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Cam Evans Wins Road Nationals Espoir Division

June 25, 2004

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PCC Cyclist Cam Evans



Courtesy Canadian cyclist www.canadiancyclist.com

In the men's race, the pace started slower, given the 18 ascents the riders would have to make. By the fifth lap the race was beginning to take shape. A front group containing Dylan Sebel (Symmetrics Cycling), Alexandre Cloutier (Volkswagen-Trek), Marsh Cooper (Symmetrics Cycling), Alexandre Lavallee (Volkswagen - Trek) and Darren Vogler (BC) had a gap of 1 minute on a chase group of four: Jacob Erker (Team Seasilver), Derek McMaster (Team Coastal and PacificSport cyclist), Andrew Randell (Jet Fuel Coffee) and Cam Evans (Symmetrics Cycling and PacificSport cyclist). The peloton was at another minute back. Two laps later the two groups at the front had merged, and Eric Wohlberg (Sierra Nevada) and time trial champion Svein Tuft (Symmetrics) attacked from the peloton, with Fraser recognizing the danger and bridging up. They joined the lead group, while Team Quebec, supporting Olympic hopefuls Charles Dionne and Dominique Perras, went to the front. The gap came down to 45 seconds, but that was as close as it would get.

A lap later, the situation at the front had stabilized, with 11 riders steadily gaining ground on a disorganized chase. The front group contained Eric Wohlberg, Gord Fraser, Alexandre Nadeau (Volkswagen - Trek), Dylan Sebel (Symmetrics Cycling), Svein Tuft, Jacob Erker, Alexandre Lavallee, Derek McMaster, Andrew Randell, Marsh Cooper (Symmetrics Cycling) and Cam Evans. Behind, small chase groups were forming, but Walters, Dionne and Perras seemed to be watching each other, each waiting for someone else to make the effort to pull things back together. By the halfway point, the leaders were over two minutes ahead, and Walters finally reacted, blowing the remains of the field apart, as a core group, including Dionne and Perras, took up the chase.

They would pull to within 1:30 of the leaders with 80 kilometres remaining, before losing impetus and starting to slide back out of contention. The front group was gradually shrinking, as riders succumbed to the heat and the climb. By the final 35 kilometres there was a core group of six left at the front - Fraser, Wohlberg, Evans, Tuft, Lavallee and Randell. Evans was the only Espoir rider in the group, assuring himself the national title. The Walters / Dionne group was nearly six minutes back.

Fraser was looking very strong and confident, frequently coming to the front on the climb, but Symmetrics had the upper hand, with two riders in the group. On the last lap, the heat began to affect everyone, with Wohlberg coming to a virtual halt at the base of the climb after a sudden attack of cramps. Lavallee launched a serious attack which immediately put Randell in difficulty, and Fraser hung back, forcing the two Symmetrics riders to chase.

"I almost had a heart attack going across to the break behind Eric (Wohlberg) and Svein (Tuft), but I knew that was where I had to be." explained Fraser. "I was feeling really good on the climb, but I was totally cramping up in the last laps. I knew that I had only one chance to do an attack because of the cramps, and it had to be at the top of the climb, because if I could get over the top with a gap, I could stay away on the descent to the finish. Then, I just had to try and keep it together in the last two kilometres - I was definitely coming a bit unglued."

Evans led the trio back up to Lavallee, and then Fraser launched his decisive attack in the final 750 metres of the climb, immediately getting a gap which he was able to hold to the finish. Tuft took second, with Evans third (taking the national Espoir title) and Lavallee was fourth.


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