A flashy 1-2 finish on Stage 2 at Saguenay announces Emile Jean & Stephen Bassett are riders to watch

Emile Jean and Stephen Bassett punch their way across the line for a 1-2 finish.  Pic: Vincent Drouin – VeloGazette.ca

The Ups and Downs of Saguenay

A disastrous opening stage of the Grand Prix Cycliste de Saguenay saw the team’s GC hopes tumble down the banks of La Baie and into Ha! Ha! Bay (seriously: that’s what the bay is called). The fact we would not be contesting the overall was especially tough after wins in 2015 and last year in 2016.

The team nonetheless bounced back quickly on Stage 2, with Emile Jean taking his first UCI win. Emile was followed across the line by Stephen Bassett. Internally the team felt these two were on the cusp of breakthrough rides, so it was great to see them execute. Unfortunately the stage win was bitter sweet as Nicolas Masbourian, who entered the race in fantastic shape, crashed badly and was taken to hospital with multiple lacerations.

Stephen would confirm his good form with another second place finish on the notoriously tough and tricky final stage.

As the team heads to the Tour de Beauce then off to Nationals at the end of the month, there are signs that our development program is gaining momentum.

This is a young, exciting team and other riders are on the cusp of breakthrough rides. Alec Cowan was 4th on Stage 3 and Pier-André Côté was up the road more than any other racer at Saguenay. He was in the longest breaks of the race–on both Stage 2 and 4. And now we’ve got Nigel Ellsay coming in to add leadership for Beauce. There will be a lot of firepower in the peloton at Beauce, but we’ve earned the right to be ambitious and demanding of ourselves. We’re hitting podiums and getting better, step by step.

–Silber’s GM, Scott McFarlane

Donc au revoir aux collines ‘punchy’ du Saguenay. Quel bel endroit pour une course de vélo! Merci à tous les organisateurs et bénévoles. Nous serons de retour en 2018!

 

Scott McFarlane

Written by Scott McFarlane

Scott is the GM and an owner of the team. With a rich history in Montreal cycling as a coach, trainer and owner of Toguri Training Systems he met Arthur Silber in 2008. The rest is history -so to speak. Scott and Arthur co-founded the team in 2014.

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