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July 13/15 10:03 am - Tour de Delta: Stage 3

Posted by Editoress on 07/13/15

Eric Young WIns White Spot Delta Road Race

Olds Wins Women’s Race

In a new twist this year, organizers changed the route of the White Spot | Delta Road Race to include twice as many passes by the start/finish line. The goal was to try and replicate the excitement of a criterium race in a road race and if Sunday’s edition is any indication, it’s safe to say organizers achieved their goal.

Despite still being an extreme test of strength, strategy, precision and endurance, the men’s race saw numerous attacks and aggressive moves by a variety of riders and teams – all in pursuit of valuable UCI points and $8500 in prize money. After a bunch sprint of 34 riders, it was Eric Young of Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies who crossed the finish line first, just ahead of teammate Ryan Anderson of North Vancouver and Brandon Etzl from Team NCCH p/b DEC Express. In the final straightaway, Young almost made it look easy.

"I did a great job sitting in and the team did everything else for me. I didn't really follow any moves the entire day, just conserved and gambled on it coming together. We had guys in every move so if someone up ahead stayed away we would have been fine, even that last little breakaway that was caught in the final kilometre, we had Jesse (Anthony) in there,” said the 26-year-old from Geneva, Illinois. “The team did a great job covering everything the whole day and then Ryan and I and Will Routley took the lead in the last kilometre. I just went before the final turn because I knew it was pretty short from there. I got the clearance from there and was able to hold it."

For Anderson, it is his third second-place finish in the 12-lap, 157.8 kilometre marathon (2014, 2009) along third-place finishes in 2013 and 2010.

"With the new circuit, I think it was easier for the group to stay together. I found myself in a lot of moves today, which was good and then coming together at the end,” he explained. “I didn't personally win today, but Eric and I hooked up really well in the finish and I was able to give him a perfect lead out to win, that's an important thing for him and me going forward for the rest of the year, so I'm glad it came together the way that it did."

At one lap to go, Anderson and Young’s teammate Jesse Anthony, Matteo Dal-Cin of Silber Pro Cycling and Etzl’s teammate Jack Burke had a 30 second lead on the peloton and it looked like they might hang on for the top three spots on the podium, but the pack had other ideas.

"With the three guys, we had one, so we weren't doing any of the work. When we heard (the gap) was 15 seconds and it wasn't that far to go, I knew it was going to come back,” said Anderson. “It was just going to be too hard (to hang on), there was still too many guys in the group that wanted it to come back together. So we hooked up and we had Will as our last guy in front of me and it worked out perfect today."

Young acknowledged that Optum is a familiar face on the podium in the Tour de Delta, and especially the White Spot | Delta Road Race.

"We've done well at this race before, it's a really great one to prepare for the late season races so we're really happy to go 1-2 again, it is awesome," he said.

Anderson added that despite the change in the course, being on the podium in this race five times over the last seven years may have given him a bit of an edge on some of the other riders.

"Today in general, the course was different, but I know the roads pretty well. Experience here plays a bit of a factor, but I think it was important to just read the race because it's almost like a new race this year because the course is different,” he said. “It's so different than the last couple of years and you have to adapt and I think we did that today."

Etzl wasn’t really expecting to be on the podium himself and thought his teammate would be able to pull it out.

"It's a great race. I was kind of looking forward to seeing (Jack) Burke on the podium possibly and unfortunately we caught him about 200 metres to the line. He put in a great effort and it's too bad he couldn't take it to the line, but at least we had some result," said the 24-year-old who won Stage 1 of the Tour de White Rock in 2013. 

If Shelley Olds is getting progressively better during BC Superweek, you have to wonder what she has up her sleeve for the remainder of the series. The 34-year-old from Groton, Massachusetts won in a bunch sprint to claim the 15th edition of the White Spot | Delta Road Race and more importantly – the 40 UCI points that go along with it.

The result came after a second place finish for Olds in Saturday’s Brenco Criterium and a third place finish in Friday’s MK Delta Lands Criterium.

"It's all progress, just getting back to racing criteriums again so with a road race today, it's a different thing,” Olds said after finishing the race in two hours, 45 minutes, and 28 seconds. “But I'm very happy with today, (being first) was the goal for the weekend, so I'm very happy with the win."

For most of the race, the 56-rider field seemed content to be conservative and wait for a sprint to the finish. The approach turned to cautiousness with two laps to go when it started to rain heavily and the course got slick.

“I think everyone was really concerned about the road once the rain started, there were a couple of crashes, I think one of my teammates went down, so we were all trying to be safe,” said second place finisher Leah Kirchmann, the 2013 and 2014 winner of the White Spot | Delta Road Race. The Winnipeg product gains 30 UCI points with her result.

There weren’t too many aggressive moves made during the race with Olds especially wanting to keep it simple and not overthink things.

"I think the other nights I was doing a little too much by wanting to win the race, so today I wanted to win the race and tried not to do anything,” said Olds, who needed to find a team to join to be eligible for race, due to its UCI designation. “I was racing with a mixed team today so it's not my normal professional team, but Garage Racing was amazing and it was really fun racing with them. I want to thank them for having me on the team. Cycling is a team sport and we showed that today."

