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July 11/18 10:31 am - BC Superweek: NWGP - Sara Bergen Takes First Win as National Champion

Posted by Editoress on 07/11/18

Florenz Knauer Repeats as New West Grand Prix Winner
2018 Canadian National Criterium Champion Sara Bergen Takes Women’s Race

It took some veteran savvy, but Florenz Knauer defended his title as New West Grand Prix champion on Tuesday night at the second edition of BC Superweek’s newest race. Knauer, who’s from Germany but lives in Delta, BC, was inconspicuous throughout the race, but it turns out that was exactly what he had planned. It was the same strategy that helped him win the race a year ago.

"I did the same tactic – exactly the same as last year - I sat on the whole race, I didn't make any moves and I gambled that no group would go away. And then on the last lap, I think I was 30th position, I got a little bit caught and then on my turn up the hill, I hit it to catch up to the kid."

"The kid” Knauer is referring to is 19-year-old Edward Walsh, riding for T-Palm TCW. With three laps to go, the Halifax, Nova Scotia native broke away from the peloton to win the crowd prime and had a six second lead with one lap to go. Many in the crowd thought he would bring it home, but on the last lap Walsh was overtaken by the pack and wound up finishing 17th.

Knauer stole the show at last year’s New West Grand Prix by proposing to his girlfriend – now fiancé Alisha – on stage after winning the race, but he told the crowd on Tuesday that he didn’t have any other surprises planned. "Not this year, sorry!” he smiled. The 29-year-old certainly isn’t surprising anyone with his performance on the bike – the win is his third podium appearance at BC Superweek this year.



Florenz Knauer wins


Photos by : Mario Bartel

Rally Cycling’s dominance at BC Superweek continued despite the fact the men’s team consists of just two riders – Eric Young, who came second, and Brad Huff, who came third. The New West Grand Prix is the fourth straight podium appearance for the 29-year-old Young after he was first in Friday’s North Delta Criterium and Saturday’s Ladner Criterium, along with a third-place finish in Sunday’s White Spot Road Race. Huff, 39, has been on three of four podiums at BC Superweek this year after he came third in North Delta and second in Ladner.

"I'm just like an old horse that's been put out to pasture that doesn't know he's been put out there. I just keep digging, keep fighting,” the resident of Cortez, Colorado said. "Florenz is amazing. He's won virtually everything at BC Superweek over the years and is just a fierce competitor. He's very calculated and took the race, my hat is off to him."

As for Knauer’s tactic of sitting back and then going for it on the final lap, Huff says they expected it, but just couldn’t combat the speed on the first corner from Columbia onto Eighth and the hill up Carnarvon to Sixth.

"Florenz is that fast, he was setting up at the bottom of the first corner, I could see him doing it and I just couldn't follow him,” he said. "Eric did his best and got a close second, but Florenz just went bottom to top, like he did last year. You know it's coming, but you just can't follow it."

Just like every other rider registered to race BC Superweek, Knauer is especially looking forward to Wednesday’s Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix.

"In previous years, I've always finished close to the podium, I think I made it on the podium once, but haven't won it. The other teams are very strong, and they have bigger teams than me, so we will see,” he said. "It's always a little risky and a gamble at the end if you have the position, hopefully I can sprint and see how far I can get.”

Women's Race
Vancouver’s Sara Bergen hated to miss the beginning of BC Superweek. Her reason for not taking the starting line at the Tour de Delta this past Friday, Saturday and Sunday was no different than why anyone else doesn’t make it to work – she was flat out sick.

Bergen, who rides for Rally Cycling, certainly made up for lost time as she was part of a break of three that caught the field on the final lap at the New West Grand Prix and sprinted for first place. "I am so disappointed to miss those first three races - hometown races, I'd love to catch it all. But you've got to listen to your body and my body said take a lot of naps and eat a lot of cake, so that's what I did - pancakes, ice cream - all the nutritious food for sure!” Bergen laughed post-race. "I'm so stoked to be back, this race is definitely one of my favourites, it's such a fun course, great audience, such a great week. I'm so excited to be back and this is the first day in the maple leaf jersey, so glad I could represent!"



