Zukowsky wins the Canadian Elite Men’s Road National Championship Title
Nick Zukowsky won the 2023 Canadian Elite Men’s Road National Championship title this Sunday, June 25th in Edmonton, Canada. It was the first victory as a pro for the 25-year-old, who earlier in the week claimed the runner-up place in the Canadian Elite Men’s TT race.
26 June 2022
The 216km race consisted of 20 laps of an urban circuit in Edmonton and was marred by an early crash that took out several riders. After multiple attacks a group of 12 riders eventually broke clear, amongst them Zukowksy, who had been racing attentive and featuring in multiple moves. Going into lap 5 a chase group that included Derek Gee bridged across and the lead pack grew to 20 riders.
After an attritional four laps, 10 riders, including Zukowsky, found themselves at the front with a gap of around 40 seconds on a chase group that included Gee and defending champion Pier-André Côté. The decisive move happened with four laps to go, around 40km to the finish, when Zukowsky attacked with two other riders.
Fresh off a great Tour de Suisse performance, a race where he wore the KOM jersey for two stages, Zukowsky launched the winning move in the final lap to claim an emphatic solo victory in 4h52, 18 seconds ahead of Philippe Jacob who took the U23 title.
“I’m incredibly happy and looking forward to wearing the Canadian National Champ Jersey”
“I’m really, really happy with this win. It wasn’t easy being out there by myself in such a competitive field of riders. I was really aggressive and went in a lot of breakaways. It was a long race, 216km, and being used to racing those distances in Europe I took advantage of that. With four laps to go, around 40km to go, I made a really strong attack and got away with two other riders. I dropped the last one near the finish and won solo, which was insane! I’m incredibly happy and looking forward to wearing the Canadian national champion jersey throughout the next year. I can’t wait to see the design Q36.5 comes up with,” said Zukowsky
It was the first victory as a pro and the first Elite National Champion title for 25-year-old Zukowsky who also took the silver in the Canadian Elite Men’s TT race.This is the first National Champion title for Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team. However, earlier in the year, 20-year-old Travis Stedman, from Q36.5 Continental Team, won the South African Elite Men’s Road National Championship.