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September 2/15 21:47 pm - Tour of Alberta: Stage 1

Posted by Editoress on 09/2/15

Trek Factory Racing claims TTT win in Alberta

Trek Factory racing were the third team off the starting line in the opening chilly 19.6-kilometre team time trial in the Tour of Alberta and set an early benchmark in 22:56.88.

Dressed in warm jackets, toques, and draped in thick blankets the team of eight (Jesse Sergent, Bauke Mollema, Marco Coledan, Matthew Busche, Laurent Didier, Greggoy Rast, Hayden Roulston, and Kristof Vandewalle) sat in the hotseat to wait out the arrival of the rest of the teams in the chilly northern Canada temperatures.

It was a cold wait but in the end no one complained as the last team – pre-race favorite Orica GreenEDGE who had set the fastest split time at the nine-kilometer mark – crossed less than one second slower to give the pinstriped team its first team time trial victory in its brief two-year history.

“It was a little unexpected because we saw that Orica GreenEDGE had the fastest split by 12 seconds and we didn’t think it would be so close at the end,” said director Kim Andersen. “I knew that we had a good chance to win so I really tried to motivate the guys before the start. I think it also helped that we were third team to start because we could warm-up on the course, we did a full lap full gas and didn’t even have to use rollers.”

By halfway Trek Factory Racing had lost three men and had to pull out all the stops and keep everything together as the time counted with the 5th man across the line. The team’s strategy to start fast paid off, and the team snatched the win by the narrowest of margins.

“This was the first TTT win in my life, “said Bauke Mollema, who will wear the yellow jersey for Thursday’s second stage. “It was a big team effort and everyone gave everything he had. It was not planned to lose three guys, the plan was to have eight when we finished, but in the past we have always started too slow.

“We have a habit of starting the TTT too slow and are flying by the end,” agreed Andersen. “So today we decided to go out fast, which sometimes can be a risk, but we wanted to take that chance and see what would happen. We lost Kristof  first, which was not in the plan, and then Laurent and Rasty [Gregory Rast] later as expected.  Bauke, Jesse, Marco, and Hayden were super strong, and Rasty was really strong for the first part. But the two guys that did the most were Bauke and Jesse – Bauke was really, really strong and he deserves to wear the yellow jersey.”

The unconventional team time trial was raced solely on road bikes. Trek Factory Racing was outfitted with the new Trek Madone that rolled out just before this year’s Tour de France, and its sleek aero profile gave the team an edge, Mollema pointed out.

“I have to say that doing this time trial on road bikes favored us with the new Madone because it is super fast,” Mollema said. “The weather was between 10-12 degrees [Celsius] which is not so bad, but the wind was very cold and it made for a tricky parcours. There was a bit of a headwind on the way out and a tailwind on the way back. Our maximum speed on the way back was 72km/h! We actually were slower by 12 seconds at the intermediate so we did really well in the second. It’s always nice to win as a team, and this gives us huge motivation for the rest of the week.”

Report courtesy Trek Factory Racing


Results from the first stage in Alberta


Stage 1: Grand Prairie TTT, 19.6 km
1 Trek Factory Racing 22:56.88
2 Orica-GreenEDGE at 0:00.74
3 Team Katusha 0:08
4 Bora-Argon 18 0:23
5 Team Giant-Alpecin 0:25
6 Hincapie Racing Team 0:26
7 Team Cannondale-Garmin 0:30
8 Drapac Pro Cycling 0:40
9 Silber Pro Cycling 0:41
10 Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:44
11 Lupus Racing Team 0:44
12 Axeon Cycling 0:59
13 Team SmartStop 1:04
14 Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 1:21
15 H&R Block Pro Cycling 1:56


