Our 21-year-old sprinter becomes Silber Pro Cycling’s 5th rider in 3 years to sign a pro contract.
Gord Fraser affectionately calls PA, “Pay-Ahh”; and the young rider has developed steadily under Gord’s mentorship. Pier-André was first signed in 2017. At the time, he was relatively unknown outside of Quebec. In fact Gord likes to tell the story that he was blindsided when I told him PA was on the roster. It did not take long, however, for Gord to recognize PA’s potential and to start organizing race plans around him. Later that year, PA would win the National Criterium Championships and also–many people forget this–finish 3rd in the National Road Championships. 2017 also saw him win the Canada Games road race and crit while representing his home province of Quebec and the $15k prize for winning the Mardis Lachine Crit series finale in record time. His season ended with PA riding for Team Canada at the World Tour races in Quebec and Montreal, and then heading to the World Championships in Bergen.
This year saw PA take another step forward, winning the first and last stages of the Tour de Beauce. His Stage 5 win from the break was especially notable because it took place on what is arguably one of the toughest circuit races in North America. A 6th place on Stage 3 of the Tour of Utah and a 5th place on Stage 3 at the Colorado Classic show his continued progress and he will again finish this year representing Canada at the World Tour races in Quebec and Montreal.
Pier-André’s success is a testament to our ability to develop riders into racers, and we anticipate he will be one of the top sprinters in the NA peloton next year. Off the bike, however, it was the team that gained a lot from PA. His race smarts and down-to-earth optimism provide the kind of leadership that leads to wins. When I think of PA, I always think fondly of his parents, André and Isabelle, and his coach, Christine Gillard. Perhaps it’s because he has the ability to bring others forward with him. He always made us feel that his success was Silber’s success. In my dictionary, that’s the definition of “winner”. Silber Pro Cycling wishes PA all the best in 2019!!!