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Jeanson, O’Neill tops in Hamilton

The Hamiltonroad World's course has been tested, and passed with flying colors at theCanadian Road Nationals, grinding down a field of 121 men to just 17 finishers.Genevieve Jeanson (Rona-Esker) finally won the senior national road titlethat has eluded her, while Dominique Perras (Equipe Quebec) scooped themen's title despite Saturn and Navigator's sending up foreign riders tohelp their Canadian pros.Asexpected, the women's race came down to two riders - Genevieve Jeanson(Rona-Esker) and Lyne Bessette (Saturn). What wasn't expected was sprintfinish after nine laps and 18 trips up the Niagara

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By Rob Jones, Special to VeloNews.com

Finishing third, Perras gets Canada's jersey

Finishing third, Perras gets Canada’s jersey

Photo: Robert Jones

The Hamiltonroad World’s course has been tested, and passed with flying colors at theCanadian Road Nationals, grinding down a field of 121 men to just 17 finishers.Genevieve Jeanson (Rona-Esker) finally won the senior national road titlethat has eluded her, while Dominique Perras (Equipe Quebec) scooped themen’s title despite Saturn and Navigator’s sending up foreign riders tohelp their Canadian pros.Asexpected, the women’s race came down to two riders – Genevieve Jeanson(Rona-Esker) and Lyne Bessette (Saturn). What wasn’t expected was sprintfinish after nine laps and 18 trips up the Niagara Escarpment. The pairdropped the field on the third lap when Bessette attacked hard after acrash on the last descent of the previous lap. “It was scary with someof the riders, so we decided that it was best to be off the front.”SuePalmer-Komar (Genesis-Scuba) joined the Quebec duo, but was dropped a laplater.“Shewasn’t working, so we got rid of her” stated Bessette succinctly.Afterthat, it was just the two going round lap after lap, while everyone waitedfor the inevitable attack. However, the attack never came, with the twojust watching each other up the final climb before the drop to the finish.Out of the last corner it was Bessette in front, but Jeanson managed tosqueak by her at the line as her rival faded in the headwind.“Itwas scary at the finish, in the last corner I almost went into the barriers.”Said Jeanson. “I knew that she was waiting for me to attack on the climbs,but for me, the best strategy today was to stay in her draft until thelast minute and then come by her.”NathanO’Neill (Saturn) said “this course is just like a mongrel dog – it jumpsout and bites you.”O’Neillwas the first person across the line at the Men’s road race, followed byteam mate Will Frischkorn. However, it was the third rider home, DominiquePerras (Equipe Quebec) who gets to don the all important national champion’sjersey, and gets a place on the Worlds team. O’Neill went out early tocover a break in the 186 kilometer, 15 lap race, and stayed away all day.Frischkornwas covering another move by Cory Lange (Symmetrics) when, with three lapsto go, Perras attacked off the front of a small chase group and soloedup to the pair. Perras went right by Lange, and Frischkorn latched on,sprinting by Perras to take second. Mark Walters (Navigators) was fourth,and second Canadian across the line, just nipping Eric Wohlberg (Saturn).“Myplan before the start of the race was to be cautious in the first half,and then try to follow some moves in the last three laps.” said Perrasafterwards. “This is my best result ever; to wear the national jersey andbe the Canadian champion while racing in Europe is incredible.”CanadianNational Championships, Hamilton, Ontario Sunday June 29
Men
1.Nathan O’Neill , (Aus), Saturn, 186 km in 5:01:33
2.Will Frischkorn , (USA), Saturn, at 3:34
3.Dominique Perras, Brossard, Equipe Quebec, at 3:35
4.Mark Walters, Blackstock, Navigators, at 4:22
5.Eric Wohlberg, Levck Saturn
6.Charles Dionne, St.Rédompter, Saturn
7.Michael Barry, Toronto, Team Ontario
8.Czeslaw Lukaszewicz, Equipe Quebec
9.Corey Lange, Victoria, Symetrics
10.Stig Somme, (S), Jet Fuel Coffee, all same time121starters, 17 finishers
Women
1.Genevieve Jeanson, Rona-Esker, 111.6km in  3:16:50
2.Lynn Bessette, Saturn, s.t.
3.Susan Palmer-Komar, Genesis-Scuba, at 2:31
4.Amy Moore, Saturn, at 8:55
5.Sandy Espeseth, Victory Brewing, st.79starters, 22 finishers