When David Veilleux lines up next week for the fourth stage criterium at the Cascade Classic, he’ll have the right to wear a new red and white Kelly Benefit Strategies jersey. Veilleux won his first elite Canadian national championship Saturday in the criterium in Ladner, British Columbia. The race was the second stage of the Tour de Delta.
Veilleux, who owns multiple U23 national titles, has had a hot hand in the first half of the season. Most recently, he won the overall at the Fitchburg Longsjo Classic July 5 and finished third overall at the Nature Valley Grand Prix. He attacked break partner Svein Tuft (Garmin-Transitions) with one lap to go Saturday and held off the respected time trialist for the win.
“I knew if I went too early, Svein was way too strong and he would catch me easily,” said Veilleux. “I was afraid he would just attack me, so with one lap left I thought I would just take a chance and try to stay out there.”
The pair rode away from the field with 22 laps remaining on the five-corner course and Veilleux caught his companion by surprise jumping early on the bell lap. “We were just giving it everything and he caught me off guard,” said Tuft, who last month won his third straight national time trial championship. “He’s such a great sprinter I was expecting him to just kind of wait for that final bit, but he caught me off guard and he’s got really good acceleration so it was pretty tough to try and bring him back for that final stretch.”
Veilleux’s win was his seventh national title since leaving the junior ranks. He was previously the four-time U23 Canadian time trial champion and two-time espoir road race champion.
- 1. David Veilleux, Kelly Benefit Strategies
- 2. Svein Tuft, Garmin–Transitions at 0:00:05
- 3. Tyler Trace, Trek Red Truck Racing-Mosaic Homes at 0:00:39
- 4. Andrew Pinfold, UnitedHealthcare-Maxxis
- 5. Ryan Anderson, Kelly Benefit Strategies
- 6. Ben Chaddock, Rubicon-Orbea
- 7. Mike Northey, Rubicon-Orbea
- 8. Zach Bell, Kelly Benefit Strategies
- 9. Christian Meier, Garmin–Transitions
- 10. Rory Mcadams, Glotman Simpson Cycling