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September 6/13 18:25 pm - Tour of Alberta: Stage 3 story, photos and results


Posted by Editoress on 09/6/13
 

Rohan Dennis of Team Garmin-Sharp is the new Tour of Alberta leader, after the third stage.  Ryan Anderson (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) replaced Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) in the red jersey of Top Canadian rider, after finishing eighth on the stage.  In addition to the yellow jersey, Dennis takes the white jersey of Best Young Rider.  Former race leader Peter Sagan (Cannondale) retains the green Poinys jersey, although he is tied at 25 points with Dennis.  Robert Gesink (Belkin) takes over the Polka Dot mountain jersey.

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On the road on a beautiful prairie day

 

This stage, running from Strathmore to Drumheller, marks the midpoint of the Tour of Alberta.  The Australian cyclist riding with Team Garmin-Sharp was part of a large 18-man break for most of the race until a smaller group of six ProTour riders took the lead after the second categorized climb of the day.

 

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Cross winds split the field into multiple echelons



The wind was a major factor in the race all day, with crosswinds forcing the peloton to form echelons and breaking apart the field regularly.  The beginnings of the final break took off approximately 60 kilometres after the start of the race with 12 riders, which was later joined by a six-rider chase.  With five guys in the break at the top of the General Classification, the powerful group was certainly one to watch.



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The break with Rohan Dennis at the front

Once the merger between the chase and the break was completed, the 18-man group worked well together and managed to increase their lead throughout the entire race.  Race leader Peter Sagan's small team of six received little help in chasing down the leaders, and eventually stopped chasing, enabling the lead to ballon to nearly 17 minutes.

 

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Peter Sagan, the leader entering the stage, missed the critical break and was forced to rely on his exhausted teammates from Cannondale Pro Cycling team, who have been pulling the peloton for the last two days to keep him at the top of the standings. The other teams, with GC leaders in the break, did not help Cannondale close the gap.

 

Six riders attacked the lead group after the final KoM, and eventually would gain close to a one-minute gap on the chase group, before being brought back to nine seconds at the line.. The winning group group consisted of Dennis, Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing), Patrick Gretsch (Argos-Shimano), Steve Morabito (BMC Racing), Robert Gesink (Belkin Pro Cycing) and Damiano Caruso (Cannondale Pro Cycling)

 

 

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The final six

 

The group of six riders stayed together until the finish, with Rohan taking the first place in a photo finish in front of Bookwalter in second and Caruso in third.photo

In the General Classification, Dennis takes over the lead. Dennis enter stage four tomorrow with an 18 second lead on Brent Bookwalter of BMC racing, and 30 seconds on Damiano Caruso of Cannondale Pro Cycling.  Anderson came in second in the chase group.  Peter Sagan, who was leading since the opening prologue, drops to the 19th place, 16:35 behind.

The third stage finished in Drumheller, a small town tucked away in the picturesque Canadian Badlands along the Dinosaur Trail. To honour this special stage, Dennis received as a gift a 65 million year old dinosaur bone.

Anderson jumps to the eighth place of the overall classification, just 56 seconds outside Dennis. With two more stages left in the race and a lead of 7:20 on Alex Cataford of Garneau-Quebecor, second in the Best Canadian ranking, Anderson has a golden opportunity to end the Tour of Alberta in red. (right)

 

"I think today we got a true stage that the Tour of Alberta can provide, with winds and rollers. We raced hard all day to make that stage even better, even more exciting. It was game on pretty much from the first right turn today, and it's made it exciting for everyone watching. It adds to what the Tour of Alberta can be like, and develop into a hard race, not necessarily into climbs," said Anderson, who grew up just outside Edmonton in the small town of Spruce Grove. "Especially from being originally from Alberta, it's pretty sweet to wear red. I still want to get a stage podium, and I'll try for that the next couple of days. I think this is a nice addition for the tour, and we'll be hungry for more."

Anderson was part of the strategic attack and remained for the most part with the main group until the six riders detached themselves at the front: "I was pretty close to making that lead group at the end, but it was just a little too tough for me. I really didn't think it would come back, but it ended up being quite close. At least I was able to take the red jersey, which makes the day a little better. I helped chase a bit when I could. I didn't really want to chase by myself because I had no chance to win the stage."

The young rider has been enjoying a terrific season to date, stepping twice on the podium at last week’s USA Pro Challenge, and taking the fourth place in the first stage of the Tour of Alberta, notably. Next week, he'll suit up in the Canadian uniform, representing Canada at the UCI WorldTour race in Quebec and Montréal.

