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July 24/06 5:52 am - Tour de Delta: Report, Stage 3 & Final GC Results

Posted by Editoress on 07/24/06

Tour de Delta
Courtesy Eric Dwyer

A perfect weekend of weather set the stage for a storybook finish to BC Superweek and the Tour de Delta White Spot Road Race with a Canadian legend outracing the local favourite to finish off his career in style.

Gord Fraser of Ottawa, who has more wins than any pro in North America in the last 2 decades, added his 2nd White Spot Road Race title to his resume in his final race on Canadian soil. The 37 year old, now living in Phoenix, confirmed this weekend that he's retiring at the end of this season. He said he wanted to do something special in his final trip to Delta and he delivered with a trademark fast finish that ended Cam Evan's hopes of winning in his hometown of Tswwassen.

The final day of racing began with a brisk northerly wind cooling off the spectators lining the finish area in downtown Tswwassen and adding to the energy debt load for the 117 men and 40 women fighting for the podium.

2 men, Doug Ollerenshaw and Derek McMaster, made an early breakway with the help of the side wind blowing across the flats on Highway 10 linking the start area in North Delta with the the final 10 laps of the 140 kilometer course. They had a 2 minute lead when they reached Tswwassen. 2 laps later Ollerenshaw dropped Mcmaster and made it a one man show of bravery or foolhardiness. It took only a couple of laps for the peleton to reel him although he managed to stay with the leaders in the breakaway group.

With 7 laps to go the tail end of the peleton got caught in a crash that knocked several riders out of the race and sent Fraser Hayes of Sidney, BC to hospital with facial and shoulder injuries.

2 laps from the finish line Ollerenshaw was still part of an elite 8 man breakaway group that included hometown hero Cam Evans, who literally grew up on the course and sentimental favorite Gord Fraser in his final race in Canada. They were a minute and a half in front of the pack. On the bell lap, the quick closers, Evans and Fraser were in excellent position to take the race, sitting comfortably with a couple of teammates to protect them.

“I've got to thank Doug (Ollerenshaw), “ said Fraser inm praise of his Health Net-Maxxis teammate. “He did all that work at the front for us and then still had enough to wind up 4th. That was great. And kudos to Symmetrics. They did a lot of work covering all the breaks. They had numbers and rode like pros. They gave me all I could handle.”

At the head of the home stretch Fraser and Evans had left everyone else far behind them and were all alone for the long, lonely and fast ride to the finish line. It was the old guard against the young buck, the past of Canadian cycling against the future. The vet still had enough power left in his old legs to leave the kid behind, Fraser outsprinting Evans to win the White Spot Road Race for the 2nd straight year. His winning time ws 3 hours, 25 minutes and 39 seconds. 17 seconds faster than Evans.

“As an old, spent sprinter it's not easy to stay ahead of a great young rider like Cam, “ said Fraser. “I had just enough to beat him this time but I see nothing but great things for him in the future. He is one of Canada's greatest, no question.”

Evans responded to Fraser's tribute by saying, “It's encouraging to hear that from someone like him who is one of the best in the business. This whole week has been big for me and for the team, we wanted to put on a good show for our sponsors and the fans and I think we did.”

In addition to the high praise from the Canadian legend, Evans also walks away with the trophy for the omnium winning the overall title for the best combined results in the Tour de Delta 2006. It almost made up for the disappointment in finishing 2nd in the White Spot road race for the 2nd time.

A modest Evans, always a man of few words, summed up the race in one line, “Gord was just too fast for me again.”

A lot of riders have said exactly the same thing time and again over the last 23 years of Fraser's hall of fame career. His legacy includes 3 Olympic appearances and more than 200 victories as a pro. At 37 he's still ranked number 5 in the NRC standings in the US. Number one on that list is Tour de France champion Floyd Landis.
Fraser will finish off his career this summer with the Health Net-Maxxis that is fighting with Navigators Insurance for the top team ranking in North America.

“When you win a race like this you always have second thoughts (about retiring) but it's been a long run and it's time to move on with my life. It was fitting that I ended my Canadian career here in Delta. A lot of my good friends are involved in running the race and they've done a great job. That crit in Ladner is really becoming something special with all the crowds and a 14 hundred dollar crowd prime. We need more events like this. We only had one in Canada, the Tour of Beauce in Quebec and now we've got BC Superweek. It's paramount to have more events like this. It helps develop riders in Canada, look what it's done for Cam Evans and for Symmetrics. They've done a great job and so has Italpasta out of Toronto. We're on the right track. We just have to keep it going.”

The women's event quickly turned into a 6 rider race. Symmetrics led the break trying for a 2nd straight 1-2 finish. After finishing 2nd to teammate Mandy Poitras in the Lehigh Cement criterium on Saturday night, Marni Hambleton was back in front early Sunday morning.

