After a solid performance at the Tour of Missouri in September, the all-Canadian Symmetrics Team headed to the Vuelta de Chihuahua stage race in Mexico with both the UCI Americas Tour title and overall tour champion to their credit — as well as the knowledge that they can ride with just about anybody.
The team has had huge success in Mexico, and Whistler’s Will Routley is a big part of it.
In the first stage, 82.6 km, Christian Meier placed 12 th overall and second in the Under 23 category after escaping with a 30-rider lead group. Cameron Evans also broke the top 30, finishing 24 th .
The second stage, 147.8 km, was tougher with Symmetrics missing out on the lead group, but Andrew Pinfold succeeded in placing eighth, while Christian Meier dropped back to 31 st .
The third stage, a 198 km epic, was a big one for Symmetrics as Meier placed 14 th to jump to seventh overall and first in the Under 23 category. Will Routley and Cameron Evans cracked the top-30 in 26 th and 27 th places respectively.
On the fourth stage, a tough ride in the mountains, Meier got into the lead break to place fifth. Cameron Evans was 27 th , and Geoff Kabush placed just outside of the top-30 in 31 st .
Andrew Pinfold placed fourth on stage five, and Christian Meier was 10 th .
The sixth stage was a big one for the team with both Cameron Evans, Will Routley and Christian Meier getting into the lead break. Evans placed second, Routley eighth and Meier ninth.
The other teams attacked hard on the seventh day, blocking Symmetrics from the top-10. Christian Meier was 14 th , Geoff Kabush 19 th , and Andrew Pinfold 26 th .
With different teams taking the lead each day, Meier’s consistency placed him second overall in the general classification, just back of Tour de France veteran Francisco Mancebo of Spain. Meier also won the Under 23 category. Cameron Evans placed 22 nd and Routley 27 th overall. Symmetrics placed a very respectable seventh in the team category against top teams from the U.S., Mexico, South America and Spain.
Canadians top Paralympic awards
Canadian athletes earned three of five 2007 Paralympic Sports Awards given out by the International Paralympic Committee, which will be presented by the IPC in Korea next month. The awards mainly recognize Paralympic performances.