The absence of Hugo Barrette did not please coach Franck Durivaux

(Milton) Hugo Barrette is not at the Nations Cup in Milton, Ontario this weekend. In fact, he hasn’t been anywhere since the start of 2022, a situation that annoys head coach Franck Durivaux.

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Frederic Daigle
The Canadian Press

“I have no news of Hugo. I left him a few messages, on multiple platforms, ”he said on the side of the track at Mattamy National Cycling Center.

Barrette asked Durivaux to take a break to participate in reality TV Older brother: Celebrities, at the beginning of the year, accepted by the coach, taking into account the calendar on which it is allowed. But it has been silence on the radio ever since.

“On leaving Kuyaso we hope to see news from him. […] Under the weather calendar, I thought it was entirely possible (that he was participating). So I gave him permission to go there, thinking that then he would come back to prepare for the season with the team.

“It went well for us at the end of the season, especially in Cali and at the World Championships, in Roubaix, so it gave us a glimpse of good things. But we had no news: no response, no message, no text message, nothing . »

Without closing the door on Barrette’s return to the troops, we feel that Durivaux will have some conditions to which the cyclist from the Magdalen Islands will have to comply.

“It depends on how it goes. We welcomed him in 2020 after his fall and after he decided to work with other people. I was clear at the time: I needed to know what he was doing; I’m not responsible for results I don’t care.I don’t know what he looks like on the bike right now.

“It’s very simple now: no news, I don’t. This is the way I work. I can’t wait for an athlete: we have to keep going. The athletes who are here, they are young, they are hungry, they are performing. So I work with people who are motivated and want to go far. »

Competitors in action on Thursday proved he was right.

After taking silver in Glasgow in the inaugural Nations Cup in April, Lauriane Genest, Kelsey Mitchell and Sarah Orban, who replaced Jackie Boyle for the final, led the team sprint to the third step of the podium, behind Germany, world champions , and the Netherlands, European champions, defeated Great Britain.

Shortly after Orban’s round, Mitchell put Canada back in front and Genest held that lead.

“We’re happy to leave here with bronze, especially in front of our fans,” Mitchell said. They definitely helped us tonight, we needed it.

“You want to always be on the podium and thrive. It’s nice to see that we four riders can push each other and fight for medals.»

“It’s kind of hard right now,” Genest said. The legs are heavy, but as the competition progresses, I feel better. The last race was our best.

“These two medals in the two Nations Cups are very encouraging, because we don’t have much experience together,” she added. We are not yet at our best as a team. For us to see that we can climb the podium when we don’t have the perfect team, the perfect training, we know we can be better. »

Ryan Dodyk, Tyler Rorke and Nick Wammes were eliminated in the first round of Great Britain’s B team, which slipped to fourth place. The Canadians finished in seventh place.

Great Britain was defeated by Germany in the small final. He was overtaken by the Netherlands and China A teams on the podium.

In the team’s pursuit, Team Canada A’s Arianne Bonhomme, Ngaire Barraclough, Sarah van Dam and Devaney Collier finished only on the podium, covering the distance in 4: 21,946, just 777 thousandths of a second behind a bronze medal.

This young team is in their first competition together. This fourth place is therefore promising.

“It’s also my first career since the Olympics,” said Bonhomme, the group’s veteran. We would have liked to land on the podium, but we rode really well. We are proud of what we have done.

“We were in contention for a medal, no one should be disappointed. We haven’t had enough time together. We need to develop a more solid strategy, knowing who can do what exactly during the race. […] Between now and the World Championships in October, we have plenty of time to improve. »

Italy and Australia took gold and silver respectively. Canada’s second team – Erin Attwell, Fiona Majendie, Lily Plante and Ruby West – finished sixth.

On the men’s side, Mathias Guillemette Evan Burtnik, Michael Foley, Jackson Kinniburgh and Sean Richardson finished in fifth, barely making it into the final round. The second squad, consisting of Dylan Bibic, Chris Ernst, Amiel Flett-Brown, Daniel Fraser-Maraun and Gavin Hadfield, finished seventh.

The race was won by Australians, ahead of Italians and Germans.

The competitions continue until Sunday.

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