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September 3/14 20:39 pm - Tour of Alberta: Stage 1 report, photos and results


Posted by Editoress on 09/3/14
 

Germany's Ruben Zepuntke Wins Stage 1 in Lethbridge
The Netherland's Tom Dumoulin retains overall lead

The Bissell Development Team, owned by Canadian resident and former cycling star Axel Merckx, took a big step forward as a program with German Ruben Zepuntke outsprinting Lithuanian sensation Ramunas Navardauskas of Garmin-Sharp Wednesday night in Lethbridge

 

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Contested under torrential rain the entire race, which current race leader Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands called "horrible", the world-class field faced puddles of water sometimes 25 centimetres inches deep along the circuitous route around Lethbridge. Ironically, the city has one of the driest climates in all of Canada.

"I was a little bit tired today and the rain didn't help. It was tough out in those conditions today," said Dumoulin. "I am still a little bit jet-lagged after coming over from Holland. It is like finishing at 2 a.m. for me, so the body reacts strange. My team worked hard and I'm happy to still have leader's jersey."

The six-lap circuit of 22 kilometres each saw an early breakaway of three riders go clear after the second lap. It took most the race for Dumoulin's Team Giant-Shimano to eventually catch the breakaway, which included Orica-GreenEDGE's Matthew Hayman of Australia, 22-year-old Robin Carpenter of Hincapie Development Team and Belgian Nathan Van Hooydonck of Bissell Development Team. Haymen, 36, and Van Hooydonck, 18, comprised one of the oldest riders in the race with the youngest.

 

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The break

 

For their efforts, Carpenter picked up critical King of the Mountains points during his break away to claim the Go Auto KOM jersey. Hayman was named the Simpson & Maxwell Power jersey as most aggressive rider. By virtue of his win, Zepuntke claimed the Subway Sprint Points jersey.  The 23-year-old Dumoulin also was claimed the Best Young jersey for the second day.

"This is the biggest win of my career, for sure," said Zepuntke, who is only 21 years old. "The Tour of Alberta is a big race. We're racing against some of the biggest teams in the world, so, this win is special."

The race conditions throughout the 142-kilometre race were 7 degrees Celsius with heavy rain. Riders shivered and battled borderline hypothermia post race as they warmed in team buses.

"My body is not used to these conditions," Dumoulin said. "I've been racing in sunny and warm conditions in Europe, so, this reminds me of the spring in The Netherlands."

 

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Top Canadian Ryan Anderson

 

Canadian Ryan Anderson placed third in the stage at Lethbridge, elevating him to 7th place overall due to a four-second time bonus. Anderson remains only 19 seconds behind in the overall standings. Zepuntke elevated to second overall behind Dumoulin, only six seconds behind on the leader board. American Tom Danielson dropped one place to 4th overall while Romania's Serghei Tvetcov fell to 3rd place overall after finishing second in Tuesday's Prologue in Calgary, Tuesday.

Wednesday's Stage 2 starts in Innisfail, a first-time host for the Tour of Alberta and routes north to the city of Red Deer, which played host to a finish last year. The race is 145 kilometers and finishes with three circuits within the Alberta's third largest city. The race is expected to be another fight for a sprint finish, yet, last year the race coming from the north saw a breakaway of two riders racing to the finish with the peloton chasing.

 

Canadians

"With the cold weather today, I personally went through different phases," commented Anderson.  "At first I was feeling very well on the first lap, then I got really cold after the second lap. My teammates rallied behind me and did a great job to bring me some clothing, and I started to warm up and feel better.  At the finish, my teammate Eric Young and I were both there, and waited to see how it went, and then build the race from there. I tried to adapt to the finish the best I could. There were some good guys up there, so I am still happy with the result."

For the national team, it was a difficult day. Gord Fraser, the team director, expects a better outcome tomorrow: "We had some tough conditions today, and we are disappointed to miss the front split.  We look forward to better weather tomorrow."

 

 

Province of Alberta Leader's Jersey
Tom Dumoulin (NED), Team Giant-Shimano

SUBWAY® Sprint Points Jersey
Ruben Zepuntke (GER), Bissell Development

Go Auto King of the Mountain Jersey
Robin Carpenter (USA), Hincapie Sportswear

ATB Financial Best Young Rider Jersey
Tom Dumoulin (NED), Team Giant-Shimano

Pomeroy Inn & Suites Best Canadian Jersey
Ryan Anderson (CAN), Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies

Simson Maxwell Power Jersey
Mathew Hayman (AUS), Orica-GreenEDGE

 

Courtesy Tour of Alberta


 

