Posted by Editoress on 04/10/15
Silber Pro Cycling team director Gord Fraser reports on team leader Ryan Roth's move into the leader's jersey at the Redlands Classic after Thursday's time trial stage:
The teams competing in the Redlands Classic traveled up to chilly Big Bear resort for stage 2: a fairly straightforward out and back course along the north shore of Big Bear Lake.
Silber Pro Cycling was quietly confident going into today. We boast proven time trial rider Ryan Roth but also possess emerging time trialling talent in our young riders: Alex Cataford, Nigel Ellsay, and Matteo Dal Cin.
Optum also had reason to be confident with last year's time trial stage winner Tom Zirbel on hand, as well as Phil Gaimon and Michael Woods contending for the overall.
Zirbel would indeed defend his title, coming the closest to the field to break 15 minutes by a scant two seconds, but in terms of the general classification he had lost an important 30 seconds in Stage One.
Ryan started behind Chris Horner, a former winner of the Vuelta Espana and four-time winner of Redlands. My old teammate hasn't put a strong time trial performance together in the past couple of years, so the idea of catching Chris was discussed. It proved prophetic as Ryan would take 30 seconds from the legend and sneak past Horner with 100m to go. This motivation surely helped Ryan finish second on the stage, eight seconds behind Zirbel.
But would it be enough to take yellow? Thirteen more riders still had to finish, and all were capable of a great time. Silber, however, would win the day with Ryan taking the race lead by four seconds over Gaimon and six seconds in front of Dion Smith (Hincapie). Silber's Alex Cataford also had a fantastic ride with a ninth place on the stage, giving us a wild card with the Kanata native sitting a very lofty fourth overall.
I personally rate Redlands as the most prestigious stage race in America behind the obvious 'Big 3' of [Tours of] California, Utah, and Colorado. Today produced a great result for us, and with it comes the challenge of defending it with honor; a challenge we will gratefully accept.
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