"For me this year, it's been a really good season. Just been racing in North America, but all the UCI races I have done have gone extremely well for me. I think it's gonna leapfrog me forward. After this, I will try to continue and do well at the two WorldTour races with the Canadian National Team in Québec and Montreal."

The 2013 Tour of Alberta continues tomorrow with the fourth stage in Black Diamond (SW of Calgary), and end on Sunday in Calgary.

 

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Results from today's stage in Alberta

Stage 3: Strathmore to Drumheller, 169.74 km
1 Rohan Dennis (Aus) Team Garmin-Sharp 3:55:31
2 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team
3 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling
4 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano
5 Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
6 Steve Morabito (Sui) BMC Racing Team all s.t.
7 Ryan Anderson (Can) Optum P/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:09
8 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team
9 Jakub Novak (Cze) BMC Racing Team
10 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling
11 Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling
12 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
13 Robert Sweeting (USA) 5-Hour Energy P/b Kenda
14 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
15 Francisco Mancebo (Esp) 5-Hour Energy P/b Kenda
16 Aidis Kroupis (Ltu) ORICA GreenEDGE all s.t.
17 James Stemper (USA) 5-Hour Energy P/b Kenda 1:18
18 Alexander Cataford (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor 7:03
19 Nicholai Brochner (Den) Bissell Pro Cycling 16:44
20 Kirk Carlsen (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 16:48
21 Derrick St John (Can) Canadian National Team
22 Jean-Michel Lachance (Can) Canadian National Team
23 Scott Zwizanski (USA) Optum P/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
24 Zach Bell (Can) Champion System Pro Cycling
25 Michael Chauner (USA) Equipe Garneau-Québecor
26 Andrew Dahlheim (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
27 Andres Diaz (Col) 5-Hour Energy P/b Kenda
28 Rob Britton (Can) Canadian National Team
29 Edward King (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling
30 Adam Farabaugh (USA) Equipe Garneau-Québecor
31 Ryan Roth (Can) Champion System Pro Cycling
32 Dennis van Winden (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
33 Robert Forster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
34 Christian Vandevelde (USA) Team Garmin-Sharp
35 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
36 Jack Bobridge (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
37 Fabian Wegemann (Ger) Team Garmin-Sharp
38 David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Sharp
39 Chris Butler (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling
40 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano
41 Luke Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
42 Nic Hamlton (Can) Jelly Belly P/b Kenda
43 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
44 William Clarke (Aus) Team Argos-Shimano
45 Ryan Aitcheson (Can) Canadian National Team
46 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) ORICA GreenEDGE
47 Tommy Nankervis (Aus) Bissell Pro Cycling
48 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
49 Silvan Dillier (Sui) BMC Racing Team
50 Max Jenkins (USA) 5-Hour Energy P/b Kenda
51 Frank Pipp (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
52 Michael Olsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano
53 Jiyong Kang (Kor) ORICA GreenEDGE
54 Ken Hanson (USA) Optum P/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
55 Garrett McLeod (Can) Canadian National Team
56 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Team Garmin-Sharp
57 Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing Team
58 Pierrick Naud (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor
59 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Argos-Shimano
60 Clay Murfet (Aus) SmartStop P/b Mountain Khakis
61 Travis Mccabe (USA) SmartStop P/b Mountain Khakis
62 Simon-Pierre Gauthier (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor
63 Stuart Wight (Can) Canadian National Team
64 Antoine Duchesne (Can) Canadian National Team
65 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano
66 Davide Frattini (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
67 Eric Marcotte (USA) SmartStop P/b Mountain Khakis
68 Shane Kline (USA) SmartStop P/b Mountain Khakis
69 Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale Pro Cycling
70 Chad Haga (USA) Optum P/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
71 Benjamin Wolfe (USA) Jelly Belly P/b Kenda
72 Marc Goos (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
73 Chad Beyer (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling
74 Geoffroy Dussault (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor
75 Kristofer Dahl (Can) SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis
76 Clinton Avery (NZl) Champion System Pro Cycling
77 Carter Jones (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
78 Benjamin Day (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
79 David Zabriskie (USA) Team Garmin-Sharp
80 Fummi Beppu (Jpn) ORICA GreenEDGE
81 Nariyuki Masuda (Jpn) Cannondale Pro Cycling
82 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team
83 Flavio De Luna (Mex) SmartStop P/b Mountain Khakis
84 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
85 Brian Vandborg (Den) Cannondale Pro Cycling
86 Shawn Milne (USA) 5-Hour Energy P/b Kenda
87 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling
88 Ben Chaddock (Can) SmartStop P/b Mountain Khakis
89 David Williams (USA) 5-Hour Energy P/b Kenda
90 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Team Garmin-Sharp
91 Serghei Tvetcov (Mda) Jelly Belly P/b Kenda
92 Bobby Lea (USA) SmartStop P/b Mountain Khakis
93 Tom Zirbel (USA) Optum P/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
94 Michael Friedman (USA) Optum P/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
95 Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano
96 Sean Mazich (USA) Jelly Belly P/b Kenda
97 Emerson Oronte (USA) Jelly Belly P/b Kenda
98 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Jelly Belly P/b Kenda
99 Thomas Soladay (USA) Optum P/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
100 Taylor Shelden (USA) 5-Hour Energy P/b Kenda
101 Eric Young (USA) Optum P/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
102 Jean-Sebastien Perron (Can) Canadian National Team
103 Aldo Ilesic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
104 Jason Mccartney (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
105 Bruno Langlois (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor
106 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano
107 Jeremy Powers (USA) Jelly Belly P/b Kenda
108 Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling
109 Michael Hepburn (Aus) ORICA GreenEDGE
110 Charles Huff (USA) Jelly Belly P/b Kenda
111 Cam Meyer (Aus) ORICA GreenEDGE
112 Jeffry Louder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
113 John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
114 Pieter Weening (Ned) ORICA GreenEDGE all s.t.
115 Michael Woods (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor 23:26
 
