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July 10/17 8:37 am - Tour de Delta: Stage 3, Delta Road Race

Posted by Editoress on 07/10/17

Ryan & Murphy Win Delta Titles

Racing in Canada definitely agrees with 24-year-old Kendall Ryan, who makes her home in Ventura, California. The Team TIBCO-SVB rider was third at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Gatineau Road Race in May and made her way to the top of the podium on Sunday at the Tour de Delta's White Spot | Delta Road Race. Ryan sprinted ahead of Elizabeth Williams (Hagens Berman | Supermint) and Holly Edmonston (Cycling New Zealand) to claim victory at BC's only UCI road cycling race.

On the last lap, it looked like the TIBCO-SVB team left it a little late with their lead out, but it ended up being effective for Ryan and teammates Madeline Park, Jennifer Tetrick and Heather Fischer. "We ended up getting swarmed in the end with teams going from the left to the right," Ryan explained. "At first, we decided we were going to come on the left, but the wind really started picking up throughout the race and I said, 'Heather, just go right!' last minute and she guided me into that sprint. We got behind the Rally train and once their last lead outs pulled off, I kind of just shot through a gap."



Kendall Ryan wins



podium: Williams. Ryan, Edmondston

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Ryan, who was born into a family of cyclists and began racing BMX at 6-years-old, recognized how important the race was for her team to pick up UCI points. "It's a lot of points and it goes towards the team, it goes towards our World Tour ranking," she said. "It's really special that everybody was part of that win and we feel really good about it."

Williams' second place finish is her second appearance on the podium in three days at the Tour de Delta as she was third in Friday's MK Delta Lands Criterium. The caliber of the field pushed the level of racing and it was unforgiving for the smaller teams like Williams' Hagens Berman | Supermint squad.

"The race was quite negative to be honest. People weren't willing to have a crack at it, and we had a clean plan to race aggressive and we were going to go halfway through the race," said the 33-year-old Australian. "We stuck with that plan and gave it a go for a couple of laps later into the race and just nothing stuck so we decided to save it for the final bunch kick."

Williams' career is an interesting story, she originally quit cycling in 2004 and returned in 2014. In her decade away from the sport, she spent the time as a teacher and Australian Rules football player. As for the White Spot | Delta Road Race, Williams definitely recognized the threat Ryan posed.

"I made a decision to go on Kendall, I felt that she was going to be the fastest finisher, so I just tapped on the back of the TIBCO train about 2 to 3 kilometres from the finish. I just stuck to her wheel and made sure no one else got it and it was the right decision," said Williams. "Unfortunately, I couldn't come off her, she was just a little bit too quick, but it's good confidence for myself because I'm still working on my timing and my sprint across. It's a great result for the team and a great team effort."

Edmonston made it onto the podium at BC Superweek and the Tour de Delta for the second straight day after winning Saturday's Ladner Criterium. The 21-year-old New Zealand national team member felt the race was steady for most of the time, but got more difficult 70 kilometres into the 103.6 kilometre trek.

"The field started stretching and everyone was putting a lot of pressure on trying to break away. TIBCO was really counterattacking and making it hard," Edmonston said. "Everyone had to really fight for the finish and for me not really having a lead out train, I'm happy with my result."

The final lap saw attacks from peloton powerhouses like Team Canada, Rally Cycling and TIBCO, something Edmonston felt in a big way.

"Oh yeah, I did. It was cool though, because I have never really been in that situation before - only on the track," she said. "On the road there are so many more factors like crashing, potholes and stuff, so it makes it really interesting. After 100 kilometres of racing, you never know how you're going to feel in the sprint."

Men's Race

In the men's race, third time turned out to be the charm for John Murphy. After two straight second place finishes to start BC Superweek, the 32-year-old who rides for the Holoweski | Citadel Cycling Team made it to the top of the podium in the White Spot | Delta Road Race on Sunday afternoon in Tsawwassen. He wrapped up the 155.46 kilometre circuit in three hours, 25 minutes, and 24 seconds.

The finish ended up being a bunch sprint, but starting the last lap, it didn't look like it would be. Nigel Ellsay of Silber Pro Cycling and Garneau-Quebecor rider Olivier Brisebois opened a 43-second gap on the peloton with one to go before being absorbed by the group, setting up the sprint to the win.



John Murphy wins




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"We came out swinging today, we wanted to make it a really hard race and we were aggressive. When Ellsay got off on the last lap after the hill - you just can't let him go - so we put the guys in the front and brought him back," described Murphy. "Then we kind of freelanced the sprint a little bit and it was a close finish, but I'm glad we got it!"

After the two second place finishes, Murphy, who runs a nutrition company in his non-cycling time, would have been disappointed with anything less than first place. As much as the UCI points are important to Murphy and his team, getting to the top of the podium is almost as big.

