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July 19/10 12:07 pm - Tour de White Rock: Men Stage 3 and Final Overall


Posted by Editoress on 07/19/10
 

Tuft stays atop podium at Tour de White Rock

 

Photos by Greg Descantes

 

Svein Tuft didn’t feel great to start the Tour de White Rock Road Race on Sunday, but had enough left to finish BC Superweek with a bang.

For that Tuft thanked Christian Meier, his teammate on a Garmin-Transitions ProTour squad that races at cycling’s highest level.

“The first few times up the climb I was hurting,” Tuft said. “I was lucky Christian was just jumping into every move. If I didn’t have him up there covering it would have been a bad day for me. It ended up being the perfect situation because I came around as the day went on.”

The plan going into the 134-kilometre race was actually for Tuft to get into any early breakaways, it went out the window after the first few climbs. Perhaps feeling the effects of lapping the field and finishing the 60-kilometre Criterium in just 86 minutes the night before, Tuft sat back in the peleton instead while Meier jumped into an early three-man breakaway with Will Routley and Ryan Anderson.

“I was tapped out from last night’s effort,” said Tuft.

Tuft bridged up to the break on the last of 11 laps around a larger 10.1-kilometre circuit. But they didn’t stay together long in the final six laps around a shorter 3.8-kilometre circuit. Anderson was dropped by a series of attacks by the Garmin-Transitions riders, and Tuft took off on Routley with a lap and a half left, finishing the hill-filled 134-kilometre ride alone in three hours, 35 minutes and eight seconds.

“It was probably one of the fastest Tour de White Rocks I’ve ever done,” said Tuft, who added his first omnium title in the 31-year-old event to his first-ever win in the historic road race along the beach.

“This is probably one of the hardest circuits you’ll do in North America for sure. It’s 130 km but it’s one of the hardest 130 km I know of.”

Tuft, who won a silver medal in the 2009 World Championships Time Trial for Canada and raced the last Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana with Garmin-Transitions, was quick to pass along lots of credit.

The first went to Meier for keeping things within striking distance, and then to Routley, who bravely withstood a series of attacks from the two Gamin-Transitions riders over the final few laps before cramping up as Tuft finally got away for good with a lap and a half left.

Routley, who won the Canadian Road Race championship last month in Edmonton and rides for U.S.-based Jelly Belly Pro Cycling, finished 53 seconds behind, while Meier was third another 50 seconds back.

“Will was absolutely amazing; for sure the strongest guy in the race today,” said Tuft, adding later that Routley was ready for the ProTour. “We hit him with probably 20 different attacks and he covered every single one. They guy was unreal. Unfortunately we have two guys against one. But he proved why he is the national road champion.”

Routley said cramping finally caught up to him over the final two laps, but knew it would be harder as soon as Tuft bridged to the break.

“Initially when it was the three of us away I thought that was a good move for me,” Routley said. “But sure enough on that last (big) lap Svein came across and it was a totally different ball game. You had two teammates, two ProTour riders, so that makes it more difficult, and they didn’t waste any time. As soon as he got there they started going back and forth, one-two, Svein attacks then Christian attacks.”

Routley actually mounted a few bold counterattacks of his own, and managed to lose Meier in the process. But that left a rested Svein, who was content to sit on his back wheel and let him do all the work.

“I towed him around for all I could but I started cramping,” he said.

While Routley didn’t make the podium in Saturday’s criterium after he got caught up in a late crash, it was a repeat performance for the Garmin-Transitions duo, who finished first and third both days.

Press release

 

 