Sara Bergen wins



Photos by : Mario Bartel


It was just two weeks ago that Bergen won her first Canadian national criterium title in Saguenay, Quebec, so BC Superweek is the first opportunity for fans to see her wearing the red and white as national champion. 2017 New West Grand Prix champion - and Bergen’s teammate on the Rally team - Kirsti Lay was also a steady threat throughout the 40-lap, 38 kilometre race.

"We had five really strong teammates out there today, so we definitely played off each other and let the course do a bit of the work for us,” explained Bergen. "The first kicker really puts some pressure on everyone's legs and I felt it was good to let the course do that work and then play off our teammates and really animate the back half and never let up. We definitely got the pressure on and put the pedal down."

Kendall Ryan saw her BC Superweek three race winning streak come to an end, but a teammate of hers from the TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank squad did make it onto the podium, with Shannon Malseed of Mount Clear, Australia coming in second just behind Bergen. Ryan looks to repeat as champion at the Globay Relay Gastown Grand Prix on Wednesday. With a $12,000 prize purse as North America’s richest criterium and close to 30,000 fans expected to attend, Bergen is champing at the bit to take to the course in Gastown as well.

"It's always on my list, it's a huge favourite - I can't say enough. I live in Downtown Vancouver and raced it the last four years. With Rally Cycling coming in second and third last year so we're excited for tomorrow, it's gonna be a hell of a race."

Local riders wound up taking two of three spots on the podium in New Westminster on Tuesday. In addition to Bergen winning the race, Vancouver’s Haley Gill from Rise Racing came third ahead of Vermillion, Alberta’s Alison Jackson (Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank) and Lay, who were fourth and fifth respectively.

BC Superweek continues Wednesday with the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix. The women’s race starts at 6:15 pm and the men begin at 7:30 pm.