GC
1 Rohan Dennis (Aus) Team Garmin-Sharp 10:59:18
2 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team at 0:18
3 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:30
4 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 0:31
5 Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:34
6 Robert Sweeting (USA) 5-Hour Energy P/b Kenda 0:54
7 Francisco Mancebo (Spain) 5-Hour Energy P/b Kenda 0:55
8 Ryan Anderson (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:56
9 Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling 1:12
10 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 1:15
11 Jakub Novak (Cze) BMC Racing Team 1:20
12 Steve Morabito (Sui) BMC Racing Team 1:25
13 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 2:27
14 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling 5:13
15 Aidis Kroupis (Ltu) ORICA GreenEDGE 6:06
6 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 6:25
17 Alexander Cataford (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor 8:16
18 James Stemper (USA) 5-Hour Energy P/b Kenda 9:51
19 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 16:35
20 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano 17:03
21 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 17:11
22 Pieter Weening (Ned) ORICA GreenEDGE 17:18
23 Tom Zirbel (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 17:21
24 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Team Garmin-Sharp s.t.
25 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 17:23
26 Chad Haga (USA) Optum P/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 17:24
27 Silvan Dillier (Sui) BMC Racing Team 17:26
28 John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling s.t.
29 Cam Meyer (Aus) ORICA GreenEDGE 17:30
30 Shawn Milne (USA) 5-Hour Energy P/b Kenda s.t.
31 Benjamin Day (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 17:33
32 Serghei Tvetcov (Mda) Jelly Belly P/b Kenda 17:34
33 Christian VandeVelde (USA) Team Garmin-Sharp 17:36
34 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team 17:38
35 Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing Team 17:40
36 Eric Young (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 17:41
37 Rob Britton (Can) Canadian National Team 17:42
38 Michael Olsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano s.t.
39 Antoine Duchesne (Can) Canadian National Team 17:43
40 Ryan Roth (Can) Champion System Pro Cycling 17:45
41 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team s.t.
42 Travis Mccabe (USA) SmartStop P/b Mountain Khakis 17:46
43 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Jelly Belly P/b Kenda 17:47
44 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Argos-Shimano s.t.
45 Fabian Wegemann (Ger) Team Garmin-Sharp 17:48
46 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) ORICA GreenEDGE s.t.
47 Andres Diaz (Col) 5-Hour Energy P/b Kenda 17:50
48 Clinton Avery (NZl) Champion System Pro Cycling 17:51
49 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 17:53
50 Nicholai Brochner (Den) Bissell Pro Cycling
51 Taylor Shelden (USA) 5-Hour Energy P/b Kenda both s.t.
52 Kirk Carlsen (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 17:54
53 Edward King (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling 17:57
54 Bruno Langlois (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor s.t.
55 Clay Murfet (Aus) SmartStop P/b Mountain Khakis 18:00
56 Jean-Michel Lachance (Can) Canadian National Team 18:03
57 Shane Kline (USA) SmartStop P/b Mountain Khakis
58 Tommy Nankervis (Aus) Bissell Pro Cycling both s.t.
59 Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling 18:05
60 Marc Goos (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 18:11
61 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano 18:14
62 Scott Zwizanski (USA) Optum P/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
63 Flavio De Luna (Mex) SmartStop P/b Mountain Khakis both s.t.
