Frederick Daigle, The Canadian Press
Milton, Ont.; – After finishing fourth in an exhilarating race by elimination the day before, Trivlovian Mathias Guillemet lowered another personal mark in his solo quest to the Nations Cup in Milton, on Saturday.
Guillemette clocked four minutes, 19.690 seconds (4:19.690), which put him 10th in the event at Matami National Cycling Center.
Although qualifying wasn’t enough, Guillemette had every reason to smile after the race dominated by Germans Thomas Buck-Gramcko (4:06.232) and Nicholas Heinrich (4:07.974).
“I’ve been going there longer than the position,” the 20-year-old noted. The Germans are in a class of their own in individual pursuits. We can’t really race against them at the moment, so we’re going more times. My goal was 4:19, so I very happy “.
His young teammate Chris Ernst also went there with a personal best of 4:17.712, which is good for an eighth, but also not enough to continue his workday. The Australian James Moriarty with a time of 4: 13.932 fourth time and the last time to be able to reach the medal role.
“I was hoping to have a better time today, but in the end, this is my best time by more than two and a half seconds,” said 22-year-old Antarian. As I told my coach earlier, I can’t analyze this for long, I have to be happy with it.”
“They both had a plan and they executed it,” said coach Laura Brown, a bronze medalist in the team pursuit at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. But at the time, with two personal brands, we couldn’t ask for the best.
Guillemette goes through the ranks that his brother, Tristan, passed through before him. Except that the younger brother seems to want to climb two steps by two instead of one at a time.
Brown did not hesitate to praise the colt.
“He’s a great cyclist,” she said. To see what he did in the elimination race, it’s a great performance. He is still very young, the way he is developing, he has a bright future.”
Guillemette, who also manages the Omnium, scratch and chase team, is himself a bit surprised by his progress.
“I thought my progress would take longer. It was a slower progression for my brother. The mentality was definitely different towards the new members of the team at the time. […] This year it has surprised me to run all the Nations Cup tournaments.
Cycling in Canada seems to be giving more space to young cyclists. The impressive progression of both Kelsey Mitchell and Lorient Genest, who joined the team just a few years before their podium at the Tokyo Games, have surely helped change mindsets.
“It provides more opportunities for new riders, and therefore more opportunities for advancement, Guillemette reckons. It is inspiring to see girls like Lorient and Kelsey progressing so quickly. It also gives confidence in our coaches: if these girls can go from the top 10 to win With the Olympics so fast, it means our coaches know what they’re doing.Two medals in the Games and a men’s fifth in the chase, it’s huge.
At the moment, Guillemette thinks only of the Olympics in terms of the team: he wants to help his teammates collect as many points as possible in order to secure as many places as possible for Canada in Paris. From a personal point of view, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, this coming October, is what he sees in his sight.
Dudek turns into Kirin
In other competitions presented in the morning, Albertan Ryan Dudek won his Keren qualifying round to advance directly to the elimination rounds in the evening.
However, James Hedgecock’s Ontarian track was interrupted upon replay.
In the 500m test, Canadians Sarah Urban and Jackie Boyle missed qualifying by less than half a second. Urban and Boyle finished the session 14th and 15th, respectively. Only the top six got their qualifications.