Women: Pro/1/2/3, 40 laps
1 Sara Bergen (Can) Rally Cycling 0:58:30
2 Shannon Malseed (AUS) Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank 0:58:32
3 Haley Gill (Can) Rise Racing 0:58:32
4 Alison Jackson (Can) Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank 0:59:41
5 Kirsti Lay (Can) Rally Cycling
6 Raphaele Lemieux (Can) LA Sweat both s.t.
7 Harriet Owen (GBR) Hagens Berman | Supermint 0:59:46
8 Maggie Coles Lyster (Can) Macogep-Argon18-Girondins de Bordeaux p/b Mazda 0:59:46
9 Lily Williams (USA) Hagens Berman | Supermint
10 Liza Rachetto (USA) Hagens Berman | Supermint
11 Callie Swan (Can) Trek Red-Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes
12 Luce Bourbeau (Can) Desjardins-Ford p/b Cromwell
13 Emily Spence (Can) Mellow Mushroom/Van Dessel
14 Elena Valentini (ITA) T°Red Factory Racing Team
15 Miriam Brouwer (Can) Cyclery Racing
16 Ella Harris (NZL) Mike Greer Homes Womens Cycling Team
17 Starla Teddergreen (USA) Hagens Berman | Supermint
18 Emily Flynn (Can) Cyclery Racing
19 Gillian Ellsay (Can) Rally Cycling
20 Emily Nelson (GBr) Independent
21 Philippa Sutton (Can) Rise Racing
22 Ariane Bonehomme Bruneau (Can) Cyclery Racing
23 Frederique Larose Gingras (Can) Macogep-Argon18-Girondins de Bordeaux p/b Mazda
24 Summer Moak (USA) Rally Cycling
25 Lindsay Goldman (USA) Hagens Berman | Supermint
26 Brenna Wrye-Simpson (USA) LA Sweat
27 Olivia Baril (Can) Macogep-Argon18-Girondins de Bordeaux p/b Mazda all s.t.
28 Michele Schaeffer (Can) Trek Red-Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes 0:59:52
29 Heidi Franz (USA) Rally Cycling
30 Kate Smith (NZL) Rise Racing
31 Sarah Macarthur (Can) Synergy Racing
32 Laura Van Gilder (USA) Mellow Mushroom
33 Joanie Caron (Can) Fluevog's Crit Nasty all s.t.
34 Emily Newsom (USA) Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank 1:00:06
35 Nicolle Bruderer (Gua) Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank 1:00:10
36 Kendall Ryan (USA) Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank 1:00:24
DNF Anna Talman (Can) Trek Red-Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes
DNF Holly Simonson (Can) Trek Red-Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes
DNF Isabella Bertold (Can) Trek Red-Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes
DNF Erin Attwell (Can) Trek Red-Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes
DNF Sarah Van Dam (Can) Trek Red-Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes
DNF Holly Henry (Can) Rise Racing
DNF Abbey Mcgill (Can) Rise Racing
DNF Kassandra Kriarakis (Can) Rise Racing
DNF Abigail Mickey (USA) Rally Cycling
DNF Allyson Gillard (Can) Desjardins-Ford p/b Cromwell
DNF Dafne Theroux Izquierdo (Can) Desjardins-Ford p/b Cromwell
DNF Mary Maroon (USA) Jakroo Racing
DNF Anna Stewart (USA) Jakroo Racing
DNF Jeana Rose (USA) Jakroo Racing
DNF Samantha Quijano (USA) Jakroo Racing
DNF Peta Mullens (Aus) Hagens Berman | Supermint
DNF Amelie Bruneau (Can) Cyclery Racing
DNF Laurie Jussaume (Can) Cyclery Racing
DNF Catherine Ouellette (Can) Cyclery Racing
DNF Esta Bovill (Can) TaG Cycling Race Team
DNF Stella Callaghan (NZL) Hera Everyday Goddess Racing
DNF Lancely Yung (NZL) Hera Everyday Goddess Racing
DNF Libby Arbuckle (NZL) Mike Greer Homes Womens Cycling Team
DNF Suzanna Dupee (USA) Team Mike's Bikes p/b Equator Coffees
DNF Beatrice Le Sauteur (Can) Logica Sport Biemme
DNF Irena Ossola (USA) Independent
DNS Tegan Cochrane (Can) Fluevog's Crit Nasty
DNS Lizzie Stannard (Can) Rise Racing
DNS Jennifer Tetrick (USA) Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank
DNS Ann-Pascale Ouellet (Can) Desjardins-Ford p/b Cromwell
DNS Marie-Soleil Blais (Can) Desjardins-Ford p/b Cromwell
DNS Devaney Collier (Can) Cyclery Racing
DNS Annie Foreman-Mackey (Can) Cyclery Racing
DNS Kinley Gibson (Can) Cyclery Racing
DNS Stephanie Wood (Can) Independent
DNS Michelle Howe (USA) Independent
Men: Pro/1/2
1 Florenz Knauer (Ger) Herrmann Radteam 1:11:50
2 Eric Young (USA) Rally Cycling 1:11:52
