(Lachine, QC.) June 10, 2014⎯ Australian Jacob Restall (Gold Coast Cycling Club) won the first stage of
the 37th season of the Mardis Cyclistes (bike races) presented by Jean Coutu. Restall crossed the
finish line with a time of 1:02:04 over the 50km (average speed of 48.3kmh), barely edging Hugo Houle
(Ag2r la Mondiale) who had to be content with second place. Defending champion Simon Lambert-Lemay
(Garneau-Québécor) finished in third.
Some 125 cyclistes were massed on the start line of the men`s Pro-Élite race. The field included
Houle, a Quebecer riding for a French WorldTour team; François Parisien (wearing a Studio Powerwatts
jersey), a former pro rider now a sports commentator with RDS), and Martin Gilbert (independent), a
former Olympic cyclist. Also there was the recent winner of the Canada/Québec mountain bike cup,
Felix Burke (Opus) and the visiting Ontario team NCCH DEC (Restall is associated with this team).
The race was marked by numerous crashes, all of which appeared minor and by perfect weather.
To get the cyclists` adrenalin pumping, Mardis president Joseph "Tino" Rossi took the microphone and
shouted “let’s get ready to rumble!" just before Lachine Mayor, Claude Dauphin fired the starting
Among the women, it was Adriane Provost (SAS-Mazda-Macogep) who won while her team swept the podium.
Kirsti Lay was second while Rosalie Cardin-Houde finished third.
The Mardis series of ten (10) stage races continues every Tuesday evening through Aug. 12. The
circuit is situated around Lasalle Park in the Montreal borough of Lachine. The minime race starts
at 5:30 p.m., followed by the cadets, women, and masters at 6 p.m. The men`s Pro-Élite race starts
at 8 :50.p.m. where the cyclists average close to 50 km/h and reach speeds of up to 70 km/h during
sprints. The races are free for spectators.
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Jacob Restall (tête penchée) coiffe Hugo Houle (gauche) à l`arrivée. Benjamin Perry, un coéquipier de Restall (levant les bras) a fini troisième ©Marie Ledoux
Jacob Restall (head down) edges Hugo Houle (gauche) at the finish. Benjamin Perry, a team mate of