerseys, the trend continues. The brown jersey was won by Michael Garrison of the United States National Team. The blue jersey is now worn by the American Matthew Riccitello, and Luke Lamperti of the U.S. National Team, is still proudly wearing the orange jersey, while the polka dot jersey was once again given to the Danish climber Emil Schandorff Iwersen.


The Host City Stage

The sixth stage of the Tour de l’Abitibi will start at 4:45 pm in Rouyn-Noranda. The peloton will head for Mont-Brun and loop back to the host city. That stage promises to be as eventful as the one in Témiscamingue, given the heat wave forecast and the many curves on the course.

Two Stages for the Riders of the Tour de l’Abitibi

The individual time trial of the Tour began at 9 a.m. this morning near the main entrance of the Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue. The riders were covering 10.1km around Osisko Lake at an average speed of 47.1km/h.

Once more, the Americans topped the rankings. Michael Garrison finished first, followed by his teammate Matthew Riccitello. In third place, the Canadian Jacob Rubuliak.

The podium was all-American with Garrison defending his brown jersey on top of winning the orange and his teammate, Emil Schandorff Iwersen, defending his polka dot jersey.

Second Stage of the Day: Malartic
Everyone was celebrating in Malartic, where many festivities were held at the Centre culturel et récréatif’s site. Hot-dogs, music, families from all over gathered to enjoy the fourth stage.

Despite a threatening sky and a few raindrops, the race went smoothly with a single fall over the 52.5 km. Regardless, excitement was in the air. The front riders were hustling hard, forcing the peloton to maintain an average speed of over 49km/h, and establishing a new record for the fastest race since 1975. In the end, Canadian Riley Pickrell ended up the victor, adding to his three victories from the 2018 Tour. Luke Lamperti from the United States team finished second, followed by Aidan Coats-Ballaseux from the Team California team.

The American Michael Garrison holds on to the brown jersey. Orange was won by Luke Lamperti of the United States team, and Matthew Riccitello will continue to wear his blue jersey. Once more, Emil Schandorff Iwersen was awarded the polka dot jersey.

The Tour Honours its First Champion
The second Hall of Fame ceremony will be held this Saturday, but the Tour de l’Abitibi was opportunist and used Gérald Rocheleau’s presence in Malartic to enshrine the champion of the first round of Abitibi in 1969.

Rocheleau, a cyclist from the south shore of Montreal, was the first to cross the finish line of the first stage in 1969 after racing between Amos and Val-d’Or. Rocheleau then stepped twice on the podium, winning the title of first champion of the Tour with 50 seconds ahead of Robert Van den Eynde, and becoming the best climbing specialist.

“I was a young boy,” recalls Gérald Rocheleau. “It was the first time I’d ever done a Tour like that,” he said, somewhat surprised by being honoured after all these years. “On the 25th year of the Tour, when Léandre Normand contacted me to write his book, I realized that I had won something big.”

Gérald Rocheleau was a professional cyclist for 4 years, competing mainly in the region of Montreal. While he is past his prime, Gérald Rocheleau is still riding 50 years after winning his championship title. He’s always riding 1000 to 2000km a year.

Temiscamingue Challenge
The 5th stage of the Tour will take place on Friday, July 19. A 131.5 km race awaits the cyclists of the Tour du Témiscamingue. They will depart from Notre-Dame-du-Nord at 2 p.m. and are expected to loop in at 4:50 p.m.

Stage 2 : The longest stage of the Tour de l’Abitibi!

Today was the longest leg of the week. The cyclists had to follow a circuit extending over 136.9 km through the Parc national d’Aiguebelle, a new addition to the Tour. “It’s a great addition to the Tour this year,” said Director Olivier Grondin, “The riders are not accustomed to these roads filled with climbs and descents.”

As expected, there was no collision in the Parc d’Aiguebelle. The riders took a lot more risks on du Collège boulevard during the final lap, where over 30 bit the dust. Five riders caught up with the breakaway. With only a minute and ten seconds between them and the peloton, thery were coming at full speed. The incident, however, did not impact the rankings.