“I had lots of pasta, lots of water and electrolytes after the race and had a good sleep last night, “ said Hambleton. “I had fresh legs this morning and when I saw the early break I was marking number 220 (Hyland) and when I saw her go knew I had to get my butt up there with them.”

The defending BC Cup champion has a reputation as a criterium specialist but she feels at home on the roads of Delta.

“I've always loved this race, the atomosphere and the course. I like the hill heading up to the border and the long home stretch with a chance to sprint to the finish.”
Teaming with Symmetrics Leah Goldstein, Hambleton stayed in perfect position for exactly that kind of a climax . They were in the 6 woman break that included the winner of the first White Spot Road Race in 2001, Clare Hall-Patch of Victoria. The 6 stayed comfortably in front for the last 6 laps but a crash in the men's race about 70 meters from the finish line forced the women's closing sprint to narrow down to a single lane. Hambleton had the lead and zipped away to win her first BC Superweek road race. New Zealander Michelle Hyland held on to 2nd over a hard closing Stacey Spencer of Salmon Arm.
“The crash did bother us,” admitted Hambleton. “Seeing the rider down bothered me a lot but I knew I had to concentrate on the race. Leah really worked so hard for me. She led me out and and set me up for the finish line. We have such great chemistry on this team (Symmetrics). We're all about the same age and know each other so well. We're friends as well as teammates and that doesn't always happen. This entire week was fantastic. To have more than 40 women on the start line is great and it's exciting to see so many teams and so much teamwork going on in BC races. We've really taken women's cycling to a new level. I hope it stays there.”

