American time trial champion Brandon McNulty blitzed the wet 10.6-km time trial, stage 3 of the Tour de l’Abitibi on Thursday morning in Val-d’Or, Quebec. The only other rider to break the 14-minute barrier was his teammate Adrien Costa, who was second at 11 seconds down. Canadian time trial champion Derek Gee was third, 44 seconds down.
Conditions changed throughout the two hours for the riders navigating the numerous turns on the out-and-back course. The early ones out of the start house had dry pavement but for some, a strong storm pushed through for two serious downpours. Most had to deal with wet pavement.
After three stages, McNulty increased his overall lead to 15 seconds to Costa who moved up one spot. Fourth on the stage, Pier-André Côté (Quebec) moved up to third overall at 57 seconds down. Gee jumped 17 spots, and is now fourth overall at 1:02 down.