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2011 Road Nationals Elite/U23 Men’s RR Report, Full Results, Photos UPDATED

by Chris Redden

June 25, 2011 (Milton, ON) – Team SpiderTech p/b C10 came prepared and won big as Svein Tuft lead a podium sweep in the Elite Men’s 180km road race at the 2011 IMMUNITY-FX Canadian Road Championships on Saturday. It was Tuft’s first road race National title and his second gold at these championships as he won his seventh ITT title on the opening day.

Joining him on the podium were teammates Will Routley, the defending champ, in second and Zach Bell in third. It was a well earned victory for the Langley, BC rider as on the final lap Tuft bridged up to his teammates who were in break for most of the day and the three rolled up to the finish line together for the SpiderTech triumph. Their teammate Hugo Houle, who finished 5th overall, won the sprint over Arnaud Papillon (Equipe Du Quebec) the defending champ, to take the U23 title as well making it a very special and historic day for Canada’s first UCI Pro Continental team.

On the penultimate lap we spoke briefly to SpiderTech’s Director Sportif Steve Bauer who said, “We weren’t taking any chances this year. Tuft will likely attack on the climb and may go for it – I’d like to see him win it.” And he did.

“These guys gave me a tremendous gift,” said Tuft post-race. “We’ve been working together for a number of years, and they gave it to me and I can’t thank them enough. This is something for my career I thought would be an amazing to pull off, and now it happened. It’s an amazing feeling.”

It wasn’t without a huge effort on SpiderTech’s part as there were many strong contenders in the men’s 178-strong field including Dominique Rollin (FDJ), David Veilleux (Europcar), and 2009 champ Christian Meier (UnitedHealthcare).

Their goal was to “…control the race from the start to the finish,” according to race winner Tuft and they truly did that. SpiderTech and H&R Block set a brisk early pace and a crash on the first lap took down as many as 20 riders behind the leaders with no serious injuries, but catching back on would not be an easy task given the pace.

All initial attacks were quickly nullified with riders being shed off the back as the peloton stretched its legs. During the fourth of fourteen laps, four riders went off the front of the pack – three of them from SpiderTech. BC’s Rob Britton of Team Bissell Pro Cycling was the odd man out in the break which included SpiderTech’s Routley, Bell and Keven Lacombe.

The foursome spent most of the rest of the race in time trial formation. Britton held his own but the numbers were not in his favour and his only hope was to try to beat one of the three in a potential final sprint to make the podium. But SpiderTech had other plans.

The leaders worked hard and had a gap of 1:30 by the 1/2 way point. Behind the peloton had fragmented with many strong players in the 19-rider lead chase group. Rollin, who snapped his top tube earlier and received a new bike, was at the front pushing with Veilleux. On the 8th lap it looked like the break may be caught but SpiderTech’s strength showed itself again as they were able to manage the chasing pack where they had six riders.

By lap 10 the gap was over two minutes and things were looking better for the break as the chase group seemed to be losing steam as both Rollin and Veilleux were suffering on the big climb. Yet Meier still had some legs and the gap had suddenly dropped to 47s by the 12th lap. SpiderTech took charge once again as Rollin called it a day.

Then Tuft attacked and left the chase group behind as he bridged to the leaders. Their final strategy was taking shape. On the penultimate lap Routley and Bell pushed the pace and shed their compatriots while Tuft sat on Britton’s wheel and then dropped him up the Rattlesnake Point hill as Bauer predicted. On the final lap Tuft bridged to his teammates as they came to the base of the final ascent up the climb.

Strength in numbers and talent to back it up is what took SpiderTech to the top today. By taking control of the chase group, the team was able to allow Tuft to go off the front and bridge up to the leaders and play their final trump card as the race came to an end.

The three rode together up the climb with no risk of getting caught by the chase group who had all but given up hope of catching them. And with that the 2011 Elite Men’s road race came to a sweet end for SpiderTech with a podium sweep and a well-deserved win for Svein Tuft.

