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Tour of Alberta Stage 1 Report, Full Results, Photos – Sagan Again, Anderson 4th

report by Cycling Canada

September 04, 2013 (Camrose, AB) – The 2013 Tour of Alberta continued today with the first mass-start road race in the beautiful Strathcona County. With a highly successful prologue yesterday, riders were excited to hit the roads of Alberta for this first road race, a 158km voyage from Strathcona County to the small town of Camrose.

The race started with a very fast tempo right from the beginning. A few break attempts were unsuccessful, until a group of four riders found themselves all alone in the front. With no threats in the break, the peloton of approximately 115 cyclists were content to leave the solo attack alone, controlling the gap at around two minutes.

With about 50km to go, the peloton slowly closed the gap on the break, and captured the four exhausted riders in the third and last lap of the Camrose circuit. The teams organized themselves for the sprint, with Cannondale Pro Cycling all pulling for Peter Sagan, who wore today the Province of Alberta Leader’s Jersey.

In the peloton sprint finale, its without any surprises that Peter Sagan of Cannondale Pro Cycling Team took the sprint victory after 3:22:17 of racing, capturing the important 10-second time bonus that comes with the victory to increase his General Classification lead.

Of the Canadian National Team in the race, Rob Britton remain the top rider showing a time deficit of 1:10 on the leader, with Antoine Duchesne following very closely just one second behind.

Gord Fraser, the directeur sportif for the Canadian Team here at the Tour of Alberta, was pleased with the results of this young team.

“For Cycling Canada, this is an introduction for some of these guys at this level of competition. The guys executed good team tactics, and there is good harmony in the team. We don’t really have a big candidate for a sprint. Jean-Sébastien goes pretty fast and Antoine is in very good shape. There are going to take a sniff at the finish line, but realistically at this level, it’s a tall order.”

“There is a lot that can be lost in a race like today, and we didn’t lose anything. We still have Antoine and Rob pretty high the general classification. Most importantly, just to get that first day out of the way. Today we did 45 minutes at 54km/h average. That is as fast as I ever seen a bike race in my career. The pace was very high and the guys withstood that intensity very well. Lots of positives today, and hopefully as the race wears on we can become more ambitious with our goals.”

Wearing the Best Canadian Jersey today, Ryder Hesjedal of Team Garmin-Sharp finished with the bunch, and conserves his red jersey for tomorrow’s stage.

The race travelled throughout some beautiful prairie lands, home of the flourishing ranching and farming industries in Alberta. With wide open range roads used for the trek, riders were treated with some gorgeous sceneries on a cloud-less day.

Once again today, the race was a big hit in terms of spectatorships, with thousands of fans gathering at the start line in Strathcona County to launch the race, and as many flocking to downtown core of Camrose to witness the finish.

This inaugural Tour of Alberta continues Thursday with Stage two, a 158.1km trek between Devon and Red Deer.

The Canadian broadcast partner for the Tour of Alberta, Sportsnet, will be airing the race live for two hours each day, along with daily one-hour highlights program to air in primetime each day of the race. Globally, the Tour of Alberta will be broadcast in 162 countries, reaching an estimated168 million viewers.