"It's an international race with amazing competition, but anytime you can win a race, whether it's a local crit or a UCI road race, it's huge for us and that what we're all about - having fun and trying to win the biggest races we can," he said.

He only recently signed with the H&R Block Pro Cycling team, but it looks like adding sprinter Ryan Macanally to its roster was a very good recruit. Macanally was millimetres behind Murphy in second on Sunday, his best finish since a win at the Tour de Jakarta just under a year ago. The 24-year-old Aussie had two other H&R Block teammates in the final sprint, so they had as good a chance as any to get onto the podium.

"We led it out from two kilometres to go and just committed. We had three or four guys on the front and coming in with 200 metres to go, I saw Murphy come down the right hand side, decided to sprint then with him - just got onto his wheel - and it was a tough sprint at the finish with a bit of an uphill incline," said Macanally.

The pace of the race was electric, with speeds averaging almost 46 kilometres an hour.

"We started off saying, 'If a breakaway goes, we definitely want someone in there.' so we were made sure we had someone in there," he added. "I was gambling for it all to come back (on the last lap), so I decided not to put the guys on the front to ride too hard to bring back the breaks, we just told them to follow wheels and it came back together, which is nice."

For third place finisher Scott Law, his Cylance Cycling team faced some adversity in Saturday's Ladner Criterium when all teams were notified it is illegal in Canada to race bikes with disc brakes without UCI approval. That approval came in time for Sunday's White Spot | Delta Road Race and a disc brake bike worked out pretty good for Law, a third generation cyclist from Australia.

"We were a bit disappointed with how it all panned out with the rules and regulations coming into the Crits. We knew especially for this Road Race and Gastown, we'd have to make it work, do our best and really show why we deserve to be here - why a rule shouldn't put us out from racing," said Law, who won the Ladner Criterium and Giro di Burnaby at BC Superweek last year. "We wanted to put our best foot forward. We had the guys riding hard and aggressive all day. I just ran out of legs coming into the finish. Congrats to John and Ryan and all the teams, they put on an awesome show."

BC Superweek continues on Tuesday with the inaugural New West Grand Prix. The women's race starts at 6:15 pm while the men begin at 7:30 pm.

