Last year, the Canadian team came out of the UCI 2.2 Vuelta Ciclista a Cuba with six stage wins and the team went into this year’s edition aiming to at least equal that result.
With six stages to go, the Spidertech presented by Planet Energy team had three stage wins under their belt including the individual time trial.
The fourth stage win came for Keven Lacombe in stage 9a, a 60km circuit race held the morning of February 17 2010. Cubans Joel Marino and Reinier Vazquez Moreno finished second and third respectively. That afternoon the team tried for another win but the riders including Lacombe were involved in a crash with five kilometers to go.
Boivin’s turn. The Canadian team regrouped for another win when Guillaume Boivin won the sprint out of the 120-rider lead group in the 120km stage 11. He followed across the line by his teammate Martin Gilbert. Cuban Jan Carlos Arian Perez rounded off the podiu in third place.
“We knew that it would end in a sprint because it was a fairly flat course,” Boivin told sportcom.qc. “It was pretty easy to control the stage, we were well organized to attack after the last corner.”
Two stages to go to meet the team goal. “It’s going really well for the team,” concluded Boivin. “Last year, the team members won six stages, we’re going to try to equal that with the two stages to come. We’ll try to bring the finish to a sprint.”
Gilbert repeats. The thirteenth and final stage, a 113km affair, came down to another bunch sprint with Gilbert crossing the line ahead of Venezuelan Wilmer Bravo and Joaquin Sobrino of Spain. With that win, the team achieved their goal as both Lacombe and Gilbert took two wins and Boivin and Ryan Roth each claimed one victory.
In the general classification, Cuban Arnold Alcolea who took the lead after the eighth stage won the overall. In second place was José Alarcon of Venezuela at +0:37 back and Cuban Yennier Lopez Fonseca in third spot at +1:22.
Roth was the highest placed Canadian in 4th place overall at +2:02 behind the leader. He was followed by Andrew Randell in 7th, Lacombe 49th, Boivin 50th, Gilbert 59th and Simon Lambert-Lemay 91st.
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