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June 5, 2011
Ambrose Delaney, team leader of FrameWork Racing based in Sydney, finished second on the brutal final stage of Le Grand Prix Cycliste de Charlevoix in Quebec Sunday. The long steep climbs on this course are punishing to even the most elite cyclists. Delaney’s climbing prowess shone through, allowing him to shake off all but the best climbers only to be nipped at the line by about 1cm in a classic photo finish. At 50kph, that margin would be less than 1/1000 of a second. Photo finish cameras used in cycling are capable of between 2000 and 5000 frames per second, which would be just enough to separate such a close finish. Delaney initially thought he had won the sprint for the finish line but after a review of the photo finish he was placed second. Scott Clark of Halifax, who races for Hub Cycle was third.
After a 12th place finish on the stage 1 time trial Ambrose Delaney found himself 1:43 off the pace, about 40 seconds behind his Nova Scotia rival Scott Clark at Le Grand Prix Cycliste de Charlevoix. With 38 competitors in his 50 to 59 age group, Delaney went into the second stage criterium hoping to finish with the lead pack and give himself a chance at the overall title at this prestigious Quebec race.
“Making up a deficit of more than a minute is extremely difficult as the higher placed riders only need to make sure I don’t get too far ahead to defend their position in the overall.” Delaney said as he was preparing for the awards ceremony.
Final official results have not been posted at the time of this writing, however Delaney says he is probably 7th overall. His provincial rival Scott Clark was 3rd on the final stage and will be 3rd in the overall standings after an outstanding performance in the Stage 1 time trial.
In the 40 to 49 category, Lorenzo Caterini of Halifax, racing for Hub Cycle, also won his final stage although the details and his overall position are not known at this time.
Photos will be posted when available.