Report Courtesy Brian Wiebe, BC Superweek


Pro/1/2/3 Women, 103.6 km
1 Kendall Ryan (Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank) 2:36:12
2 Elizabeth Williams (Hagens Berman Supermint)
3 Holly Edmondston (Cycling New Zealand)
4 Leah Kirchmann (Team Canada)
5 Josie Talbot (ISCorp p/b Progress)
6 Racquel Sheath (Cycling New Zealand)
7 Joelle Numainville (Team Canada)
8 Sara Bergen (Composite Rally)
9 Caroline Baur (ISCorp p/b Progress)
10 Maggie Coles-Lyster (TaG Cycling Race Team)
11 Marie-Soleil Blais (Composite Team #1)
12 Karlee Gendron (Rise Racing)
13 Sarah Coney (Fluvog's Crit Nasty)
14 Jessica Mundy (Composite Team #1)
15 Kendelle Hodges (Composite Team #1)
16 Beth Ann Orton (Point S Racing)
17 Liza Rachetto (Hagens Berman Supermint)
18 Emily Flynn (The Cyclery-4iiii)
19 Jennifer Tetrick (Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank)
20 Janna Gillick (Glotman Simpson)
21 Kirsti Lay (Composite Rally)
22 Starla Teddergreen (Hagens Berman Supermint)
23 Jamie Gilgen (Rise Racing)
24 Hannah Shell (ISCorp p/b Progress)
25 Meghan Grant (TaG Cycling Race Team)
26 Haley Gill (Glotman Simpson)
27 Grace Anderson (Composite Team #2)
28 Rachel Langdon (ISCorp p/b Progress)
29 Callie Swan (TaG Cycling Race Team)
30 Catherine Ouellette (The Cyclery-4iiii)
31 Dafne Theroux Izquierdo (Composite Team #1)
32 Bryony Botha (Cycling New Zealand)
33 Heidi Franz (Keller-Rohrback)
34 Rachel Canning (Fluvog's Crit Nasty)
35 Alexandra Burton (Point S Racing)
36 Emily Rodger (Composite Team #1)
37 Nicole Pressprich (Keller-Rohrback)
38 Madeleine Park (Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank)
39 Monica Volk (Composite Rally)
40 Heather Fischer (Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank)
41 Michaela Drummond (Cycling New Zealand)
42 Joanie Caron (Fluvog's Crit Nasty)
43 Anna Gabrielle Traxler (Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes)
44 Ariane Bonhomme (The Cyclery-4iiii)
45 Megan Heath (Composite Rally)
46 Elyse Fraser (Cycling New Zealand)
47 Erin Attwell (Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes)
48 Annie Foreman-Mackey (Team Canada)
49 Emma Lujan (Glotman Simpson)
50 Alizee Brien (Team Canada) all s.t.
51 Anika Todd (Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes) 0:06
52 Allison Beveridge (Composite Rally) 0:08
53 Jasmin Duehring (Team Canada) s.t.
54 Lily Williams (Composite Rally) 0:12
55 Julie Kuliecza (Hagens Berman Supermint) 0:24
56 Gillian Ellsay (Team Canada) 3:04
DNF Kristie James (Cycling New Zealand)
DNF Suzanne Hamilton (The Cyclery-4iiii)
DNF Amelie Bruneau (The Cyclery-4iiii)
DNF Ashley Barson (Rise Racing)
DNF Carrie Cartmill (Rise Racing)
DNF Miriam Brouwer (Rise Racing)
DNF Holly Simonson (Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes)
DNF Anna Talman (Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes)
DNF Cara Machacek (Keller-Rohrback)
DNF Anne-Marije Rook (Keller-Rohrback)
DNF Helena Coney (Fluvog's Crit Nasty)
DNF Jennifer Gerth (Fluvog's Crit Nasty)
DNF Anne Ouellet (Fluvog's Crit Nasty)
DNF Rebecca Cohen (Glotman Simpson)
DNF Sonia Taylor (Glotman Simpson)
DNF Isabella Bertold (TaG Cycling Race Team)
DNF Mallory Miller (Point S Racing)
DNF Stephanie Chase (Point S Racing)
DNF Allyson Gillard (Composite Team #1)
DNF Ione Johnson (Composite Team #2)
DNF Aliya Traficante (Composite Team #2)
DNF Mary Maroon (Composite Team #2)
DNS Kinley Gibson (The Cyclery-4iiii)
DNS Kassandra Kriarakis (Rise Racing)
DNS Ivy Audrain (Keller-Rohrback)
DNS Jessica Daniels (Glotman Simpson)
DNS Sophia Andrews (Point S Racing)
Pro/1/2 Men, 155.46 km
1 John Murphy (Holowesko/Citadel Pro Cycling) 3:25:24.4
2 Ryan Macanally (H&R Block Pro Cycling)
3 Scott Law (Cylance Cycling)
4 Florenz Knauer (Team Stradalli Safetti)
5 Nicholas Kergozou (Cycling New Zealand)
6 Elliott Doyle (Garneau Quebecor)
7 Ryan Anderson (Team Canada)
8 Miguel Bryon (Holowesko/Citadel Pro Cycling)
9 Liam White (Kallisto-FCV p/b Peloton Contracting)
10 Todd Satchell (Kallisto-FCV p/b Peloton Contracting)
11 Pier-André Côté (Silber Pro Cycling)
12 Anton Varabei (FCV - Toronto)
13 Pierrick Naud (Rally Cycling)
14 Campbell Stewart (Cycling New Zealand)
15 Steve Fisher (Hangar 15 Bicycles)
16 Hendrik Pineda (Transport Lacombe-Devinci)
17 Simon Ouelette (Transport Lacombe-Devinci)
18 Felix Cote Bouvette (Garneau Quebecor)
19 Joshua Taylor (NSW Institute of Sport)
20 Laurent Gervais (Team Canada)