3 Bradley Huff (USA) Rally Cycling
4 Emile Jean (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
5 Mitchell Ketler (Can) Applewood Garneau p/b Smart Savvy
6 Joseph Lewis (AUS) Holowesko|Citadel Cycling Team
7 Christopher Hatz (Ger) Herrmann Radteam
8 Evan Burtnik (Can) Team RaceClean
9 Sam Boardman (USA) Marc Pro Cycling p/b Gym One
10 Steve Fisher (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
11 Kent Ross (USA) Hedrick Racing
12 Anton Varabei (Can) Toronto Hustle
13 John Borstelmann (USA) Marc Pro Cycling p/b Gym One
14 Cade Bickmore (USA) Groove Subaru Excel Sports
15 Luke Mudgway (NZL) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team
16 Matthieu Jeannes (Fra) Probaclac/Devinci
17 Edward Walsh (Can) T-Palm PCW
18 Derek Gee (Can) Team RaceClean
19 Hendrik Pineda (Can) Probaclac/Devinci
20 Trevor O'donnell (Can) Toronto Hustle
21 Brendan Rhim (USA) Holowesko|Citadel Cycling Team
22 Wolfgang Brandl (GER) Movistar Team Ecuador
23 Adam Jamieson (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
24 Andrew Dahlheim (USA) Holowesko|Citadel Cycling Team
25 Guillaume Davidson (Can) Desjardins-Ford p/b Cromwell
26 Gavin Murray (USA) Marc Pro Cycling p/b Gym One
27 Nicholas Diniz (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling
28 Laurent Gervais (Can) Aevolo Cycling
29 Chris Ernst (Can) Team RaceClean
30 Robert Pearce (USA) Marc Pro Cycling p/b Gym One
31 Facundo Gabriel Lezica (Arg) T°Red Factory Racing Team
32 Stephen Keeping (Can) Probaclac/Devinci all s.t.
33 Isaac Niles (Can) Hewdog Racing 1:12:00
34 Olivier Brisebois (Can) Probaclac/Devinci
35 Michael Van Den Ham (Can) Trek Red-Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes
36 Kurt Penno (Can) Toronto Hustle
37 Tadaaki Nakai (JPN) Kyoto Sangyo Univ
38 Jackson Bocksnick (Can) Hewdog Racing all s.t.
39 Jordan Gilmore (NZL) Independent 1:12:00
40 Cormac Mcgeough (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
41 PB Thiffault (USA) Hedrick Racing
42 Nicolas Cote (Can) Velo iBike all s.t.
43 Ethan Palamarek (Can) Toronto Hustle 1:12:02
44 Kyle Stoffan-Thornton (USA) Hedrick Racing
45 Mason Burtnik (Can) Hewdog Racing
46 Kaler Marshall (USA) Hangar 15 Biycles Elite Team
47 Michael Foley (Can) Team RaceClean
48 Chad Hall (USA) Team California
49 Max Rubarth (Can) Probaclac/Devinci
50 Jean-Denis Thibault (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team all s.t.
51 Tim Mcbirney (USA) Cyclesport-Specialized p/b Muscle Milk 1:12:06
52 Nigel Kinney (USA) Langlois Brown Racing
53 Connor Toppings (Can) Probaclac/Devinci
54 Jay Lamoureux (Can) Trek Red-Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes
55 Brendan Armstrong (Can) Trek Red-Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes
56 Francis Izquierdo-Bernier (Can) Probaclac/Devinci
57 Keith Brouillette (Can) Ascent Cycling p/b Neworld Cycle
58 Thomas Schellenberg (Can) Applewood Garneau p/b Smart Savvy
59 Lewis Whiley (USA) Hedrick Racing all s.t.
60 Benoit Boulay (Can) Toronto Hustle 1:12:10
61 Nicolas Masbourian (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
62 Kyle Buckosky (Can) Trek Red-Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes
63 Nicholas Perhala (USA) Monster Media Racing all s.t.
64 Enrique Serrato (USA) Team California 1:12:13
65 Ryan Roth (Can) Silber Pro Cycling s.t.
66 Stephen Bassett (USA) Silber Pro Cycling 1:12:16
67 Grant Koontz (USA) Holowesko|Citadel Cycling Team 1:12:20
68 Jure Rupnik (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team 1:12:32
69 Marc Antoine Soucy (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 1:12:34
70 Thierry Kirouac-Marcassa (Can) Team RaceClean 1:13:04
71 Alexis Cartier (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team 1:13:14
72 Noah Simms (Can) Toronto Hustle 1:13:36
DNF Marc-Antoine Nadon (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team
DNF Conor O'Brien (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team
DNF Jayson Valade (FRA) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team