Road Race
1. Marni Hambleton (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team2:18:43.2
2. Michelle Hyland (NZl) Jazz Apple Cycling Team2:18:43.8
3. Stacey Spencer (Can) TREK - Red Truck Ale2:18:44.0
4. Clare Hall-Patch (Can) Oak Bay Bikes2:18:44.2
5. Leah Goldstein (Isr) Symmetrics Cycling Team2:18:44.3
6. Serena Sheridan (NZl) Jazz Apple Cycling Team2:18:44.6
7. Carissa Wilkes (NZl) Jazz Apple Cycling Team2:22:12.0
8. Barb Zimich (Can) Team Coastal2:22:12.4
9. Dawn Berg (Can) Oak Bay Bikes2:22:12.5
10. Lisa Tasa (Can) Chapman Land Surveying Racing2:22:12.6
11. Leah Guloien (Can) Sugoi / Giant2:22:12.7
12. Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Velo Bella - Kona Road Team2:22:12.9
13. Kristine Brynjolfson (Can) Team Coastal2:22:13.2
14. Brei Gudsell (NZl) Jazz Apple Cycling Team2:22:13.6
15. Danielle Kenny (Can) CMC/Bow Cycle2:22:14.3
16. Hiroko Shimada (Jpn) Velo Bella - Kona Road Team2:22:16.3
17. Jen Chapman (USA) Velo Bella - Kona Road Team2:22:19.4
18. Jenelle Cassidy (Can) Dizzy Chicks2:25:58.2
19. Natasha Kuzmak (Can) Synergy Racing2:26:01.3
20. Lee Darling (Can) Team Coastal2:26:40.1
21. Kele Murdin (USA) Velo Bella - Kona Road Team2:27:48.6
22. Jane Ziegler (USA) Velo Bella - Kona Road Team2:27:48.8
23. Mandy Poitras (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team2:28:30.7
24. Laura Brown (Can) CMC/Bow Cycle2:28:30.9
25. Susan Smith (Can) A.C. Lyon Vaise2:28:34.1
26. Jaymie McGowan (Can) Oak Bay Bikes2:29:08.7
27. Sarah Uhl (USA) Home Depot Center Team2:29:08.7
28. Tanya Bagnell (Can) ERTC2:30:06.6
29. Anna Tratnyek (Can) Terry Precision2:32:19.7
30. Leslie Vice (Can) Dizzy Chicks2:33:18.5
31. Lisa Dorian (Can) Dizzy Chicks2:34:45.2
32. Heather Gerth (Can) Dizzy Chicks2:34:45.4
dnf. Maria Lee (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team
dnf. Sarah Kerlin (USA) Velo Bella - Kona Road Team
dnf. Rosara Joseph (NZl) Jazz Apple Cycling Team
dnf. Sarah Stewart (Can) Wedgewood Cycling Team
dnf. Sara Laliberte (Can) GS Campione
dns. Jen Joynt (USA) Velo Bella - Kona Road Team
dns. Lauren Koedyk (NZl) Jazz Apple Cycling Team
dns. Jennifer Gerth (Can) Team Coastal
dns. Lisa Ludwig (Can) Oak Bay Bikes
dns. Claire Cameron (Can) GS Campione
dns. Nathalie Roy (USA) Harvard University Cycling
Pro 1/2 Men
1. Gord Fraser (Can) Health Net presented by Maxxis3:25:39.5
2. Cameron Evans (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team3:25:42.7
3. Nick Rowe (Can) Espoirs Laval3:26:15.2
4. Doug Ollerenshaw (USA) Health Net presented by Maxxis3:26:15.2
5. Andrew Randell (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team3:26:15.4
6. Cameron Hughes (Aus) Ital Pasta/Transport Belmire C.C.3:26:15.5
7. Jackson Buehler (Can) TREK - Red Truck Ale3:26:15.5
8. Sean Dawson (Can) Masi Adobe3:26:18.9
9. Kirk O'Bee (USA) Health Net presented by Maxxis3:26:21.2
10. Andrew Pinfold (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team3:26:21.4
11. Hilton Clarke (Aus) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team3:26:21.6
12. Dave Richter (USA) Ital Pasta/Transport Belmire C.C.3:26:21.8
13. Michael Sayers (USA) Health Net presented by Maxxis3:26:22.3
14. Svein Tuft (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team3:26:23.4
15. Jacob Erker (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team3:26:23.7
16. Brandon Chrichton (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team3:26:23.9
17. Tim Sherstobitoff (Can) Total Restoration3:26:24.5
18. Bradley Fairall (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team3:26:24.7
19. Cory Forrest (Can) Total Restoration3:26:24.7
20. Jeff Schiller (Can) Team R.A.C.E.3:26:24.9
21. Peter Sanowar (Can) Ital Pasta/Transport Belmire C.C.3:26:25.0
22. John Perkins (Can) GS Campione3:26:25.1
23. Taylor Kneuven (USA) Broadmark Capital/Hagens Berman LLP3:26:25.2
24. Aaron Tuckerman (NZl) Team Rubicon/Gleukos3:26:25.2
25. Philippe Abbott (Can) Ital Pasta/Transport Belmire C.C.3:26:25.4
26. Andrew Thompson (NZl) Trek New Zealand3:26:25.4
27. Dan MacDonald (Can) unattached3:26:26.1
28. Brett Boniface (Can) IRC Cameron Law3:26:26.5
29. Siro Camponogara (Ita) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team3:26:26.7
30. Will Routley (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team3:26:26.7
31. Ryan Smith (Can) Total Restoration3:26:26.8
32. Dave Vukets (Can) Team R.A.C.E.3:26:27.1
33. Maurice Worsfold (Can) Team Coastal3:26:27.1
34. Carlos Capela (Can) unattached3:26:27.3
35. Roman Kilun (USA) Health Net presented by Maxxis3:26:27.4
36. Marsh Cooper (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team3:26:27.4
37. Dave Brooks (Can) Gigabike/La-Z-Boy3:26:27.5
38. Braden Bingham (USA) Team CenturyTel3:26:27.7
39. Allen Krughoff (USA) Team CenturyTel3:26:27.7
40. Gary Wade (Can) Total Restoration3:26:27.8
41. Craig De gier (Can) GS Campione3:26:28.0