Today was a great victory for the American national team, as its riders Lucas Bourgoyne and Luke Lamperti placed 1st and 2nd, followed by Ethan Craine from Team California.

As for the jerseys, three American national team riders made it to the podium.

Michael Garrisson kept the brown jersey, Lucas Bourgoyne won the orange and Matthew

Riccitello kept the blue one. The polka dot jersey remained in the hands of Emil Schandorff Iwersen.


Two stages in one day

Two half-stages will take place on Thursday, July 18. The third stage is the individual Time Trial and will start in front of the Cégep de Abitibi-Témiscamingue at 9 a.m.

The fourth stage, a 52.5 km course, will start in Malartic, pass through Rivière-Héva, and then loop back to its starting point.

1st Stage of the Tour of Abitibi : It’s a wrap!

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.

Challenge Sprint

The Tour de l’Abitibi paid tribute to young David Carey, who died recently at the age of 13. This tribute took place during the presentation of the riders in RouynNoranda on Monday, July 15, 2019. The presentation and tribute preceded the Sprint Abitibi Challenge. In addition to the ceremony, drivers of the Tour de l’Abitibi are wearing jerseys with an orange ribbon next to the mention “I ride for David”.

The Abitibi Sprint Challenge is a very special exhibition with only 24 riders participating. These riders are chosen by their team for their specific skills.

At first, the 24 riders compete in groups of three. One of the three riders is eliminated at the end of the Sprint and the other two are to take part in the quarterfinal. The quarter-finals consist of four riders with two to be eliminated. Four riders also compete in the semi-final and final.

What an upset! The Tour’s favourite, Riley Pickrell, was passed by the American Lucas Bourgoyne. Pickrell had won each of the three previous sections by a long shot. The third winner is Fabien Selivert, from the team of France.

This Sprint Challenge is very impressive and interesting for the mass of spectators who showed up thanks to the beautiful weather.

The young David Carey came from a family that has been very involved for a long time at the Tour de l’Abitibi: his older brother, Thomas, competed in the Tour as a rider. His parents volunteered on motorcycles even when none of their sons were participating and David himself ran at the Tour de la Relève on top of helping at the organization’s cafeteria, where he would greet all the riders and volunteers.

The next stage of the Tour de l’Abitibi, a road race from Val-d’Or to Rouyn-Noranda where the riders will have to complete three laps of a 3.7 km closed circuit, will take place on July 16.

Several nationalities represented at the 47th Tour de l’Abitibi Desjardins


Pour diffusion immédiate

VAL-D’OR, le 7 juillet 2015- Les détails entourant la 47e édition du Tour de l’Abitibi Desjardins ont été dévoilés aujourd’hui, dont les noms des 25 équipes qui participeront à cette compétition sportive internationale. Ce seront donc plus de 150 cyclistes qui prendront d’assaut les routes de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue du 20 au 26 juillet prochain.

« Le fait d’être dans le circuit Coupe des Nations de l’Union Cycliste Internationale nous permet d’attirer plusieurs équipes nationales car le Tour de l’Abitibi Desjardins est un incontournable dans ce circuit » a souligné Mme Suzanne Fortin, présidente du Tour cycliste de l’Abitibi. En tout, dix nationalités seront représentées par ces athlètes de catégorie junior, dont le Canada, le Maroc, le Mexique, l’Espagne, les États-Unis, la France, le Costa Rica, la Nouvelle-Zélande, le Japon, et l’Ouzbékistan. Cette édition marquera également la première présence du Costa Rica dans l’histoire du Tour et la troisième présence consécutive pour l’équipe du Maroc.

Une compétition intense

Dans le cadre de la 47e édition, 7 équipes nationales se disputeront le premier rang, soit l’équipe du Canada, du Maroc, du Mexique, des États-Unis, de la France, du Costa Rica et du Japon. Il est à noter que l’équipe de France avait récolté les maillots orange et brun en 2014. Cette équipe devrait toutefois faire face à des compétiteurs de taille cette année puisque l’équipe des États-Unis se situe actuellement au premier rang du classement général de l’UCI.

