Nadon Wins the Final Stage at the Tucson Bicycle Classic

This past weekend, Marc-Antoine (M-A) Nadon, Alexis Cartier, Conor O’Brian, Jure Rupnik and Jean-Denis Thibeault took to the start of the 32nd Tucson Bicycle Classic. Span over three days, the stage race featured a prologue, a 130km road race and an 80km circuit race.

Alexis, M-A, Conor, Jean-Denis and Jure at the Tucson Bicycle Classic. Photo Credit: Maghalie Rochette

Alexis, M-A, Conor, Jean-Denis and Jure at the Tucson Bicycle Classic.
Photo Credit: Maghalie Rochette

Friday was a 5.2km TT Prologue- M-A finished fastest for the H&R Block crew at 7:35- 39 seconds behind the winner Alec Cowan from Silber Pro Cycling.

Saturday was the 130km road race – M-A was sitting 13th on GC and Alexis 19th. The first lap had a time bonus, so nothing was able to get away but M-A was able to grab a two seconds bonus. Conor countered the sprint attacks to initiate the breakaway of the day. He was joined by a handful of riders who stayed away until halfway through the last lap. Alexis bridged over to pressure Silber, the Silber train brought the breakaway back with 6km from the finish. A block headwind made for a slow run into the finish, which caused congestion with trains coming from everywhere. In the final, Jure lead M-A out, but the sprint was launched from too far back. M-A finished 5th in the sprint and moved up to 11th on GC.

Sunday’s circuit race was on the outskirts of the city, featuring 9 laps of the 9km loop. Half of the lap was undulating uphill, and then dropped downhill until the last 800m where the course had two rollers before the finish line.

M-A in the winning break at the circuit race. Photo Credit: Maghalie Rochette

M-A in the winning break at the circuit race.
Photo Credit: Maghalie Rochette

Silber controlled the race until the end of the third lap where there was a time bonus. Alexis and Conor took advantage of M-A’s position in GC to pressure Silber by countering each other attack. Their efforts paid off and a select group went up the road including Alexis, Conor and M-A. M-A counter attacked one of Alexis’ moves to find himself in a two man break that would stay out front for 3 laps, eventually joined by Alexis and 6 other riders. With 3 laps to go, Anton Varabei from Toronto Hustle attacked the group on the downhill section and was followed by Nick Zukowski and M-A.   M-A went into the last corner sitting second wheel and let Anton roll away to force Nick to close the gap. Nick attacked and M-A jumped on his wheel. With a head wind finish, M-A waited until 150 meters to go before launching his sprint and crossed the line to take his second win of the season! M-A moved into 3rd in GC!

M-A wins the final stage with fellow Canadians Nick Zukowski (Silber) 2nd and Anton Varabei (Toronto Hustle) 3rd.

M-A wins the final stage with fellow Canadians Nick Zukowski (Silber) 2nd and Anton Varabei (Toronto Hustle) 3rd. Photo Credit: Maghalie Rochette