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September 3/15 19:32 pm - Tour of Alberta: Stage 2


Posted by Editoress on 09/3/15
 

2015 Paris-Nice green jersey winner Michael Matthews has returned to the winners list, sprinting to a narrow victory on stage two of the Tour of Alberta.

The Canadian stage race marks a return to racing for Matthews, who completed his debut Tour de France with broken ribs in July.

The 24-year-old benefited from the heavy effort of his ORICA-GreenEDGE teammates in the closing stages of the race, firstly to shut down a late breakaway attempt and then in the final lead out.

After yesterday’s narrow defeat in the team time trial, bonus seconds from today’s victory move Matthews into the overall lead by ten seconds from Marco Coledan (Trek Factory Racing).

“It’s really nice to be back on the bike and feel like a professional rider again after the Tour de France and not really being able to animate the race,” Matthews said.

“We didn’t quite nail the team time trial yesterday so we didn’t have ambitions to help Trek during the stage.  We played our cards on hoping they would bring the break back and from about five kilometres to go we took control of the bunch.

“From then on it was just perfection really, the guys totally nailed it. We had a plan and they really executed it, even with the twisty roads and a lot of rain.

“I wouldn’t say I was flying but it was my first opportunity to open up in a sprint like that in a while. It was little bit foreign but I just had to take the confidence in my form at the moment.”

Sport director Dave McPartland credited the way the team handled and bounced back from a disappointing narrow loss yesterday.

“It’s a credit to all of the guys how quickly they turned things around and knuckled down today,” McPartland said. ”They pulled off one of the best lead outs they have done and they got the reward they deserve.”

“It was a pretty clear and simple plan and it went to plan today. We had numbers in the finish and they were able to execute really well.”

How it happened:

In cold and wet conditions, the first breakaway of the 2015 Tour of Alberta formed 20km into the second stage.

Cesare Benedetti (Bora-Argon18), Phil O'Donnell (Axeon), Ben Perry (Silber) and Thomas Vaubourzeix (Lupus) rode off the front of the peloton but never looked too dangerous, the bunch keeping them at just three minutes advantage.

Trek Factory Racing had a duel interest at the head of the peloton, working to protect their overall lead and set up their sprinter. Additional teams joined them and with eight kilometres remaining the full break has been swallowed up by a raging bunch.

A secondary move of five riders also tried their luck as a late attack but ORICA-GreenEDGE sent some of its horsepower to the front, including Canadian Svein Tuft, to shut it down.

From there, the Australian outfit could be seen at the head of the race, leading into the final corner and launching Matthews to the line.

Finishing with speed, Giant Alpecin’s Nikias Arndt was a narrow second place whilst Alexey Tsatevoch (Team Katusha) rounded out the podium.

ORICA-GreenEDGE press release

 