Quant aux équipes régionales, 9 des 18 formations inscrites proviennent des États-Unis et 9 sont d’origine canadienne. Parmi les équipes québécoises, nous retrouvons notamment Espoirs Quilicot TRJ Télécom, l’équipe Québec ainsi que l’équipe régionale IAMGOLD-Specialized. Bien que les sélections n’aient pas encore eu lieu, il y a des fortes chances que certains coureurs de l’équipe régionale se retrouvent dans l’équipe provinciale, voir l’équipe nationale.

Une édition prometteuse

Sanctionnée par l’Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), le Tour de l’Abitibi Desjardins est la seule des 7 compétitions dans le circuit de la Coupe des nations Junior UCI à être présentée en dehors de l’Europe. Durant ses 47 ans d’histoire, le Tour a accueilli des milliers de participants de 40 pays différents et continue d’être un excellent tremplin pour les cyclistes aspirant aux rangs professionnels.

Une programmation qui en défiera plus d’un


Pour diffusion immédiate

VAL-D’OR, le 18 juin 2015- C’est aujourd’hui qu’avait lieu le dévoilement de la programmation et des tracés de la 47e édition du Tour de l’Abitibi Desjardins, qui aura lieu à Val-d’Or du 20 au 26 juillet prochain. Après quatre ans d’absence, les membres du comité organisateur étaient ravis d’être de retour à Val-d’Or et de pouvoir offrir de nouveaux défis aux coureurs du Tour de l’Abitibi Desjardins. Cette année, les cyclistes auront la chance de visiter les villes de Val-d’Or, Rouyn-Noranda, Amos, Malartic, Lebel-sur-Quévillon, Preissac et Senneterre.

Encore cette année, les épreuves du contre-la-montre individuel et du Challenge Sprint Abitibi seront présentées afin d’offrir un défi sportif de haut niveau aux cyclistes. Alors que le contre-la-montre individuel permettra de mettre en valeur les cyclistes les plus rapides sur une distance de 10 kilomètres, le Challenge Sprint Abitibi sera l’occasion pour les meilleurs sprinteurs de se démarquer. «Bien que le Challenge Sprint Abitibi ne fait pas partie des épreuves officielles du Tour, cette course donne l’opportunité aux équipes de repérer les talents assez tôt dans la semaine» a souligné le vice-président et directeur technique, Bruno Gauthier.

Une implication importante

La présidente, Mme Suzanne Fortin, a profité de l’occasion pour présenter les membres du comité organisateur, qui, à travers leur implication, permettent la réalisation d’un évènement d’une telle envergure. Le renouvellement du partenariat entre la coopérative québécoise Desjardins et l’organisation a également été annoncé, ce qui permettra au Tour cycliste de l’Abitibi d’offrir une expérience incomparable à tous les coureurs et entraîneurs qui se déplaceront jusqu’en Abitibi. Le support du Gouvernement du Canada et du Gouvernement du Québec a été souligné, partenariat indispensable à la pérennité du Tour cycliste de l’Abitibi.

Un invité de grande renommée

Mme Fortin a également profité de l’occasion pour annoncer la présence de M. Louis Bertrand en tant qu’animateur des courses pour toute la durée du Tour. M. Bertrand est la voix du cyclisme par excellence, lui qui a animé le Tour de France pendant plusieurs années. L’organisation est ravie de pouvoir compter cet icône du cyclisme international au sein de son équipe et croit qu’il apportera une qualité exceptionnelle à l’animation de la 47e édition.

Une édition prometteuse

Sanctionnée par l’Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), le Tour de l’Abitibi Desjardins est la seule des 7 compétitions dans le circuit de la Coupe des nations Junior UCI à être présentée en dehors de l’Europe. Durant ses 46 ans d’histoire, le Tour a accueilli des milliers de participants de 40 pays différents et continue d’être un excellent tremplin pour les cyclistes aspirant aux rangs professionnels.

À très bientôt!