Results

1. Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 3:22:17
2. Eric Young (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
3. Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
4. Ryan Anderson (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
5. Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Argos-Shimano
6. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team
7. Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin-Sharp
8. Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
9. Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano
10. John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
11. Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
12. Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Orica-GreenEdge
13. Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge
14. Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team
15. Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
16. Robert Sweeting (USA) 5-hour Energy p/b Kenda
17. Nicolai Brochner (Den) Bissell Pro Cycling
18. Fred Rodriguez (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
19. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp
20. Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
21. Jean-Michel Lachance (Can) Canadian National Team
22. Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling
23. Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin-Sharp
24. Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Orica-GreenEdge
25. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
26. Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) 5-hour Energy p/b Kenda
27. Frank Kevin Pipp (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
28. Clinton Robert Avery (Nzl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
29. Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
30. Shawn Milne (USA) 5-hour Energy p/b Kenda
31. Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team
32. Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano
33. Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano
34. Tommy Nankervis (Aus) Bissell Pro Cycling
35. Michael Woods (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor
36. Michael Olsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano
37. Tom Zirbel (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
38. Andres Diaz (Col) 5-hour Energy p/b Kenda 0:10
39. Benjamin Chaddock (Can) Team SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis
40. Shane Kline (USA) Team SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis
41. Taylor Shelden (USA) 5-hour Energy p/b Kenda
42. Benjamin Day (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
43. Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing Team
44. Antoine Duchesne (Can) Canadian National Team
45. Travis McCabe (USA) Team SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis
46. Andrew Dahlheim (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
47. Kirk Carlsen (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
48. Chad Haga (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
49. Chad Beyer (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
50. Clay Murfet (Aus) Team SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis
51. Steve Morabito (Sui) BMC Racing Team
52. David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Sharp
53. Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Sharp
54. Rob Britton (Can) Canadian National Team
55. Silvan Dillier (Sui) BMC Racing Team
56. Chris Butler (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
57. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
58. Flavio De Luna (Mex) Team SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis
59. Ryan Roth (Can) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
60. Bruno Langlois (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor
61. Alexander Cataford (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor 0:16
62. Pierrick Naud (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor
63. Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Garmin-Sharp 0:19
64. Michael Chauner (USA) Equipe Garneau-Québecor 0:21
65. Jakub Novak (Cze) BMC Racing Team 0:24
66. Serghei Tvetcov (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
67. Derrick St. John (Can) Canadian National Team
68. Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano
69. Edward King (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling
70. Adam Matthew Farabaugh (USA) Equipe Garneau-Québecor
71. Jean-Sebastien Perron (Can) Canadian National Team
72. Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
73. Jason McCartney (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
74. Luke Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 0:28
75. Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica-GreenEdge 0:29
76. David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Sharp
77. Scott Zwizanski (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
78. Garrett McLeod (Can) Canadian National Team
79. Max Jenkins (USA) 5-hour Energy p/b Kenda
80. Emerson Oronte (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
81. Jack Bobridge (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
82. Marc Goos (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
83. Carter Jones (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
84. Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano 0:35
85. Davide Frattini (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
86. Mark Renshaw (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:37
87. Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-Sharp
88. Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
89. Jeffry Louder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
90. Geoffroy Dussault (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor 0:48
91. Robert Förster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
92. Ryan Aitcheson (Can) Canadian National Team
93. Sean Mazich (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
94. Ken Hanson (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 1:05
95. Thomas Soladay (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 1:13
96. Charles Bradley Huff (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 1:15
97. Michael Friedman (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
98. Eric Marcotte (USA) Team SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis 1:27
99. Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 1:34
100. Cheung Fu Shiu (HKg) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 1:40
101. Kang Jiyong (Kor) Orica-GreenEdge
102. Simon-Pierre Gauthier (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor
103. Stuart Wight (Can) Canadian National Team
104. Ben Wolfe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
105. Kristofer Dahl (Can) Team SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis
106. David Williams (USA) 5-hour Energy p/b Kenda 2:07
107. William Clarke (Aus) Team Argos-Shimano 4:10
108. Jeremy Powers (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
109. Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
110. Jeremy Vennell (Nzl) Bissell Pro Cycling 4:11
111. Nariyuki Masuda (Jpn) Cannondale Pro Cycling 4:13
112. Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale Pro Cycling
113. Brian Vandborg (Den) Cannondale Pro Cycling
114. Bobby Lea (USA) Team SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis
115. Nic Hamlton (Can) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 6:09
116. Zachary Bell (Can) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
117. James Stemper (USA) 5-hour Energy p/b Kenda