Results from stage 2 in Alberta

Stage 2: Grande Prairie County 171.6 km
1 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE 4:10:19
2 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin
3 Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Team Katusha
4 Travis McCabe (USA) Team SmartStop
5 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18
6 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE
7 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
8 Logan Owen (USA) Axeon Cycling
9 Miguel Bryon (USA) Hincapie Racing Team
10 Jasper Bovenhuis (Ned) Team Cannondale-Garmin
11 Wouter Wippert (Ned) Drapac Pro Cycling
12 Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek Factory Racing
13 Alexander Ray (NZl) Silber Pro Cycling
14 Justin Oien (USA) Axeon Cycling
15 Ryan Anderson (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
16 Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEDGE
17 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha
18 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing
19 Kris Dahl (Can) Team SmartStop
20 Evan Murphy (USA) Lupus Racing Team
21 Shane Archbold (NZl) Bora-Argon 18
22 Jesse Anthony (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
23 Alexander Porsev (Rus) Team Katusha
24 Felix Cote Bouvette (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling
25 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
26 Joseph Lewis (Aus) Hincapie Racing Team
27 Lasse-Norman Hansen (Den) Team Cannondale-Garmin
28 Dion Smith (NZl) Hincapie Racing Team
29 Alex Cataford (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
30 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEDGE
31 Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Team Katusha
32 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin
33 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Alpecin
34 Shane Kline (USA) Team SmartStop
35 Jan Barta (Cze) Bora-Argon 18
36 Florenz Knauer (Ger) H&R Block Pro Cycling
37 Alexandr Braico (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
38 Malcolm Rudolph (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling
39 Sergei Chernetsky (Rus) Team Katusha
40 Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha
41 Toms Skujina (Lat) Hincapie Racing Team
42 Josh Berry (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
43 Zach Bell (Can) Team SmartStop
44 Chad Beyer (USA) Lupus Racing Team
45 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Alpecin
46 Andzs Flaksis (Lat) Hincapie Racing Team
47 Scott Zwizanski (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
48 Eric Marcotte (USA) Team SmartStop
49 Gavin Mannion (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
50 Adam de Vos (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling
51 Michael Woods (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
52 Thomas Soladay (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
53 Daniel Eaton (USA) Axeon Cycling
54 Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Factory Racing
55 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha
56 Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin
57 Fredrik Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Alpecin
58 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
59 James Oram (NZl) Axeon Cycling
60 Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
61 Chris Putt (USA) Axeon Cycling
62 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
63 Lars van der Haar (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
64 Sven Erik Bystr¯m (Nor) Team Katusha
65 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling
66 Tyler Magner (USA) Hincapie Racing Team
67 Mackenzie Brennan (USA) Hincapie Racing Team
68 Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing
69 Nate Brown (USA) Team Cannondale-Garmin
70 Bailey McKnight (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling
71 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Bora-Argon 18
72 Jon Hornbeck (USA) Hincapie Racing Team
73 Michael Le Rossignol (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
74 Matteo Dal-Cin (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
75 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Team Cannondale-Garmin
76 Kristoffer Skjerping (Nor) Team Cannondale-Garmin
77 Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica-GreenEDGE
78 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Team Cannondale-Garmin
79 Michael Olheiser (USA) Lupus Racing Team
80 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEDGE
81 Davide Formolo (Ita) Team Cannondale-Garmin
82 Esward King (USA) Team Cannondale-Garmin
83 Geoffrey Curran (USA) Axeon Cycling
84 Steve Fisher (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
85 Ryan Roth (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
86 Taylor Shelden (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
87 Derrick St. John (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
88 Nigel Ellsay (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
89 Winston David (USA) Lupus Racing Team
90 Greg Daniel (USA) Axeon Cycling
91 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
92 Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
93 Gregory Rast (Sui) Trek Factory Racing
94 Matthieu Jeannes (Fra) Lupus Racing Team
95 Angus Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
96 Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing
97 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Factory Racing
98 Julian Kyer (USA) Team SmartStop
99 Kyle Murphy (USA) Lupus Racing Team
100 Mike Stone (USA) Lupus Racing Team
101 Tom Zirbel (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
102 Jure Rupnik (Slo) H&R Block Pro Cycling
103 Garrett McLeod (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling
104 Evan Huffman (USA) Team SmartStop
105 Phil O'Donnell (USA) Axeon Cycling all s.t.
106 Will Routley (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:29
107 Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica-GreenEDGE 0:42
108 Will Clarke (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling s.t.
109 Travis Meyer (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling 0:47
110 Jordan Kerby (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling s.t.
111 Peter Koning (Ned) Drapac Pro Cycling 0:56
112 Travis Livermon (USA) Team SmartStop 1:09
113 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE 0:00
114 Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Lupus Racing Team 1:18
115 Graeme Brown (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling 1:40
116 Jacob Schwingboth (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling 1:51
117 Ben Perry (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 4:00
118 Cesare Benedetti ITA Bora-Argon 18 s.t.
119 Travis Samuel (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling 5:10
120 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Trek Factory Racing s.t.
 
