Vancouver, BC – Adam de Vos capped off a stellar season finishing in 9th place at the U23 Road World Championships in Richmond, VA. Adam led the Canadian team that was also comprised of Ben Perry, Nigel Ellsay and Alex Cataford.
The ten-loop 162.2km race started quickly with several breakaways. The rain slicked roads and cobble sections led to several crashes in the field, including several of the Canadian riders. With 33kms to go, the peloton was greatly reduced due to the high speed of the field chasing the breakaway around a technical course. Adam and Canadian teammate Ben Perry rode strong to stay in the front group as they reeled in the breakaway. A crash in one of the final corners allowed French rider, Kevin Ledanois, to stay away for the victory before a hard charging pack. Adam finished 5 seconds back in 9th place, the highest finish by a Canadian on the day. Ben Perry finished in 27th place.
This is Adam’s biggest International result to date and the accumulation of many years of development. Adam states, “I would like to thank H&R Block and all the team partners for their support over the past few years. It was an honour to race for my country with the support of Cycling Canada at this year’s World Championships.”
This race wraps up the season for the team, capping off a solid first year as a Continental Professional Team. “We are very pleased with how the season has unfolded for Adam and his teammates. We are also very grateful for Cycling Canada’s vision and support during the year. We are all committed to work together to continue to progress in growing the sport as a unified nation”, says CEO of M1 Pro Cycling, Mark Ernsting.
Stayed tuned for exciting news about the upcoming 2016 season as the team looks to build upon the momentum during the offseason.
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