David Veilleux rode a last lap breakway to the finish Saturday night, adding his first ever Elite Canadian Championship title to his large collection of U23 titles. The 990 meter course, part of the 10th Annual Tour de Delta race series, gave Veilleux and his Canadian teammates Ryan Anderson and Zach Bell one last chance at a red champion’s jersey after Bell finished second in the time trial championship race, and the young Quebecois did not come up empty handed.
Veilleux and Canadian ProTour star Svein Tuft broke away from the peloton with 22 laps to go on the short course through the streets of Ladner. Tuft claimed the $2400 crowd prime with eight laps to go, and Veilleux knew he had to time his move perfectly to beat the powerful Tuft.
“I knew if I went too early, Svein was way too strong and he would catch me easily,” said Veilleux. “I was afraid he would just attack me, so with one lap left I thought I would just take a chance and try to stay out there.”
Svein Tuft expected David Veilleux to try and make a break for it. He just didn’t expect “Le Carcajou” to do it so soon, and was caught off guard by the early move.
“We were just giving it everything and he caught me off guard,” said Tuft, who recently won his third straight national time trial championship. “He’s such a great sprinter I was expecting him to just kind of wait for that final bit, but he caught me off guard and he’s got really good acceleration so it was pretty tough to try and bring him back for that final stretch.”
Veilleux continued the excellent form he showed a week earlier by winning the Fitchburg Longsjo Classic, and collected a coveted Maple Leaf jersey he can wear for the rest of the year. The young rider already has four national U23 time trial and two espoir road race championships under his belt, but this was his first victory at the elite level.
Zach Bell and teammate Ryan Anderson, who won the overall at last year’s Tour de Delta, both had strong kicks in the closing moments of the race, finishing 8th and 5th in the sprint.
Be sure to check out a great photo gallery of the race from Greg Descantes
Tour de Delta Criterium Results
1 David Veilleux (Kelly Benefit Strategies) 1:13:38
2 Svein Tuft (Garmin – Transitions) 0:00:05
3 Tyler Trace (Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes) 0:00:39
4 Andrew Pinfold (UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling)
5 Ryan Anderson (Kelly Benefit Strategies)
6 Ben Chaddock (Rubicon-ORBEA; Benefiting LIVESTRONG)
7 Mike Northey (Rubicon-ORBEA; Benefiting LIVESTRONG)
8 Zach Bell (Kelly Benefit Strategies)
9 Christian Meier (Garmin – Transitions)
10 Rory McAdams (Glotman Simpson Cycling)