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Nippour/Devinci
First victory for the rookie!
Nippour/Devinci
First victory for the rookie!
Nippour/Devinci
First victory for the rookie!
Nippour/Devinci
First victory for the rookie!
Bring it on
Devinci takes the lead | Elliott Doyle, a member of Team Nippour/Devinci, savoured his first-ever victory in the junior category on May 14 during the first stage of the Saint-Raymond Grand Prix. With many podium finishes already in hand, the regional team achieved its weekend goal, allowing the young Alma native to reach the top of the podium after the 84-kilometre race.

The initial strategy was to create winning conditions for veteran Charles Matte. However, after Matte fell twice, Doyle surged ahead and ended up winning the 500-metre sprint, finishing in 2 hours and 26 minutes.

“Charles Matte was leading the race but after he fell, our goal was to get the best possible position. It was close and I was able to hold my ground until the finish line”, said Doyle who also thanked his teammates, particularly Charles Thibault and Bruno Bourassa, for paving the way to victory. The rider from Alma got his second podium of the season after taking third place in Brossard on May 1st. Today, he would like to make the top five, or better yet, win again, since this tournament will determine who makes it onto Team Quebec to compete in the Canadian championship in Burlington, Ontario from June 30 to July 3.

As for the race itself, sporting director Charles Thibault mentioned that it had to be stopped for 10 minutes at mid point since police thought too many riders were riding outside the reserved race lanes. Luckily for the regional team, it didn’t break their rhythm and they were able to withstand the attacks in the second part of the race. “Every guy on the team was very active during the race”, said Charles Thibault.

The team sprinted ahead furiously in the final kilometre and the regional team ended up with the best results. Charles Thibault finished second in the senior 3 category while Gabriel Girard took seventh place. Jérémie Lavoie-Doyon, Simon-Pierre Maltais and Étienne Cyr broke through the finish line together, closely followed by Charles Matte.

Now, the team will be trying to repeat their victory during the 112-kilometre race. Their only roadblock is Charles Matte's concussion. The pillar of the team, he will start the race today, but he will not be in top shape.

News from Johanne Saint-Pierre, Le Progrès-Dimanche.
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