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September 4/13 17:17 pm - Tour of Alberta: Stage 1 report, results and photos


Posted by Editoress on 09/4/13
 

The 2013 Tour of Alberta continued Wednesday (September 4th) with the first mass-start road race stage in the beautiful Strathcona County. With a highly successful prologue yesterday, riders were ready to hit the roads of Alberta for this first road race, a 158 kilometre route from Strathcona County to the small town of Camrose.

The race started with a very fast tempo. A few break attempts were unsuccessful, until a group of four riders found themselves all alone in the front. With no threats in the break, the peloton of approximately 113 cyclists were content to leave the attack alone, controlling the gap at around two minutes.

With about 50 kilometres to go, the peloton slowly closed the gap on the break, and captured the four exhausted riders in the third and last lap of the Camrose circuit. The teams organized themselves for the sprint, with Cannondale Pro Cycling all pulling for Peter Sagan, who wore the Province of Alberta Leader's Jersey.

 

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Peter Sagan takes the win

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In the sprint finale, it came as no surprise that Peter Sagan of Cannondale Pro Cycling Team took the victory after 3:22:17 of racing, capturing an important 10-second time bonus that comes with the victory to increase his General Classification lead to 23 seconds.

For the Canadian National Team in the race, Rob Britton remains the top rider, with a time deficit of 1:10 on the leader,followed by Antoine Duchesne, just one second behind.

Gord Fraser, the directeur sportif for the Canadian Team here at the Tour of Alberta, was pleased with the results of this young team.

"For Cycling Canada, this is an introduction for some of these guys at this level of competition. The guys executed good team tactics, and there is good harmony in the team. We don't really have a big candidate for a sprint. Jean-Sébastien goes pretty fast and Antoine is in very good shape. There are going to take a sniff at the finish line, but realistically at this level, it's a tall order."

"There is a lot that can be lost in a race like today, and we didn't lose anything. We still have Antoine and Rob pretty high the general classification. Most importantly, just to get that first day out of the way. Today we did 45 minutes at 54km/h average. That is as fast as I ever seen a bike race in my career. The pace was very high and the guys withstood that intensity very well. Lots of positives today, and hopefully as the race wears on we can become more ambitious with our goals."

 

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Ryder Hesjedal was a lap early...

 

Wearing the Best Canadian Jersey after the prologue, Ryder Hesjedal of Team Garmin-Sharp finished with the bunch, and conserves his red jersey for tomorrow's stage.

The race travelled throughout some beautiful prairie lands, home of the flourishing ranching and farming industries in Alberta. With wide open range roads used for the trek, riders were treated with some gorgeous scenery on a cloudless day.

Once again, the race was a big hit in terms of spectators, with thousands of fans gathering at the start line in Strathcona County to launch the race, and as many flocking to downtown core of Camrose to witness the finish.

This inaugural Tour of Alberta continues Thursday with Stage Two, a 158.1 kilometre run between Devon and Red Deer.

The Canadian broadcast partner for the Tour of Alberta, Sportsnet, will be airing the race live for two hours each day, along with daily one-hour highlights program to air in primetime each day of the race. Globally, the Tour of Alberta will be broadcast in 162 countries, reaching an estimated 168 million viewers.

 

Results from today's second stage in Alberta

 