Results

1. Svein Tuft (Can) Team SpiderTech Powered By C10 4:32:09
2. Will Routley (Can) Team SpiderTech Powered By C10
3. Zachary Bell (Can) Team SpiderTech Powered By C10
4. Rob Britton (Can) Bissell Pro Cycling 01:43
5. Hugo Houle* (Can) Team SpiderTech Powered By C10 05:26
6. Arnaud Papillon* (Can) Equipe Du Quebec 05:26
7. Sebastian Salas (Can) Team H&R Block 05:31
8. Christian Meier (Can) United Healthcare Pro Cycling 05:31
9. Bruno Langlois (Can) Team SpiderTech Powered By C10 05:39
10. Francois Parisien (Can) Team SpiderTech Powered By C10 05:42
11. Jason Thompson (Can) Independent 05:46
12. Jamie Riggs* (Can) Team Ontario 05:51
13. Nic Hamilton (Can) Jelly Belly P/B Kenda 05:54
14. David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar 05:59
15. Adam Thuss (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing P/B Mosa 05:59
16. Ryan Anderson (Can) Team SpiderTech Powered By C10 06:24
17. Andrew Randell (Can) Team SpiderTech Powered By C10 07:36
18. Keven Lacombe (Can) Team SpiderTech Powered By C10 07:40
19. Spencer Smitheman* (Can) Hagens Berman Llp Elite Cyclin 11:20
20. Michael Sidic (Can) Cycling Bc 13:54
21. Jean-michel Lachance (Can) Rocky Mountain Desjardins Vale 13:54
22. Laurent Dallaire* (Can) Rocky Mountain Desjardins Vale 13:54
23. JOHN, St. (Can) Derrick Ride With Rendall 14:17
24. Derrek Ivey (Can) Kallisto/Wheels Of Bloor 14:20
25. Osmond Bakker (Can) Jetfuel/La Bicicletta 14:26
26. Garrett Mcleod* (Can) Team H&R Block 14:38
27. Dustin Andrews* (Can) Team H&R Block 14:38
28. Antoine Matteau* (Can) Gaspésien/ Passion-Vélo 14:43
29. Mathieu Roy (Can) Gaspésien/ Passion-Vélo 14:43
30. Ryan Macdonald* (Can) Rocky Mountain- Cibc Wood Gund 14:46
31. Ryan Aitcheson* (Can) Team Ontario 14:50
32. William Blackburn* (Can) Gaspésien/ Passion-Vélo 14:50
33. Stuart Wight* (Can) Atlantic Cycling Centre 14:55
34. Craig Logan* (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing P/B Mosa 14:59
35. Cody Campbell* (Can) Cycling Bc 15:06
36. Chris Balestrini* (Can) Garneau – Club Chaussures – No 15:08
37. Marvin Guzman* (Can) Westwood Cycles / Cannondale P 15:12
38. Rémi Pelletier-Roy* (Can) Equipe Du Quebec 15:15
39. Simon Lambert-Lemay* (Can) Team SpiderTech Powered By C10 15:15
40. Cameron Mackinnon (Can) Team H&R Block 15:20
41. Dustin Macburnie (Can) Team H&R Block 15:20
42. Luc Dionne (Can) Jean-Coutu/Cibc Wood Gundy 15:50
DNF Jeff Dicks (Can) Midweek Cycling Club
DNF Jeffery Schiller (Can) Garneau – Club Chaussures – No
DNF Mike Rothengatter* (Can) Cycling Bc
DNF Bailey Mcknight* (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing P/B Mosa
DNF Logan Cornel* (Can) Euro-Sports/ Foodery/Dal-Cin
DNF Kevin Massicotte* (Can) Nativo/Devinci
DNF Dan Skinner (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing P/B Mosa
DNF Ed Veal (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee/La Bicicletta
DNF David Stephens (Can) Garneau Evolution
DNF Lachlan Holmes (Aus) Team H&R Block
DNF Chris Gruber (Can) Kallisto/Wheels Of Bloor