Stage 3: White Rock Road Race, 134 km
1 Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin – Transitions - M1 3:35:08
2 Will Routley (Can) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda - M1 3:36:01
3 Christian Meier (Can) Garmin – Transitions - M1 3:36:51
4 Ryan Anderson (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies - M1 3:37:12
5 Nic Hamilton (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes - M1 3:41:05
6 Tim Abercrombie (Can) Garneau Evolution - M1 s.t.
7 Cyrus Kangarloo (Can) Total Restoration Cycling Team - M1 3:41:40
8 Mike Sidic (Can) Team H&R BLOCK - M2 s.t.
9 William Goodfellow (Can) BikeReg.com/Cannondale - M1 3:41:55
10 Curtis Deardon (Can) Garneau Evolution - M2 3:42:37
11 Garrett McLeod (Can) Team H&R BLOCK - M1 3:43:32
12 David Stephens (Can) Team Coastal - M2 3:44:20
13 Justin Kerr (Can) Team H&R BLOCK - M1 3:52:44
14 Aaron Schooler (Can) Team H&R BLOCK - M1 3:52:48
15 Chris McNeil (Can) Team H&R BLOCK - M1 3:52:51
16 Jeffrey Werner (Can) Garneau Evolution - M2 3:52:57
17 David Gillam (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling - M2 3:53:15
18 Kyle Buckosky (Can) Team Coastal - M2 3:53:46
19 Jason Kilmartin (Can) Balance Point Racing - M2 3:53:48
20 Hugh Trenchard (Can) Dr. Walker Chiropractor - M1 3:55:21
21 Bradley Clifford (Can) ERTC Revolution - M1 3:55:47
22 Dan MacDonald (Can) Total Restoration Cycling Team - M1
23 Mike Elliston (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling - M2
24 Steven Devantier (Can) Local Ride Racing - M2 all s.t.
25 Bailey Mcknight (Can) Synergy - M2 3:55:49
26 Bart Ludbrook (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling - M2 3:55:50
DNF Andrew Pinfold (Can) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis - M1
DNF Roman Kilun (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis - M1
DNF Marsh Cooper (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies - M1
DNF Alex Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - M1
DNF Cheyne Hoag (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - M1
DNF Sebastian Salas (Can) Team H&R BLOCK - M1
DNF Adam Thuss (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes - M1
DNF Dan Skinner (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes - M1
DNF Boris Martin (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes - M2
DNF Jamie Sparling (Can) Total Restoration Cycling Team - M1
DNF Shawn Bunnin (Can) Total Restoration Cycling Team - M1
DNF Marcel Aarden (Can) Total Restoration Cycling Team - M1
DNF Christopher McGarity (Can) Garneau Evolution - M1
DNF Matthew O'Hagan (Can) Garneau Evolution - M1
DNF Geoff O'Toole (Can) Garneau Evolution - M1
DNF Jesse Reams (Can) Garneau Evolution - M2
DNF John Perkins (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling - M1
DNF Maurice Worsfold (Can) Team Coastal - M1
DNF Chris Worsfold (Can) Team Coastal - M1
DNF Mike Rothengatter (Can) dEVo - M2
DNF Marvin Guzman (Can) Independent - M2
DNF Stephen Ferris (Can) Calgary Cycle/top gear - M2
DNF Allan Prazsky (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling - M1
DNF Dustin Andrews (Can) Team H&R BLOCK - M1
DNF Zachary Young (Can) Local Ride - M2
DNS Morgan Schmitt (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis - M1
DNS Adrian Hegyvary (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis - M1
DNS Mark MacDonald (Can) Team H&R BLOCK - M1
DNS Jacob Schwingboth (Can) Team H&R BLOCK - M2
DNS Tyler Trace (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes - M1
DNS Mathew Bell (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes - M1
DNS Nathan MacDonald (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes - M1
DNS Andrew Kyle (Can) Garneau Evolution - M1
DNS Guy Biggar (Can) Garneau Evolution - M2
DNS Rory McAdams (USA) Glotman Simpson Cycling - M1
DNS Cuylar Conly (Can) Westwood Cycle/Cannondale p/b Vision Sports - M2
DNS Geoff Macdonald (Can) ERTC Revolution - M2
DNS Cody Campbell (Can) Trek-Livestrong U23 - M1
 
Final Overall
1 Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin – Transitions - M1 29 pts
2 Will Routley (Can) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda - M1 24
3 Nic Hamilton (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes - M1 24
4 Christian Meier (Can) Garmin – Transitions - M1 23
5 Justin Kerr (Can) Team H&R BLOCK - M1 14
6 Jamie Sparling (Can) Total Restoration Cycling Team - M1 13
7 Sebastian Salas (Can) Team H&R BLOCK - M1 10
8 Mike Sidic (Can) Team H&R BLOCK - M2 10
9 Cyrus Kangarloo (Can) Total Restoration Cycling Team - M1 10
10 Shawn Bunnin (Can) Total Restoration Cycling Team - M1 9
11 Marsh Cooper (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies - M1 9
12 William Goodfellow (Can) BikeReg.com/Cannondale - M1 8
13 Bailey Mcknight (Can) Synergy - M2 7
14 Garrett McLeod (Can) Team H&R BLOCK - M1 7
15 Roman Kilun (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis - M1 3
16 Cheyne Hoag (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - M1 3
17 Aaron Schooler (Can) Team H&R BLOCK - M1 3
18 Chris McNeil (Can) Team H&R BLOCK - M1 3
19 Adam Thuss (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes - M1 3
20 Dan Skinner (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes - M1 3
21 Boris Martin (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes - M2 3
22 Dan MacDonald (Can) Total Restoration Cycling Team - M1 3
23 Christopher McGarity (Can) Garneau Evolution - M1 3
24 Matthew O'Hagan (Can) Garneau Evolution - M1 3
25 Geoff O'Toole (Can) Garneau Evolution - M1 3
26 Jesse Reams (Can) Garneau Evolution - M2 3
27 Kyle Buckosky (Can) Team Coastal - M2 3
28 Bradley Clifford (Can) ERTC Revolution - M1 3
29 Jason Kilmartin (Can) Balance Point Racing - M2 3
30 Jeffrey Werner (Can) Garneau Evolution - M2 3
31 Marvin Guzman (Can) Independent - M2 3
32 Bart Ludbrook (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling - M2 3
33 Dustin Andrews (Can) Team H&R BLOCK - M1 3

 


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