The grueling 105.2 kilometre race saw the women do eight total laps with very few riders breaking away from the pack.

"There was some attacking from the bigger teams, but with the crashes and the rain and everything, it sort of slowed down the race because we didn't want to take any risks in the corners,” said Olds. “There were some big crashes so I think people were more safe... it was a little tenuous."

Finishing third was three-time Olympian Joanne Kiesanowski of New Zealand. The 36-year-old is a three-time Commonwealth Games representative, and eight time National Champion for New Zealand. She was also on a roll heading into BC Superweek, with five straight Top 10 finishes.
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Women, 105.2 km
1 Shelley Olds (USA) Garage Racing 2:45:28
2 Leah Kirchmann (Can) Canada
3 Joanne Kiesanowski (Nzl) Team TIBCO-SVB
4 Mandy Heintz (USA) Fearless Femme p/b Haute Wheels Racing
5 Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Fearless Femme p/b Haute Wheels Racing
6 Denise Ramsden (Can) Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes
7 Lenore Pipes (Gum) Team TIBCO-SVB
8 Justine Clift (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling
9 Jessica Uebelhart (Sui) BMW p/b Happy Tooth Dental
10 Erica Zaveta (USA) BMW p/b Happy Tooth Dental
11 Irena Ossola (USA) Garage Racing
12 Emily Flynn (Can) The Cyclery - Opus
13 Allison Jackson (Can) Canada
14 Lindsay Bayer (USA) BMW p/b Happy Tooth Dental
15 Amy Phillips (USA) Pepper Palace Development Squad
16 Annie Foreman-Mackey (Can) The Cyclery - Opus
17 Liza Rachetto (USA) BMW p/b Happy Tooth Dental
18 Kimberley Johnson (USA) Alete - FLC
19 Sabrina David (Can) Alete - FLC
20 Megan Rathwell (Can) BMW p/b Happy Tooth Dental
21 Sara Bergen (Can) Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes
22 Ashley Barson (Can) Pepper Palace Development Squad
23 Kinley Gibson (Can) Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes
24 Patricia Schwager (Sui) Team TIBCO-SVB
25 Annie Ewart (Can) Canada
26 Morgan Cabot (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling all s.t.
27 Allie Guenther (Can) Alete - FLC 0:15
28 Sara Poidevin (Can) Canada 0:20
29 Ellen Watters (Can) The Cyclery - Opus s.t.
30 Leah Guloien (Can) Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes 1:06
31 Catherine Ouellette (Can) Canada 1:33
32 Ariane Bonhomme (Can) The Cyclery - Opus s.t.
33 Emma Lujan (Can) Women's Team ATAC 2:12
34 Claire Cameron (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling s.t.
35 Suzanna Dupee (USA) Pepper Palace Development Squad 2:54
36 Anika Todd (Can) Team TIBCO-SVB 3:00
37 Janna Gillick (Can) Women's Team ATAC 4:24
38 Jennifer Whalen (USA) Alete - FLC 10:29
DNF Lex Albrecht (Can) Canada
DNF Shoshauna Routley (Can) BMW p/b Happy Tooth Dental
DNF Amelie Bruneau (Can) The Cyclery - Opus
DNF Jamie Gilgen (Can) Pepper Palace Development Squad
DNF Sarah Coney (Can) Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes
DNF Suzanne Hamilton (Can) Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes
DNF Christy Keely (USA) Fearless Femme p/b Haute Wheels Racing
DNF Laura Van Gilder (USA) Fearless Femme p/b Haute Wheels Racing
DNF Heidi Wood (USA) Garage Racing
DNF Cady Chintis (USA) Garage Racing
DNF Natalie Koncz (USA) Garage Racing
DNF Alysia Withers (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling
DNF Jody Rechenmacher (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling
DNF Rachel Canning (Can) Women's Team ATAC
DNF Jennifer Gerth (Can) Women's Team ATAC
DNF Brenna Pauly (Can) Women's Team ATAC
DNF Allison Daniel (Can) Women's Team ATAC
DNF Meghan Grant (Can) Alete - FLC
DNS Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling
Men, 157.8 km
1 Eric Young (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefits Strategies 3:29:23
2 Ryan Anderson (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefits Strategies
3 Brandon Etzl (Can) Team NCCH p/b DEC Express
4 Brandon Feehery (USA) Astellas Cycling
5 Florenz Knauer (Ger) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team
6 Ryan Roth (Can) Silber Pro Cycling Team
7 Jason Lowndes (Aus) Garneau Quebecor
8 Lars Teutenberg (Ger) German Regional Team
9 Hendrik Werner (Ger) German Regional Team
10 Andrew Dahlheim (USA) Canyon Bicycles - Shimano
11 Alexander Cataford (Can) Silber Pro Cycling Team
12 Adam Myerson (USA) Astellas Cycling
13 Jacob Schwingboth (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team
14 Samuel Bassetti (USA) iRT Racing
15 Michael Sheehan (USA) ELBOWZ Racing
16 Chris Prendergast (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee - Norco Bicycles
