AEVOLO WRAPS UP A WET AND WILD GP SAGUENAY
Aevolo wraps up a wet and wild GP Saguenay
The Aevolo lads performed admirably over four days of intense racing along the rain swept roads of Saguenay.
With the “Mayor of Quebec,” Laurent Gervais, in a patch of form, the team was keen to look out for ways to punctuate the race with attacks and good positioning in the finales.
“Racing in Canada is always special to me,” Gervais said. “Also, having my family at the races is an added bonus. They’re great cycling fans and have always supported me. It meant everything to have them here.”
In stage 1, the team was aggressive, with Gage Hecht, back to racing after a few months off to recover from a training crash, making the late race shaping move, but getting marked out of the break in the final kilometers.
After a reset for stage 2, Gervais sprinted to a solid ninth on a hilltop finish. At the evening criterium, situated on a picturesque hillside on the outskirts of downtown Chicoutimi, the lads punctuated the race with strong moves, with Lance Haidet placing seventh in the final sprint.
On the final day, the team decided to throw caution to the wind and launch breakaways in an attempt to wrestle the stranglehold away from Floyds Pro Cycling. During the final laps, it was clear a sprint would ensue and in the rush to the line Gervais was a whisker off the podium in fourth, Haidet doubling up for ninth.
“All in all, it a solid tour for the guys” team director Jono Coulter said. “We were third in teams classification, and Larry and Alex were the in top 20 on GC. Pretty magic.”