DNF Antoine Ippersiel (Can) Desjardins-Ford p/b Cromwell
DNF Felix Boutin (Can) Desjardins-Ford p/b Cromwell
DNF Levi Kramer (USA) Desjardins-Ford p/b Cromwell
DNF Gabriel Guay (Can) Desjardins-Ford p/b Cromwell
DNF Aidan Caves (Can) Team RaceClean
DNF Gabriel Drapeau-Zgoralski (Can) Team RaceClean
DNF Tristan Guillemette (Can) Team RaceClean
DNF John Willcox (Can) Team RaceClean
DNF Joshua Kropf (Can) Applewood Garneau p/b Smart Savvy
DNF Lukas Conly (Can) Applewood Garneau p/b Smart Savvy
DNF Jake Cullen (Can) Applewood Garneau p/b Smart Savvy
DNF Duncan Bryson (Can) Applewood Garneau p/b Smart Savvy
DNF Graham Lock (Can) Applewood Garneau p/b Smart Savvy
DNF Von Winkelmann (Can) Applewood Garneay p/b Smart Savvy
DNF Sam Rosenholtz (USA) Toronto Hustle
DNF Erik Diertens (Can) Trek Red-Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes
DNF Clarke Lind (Can) Trek Red-Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes
DNF Patrick Riddell (Can) Hewdog Racing
DNF Brendan Cowley (Can) Hewdog Racing
DNF Alexander Fraser-Maraun (Can) Hewdog Racing
DNF Marc Dupuis (Can) Hewdog Racing
DNF William Myers (CA) Marc Pro Cycling p/b Gym One
DNF Quinten Kirby (CA) Marc Pro Cycling p/b Gym One
DNF Stephen Vogel (CA) Marc Pro Cycling p/b Gym One
DNF Olivier Peloquin (Can) Probaclac/Devinci
DNF Morgan Schmitt (USA) Holowesko|Citadel Cycling Team
DNF Evan Bybee (USA) Holowesko|Citadel Cycling Team
DNF Thorsten Askervold (USA) Team California
DNF Callum Gordon (USA) Team California
DNF Leo Yip (USA) Team California
DNF Camden Vodicka (USA) Team California
DNF Dylan Davies (Can) Langlois Brown Racing
DNF Nicholas Jones (Can) Langlois Brown Racing
DNF Ryan Aitcheson (Can) Pender Racing p/b Bicicletta
DNF Geoffrey Chambers-Bedard (Can) Ascent Cycling p/b Neworld Cycle
DNF Eric Johnston (Can) Ascent Cycling p/b Neworld Cycle
DNF Marco Cecchinato (ITA) T°Red Factory Racing Team
DNF Piergiacomo Marcolina (ITA) T°Red Factory Racing Team
DNF Mamoru Yoshioka (JPN) Kyoto Sangyo Univ
DNF Drew Levitt (USA) Groove Subaru Excel Sports
DNF Bruno Labelle (Can) Factory Five-thePACK
DNF Ed Veal (Can) RealDeal | Aquila
DNF Pierre-Olivier Santerre (Can) Espoirs Elite Primeau Velo
DNF Carlo Quicho (Can) Green Line Velo driven by Zip Car
DNF Dalton Walters (USA) Matrix/RBM
DNF Christopher Carter (USA) Monton
DNF Adam Pugh (Can) Peloton Racing p/b
DNF Tim Savre (USA) Project Echelon
DNF Grant Gill (Can) Steed Cycles
DNF Mitchell Thomas (USA) The Lead Out Project
DNF Erik Hammerquist (USA) TNCF Legal p/b West End Bikes
DNF Nick Monette (Can) Victoria Wheelers
DNF Riley Pickrell (Can) Independent
DNF Jordann Jones (Can) Independent
DNF Jack Tanner (USA) Groove Subaru Excel Sports
DNF Zack Jensen (USA) Independent
DNF Jackson Duncan (USA) Independent
DNF Jackson Kinniburgh (Can) Bicisport
DNF Dillon Corkery (Irl) Gerard-DHL
DNS Pier-Andre Cote (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
DNS Danick Vandale (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
DNS Felix Pelletier (Can) Desjardins-Ford p/b Cromwell
DNS Jonathan Cassivi (Fra) Desjardins-Ford p/b Cromwell
DNS Kellen Viznaugh (Can) Applewood Garneau p/b Smart Savvy
DNS Evan Murphy (USA) Toronto Hustle
DNS Alexander Murison (Can) Trek Red-Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes
DNS Chris Macleod (Can) Trek Red-Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes
DNS Adam Holcombe (Can) Hewdog Racing
DNS Cooper Rombold (USA) Team California
DNS Gera Medina (Mex) Team California
DNS Alexander Amiri (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling
DNS Wai-Ben Wong (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling
DNS Richard Bergeron (Can) Velo iBike
DNS Josh Tyrrell (Can) Velo iBike
DNS Sacha Cantor (Can) Velo iBike
DNS Christopher Gill (Can) Factory Five-thePACK
DNS Antoine Fabry (Can) Factory Five-thePACK
DNS Philip Short (USA) Nine Lives Carbon Repair
DNS Nick Geddes (Can) Independent
DNS Zola Mehlomakulu (Can) Independent


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