17 Derrick St-John (Can) Silber Pro Cycling Team
18 Isaac Leblanc (Can) Team NCCH p/b DEC Express
19 Tobin Ortenblad (USA) California Giant/Specialized
20 Adam De Vos (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team
21 Nigel Ellsay (Can) Silber Pro Cycling Team
22 Nigel Kinney (USA) Langlois Brown Racing
23 Stefan Rothe (USA) ELBOWZ Racing
24 Will Routley (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefits Strategies
25 Kaler Marshall (USA) Canyon Bicycles - Shimano
26 Danick Vandale (Can) Russ Hay's Accent Inns Cycling p/b Scotiabank
27 Stefano Barberi (USA) California Giant/Specialized
28 Dylan Cunningham (Can) Russ Hay's Accent Inns Cycling p/b Scotiabank
29 Mackenzie Champlin (USA) Herbalife p/b Marc Pro - Strava
30 Brett Wakefield (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling
31 Garrett Mcleod (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team
32 Jesse Anthony (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefits Strategies
33 Jack Burke (Can) Team NCCH p/b DEC Express
34 Anton Varabei (Can) Garneau Quebecor all s.t.
35 Benjamin Perry (Can) Silber Pro Cycling Team 0:08
36 Matteo Dal-Cin (Can) Silber Pro Cycling Team s.t.
37 Walton Brush (USA) iRT Racing 0:16
38 Joshua Carling (USA) Herbalife p/b Marc Pro - Strava 0:17
39 Ariel Herrmann (USA) Herbalife p/b Marc Pro - Strava s.t.
40 Patrick Casey (USA) Canyon Bicycles - Shimano 0:20
41 Mat Stephens (USA) Canyon Bicycles - Shimano s.t.
42 Christopher Harland-Dunaway (USA) Herbalife p/b Marc Pro - Strava 0:22
43 Simon-Pierre Gauthier (Can) Garneau Quebecor 0:24
44 Clay Murfet (Aus) Astellas Cycling 0:25
45 Morgan Schmitt (USA) Canyon Bicycles - Shimano 0:47
46 Christoph Schweizer (Ger) German Regional Team 0:54
47 Grant Koontz (USA) ELBOWZ Racing s.t.
48 Olivier Brisebois (Can) Garneau Quebecor 1:00
49 Scott Swizanski (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefits Strategies 1:07
50 Travis Streb (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling 1:24
51 David Gillam (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling 1:27
52 Cortlan Brown (USA) Astellas Cycling 1:34
53 Marc-Antoine Soucy (Can) Garneau Quebecor 2:18
54 Dan Gardner (Gbr) Astellas Cycling s.t.
55 Torey Philipp (USA) California Giant/Specialized 8:37
56 Arturo Suarez (Mex) Langlois Brown Racing
57 Edward Walsh (Can) Team NCCH p/b DEC Express
58 Kevin Massicotte (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee - Norco Bicycles all s.t.
DNF Curtis White (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefits Strategies
DNF Travis Samuel (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team
DNF Bailey Mcknight (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team
DNF Cory Greenburg (USA) iRT Racing
DNF Rene Corella (Mex) iRT Racing
DNF Franck Lucas (USA) iRT Racing
DNF Max Jenkins (USA) Astellas Cycling
DNF Jan Niklas Droste (Ger) German Regional Team
DNF Jacob Albrecht (USA) California Giant/Specialized
DNF Zeke Mostov (USA) California Giant/Specialized
DNF Ben Wolfe (USA) California Giant/Specialized
DNF Gabriel Antonio Baca (Mex) ELBOWZ Racing
DNF Michael Pincus (USA) ELBOWZ Racing
DNF Jay Lamoureux (Can) Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes
DNF Trevor Stothard (Can) Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes
DNF Craig Richey (Can) Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes
DNF Michael Van Den Ham (Can) Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes
DNF Geordie Morrison (Can) Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes
DNF Braydon Bourne (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee - Norco Bicycles
DNF Luke Vanlauwe (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee - Norco Bicycles
DNF Matt Chatlaong (USA) Herbalife p/b Marc Pro - Strava
DNF William Myers (USA) Herbalife p/b Marc Pro - Strava
DNF Sherwood Plant (Can) Langlois Brown Racing
DNF David Gerth (Can) Langlois Brown Racing
DNF Jackson Pickell (Can) Langlois Brown Racing
DNF Vincent Marcotte (Can) Langlois Brown Racing
DNF Cody Canning (Can) Russ Hay's Accent Inns Cycling p/b Scotiabank
DNF Curtis Dearden (Can) Russ Hay's Accent Inns Cycling p/b Scotiabank
DNF Jordan Landolt (Can) Russ Hay's Accent Inns Cycling p/b Scotiabank
DNF Ty Andrews (Can) Russ Hay's Accent Inns Cycling p/b Scotiabank
DNF Devon Moonie (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling
DNF Ryan Jones (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling
DNF Corey Ostertag (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling


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