Stage 1: Strathcona County to Camrose, 158 km
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 3:22:17
2 Eric Young (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
3 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
4 Ryan Anderson (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
5 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Argos-Shimano
6 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team
7 Fabian Wegemann (Ger) Team Garmin-Sharp
8 Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling
9 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano
10 John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
11 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
12 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) ORICA-GreenEDGE
13 Pieter Weening (Ned) ORICA-GreenEDGE
14 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team
15 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
16 Robert Sweeting (USA) 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda
17 Nicholai Brochner (Den) Bissell Pro Cycling
18 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
19 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Team Garmin-Sharp
20 Cam Meyer (Aus) ORICA-GreenEDGE
21 Jean-Michel Lachance (Can) Canadian National Team
22 Damiano Caruso (Italy) Cannondale Pro Cycling
23 Rohan Dennis (Aus) Team Garmin-Sharp
24 Fummi Beppu (Japan) ORICA-GreenEDGE
25 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
26 Francisco Mancebo (Spain) 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda
27 Frank Pipp (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
28 Clinton Avery (NZl) Champion System Pro Cycling
29 Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
30 Shawn Milne (USA) 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda
31 Amaël Moinard (France) BMC Racing Team
32 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano
33 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano
34 Tommy Nankervis (Aus) Bissell Pro Cycling
35 Michael Woods (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor
36 Michael Olsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano
37 Tom Zirbel (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies all s.t.
38 Andres Diaz (Col) 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda 0:10
39 Ben Chaddock (Can) SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis
40 Shane Kline (USA) SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis
41 Taylor Shelden (USA) 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda
42 Benjamin Day (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
43 Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing Team
44 Antoine Duchesne (Can) Canadian National Team
45 Travis Mccabe (USA) SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis
46 Andrew Dahlheim (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
47 Kirk Carlsen (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
48 Chad Haga (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
49 Chad Beyer (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling
50 Clay Murfet (Aus) SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis
51 Steve Morabito (Sui) BMC Racing Team
52 David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Sharp
53 Christian VandeVelde (USA) Team Garmin-Sharp
54 Rob Britton (Can) Canadian National Team
55 Silvan Dillier (Sui) BMC Racing Team
56 Chris Butler (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling
57 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
58 Flavio De Luna (Mex) SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis
59 Ryan Roth (Can) Champion System Pro Cycling
60 Bruno Langlois (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor all s.t.
61 Alexander Cataford (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor 0:16
62 Pierrick Naud (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor s.t.
63 Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Team Garmin-Sharp 0:19
64 Michael Chauner (USA) Equipe Garneau-Québecor 0:21
65 Jakub Novak (Cze) BMC Racing Team 0:24
66 Serghei Tvetcov (Mld) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
67 Derrick St John (Can) Canadian National Team
68 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano
69 Edward King (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling
70 Adam Farabaugh (USA) Equipe Garneau-Québecor
71 Jean-Sebastien Perron (Can) Canadian National Team
72 Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling
73 Jason McCartney (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling all s.t.
74 Luke Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 0:28
75 Aidis Kroupis (Ltu) ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:29
76 David Zabriskie (USA) Team Garmin-Sharp
77 Scott Zwizanski (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
78 Garrett McLeod (Can) Canadian National Team
79 Max Jenkins (USA) 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda
80 Emerson Oronte (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
81 Jack Bobridge (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
82 Marc Goos (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
83 Carter Jones (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling all s.t.
84 Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano 0:35
85 Davide Frattini (Italy) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling s.t.
86 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:37
87 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Team Garmin-Sharp
88 Michael Hepburn (Aus) ORICA-GreenEDGE
89 Jeffry Louder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling all s.t.
90 Geoffroy Dussault (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor 0:48
91 Robert Forster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
92 Ryan Aitcheson (Can) Canadian National Team
93 Sean Mazich (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda all s.t.
94 Ken Hanson (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 1:05
95 Thomas Soladay (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 1:13
96 Charles Huff (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 1:15
97 Michael Friedman (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies s.t.
98 Eric Marcotte (USA) SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis 1:27
99 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 1:34
100 Fu Shiu Cheung (HKg) Champion System Pro Cycling 1:40
101 Jiyong Kang (Kor) ORICA-GreenEDGE
102 Simon-Pierre Gauthier (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor
103 Stuart Wight (Can) Canadian National Team
104 Benjamin Wolfe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
105 Kristofer Dahl (Can) SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis all s.t.
106 David Williams (USA) 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda 2:07
107 William Clarke (Aus) Team Argos-Shimano 4:10
108 Jeremy Powers (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
109 Aldo Ilesic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling both s.t.
110 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling 4:11
111 Nariyuki Masuda (Japan) Cannondale Pro Cycling 4:13
112 Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale Pro Cycling
113 Brian Vandborg (Den) Cannondale Pro Cycling
114 Bobby Lea (USA) SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis all s.t.
115 Nic Hamlton (Can) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 6:09
116 Zach Bell (Can) Champion System Pro Cycling
117 James Stemper (USA) 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda both s.t.
 