Results from the second stage


Stage 1: Lethbridge Circuit, 143 km
1 Ruben Zepuntke (Ger) Bissell Development Team 3:18:10
2 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-Sharp
3 Ryan Anderson (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
4 Dion Smith (NZl) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team
5 Benjamin King (USA) Garmin-Sharp
6 Daniel Summerhill (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
7 Tyler Magner (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team
8 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin-Sharp
9 James Oram (NZl) Bissell Development Team
10 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
11 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
12 Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
13 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano
14 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEDGE
15 Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team SmartStop
16 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEDGE
17 Nicolai Brochner (Den) Bissell Development Team
18 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano
19 Tanner Putt (USA) Bissell Development Team
20 Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
21 Nicky van der Lijke (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
22 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale
23 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
24 Joseph Rosskopf (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team
25 Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp
26 Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEDGE
27 Alexander Candelario (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
28 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEDGE
29 Toms Skujins (Lat) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team
30 Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale
31 Oscar Clark (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team
32 Jean-Michel Lachance (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
33 Joseph Schmalz (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team
34 Serghei Tvetcov (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
35 Michael Woods (Can) 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda
36 Daniel Eaton (USA) Bissell Development Team all s:t:
37 Phillip Gaimon (USA) Garmin-Sharp 0:41
38 Eric Young (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
39 Garrett McCleod (Can) Canadian National Team
40 Zach Bell (Can) Team SmartStop
41 Pierrick Naud (Can) Garneau - Québecor
42 Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin-Sharp
43 Robin Carpenter (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team
44 James Stemper (USA) 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda
45 Ryan Roth (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
46 Marc Demaar (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
47 Matej Mohoric (Slo) Cannondale
48 Theo Bos (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
49 Hugo Houle (Can) Canadian National Team
50 Adam Matthew Farabaugh (USA) Garneau - Québecor
51 Chad Beyer (USA) 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda
52 Travis McCabe (USA) Team SmartStop
53 Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Cannondale
54 Benjamin Perry (Can) Canadian National Team
55 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Cannondale 1:01
56 Edward King (USA) Cannondale
57 Stuart Wight (Can) Canadian National Team 1:06
58 Eric Marcotte (USA) Team SmartStop s.t.
59 Scott Zwizanski (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 1:24
60 Joseph Lewis (Aus) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team 1:40
61 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 1:42
62 Thomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team s.t.
63 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica GreenEDGE 3:44
64 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
65 Robert Förster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
66 Sam Basseitti (USA) 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda
67 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
68 Simon-Pierre Gauthier (Can) Garneau - Québecor
69 Benjamin Chaddock (Can) Garneau - Québecor
70 Jacob Kauffmann (Aus) Garneau - Québecor
71 Brad Huff (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
72 Nic Hamlton (Can) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
73 Sean Mazich (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
74 Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Team Giant-Shimano all s.t.
75 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 4:13
76 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 4:15
77 Davide Frattini (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
78 Gavin Mannion (USA) Garmin-Sharp
79 Caleb Fairly (USA) Garmin-Sharp all s.t.
80 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 5:55
81 Kirk Carlsen (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
82 Ian Burnett (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
83 Tom Zirbel (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
84 Jean-Sebastian Perron (Can) Canadian National Team
85 Thierry Hupond (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano
86 Matteo Dal-Cin (Can) Silber Pro Cycling all s.t.
87 Taylor Sheldon (USA) 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda 5:58
88 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Shimano
89 David Williams (USA) 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda both s.t.
90 Nathan van Hooydonck (Bel) Bissell Development Team 8:29
91 David Tanner (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 8:41
92 Rob Britton (Can) Team SmartStop
93 Jordan Cheyne (Can) Canadian National Team
94 Daan Olivier (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano
95 Jacob Rathe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
96 Travis Livermon (USA) Team SmartStop
97 Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
98 Robert Sweeting (USA) 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda
99 Will Routley (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
100 Adam de Vos (Can) Canadian National Team
101 Janvier Hadi (Rwa) Garneau - Québecor
102 Logan Owen (USA) Bissell Development Team
103 Nigel Ellsay (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
104 Gregory Daniel (USA) Bissell Development Team
105 Shane Kline (USA) Team SmartStop
106 Steve Fisher (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
107 Bruno Langlois (Can) 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda all s.t.
108 William Goodfellow (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 13:05
109 Aurélien Passeron (Fra) Silber Pro Cycling 13:11
110 Thomas Soladay (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
111 Steven Lammertink (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano both s.t.
112 Kristofer Dahl (Can) Team SmartStop 22:24
113 Thomas Peterson (USA) Team Giant-Shimano s.t.
DNF Robert Ralph (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
DNF Derrick St. John (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
DNF Cody Canning (Can) Canadian National Team
DNF Geoffroy Dussault (Can) Garneau - Québecor
DNF Julien Gagne (Can) Garneau - Québecor
 
