Laval, Quebec’s Joelle Numainville continued her dominance at the Tour de Delta Sunday as she sprinted to win the White Spot | Delta Road Race for her third straight win to start BC Superweek. Numainville, who also won Saturday’s Brenco Criterium and Friday’s MK Delta Lands Criterium, rode the eight lap, 103.6 kilometre UCI race as a member of a composite team alongside fellow Canadian Ashley Barson, New Zealanders Hannah van Kampen and Elizabeth Steel, and Aussie Shannon Malseed.
On the final lap, Numainville bridged across the gap with Malseed, looking to reign in a breakaway group of Sara Poidevin (Rally Pro Cycling), Alison Jackson (Team Canada), Sara Bergen (Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes). Bergen, Jackson, and Poidevin finished second, third, and fourth respectively.
“It was a pretty big gap, but I knew the last climb was coming up and I knew I had to be my best there,” said Numainville, who is without her usual Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling teammates.
Just as she did following Friday and Saturday’s wins, the two-time Canadian national road race champion reiterated that she came to BC Superweek with the goal of just riding well and letting the chips fall where they may.
“I just came here with the most important thing in my mind being how I race, I’ve raced aggressive and I’m just happy that I won it,” Numainville, 28, exclaimed. “What a day here at the Tour de Delta! I really like coming here and I hope to be here next year for sure!”
After the two wins Numainville had to start BC Superweek, Bergen, Jackson, and the rest of the field were well aware of the damage she could do.
“Joelle’s a very strong and aggressive rider, she’s a great sprint, so we had already committed to the break so I was pulling as hard as I could, I really wanted that to stick,” said Bergen. “She’s fast! It was a great race for everyone.”
“The break was steady and when it got to that climb late in the race, I could see that Joelle was bridging with a teammate, so not ideal for us in that breakaway,” added Jackson. “She bridged up and was working, so we just gauged her effort and hoped to beat her in the end.”
A Vermillion, Alberta native, Jackson is a familiar face at BC Superweek with four top ten finishes in 2015. The strategy for she and her Team Canada teammates was to rely on the strength of Stephanie Roorda, who was third on Saturday and second on Friday..
“We weren’t even looking for me to be our finisher because Steph is riding really well already in the Tour de Delta. She won the bunch sprint today for sixth. It just so happened it was in the right move and we were in a break of girls who were willing to work, so we kept that going and tried to get a win out of it.”
Bergen made her second straight podium appearance at BC Superweek after a second place result on Saturday, and she’s got her eye on growing her profile in the cycling world.
“Definitely over the next couple of years, I know next season I’d like to ride with a professional team in North America. I really like to expand my races to the North American circuit and bridge into Europe.”
BC Superweek continues on Wednesday with the historic Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix. The youth race starts at 5:30 pm, the pro women race at 6:15 pm, and the pro men begin at 7:30 pm.