After securing the men’s time trial title on Friday at Canadian nationals, Rally UHC Cycling was flying high heading into the men’s road race on Sunday. The team held that energy all the way to the line for another incredible one-two finish—and with it, another maple leaf jersey.
Adam de Vos took the win and Nigel Ellsay nabbed second place to cap off a thrilling, aggressive finale after 186 kilometers of racing in Quebec.
With the victory, de Vos has earned the right to wear the coveted Canadian road race champion’s jersey for the next 12 months.
“I cannot wait to pull on the maple leaf and represent the team and country,” de Vos said. “I never won a junior or under-23 title so getting my first as an elite is amazing. ”
The result was thanks to a well-executed plan, leveraging the firepower of a team that also featured Svein Tuft, Rob Britton, Pier-André Coté, Matteo Dal-Cin, and Ryan Anderson. A hilly championship course, which covered several laps on a rolling circuit and then an up-and-down final 30 kilometers, was a good one for the Rally UHC Cycling lineup.
As Ellsay put it, “The course was lumpy—and it mostly suited everyone.”
The hilly course saw multiple splits and regroupings throughout the day. De Vos, Ellsay, and their teammates stayed alert to the most dangerous moves as the race wore on.
“The plan going in for the day was to use our strength in numbers and make sure we had good representation in any groups going up the road,” de Vos explained. “We knew we could reshuffle any moves that were not in our favor and I think we managed that well for most of the day.”
Going into the final 20 km, de Vos and Ellsay were both in a five-rider group chasing lone attacker James Piccoli (Elevate – KHS Pro Cycling). The pursuers gradually pinned Piccoli back and made the catch with a little under 10 km to go – and then the attacks started to fly.
Ellsay wasted little time in firing off the front. After a few digs, he was clear. Then, de Vos dropped the rest of group and linked up with Ellsay to make it a Rally UHC Cycling duo at the head of the race on the run-in to the line.
De Vos took the victory, with Ellsay securing the one-two finish a few seconds behind.
“When I crossed the line I was ecstatic,” de Vos said. “It’s been a long road to get this title.”
For the second time in three days in Canada, Rally UHC Cycling secured the one-two national championship finish. Rob Britton rode to the Canadian men’s time trial title on Friday with teammate Svein Tuft nabbing runner-up honors, and now, the team can lay claim to a second maple leaf jersey in the road race.
White powers to third in women’s road race at U.S. nationals to defend under-23 title
In Knoxville, Tennessee, Emma White successfully defended her under-23 women’s road race title at the U.S. national championships. White powered to a third-place finish in the elite race to top the U23 category for the second straight year.
“The pro win was definitely the goal today but our U23 field is pretty stacked,” White said. “In my last year as a U23, I’m proud to take the win.”
The women’s road race took on 70.4 total miles (113.3 km) across nine laps of a 7.9-mile (12.7 km) course. Repeated ascents of the punchy Sherrod Road climb whittled away at the pack throughout the afternoon.
White and teammate Krista Doebel-Hickok were still going strong in a reduced lead group when Ruth Winder (Trek-Segafredo) attacked on the penultimate lap of the circuit. From there, it was a balancing act between trying to spur on the chase without giving up any chance of sprinting for the win.
“In the last bit, it was about saving as much energy as I could so I had the sprint,” White said. “In the end I think I made the right moves and did the best I could.”
Winder ultimately stayed clear to take the win. White’s finishing kick was enough to land her the final spot on the elite podium – and the U23 title.
The U.S. national championships concluded with the men’s road race, where an aggressive field on the challenging course made for another attackers’ race. Ty Magner was the team’s best-placed finisher, leaving a chase group behind in the finale and charging to fourth place behind the day’s winning three-rider move.
Canadian nationals rolls on with one final day of racing on Monday, featuring the women’s and men’s criterium championships.