DNF Dave Byer (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee/La Bicicletta
DNF Andrew Pinfold (Can) United Healthcare Pro Cycling
DNF Dominique Rollin (Can) Fdj
DNF Nicolas Therrien (Can) Jean-Coutu / Cibc Wood-Gundy
DNF David Boily* (Can) Team SpiderTech Powered By C10
DNF Charles Bryer (Can) Team Ontario
DNF Cody Canning (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing P/B Mosa
DNF Trevor Montague* (Can) Coachchris.Ca/Multisport-Zone
DNF Marsh Cooper (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies-Optum
DNF Mark Batty (Can) Team SpiderTech Powered By C10
DNF Philippe Nadon* (Can) Rocky Mountain Desjardins Vale
DNF James Sparling (Can) Raleigh Pro Cycling
DNF Marco Li (Can) Garneau-Club Chaussures- Norto
DNF Jacob Schwingboth* (Can) Cycling Bc
DNF Andrew Bradbury (Can) Darkhorse Flyers
DNF Jean-samuel Deshais* (Can) Rocky Mountain Desjardins Vale
DNF Yuri Hrycaj* (Can) Wheels Of Bloor
DNF Christopher Mcgarity (Can) Gaspésien/ Passion-Vélo
DNF Pierrick Naud* (Can) Rocky Mountain Desjardins Vale
DNF Dave Vukets (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing P/B Mosa
DNF Scott Fitzgerald (Irl) Lapdogs Cycling Club
DNF Ryan Desroches (Can) Darkhorse Flyers
DNF Kevin Hazzard (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee/La Bicicletta
DNF Guillaume Boivin* (Can) Team SpiderTech Powered By C10
DNF DEN Van (Can) Ham, Douglas Nine2Fivepro.Com Cycling Team
DNF Stephen Keeping (Can) Kingsnorth International
DNF Kristofer Dahl* (Can) Team H&R Block
DNF Aaron Schooler (Can) Team H&R Block
DNF Charly Vives (Can) Team SpiderTech Powered By C10
DNF Brandon Spencer* (Can) Kallisto/Wheels Of Bloor
DNF Mathieu Fradet (Can) Jean-Coutu/Cibc Wood Gundy
DNF Mason Hanrahan* (Can) Ride With Rendall
DNF Anton Varabei (Can) Cycle Solutions/Angry Johnny’S
DNF Etienne Moreau* (Can) Emd Serono – Specialized Cc
DNF Pierre-etienne Boivin* (Can) Team Spirit Gth Cannondale
DNF Andre Tremblay (Can) Nativo Devinci
DNF Peter Morse (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee/La Bicicletta
DNF VIAU, Massé* (Can) Raphael Rocky Mountain Desjardins Vale
DNF Olivier Lavigueur (Can) Jean Coutu-Cibc Wood Gundy
DNF Casey Roth (Can) Ride With Rendall
DNF Matt Degiacomo* (Can) Team London
DNF Brody Pasciullo* (Can) Thunder Bay Cycling Club
DNF Philippe Leduc (Can) Jean-Coutu/Cibc Wood Gundy
DNF Erik Box (Can) Nativo/Devinci
DNF Robert Ralph* (Can) Rockland Md Presented By Mediq
DNF Ken Ng (Can) Independent
DNF Brian Trafford* (Can) Fresh Air Experience/Ottawa Bi
DNF Adam Mcclounie (Can) Tower International Inc.
DNF EVERY, Van (Can) Russell Tower International
DNF Brandon Tulloch (Can) Cc Croix De Fer
DNF Trevor Connor (Can) Team Rio Grande
DNF Scott Inman (Can) Westwood Cannondale
DNF CAL, De* (Can) Andrew Liberty! Bicycles
DNF James Larmer (Can) Westwood Cycle/Cannondale P/B
DNF Martin Gilbert (Can) Team SpiderTech Powered By C10
DNF Zachary Hughes* (Can) Independent
DNF Cuylar Conly* (Can) Team Saskatchewan
