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Jeanson and Wohlberg tops in Canadian national TT

Quebec riders dominated the time trial event at the National Cycling Championshipson Thursday, taking three of six medals in the elite categories.Leading the way was Rona's Genevieve Jeanson, winning her first everelite national title in the women's category after battling back from aknee injury that forced her to drop out of the Commonwealth Games. Defendingchampion Lyne Bessette (Quebec) finished third in the women's category,while Alexandre Cloutier (VW-Trek) took the silver medal in the men's eventbehind Eric Wohlberg (Saturn), who took his seventh consecutive title.Mountain biker Ryder

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By Robert Jones, VeloNews Correspondent

Quebec riders dominated the time trial event at the National Cycling Championshipson Thursday, taking three of six medals in the elite categories.Leading the way was Rona’s Genevieve Jeanson, winning her first everelite national title in the women’s category after battling back from aknee injury that forced her to drop out of the Commonwealth Games. Defendingchampion Lyne Bessette (Quebec) finished third in the women’s category,while Alexandre Cloutier (VW-Trek) took the silver medal in the men’s eventbehind Eric Wohlberg (Saturn), who took his seventh consecutive title.Mountain biker Ryder Hesjedal was a last minute entrant in the Espoir category,and can now add a national road title to his many honors.Jeanson was not a confirmed starter for the event until 48 hours beforethe race. After two weeks off the bike, when she exercised cautiously inthe swimming pool and on inline skates, she began to build for the championships,determined to win the title that she had lost by 10 seconds in each ofthe past two years.”My knee felt good, I felt strong. It was a surprisingly tough course,but I knew early that I was having a good ride and could finally win. Itwas a relief to win here, because this means that I have now qualified(to represent Canada) at the world championships. That was my main goalso that pressure is gone.”Bessette was disappointed not to be able to defend her title, but theCommonwealth Games bronze medallist in the time trial was philosophical:”I just had a bad day, I never got into a rhythm. You can’t expect to beon all the time. My stomach has not been so good since coming back (fromManchester), so maybe that did not help.”In the men’s race it was all Wohlberg, as he already led Cloutier by1:12 at the turn, and would finish 1:46 ahead, with Prime Alliance’s SveinTuft third at 2:18″I had better legs then in the time trial in Manchester, but I was stillpretty tired.” said Wohlberg. “It’s a tough little course. The pavementis pretty fast but there were a lot of false flats and on the
way out it was gradually uphill with a couple of bumps to break itup.”Elite Women – 25km
1. Genevieve Jeanson (QC) RONA 30:01
2. Leah Goldstein (BC), at 1:12
3. Lyne Bessette (QC) Team Quebec, 1:25
4. Anne Samplonius (ON) Trek Plus, 1:31
5. Sue Palmer-Komar (ON) Talgo America, 1:59Elite Men – 38km
1. Eric Wohlberg (ON) Saturn, 47:01
2. Alexander Cloutier (QC) VW Trek, at 1:46
3. Svein Tuft (BC) Prime Alliance, 2:18
4. Mark Walters (ON) Navigators 3:02
5. Bruno Langlois (QC) VW Trek, 3:30Under-23 Men – 30km
1. Ryder Hesjedal (BC) Subaru-Gary Fisher 37:42
2. Francois Pariesien (QC) Team Quebec, at 0:30
3. Jean-Francois Laroche (QC) 0:31
4. Cory Lange (BC), 1:06
5. Dominique Rollin (QC), 1:17Junior Men – 25km
1. Andrew Davidson (AB) Trek VW, 30:36
2. Can Evans (BC) Broadmark Capitol/Elite Bicycles, at 0:04
3. Maxime Vives (QC) Team Quebec, 0:27
4. Marsh Cooper (BC) DEVO, 1:02
5. Craig De Geir (NB) Atlantic Cycling Centre, 1:24Junior Women – 15km
1. Audrey Lemieux (QC) Team Quebec, 24:25
2. Julie Belanger (NB), at 0:39
3. Genevieve Leblanc (QC) Team Quebec, 0:53
4. Genevieve Gagnon (QC) Team Quebec, 1:42
5. Anna Tratnyek (ON) Festival City Cycling Club, 1:47