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1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 3:30:35
2 Rohan Dennis (Aus) Team Garmin-Sharp at 0:23
3 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano 0:24
4 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:30
5 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:31
6 Pieter Weening (Ned) ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:39
7 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 0:39
8 Tom Zirbel (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:40
9 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Team Garmin-Sharp 0:40
10 Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:41
11 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 0:42
12 Chad Haga (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:43
13 Damiano Caruso (Italy) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:43
14 John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 0:46
15 Cam Meyer (Aus) ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:49
16 Shawn Milne (USA) 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda 0:49
17 Robert Sweeting (USA) 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda 0:52
18 Benjamin Day (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 0:52
19 Francisco Mancebo (Spain) 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda 0:53
20 David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Sharp 0:54
21 Ryan Anderson (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:55
22 Christian Vandevelde (USA) Team Garmin-Sharp 0:55
23 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 0:56
24 Amaël Moinard (France) BMC Racing Team 0:57
25 Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:59
26 Rob Britton (Can) Canadian National Team 1:01
27 Michael Olsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano 1:01
28 Antoine Duchesne (Can) Canadian National Team 1:02
29 Eric Young (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 1:03
30 Ryan Roth (Can) Champion System Pro Cycling 1:04
31 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 1:04
32 Travis McCabe (USA) SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis 1:05
33 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Argos-Shimano 1:06
34 Fabian Wegemann (Ger) Team Garmin-Sharp 1:07
35 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) ORICA-GreenEDGE 1:07
36 David Zabriskie (USA) Team Garmin-Sharp 1:09
37 Andres Diaz (Col) 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda 1:09
38 Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling 1:10
39 Clinton Avery (NZl) Champion System Pro Cycling 1:10
40 Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Team Garmin-Sharp 1:12
41 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 1:12
42 Taylor Shelden (USA) 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda 1:12
43 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 1:13
44 Silvan Dillier (Sui) BMC Racing Team 1:13
45 Kirk Carlsen (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 1:13
46 Edward King (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling 1:16
47 Bruno Langlois (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor 1:16
48 Nicholai Brochner (Den) Bissell Pro Cycling 1:16
49 Serghei Tvetcov (Mld) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 1:17
50 Jakub Novak (Cze) BMC Racing Team 1:18
51 Adam Farabaugh (USA) Equipe Garneau-Québecor 1:18
52 Clay Murfet (Aus) SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis 1:19
53 Alexander Cataford (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor 1:20
54 Jean-Michel Lachance (Can) Canadian National Team 1:22
55 Shane Kline (USA) SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis 1:22
56 Tommy Nankervis (Aus) Bissell Pro Cycling 1:22
57 Michael Woods (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor 1:23
58 Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling 1:24
59 Jason Mccartney (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 1:26
60 Marc Goos (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 1:30
61 Steve Morabito (Sui) BMC Racing Team 1:32
62 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano 1:33
63 Scott Zwizanski (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 1:33
64 Flavio De Luna (Mex) SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis 1:33
65 Pierrick Naud (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor 1:36
66 Garrett McLeod (Can) Canadian National Team 1:36
67 Fummi Beppu (Jpn) ORICA-GreenEDGE 1:37
68 Frank Pipp (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 1:37
69 Emerson Oronte (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 1:38
70 Jeffry Louder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 1:41
71 Andrew Dahlheim (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 1:42
72 Michael Hepburn (Aus) ORICA-GreenEDGE 1:42
73 Chris Butler (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling 1:42
74 Jack Bobridge (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 1:51
75 Robert Forster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 1:51
76 Luke Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 1:53
77 Chad Beyer (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling 1:54
78 Derrick St John (Can) Canadian National Team 1:56
79 Davide Frattini (Italy) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 1:56
80 Sean Mazich (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 2:02
81 Aidis Kroupis (Ltu) ORICA-GreenEDGE 2:04
82 Charles Huff (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 2:05
83 Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano 2:06
84 Ryan Aitcheson (Can) Canadian National Team 2:09
85 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 2:09
86 Jean-Sebastien Perron (Can) Canadian National Team 2:11
87 Ben Chaddock (Can) SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis 2:11
88 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 2:15
89 Max Jenkins (USA) 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda 2:16
90 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Team Garmin-Sharp 2:18
91 Michael Chauner (USA) Equipe Garneau-Québecor 2:20
92 Eric Marcotte (USA) SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis 2:20
93 Ken Hanson (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 2:24
94 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 2:25
95 Benjamin Wolfe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 2:38
96 Kristofer Dahl (Can) SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis 2:39
97 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 2:41
98 Carter Jones (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 2:42
99 Thomas Soladay (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 2:51
100 Michael Friedman (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 2:58
101 David Williams (USA) 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda 3:05
102 Stuart Wight (Can) Canadian National Team 3:12
103 Geoffroy Dussault (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor 3:13
104 Simon-Pierre Gauthier (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor 3:21
105 Jiyong Kang (Kor) ORICA-GreenEDGE 3:34
106 Fu Shiu Cheung (HKg) Champion System Pro Cycling 3:34
107 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling 5:11
108 Jeremy Powers (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 5:12
109 Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale Pro Cycling 5:14
110 Brian Vandborg (Den) Cannondale Pro Cycling 5:19
111 Bobby Lea (USA) SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis 5:38
112 William Clarke (Aus) Team Argos-Shimano 5:43
113 Aldo Ilesic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 5:58
114 Nariyuki Masuda (Jpn) Cannondale Pro Cycling 6:12
115 Zach Bell (Can) Champion System Pro Cycling 7:06
116 Nic Hamlton (Can) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 7:09
117 James Stemper (USA) 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda 8:40

 


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