COPENHAGEN | The crisis that is shaking the airline Air Canada echoed all the way to the Tour de France when Quebecer Guillaume Boivin revealed that he was missing three bicycles in addition to his personal belongings.
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Worse still, the pro cyclist also claimed to have ridden the first stage of the Tour de France on the streets of Copenhagen on the bike of another member of his team.
“It wasn’t mine bike. Thanks to Air Canada, my bikes and suitcase haven’t arrived yet. I feel that I will take them after the Tour because we are starting from here [du Danemark] in two days. I took another kid’s bike for the time trial, ”said Boivin, unhappy with the situation but relatively relaxed under the circumstances.
Following the initial announcement of being ejected from the Grande Boucle by Israel-Premier Tech last week, the Montrealer quickly left Europe for Canada to compete in the two main events of the Canadian Road Championship in Edmonton.
Urgently recalled to the Old Continent, Boivin transited through Montreal before landing in Denmark on Wednesday. It’s hard to say where exactly his equipment is.
A team PR officer, Phoebe Haymes, has finally gone to buy her some clothes to continue the adventure.
Out of the race, the riders are dressed head to toe in athletic suits, but some less visible pieces must definitely be missing.
“We are used to Air Canada. I am twice in a week without a suitcase. In Edmonton the flights were delayed and I arrived at night even without a suitcase. It is not ideal. I’m lucky here, I have other bikes, ”added the 33-year-old athlete.
Sure, the mechanics have the necessary sizes and specific adjustments for each component of the lineup, but cyclists like to rest easy on the biggest race in the world.
The country’s largest airline announced Wednesday evening that it will cancel more than 15% of its flights in July and August amid the country’s air network flooded by the overwhelming surge in travel.
Consumer rights advocates are demanding compensation from Air Canada for hundreds of thousands of passengers, but the airline’s intentions remain unclear.
Air Canada CEO Michael Rousseau apologized for the flight cancellations and customer service disruptions. He also said in an email to travelers that the reduced hours stemmed from tensions in the global air system, potentially beyond Air Canada’s control, calling them unprecedented and unforeseen.
Not easy in Montreal-Trudeau
At Montreal-Trudeau Airport, travelers aren’t at the end of their woes. Monstrous traffic, queues, lost luggage and canceled flights could last until August, according to CEO Philippe Rainville.
Several disheartened passengers, in particular, shared photos of the baggage chaos at Montreal airport.