64 Pierrick Naud (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor 18:17
65 Fummi Beppu (Jpn) ORICA GreenEDGE 18:18
66 Frank Pipp (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling s.t.
67 Emerson Oronte (USA) Jelly Belly P/b Kenda 18:19
68 Andrew Dahlheim (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 18:23
69 Michael Hepburn (Aus) ORICA GreenEDGE 18:23
70 Chris Butler (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling s.t.
71 Luke Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 18:34
72 Chad Beyer (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling 18:35
73 Derrick St John (Can) Canadian National Team 18:37
74 Davide Frattini (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling s.t.
75 Charles Huff (USA) Jelly Belly P/b Kenda 18:46
76 Dennis van Winden (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 18:50
77 Jean-Sebastien Perron (Can) Canadian National Team 18:52
78 Ben Chaddock (Can) SmartStop P/b Mountain Khakis s.t.
79 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 18:56
80 Max Jenkins (USA) 5-Hour Energy P/b Kenda 18:57
81 Garrett McLeod (Can) Canadian National Team s.t.
82 Eric Marcotte (USA) SmartStop P/b Mountain Khakis 19:01
83 Ken Hanson (USA) Optum P/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 19:05
84 Michael Chauner (USA) Equipe Garneau-Québecor 19:12
85 Adam Farabaugh (USA) Equipe Garneau-Québecor 19:21
86 Carter Jones (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 19:23
87 Jeffry Louder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 19:27
88 David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Sharp 19:32
89 Robert Forster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 19:37
90 Ryan Aitcheson (Can) Canadian National Team 19:48
91 Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano 19:52
92 Stuart Wight (Can) Canadian National Team 19:53
93 Geoffroy Dussault (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor 19:54
94 Jiyong Kang (Kor) ORICA GreenEDGE 20:15
95 David Zabriskie (USA) Team Garmin-Sharp 20:17
96 Kristofer Dahl (Can) SmartStop P/b Mountain Khakis 20:18
97 Sean Mazich (USA) Jelly Belly P/b Kenda 20:24
98 Michael Friedman (USA) Optum P/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 20:44
99 Benjamin Wolfe (USA) Jelly Belly P/b Kenda 20:50
100 David Williams (USA) 5-Hour Energy P/b Kenda 20:51
101 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Team Garmin-Sharp 20:56
102 Jack Bobridge (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 20:59
103 Thomas Soladay (USA) Optum P/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 21:13
104 Jason Mccartney (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 21:48
105 Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale Pro Cycling 21:55
106 Brian Vandborg (Den) Cannondale Pro Cycling 22:00
107 Jeremy Powers (USA) Jelly Belly P/b Kenda 22:10
108 Nariyuki Masuda (Jpn) Cannondale Pro Cycling 23:33
109 Zach Bell (Can) Champion System Pro Cycling 23:47
110 William Clarke (Aus) Team Argos-Shimano 24:21
111 Michael Woods (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor 24:42
112 Nic Hamlton (Can) Jelly Belly P/b Kenda 25:31
113 Aldo Ilesic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 26:21
114 Bobby Lea (USA) SmartStop P/b Mountain Khakis 27:20
115 Simon-Pierre Gauthier (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor 30:22

 

Jerseys
Green (Sprint) Peter Sagan (Cannondale)
Polka Dot (Climber) Robert Gesink (Belkin)
White (best young rider) Rohan Dennis (Garmin Sharp)
Maple Leaf (best Canadian) Ryan Anderson (Optum)
Blue (Most Aggressive) Steve Morabito (BMC)

 

Prologue

Stage 1

Stage 2

 


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Tour of Alberta September 3/13 - September 8/13,

Press Conference
Team Intros
Prologue
Stage 1
Stage 2
Stage 2 PT2
Stage 3
Stage 4
Stage 4 PT2
Stage 5
Stage 5 - PT2

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