1 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing 0:22:57
2 Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Factory Racing
3 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Factory Racing
4 Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek Factory Racing
5 Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing
6 Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEDGE
7 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEDGE
8 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE
9 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEDGE
10 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE all s.t.
11 Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Team Katusha 0:08
12 Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Team Katusha
13 Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha
14 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha
15 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha all s.t.
16 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Argon 18 0:23
17 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18
18 Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
19 Jan Barta (Cze) Bora-Argon 18
20 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Bora-Argon 18 all s.t.
21 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:25
22 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin
23 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
24 Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin
25 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Alpecin all s.t.
26 Dion Smith (NZl) Hincapie Racing Team 0:26
27 Toms Skujina (Lat) Hincapie Racing Team
28 Jon Hornbeck (USA) Hincapie Racing Team
29 Joseph Lewis (Aus) Hincapie Racing Team
30 Andzs Flaksis (Lat) Hincapie Racing Team all s.t.
31 Kristoffer Skjerping (Nor) Team Cannondale-Garmin 0:30
32 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Team Cannondale-Garmin
33 Nate Brown (USA) Team Cannondale-Garmin
34 Jasper Bovenhuis (Ned) Team Cannondale-Garmin
35 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Team Cannondale-Garmin
36 Davide Formolo (Ita) Team Cannondale-Garmin
37 Lasse-Norman Hansen (Den) Team Cannondale-Garmin all s.t.
38 Jordan Kerby (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling 0:40
39 Graeme Brown (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling
40 Will Clarke (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling
41 Wouter Wippert (Ned) Drapac Pro Cycling
42 Malcolm Rudolph (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling all s.t.
43 Sergei Chernetsky (Rus) Team Katusha 0:41
44 Ryan Roth (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
45 Alexander Ray (NZl) Silber Pro Cycling
46 Alex Cataford (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
47 Nigel Ellsay (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
48 Matteo Dal-Cin (Can) Silber Pro Cycling all s.t.
49 Jesse Anthony (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:44
50 Tom Zirbel (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
51 Scott Zwizanski (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
52 Ryan Anderson (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
53 Michael Woods (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
54 Evan Murphy (USA) Lupus Racing Team
55 Kyle Murphy (USA) Lupus Racing Team
56 Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Lupus Racing Team
57 Mike Stone (USA) Lupus Racing Team
58 Chad Beyer (USA) Lupus Racing Team
59 Michael Olheiser (USA) Lupus Racing Team all s.t.
60 Matthieu Jeannes (Fra) Lupus Racing Team 0:46
61 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:50
62 Daniel Eaton (USA) Axeon Cycling 0:59
63 Logan Owen (USA) Axeon Cycling
64 James Oram (NZl) Axeon Cycling
65 Greg Daniel (USA) Axeon Cycling
66 Geoffrey Curran (USA) Axeon Cycling all s.t.
67 Alexander Porsev (Rus) Team Katusha 1:03
68 Kris Dahl (Can) Team SmartStop 1:04
69 Eric Marcotte (USA) Team SmartStop
70 Julian Kyer (USA) Team SmartStop
71 Evan Huffman (USA) Team SmartStop
72 Zach Bell (Can) Team SmartStop
73 Travis McCabe (USA) Team SmartStop
74 Travis Livermon (USA) Team SmartStop all s.t.
75 Shane Kline (USA) Team SmartStop 1:15
76 Gavin Mannion (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 1:21
77 Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
78 Alexandr Braico (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
79 Taylor Shelden (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
80 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
81 Josh Berry (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis all s.t.
82 Tyler Magner (USA) Hincapie Racing Team 1:42
83 Florenz Knauer (Ger) H&R Block Pro Cycling 1:56
84 Adam de Vos (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling
85 Jacob Schwingboth (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling
86 Garrett McLeod (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling
87 Travis Samuel (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling all s.t.
88 Esward King (USA) Team Cannondale-Garmin 2:05
89 Winston David (USA) Lupus Racing Team 2:11
90 Sven Erik Bystr¯m (Nor) Team Katusha 2:27
91 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
92 Gregory Rast (Sui) Trek Factory Racing both s.t.
93 Steve Fisher (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 2:28
94 Phil O'Donnell (USA) Axeon Cycling 2:41
95 Thomas Soladay (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 2:45
96 Derrick St. John (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 2:52
97 Bailey McKnight (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling 2:53
98 Miguel Bryon (USA) Hincapie Racing Team s.t.
99 Justin Oien (USA) Axeon Cycling 3:02
100 Travis Meyer (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling 3:06
101 Jure Rupnik (Slo) H&R Block Pro Cycling 3:09
102 Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica-GreenEDGE 3:17
103 Fredrik Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Alpecin 3:37
104 Lars van der Haar (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin s.t.
105 Mackenzie Brennan (USA) Hincapie Racing Team 3:42
106 Shane Archbold (NZl) Bora-Argon 18 3:43
107 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
108 Cesare Benedetti ITA Bora-Argon 18 both s.t.
109 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Trek Factory Racing 3:49
110 Will Routley (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 3:52
111 Peter Koning (Ned) Drapac Pro Cycling 3:59
112 Michael Le Rossignol (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 4:06
113 Ben Perry (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 4:16
114 Felix Cote Bouvette (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling 4:18
115 Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 4:46
116 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE 5:13
117 Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica-GreenEDGE s.t.
118 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling 5:44
119 Chris Putt (USA) Axeon Cycling s.t.
120 Angus Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 7:40



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