42. Eric Wohlberg (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team3:26:28.1
43. Christian Meier (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team3:26:28.9
44. Conor Hurley (USA) Boston Scientific Cycling3:26:29.0
45. Daniel Maggiacomo (Can) Ital Pasta/Transport Belmire C.C.3:26:29.6
46. Chuck Hill (USA) Hi-Tech Bikes/5 Star Fish3:26:29.8
47. Ed Makarchuk (Can) KHS Bicycles Canada3:26:31.4
48. Keith Stark (Can) Rocky Mountain - Different Bikes3:26:31.9
49. Taylor Shelden (USA) Team CenturyTel3:26:33.9
50. Damien Waugh (Can) Masi Adobe3:26:36.7
51. Brian Nelson (USA) First Rate Mortgage3:30:27.8
52. Scott Malone (Can) Steed Cycles / SRAM / RCBDS3:30:27.9
53. Shaun Adamson (Can) Juventus3:32:08.4
54. Sven Sturm (Ger) TREK - Red Truck Ale3:34:15.1
55. Ryan McNamara (Can) Gigabike/La-Z-Boy3:36:59.3
56. Daniel Carruthers (NZl) Hansaton Hearing Systems3:39:19.3
DNF. Daniel Neyens (USA) Broadmark Capital/Hagens Berman LLP
DNF. Scott Slater (Can) Masi Adobe
DNF. Kevin Noiles (Can) Masi Adobe
DNF. Chris White (Can) Masi Adobe
DNF. Chris Worsfold (Can) Team Coastal
DNF. Ryan Clarke (Can) Team Coastal
DNF. Derek McMaster (Can) Ital Pasta/Transport Belmire C.C.
DNF. Richard Speer (NZl) Team Rubicon/Gleukos
DNF. Kirk Carlsen (USA) Team Rubicon/Gleukos
DNF. Logan Hunn (NZl) Team Rubicon/Gleukos
DNF. Dan Skinner (Can) Total Restoration
DNF. Scott Laliberte (Can) GS Campione
DNF. Ryan Olson (Can) GS Campione
DNF. Jay Hawranik (Can) GS Campione
DNF. Ryan Hopping (Can) ERTC Redbike
DNF. Bradley Kerr (Can) Gigabike/La-Z-Boy
DNF. Marcel Aarden (Can) Gigabike/La-Z-Boy
DNF. Matthew Walker (Can) Gigabike/La-Z-Boy
DNF. Dan Schmit (Can) TREK - Red Truck Ale
DNF. Matt Guse (Can) Team R.A.C.E.
DNF. Ryan Roth (Can) Team R.A.C.E.
DNF. Jeff Ain (Can) Escape Velocity / DEVO
DNF. John Tolkamp (Can) Escape Velocity / DEVO
DNF. Axel Bergman (Can) Escape Velocity / DEVO
DNF. Matthew Hall (USA) Team CenturyTel
DNF. Jesse james Collins (Can) Bicisport Gruppo Sportivo
DNF. Brian Vaughan (USA) Boston Scientific Cycling
DNF. Harley Borlee (Can) H&R Block
DNF. Anthony Steenbergen (Can) H&R Block
DNF. Jonathan Gormick (Can) Steed Cycles / SRAM / RCBDS
DNF. Simon Craig (Can) Spoke N Motion
DNF. Shane Savage (Can) unattached
DNF. Robin White (Can) Avia West
DNF. Ryan Anderson (Can) Avia West
DNF. Fraser Hayes (Can) Aviawest-Vega
DNF. Eric Harvey (Can) Bayside Cycling Club
DNF. Dan Martin (Can) Safeway/G.A. Communications
DNF. Paul Beard (Can) Escape Velocity / DEVO
DNF. Josh James (Can) TREK - Red Truck Racing Team
DNF. Donald Buscombe (Can) Rocky Mountain Bicycles / Adobe
DNS. Vassili Davidenko (Rus) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team
DNS. Oleg Grishkin (Rus) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team
DNS. Morgan Schmitt (USA) Broadmark Capital/Hagens Berman LLP
DNS. Philip Burgess (Irl) Masi Adobe
DNS. Jordan Guenette (Can) Masi Adobe
DNS. Carl Jacobson (Can) Masi Adobe
DNS. Brad Slater (Can) Masi Adobe
DNS. Scott Goguen (Can) Masi Adobe
DNS. Jim Tsilemos (Can) Team Coastal
DNS. Sean Williams (Can) Total Restoration
DNS. Cameron McKnight (Can) ERTC Redbike
DNS. Garth White (Can) TREK - Red Truck Ale
DNS. Roy Pickavance (USA) Team CenturyTel
DNS. Justin Lillie (USA) Boston Scientific Cycling
DNS. Trevor Connor (Can) Chris Cookies/Swan Cycles
DNS. Vinko Poldrugovac (Can) Fast Twitch Cycling
DNS. Andrew Greydanus (Can) unattached
DNS. Craig DeBellefeuille (Can) Synergy Racing
DNS. Allan Prazsky (Can) TREK - Red Truck Racing Team
DNS. David Godfrey (USA) Team Rubicon Gleukos
Final Overall
1. Marni Hambleton (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team
2. Michelle Hyland (NZl) Jazz Apple Cycling Team
3. Leah Goldstein (Isr) Symmetrics Cycling Team
4. Sarah Uhl (USA) Home Depot Center Team
5. Dawn Berg (Can) Oak Bay Bikes
6. Clare Hall-Patch (Can) Oak Bay Bikes
7. Mandy Poitras (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team
8. Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Velo Bella - Kona Road Team
Pro 1/2 Men
1. Cameron Evans (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team
2. Kirk O'Bee (USA) Health Net presented by Maxxis
3. Hilton Clarke (Aus) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team
4. Gord Fraser (Can) Health Net presented by Maxxis
5. Dave Richter (USA) Ital Pasta/Transport Belmire C.C.
6. Doug Ollerenshaw (USA) Health Net presented by Maxxis
7. Andrew Randell (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team
8. Cameron Hughes (Aus) Ital Pasta/Transport Belmire C.C.
9. Andrew Pinfold (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team
10. Jackson Buehler (Can) TREK - Red Truck Ale
11. Ryan Hopping (Can) ERTC Redbike
12. Siro Camponogara (Ita) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team


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