DNF Zachary Taylor* (Can) Cycling Bc
DNF Jesse Reams* (Can) Cycling Bc
DNF Kyle Fry* (Can) Team Ontario
DNF Isaac Smith (Can) Darkhorse Flyers
DNF Matt Gervais (Can) Tower International
DNF Philippe Bergeron* (Can) Fresh Air Experience/Ottawa Bi
DNF Clayton Meisner (Can) Olympia Cycling Club
DNF James Piccoli* (Can) Rockland Md Presented By Mediq
DNF Conor O`Brien* (Can) Stevens Racing P/B The Cyclery
DNF Timothy Burton (Can) Rideallday.Ca Cc P/B Real Deal
DNF Charlie Gorman (Can) Nine2Fivepro.Com Cycling Team
DNF Geoff Power (Can) Team London
DNF Alexandre Mcduff-Viau* (Can) Cc Universite De Montreal
DNF Zachery Garland (Can) Team H&R Block
DNF Kiernan Orange* (Can) Ride With Rendall
DNF Owen Harrison* (Can) Team H&R Block
DNF Kianoush Missaghi (Can) Team Spirit-Gth/Cannondale/Rhu
DNF Kevin Intini (Can) Mbrc.Org – Gears
DNF Justin-Frederick Hall* (Can) Garneau Club Chaussures Norton
DNF Francois Chabot* (Can) Gaspésien/ Passion-Vélo
DNF Jean Racine (Can) Francois Garneau-Club Chaussures Norton
DNF Steven Noble* (Can) Team Ontario
DNF Matteo Dal-Cin* (Can) Jet Fuel/ La Bicicletta
DNF Shawn Clarke (Can) Stevens Racing P/B The Cyclery
DNF Yannick Bedard* (Can) Gaspésien/ Passion-Vélo
DNF Sebastien Lacroix (Can) Rockland Md Presented By Mediq
DNF CRISTOFARO, Di (Can) Nicholas Rideallday.Ca Cc P/B Real Deal
DNF Justin Henri* (Can) Liberty! Bicycles
DNF Max Csikos* (Can) Soigneur Race Services Race Te
DNF Mark Palma (Can) Sweet Pete’S
DNF Evan Mundy* (Can) Team Ontario
DNF Derek Harnden* (Can) Fresh Air Experience/Ottawa Bi
DNF Walid El-Sayed (Can) Darkhorse Flyers
DNF Darko Ficko (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee/La Bicicletta
DNF Bayden Pritchard (Can) Kallisto/Wheels Of Bloor
DNF Christopher Hillier (Can) Team Rio Grande
DNF Benjamin Martel (Can) Team Spirit Gth Cannondale
DNF John Stewart (Can) The Hub Race Team
DNF Stephen Meyer* (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee/La Bicicletta
DNF Ben Andrew* (Can) Fresh Air Experience/Ottawa Bi
DNF Mackenzie Garvin* (Can) Cyclemiesters/Bowcycle
DNF Joshua Hall* (Can) Cycling Bc
DNF Bradley Clifford* (Can) Team H&R Block
DNF Chris Freeland (Can) Cycle Soulutions / Angry Johnn
DNF Brian Robinson (Can) Cyclemeisters
DNF Alexander Gibson* (Can) Esteemtraining.Com
DNF Benjamin Chaddock (Can) Team Exergy
DNF Pascal Bussieres (Can) Team Spirit Gth Cannondale
DNF Jason Abbott (Can) West Of Quebec Wheelers
DNF Antoine Duschesne* (Can) Equipe Du Quebec
DNF Christian Jug* (Can) Soigneur Race Services Race Te
DNF Julien Langlois* (Can) Team Spirit Gth Cannondale
DNF Pierre Boilard (Can) Team Spirit Gth Cannondale
DNF Brendan Cubello* (Can) Esteemtraining.Com
DNF Tony Ambs* (Can) Esteemtraining.Com
DNF Gavriel Epstein (Can) Chipotle Development Team
DNS Duncan Jackson (Can) Novofit Cycling Solutions Dns
DNS Nicholas Friesen (Can) Team H&R Block Dns
DNS Robert Pratt (Can) Nicolas Seppshomecardio Dns
DNS Aaron Fillion (Can) Ride With Rendall Dns





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