GC After Stage 1

Result
1. Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 3:30:35
2. Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin-Sharp 0:23
3. Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano 0:24
4. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:30
5. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:31
6. Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge 0:39
7. Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano
8. Tom Zirbel (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:40
9. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp
10. Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:41
11. Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 0:42
12. Chad Haga (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:43
13. Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling
14. John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 0:46
15. Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 0:49
16. Shawn Milne (USA) 5-hour Energy p/b Kenda
17. Robert Sweeting (USA) 5-hour Energy p/b Kenda 0:52
18. Benjamin Day (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
19. Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) 5-hour Energy p/b Kenda 0:53
20. David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Sharp 0:54
21. Ryan Anderson (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:55
22. Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Sharp
23. Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team 0:57
24. Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:59
25. Rob Britton (Can) Canadian National Team 1:01
26. Michael Olsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano
27. Antoine Duchesne (Can) Canadian National Team 1:02
28. Eric Young (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 1:03
29. Ryan Roth (Can) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 1:04
30. Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
31. Travis McCabe (USA) Team SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis 1:05
32. Fred Rodriguez (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 1:06
33. Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Argos-Shimano
34. Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin-Sharp 1:07
35. Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Orica-GreenEdge
36. David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Sharp 1:09
37. Andres Diaz (Col) 5-hour Energy p/b Kenda
38. Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 1:10
39. Clinton Robert Avery (Nzl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
40. Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Garmin-Sharp 1:12
41. Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
42. Taylor Shelden (USA) 5-hour Energy p/b Kenda
43. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 1:13
44. Silvan Dillier (Sui) BMC Racing Team
45. Kirk Carlsen (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
46. Edward King (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling 1:16
47. Bruno Langlois (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor
48. Nicolai Brochner (Den) Bissell Pro Cycling
49. Serghei Tvetcov (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 1:17
50. Jakub Novak (Cze) BMC Racing Team 1:18
51. Adam Matthew Farabaugh (USA) Equipe Garneau-Québecor
52. Clay Murfet (Aus) Team SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis 1:19
53. Alexander Cataford (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor 1:20
54. Jean-Michel Lachance (Can) Canadian National Team 1:22
55. Shane Kline (USA) Team SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis
56. Tommy Nankervis (Aus) Bissell Pro Cycling
57. Michael Woods (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor 1:23
58. Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 1:24
59. Jason McCartney (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 1:26
60. Marc Goos (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 1:30
61. Steve Morabito (Sui) BMC Racing Team 1:32
62. Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano 1:33
63. Scott Zwizanski (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
64. Flavio De Luna (Mex) Team SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis
65. Pierrick Naud (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor 1:36
66. Garrett McLeod (Can) Canadian National Team
67. Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Orica-GreenEdge 1:37
68. Frank Kevin Pipp (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
69. Emerson Oronte (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 1:38
70. Jeffry Louder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 1:41
71. Andrew Dahlheim (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 1:42
72. Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
73. Chris Butler (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
74. Jack Bobridge (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 1:51
75. Robert Förster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
76. Luke Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 1:53
77. Chad Beyer (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 1:54
78. Derrick St. John (Can) Canadian National Team 1:56
79. Davide Frattini (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
80. Sean Mazich (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 2:02
81. Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica-GreenEdge 2:04
82. Charles Bradley Huff (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 2:05
83. Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano 2:06
84. Ryan Aitcheson (Can) Canadian National Team 2:09
85. Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
86. Jean-Sebastien Perron (Can) Canadian National Team 2:11
87. Benjamin Chaddock (Can) Team SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis
88. Mark Renshaw (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 2:15
89. Max Jenkins (USA) 5-hour Energy p/b Kenda 2:16
90. Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-Sharp 2:18
91. Michael Chauner (USA) Equipe Garneau-Québecor 2:20
92. Eric Marcotte (USA) Team SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis
93. Ken Hanson (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 2:24
94. Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 2:25
95. Ben Wolfe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 2:38
96. Kristofer Dahl (Can) Team SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis 2:39
97. Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 2:41
98. Carter Jones (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 2:42
99. Thomas Soladay (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 2:51
100. Michael Friedman (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 2:58
101. David Williams (USA) 5-hour Energy p/b Kenda 3:05
102. Stuart Wight (Can) Canadian National Team 3:12
103. Geoffroy Dussault (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor 3:13
104. Simon-Pierre Gauthier (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor 3:21
105. Kang Jiyong (Kor) Orica-GreenEdge 3:34
106. Cheung Fu Shiu (HKg) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
107. Jeremy Vennell (Nzl) Bissell Pro Cycling 5:11
108. Jeremy Powers (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 5:12
109. Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale Pro Cycling 5:14
110. Brian Vandborg (Den) Cannondale Pro Cycling 5:19
111. Bobby Lea (USA) Team SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis 5:38
112. William Clarke (Aus) Team Argos-Shimano 5:43
113. Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 5:58
114. Nariyuki Masuda (Jpn) Cannondale Pro Cycling 6:12
115. Zachary Bell (Can) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 7:06
116. Nic Hamlton (Can) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 7:09
117. James Stemper (USA) 5-hour Energy p/b Kenda 8:40





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