GC
1 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE 4:33:06
2 Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek Factory Racing at 0:10
3 Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEDGE
4 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing
5 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEDGE
6 Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Factory Racing
7 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEDGE
8 Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing
9 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Factory Racing
10 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE all s.t.
11 Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Team Katusha 0:14
12 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:18
13 Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Team Katusha
14 Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha
15 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha all s.t.
16 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:29
17 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18 0:33
18 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
19 Jan Barta (Cze) Bora-Argon 18
20 Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
21 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Bora-Argon 18 all s.t.
22 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:35
23 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Alpecin
24 Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin
25 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin all s.t.
26 Joseph Lewis (Aus) Hincapie Racing Team 0:36
27 Dion Smith (NZl) Hincapie Racing Team
28 Toms Skujina (Lat) Hincapie Racing Team
29 Andzs Flaksis (Lat) Hincapie Racing Team
30 Jon Hornbeck (USA) Hincapie Racing Team all s.t.
31 Jasper Bovenhuis (Ned) Team Cannondale-Garmin 0:40
32 Lasse-Norman Hansen (Den) Team Cannondale-Garmin
33 Nate Brown (USA) Team Cannondale-Garmin
34 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Team Cannondale-Garmin
35 Kristoffer Skjerping (Nor) Team Cannondale-Garmin
36 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Team Cannondale-Garmin
37 Davide Formolo (Ita) Team Cannondale-Garmin all s.t.
38 Wouter Wippert (Ned) Drapac Pro Cycling 0:50
39 Malcolm Rudolph (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling s.t.
40 Alexander Ray (NZl) Silber Pro Cycling 0:51
41 Alex Cataford (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
42 Sergei Chernetsky (Rus) Team Katusha
43 Matteo Dal-Cin (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
44 Ryan Roth (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
45 Nigel Ellsay (Can) Silber Pro Cycling all s.t.
46 Ryan Anderson (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:54
47 Evan Murphy (USA) Lupus Racing Team
48 Jesse Anthony (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
49 Chad Beyer (USA) Lupus Racing Team
50 Scott Zwizanski (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
51 Michael Woods (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
52 Michael Olheiser (USA) Lupus Racing Team
53 Kyle Murphy (USA) Lupus Racing Team
54 Mike Stone (USA) Lupus Racing Team
55 Tom Zirbel (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies all s.t.
56 Matthieu Jeannes (Fra) Lupus Racing Team 0:56
57 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Alpecin 1:00
58 Logan Owen (USA) Axeon Cycling 1:09
59 Daniel Eaton (USA) Axeon Cycling
60 James Oram (NZl) Axeon Cycling
61 Geoffrey Curran (USA) Axeon Cycling
62 Greg Daniel (USA) Axeon Cycling all s.t.
63 Alexander Porsev (Rus) Team Katusha 1:13
64 Travis McCabe (USA) Team SmartStop 1:14
65 Kris Dahl (Can) Team SmartStop
66 Zach Bell (Can) Team SmartStop
67 Eric Marcotte (USA) Team SmartStop
68 Julian Kyer (USA) Team SmartStop
69 Evan Huffman (USA) Team SmartStop all s.t.
70 Shane Kline (USA) Team SmartStop 1:25
71 Alexandr Braico (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 1:31
72 Josh Berry (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
73 Gavin Mannion (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
74 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
75 Taylor Shelden (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
76 Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis all s.t.
77 Will Clarke (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling 1:32
78 Jordan Kerby (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling 1:37
79 Tyler Magner (USA) Hincapie Racing Team 1:52
80 Florenz Knauer (Ger) H&R Block Pro Cycling 2:06
81 Adam de Vos (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling
82 Garrett McLeod (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling both s.t.
83 Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Lupus Racing Team 2:08
84 Esward King (USA) Team Cannondale-Garmin 2:15
85 Winston David (USA) Lupus Racing Team 2:21
86 Travis Livermon (USA) Team SmartStop 2:23
87 Graeme Brown (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling 2:30
88 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 2:37
89 Sven Erik Bystr¯m (Nor) Team Katusha
90 Gregory Rast (Sui) Trek Factory Racing both s.t.
91 Steve Fisher (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 2:38
92 Phil O'Donnell (USA) Axeon Cycling 2:50
93 Thomas Soladay (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 2:55
94 Derrick St. John (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 3:02
95 Miguel Bryon (USA) Hincapie Racing Team 3:03
96 Bailey McKnight (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling 3:03
97 Justin Oien (USA) Axeon Cycling 3:12
98 Jure Rupnik (Slo) H&R Block Pro Cycling 3:19
99 Fredrik Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Alpecin 3:47
100 Lars van der Haar (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin s.t.
101 Mackenzie Brennan (USA) Hincapie Racing Team 3:52
102 Shane Archbold (NZl) Bora-Argon 18 3:53
103 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18 s.t.
104 Jacob Schwingboth (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling 3:57
105 Travis Meyer (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling 4:03
106 Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica-GreenEDGE 4:09
107 Michael Le Rossignol (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 4:16
108 Felix Cote Bouvette (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling 4:28
109 Will Routley (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 4:31
110 Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 4:56
111 Peter Koning (Ned) Drapac Pro Cycling 5:05
112 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE 5:23
113 Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica-GreenEDGE s.t.
114 Chris Putt (USA) Axeon Cycling 5:54
115 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling s.t.
116 Travis Samuel (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling 7:16
117 Cesare Benedetti ITA Bora-Argon 18 7:47
118 Angus Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 7:50
119 Ben Perry (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 8:25
120 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Trek Factory Racing 9:09


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