GC
1 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 3:24:09
2 Ruben Zepuntke (Ger) Bissell Development Team at 0:13
3 Serghei Tvetcov (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:14
4 Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp 0:17
5 Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale 0:18
6 Daniel Summerhill (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team s.t.
7 Ryan Anderson (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:19
8 Joseph Rosskopf (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team 0:22
9 Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEDGE 0:23
10 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEDGE
11 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano
12 James Oram (NZl) Bissell Development Team all s.t.
13 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEDGE 0:26
14 Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
15 Benjamin King (USA) Garmin-Sharp both s.t.
16 Michael Woods (Can) 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda 0:28
17 Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE 0:30
18 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:31
19 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-Sharp 0:32
20 Dion Smith (NZl) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team s.t.
21 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:33
22 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEDGE 0:34
23 Joseph Schmalz (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team 0:35
24 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale 0:36
25 Oscar Clark (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team 0:37
26 Tyler Magner (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team 0:39
27 Daniel Eaton (USA) Bissell Development Team s.t.
28 Tanner Putt (USA) Bissell Development Team 0:40
29 Jean-Michel Lachance (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 0:42
30 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin-Sharp 0:44
31 Toms Skujins (Lat) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team 0:45
32 Nicky van der Lijke (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:48
33 Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team SmartStop 0:50
34 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:51
35 Nicolai Brochner (Den) Bissell Development Team 0:55
36 Alexander Candelario (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:57
37 Phillip Gaimon (USA) Garmin-Sharp 1:00
38 Zach Bell (Can) Team SmartStop 1:03
39 Ryan Roth (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 1:04
40 Robin Carpenter (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team 1:12
41 Travis McCabe (USA) Team SmartStop 1:18
42 Hugo Houle (Can) Canadian National Team 1:20
43 Adam Matthew Farabaugh (USA) Garneau - Québecor 1:21
44 Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Cannondale 1:23
45 Matej Mohoric (Slo) Cannondale 1:24
46 Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin-Sharp 1:25
47 Garrett McCleod (Can) Canadian National Team 1:26
48 Marc Demaar (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 1:31
49 Chad Beyer (USA) 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda 1:33
50 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Cannondale 1:36
51 Benjamin Perry (Can) Canadian National Team 1:42
52 Eric Marcotte (USA) Team SmartStop s.t.
53 James Stemper (USA) 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda 1:45
54 Pierrick Naud (Can) Garneau - Québecor 1:48
55 Eric Young (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 1:50
56 Edward King (USA) Cannondale 2:02
57 Scott Zwizanski (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 2:04
58 Theo Bos (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 2:09
59 Joseph Lewis (Aus) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team 2:13
60 Stuart Wight (Can) Canadian National Team 2:14
61 Thomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 2:27
62 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 3:02
63 Nic Hamlton (Can) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 4:25
64 Sam Basseitti (USA) 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda 4:29
65 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE 4:30
66 Jacob Kauffmann (Aus) Garneau - Québecor 4:36
67 Benjamin Chaddock (Can) Garneau - Québecor 4:39
68 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE 4:40
69 Brad Huff (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 4:46
70 Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Team Giant-Shimano 4:47
71 Gavin Mannion (USA) Garmin-Sharp 4:50
72 Simon-Pierre Gauthier (Can) Garneau - Québecor 4:58
73 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 4:59
74 Sean Mazich (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 4:59
75 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 5:00
76 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica GreenEDGE 5:01
77 Caleb Fairly (USA) Garmin-Sharp 5:06
78 Robert Förster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 5:08
79 Davide Frattini (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 5:14
80 Tom Zirbel (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 6:31
81 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Shimano 6:34
82 Taylor Sheldon (USA) 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda s.t.
83 Kirk Carlsen (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 6:36
84 Thierry Hupond (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano 6:39
85 David Williams (USA) 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda 6:43
86 Ian Burnett (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis s.t.
87 Matteo Dal-Cin (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 6:44
88 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 7:03
89 Jean-Sebastian Perron (Can) Canadian National Team 7:28
90 Rob Britton (Can) Team SmartStop 9:05
91 Daan Olivier (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 9:07
92 Nathan van Hooydonck (Bel) Bissell Development Team 9:11
93 David Tanner (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 9:14
94 Bruno Langlois (Can) 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda s.t.
95 Jordan Cheyne (Can) Canadian National Team 9:15
96 Will Routley (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 9:17
97 Robert Sweeting (USA) 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda s.t.
98 Adam de Vos (Can) Canadian National Team 9:30
99 Gregory Daniel (USA) Bissell Development Team
100 Travis Livermon (USA) Team SmartStop both s.t.
101 Nigel Ellsay (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 9:31
102 Logan Owen (USA) Bissell Development Team 9:34
103 Jacob Rathe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 9:36
104 Shane Kline (USA) Team SmartStop s.t.
105 Steve Fisher (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 9:39
106 Janvier Hadi (Rwa) Garneau - Québecor 10:04
107 Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 10:11
108 Thomas Soladay (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 14:12
109 Aurélien Passeron (Fra) Silber Pro Cycling 14:18
110 Steven Lammertink (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 14:25
111 William Goodfellow (Can) Silber Pro Cycling s.t.
112 Thomas Peterson (USA) Team Giant-Shimano 23:24
113 Kristofer Dahl (Can) Team SmartStop 23:30

 

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