21 Jem Arnold (Glotman Simpson)
22 Alex Murison (Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes)
23 Philip Lavery (H&R Block Pro Cycling)
24 Erik Slack (Hangar 15 Bicycles)
25 Trevor O'donnell (FCV - Toronto)
26 Liam Magennis (NSW Institute of Sport)
27 Jordan Jones (North Coast Lumber p/b Giant White Rock)
28 Jack Burke (Team Canada)
29 Eric Marcotte (Cylance Cycling)
30 Alberto Covarrubias (Team Stradalli Safetti)
31 Benoit Boulay (FCV - Toronto)
32 Robert Gutgesell (Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes)
33 Nigel Kinney (Langlois Brown)
34 Bryan Lewis (Cylance Cycling)
35 Kaler Marshall (Hangar 15 Bicycles)
36 Jure Rupnik (H&R Block Pro Cycling)
37 Kyle Buckosky (Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes)
38 Lukas Conly (Smart Savvy+ Garneau U23 Cycling Team)
39 Cory Greenberg (Hangar 15 Bicycles)
40 Connor Toppings (Smart Savvy+ Garneau U23 Cycling Team)
41 Brett Wakefield (Glotman Simpson)
42 Chris Winn (Hangar 15 Bicycles)
43 Ryan Roth (Silber Pro Cycling)
44 Justin Mauch (Herbalife p/b Marc Pro - Nature's Bakery) all s.t.
45 Emile Jean (Silber Pro Cycling) 00:09
46 Karl Menzies (Cylance Cycling) 0:14
47 Jordan Cheynne (Team Canada)
48 Curtis White (Rally Cycling) both s.t.
49 Alexander Cowan (Silber Pro Cycling) 0:16
50 Jesse Anthony (Rally Cycling) 0:18
51 Bruno Langlois (Garneau Quebecor) s.t.
52 Marc-Antoine Soucy (Garneau Quebecor) 0:24
53 Christopher Prendergast (H&R Block Pro Cycling) s.t.
54 Craig Richey (Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes) 0:44
55 Cortlan Brown (Hangar 15 Bicycles) 0:48
56 Travis Samuel (H&R Block Pro Cycling) 1:13
57 Allan Satchell (Kallisto-FCV p/b Peloton Contracting) 1:19
58 Yuri Hrycai (FCV - Toronto)
59 Wilson Tran (Langlois Brown) both s.t.
60 Joshua Kropf (Smart Savvy+ Garneau U23 Cycling Team) 1:28
61 Shawn Litster (Kallisto-FCV p/b Peloton Contracting) 1:46
62 Nicolas Ducharme (Transport Lacombe-Devinci) 1:52
63 Olivier Brisebois (Garneau Quebecor) 2:01
64 Nigel Ellsay (Silber Pro Cycling)
65 Dylan Davies (Langlois Brown) both s.t.
66 Justin Homewood (Langlois Brown) 2:03
67 Tyler Magner (Holowesko/Citadel Pro Cycling) 2:18
68 MacKenzie Brennan (Holowesko/Citadel Pro Cycling) s.t.
69 Simon Pierre Gauthier (Garneau Quebecor) 2:32
70 Dylan Kennett (Cycling New Zealand) 2:53
71 Oscar Clark (Holowesko/Citadel Pro Cycling) 3:16
72 Brendan Rhim (Holowesko/Citadel Pro Cycling) 3:18
73 Brad Huff (Rally Cycling) s.t.
74 Shane Kline (Rally Cycling) 3:46
75 Conor O'brien (H&R Block Pro Cycling) 4:32
76 Ryan Cavanagh (NSW Institute of Sport) 5:16
77 Michael Van Den Ham (Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes) 6:26
DNF Ed Veal (Team Canada)
DNF Jay Lamoureux (Team Canada)
DNF Pieter Bulling (Cycling New Zealand)
DNF Jared Gray (Cycling New Zealand)
DNF Thomas Sexton (Cycling New Zealand)
DNF Tom Soladay (Rally Cycling)
DNF Danick Vandale (Silber Pro Cycling)
DNF Hunter Grove (Cylance Cycling)
DNF Justin Williams (Cylance Cycling)
DNF Stuart Shaw (NSW Institute of Sport)
DNF Stephen Keeping (Transport Lacombe-Devinci)
DNF Olivier Peloquin (Transport Lacombe-Devinci)
DNF Max Rubarth (Transport Lacombe-Devinci)
DNF Kellen Viznaugh (Smart Savvy+ Garneau U23 Cycling Team)
DNF Mitchell Ketler (Smart Savvy+ Garneau U23 Cycling Team)
DNF Jake Cullen (Smart Savvy+ Garneau U23 Cycling Team)
DNF Nate Freed (Herbalife p/b Marc Pro - Nature's Bakery)
DNF Sam Bassetti (Herbalife p/b Marc Pro - Nature's Bakery)
DNF Sam Boardman (Herbalife p/b Marc Pro - Nature's Bakery)
DNF Chris Harland Dunaway (Herbalife p/b Marc Pro - Nature's Bakery)
DNF Isaac Niles (North Coast Lumber p/b Giant White Rock)
DNF Normand Richard (North Coast Lumber p/b Giant White Rock)
DNF Brendan Cowley (North Coast Lumber p/b Giant White Rock)
DNF Alex-Fraser Maraun (North Coast Lumber p/b Giant White Rock)
DNF Adam Lefevre (North Coast Lumber p/b Giant White Rock)
DNF Brendan Armstrong (Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes)
DNF Peter Forster (Team Stradalli Safetti)
DNF Andrew Scarano (Team Stradalli Safetti)
DNF Amiel Flett-Brown (Glotman Simpson)
DNF Thomas Wallace (Glotman Simpson)
DNF Adam Holcombe (Glotman Simpson)
DNF Emile De Rosnay (Glotman Simpson)
DNF Cory Ostertag (Langlois Brown)
DNF Ryan Golbeck (Langlois Brown)
DNF Kyle Boorsma (FCV - Toronto)
DNF Brad Bradford (FCV - Toronto)



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