|A Group Chasing during RR|
Saturday's Stage 1 began with the Murrayville Criterium. In the A Race, the pace was furious with various attempts to create a breakaway. In the end, Curtis Dearden (Russ Hay's/Accent Inns) took the breakaway sprint win ahead of pro racer, Sebastian Salas (Optum p/b Kelly Benefits). A strong lead out by Emile De Rosnay from the pack allowed Cid Martinez to take the 6th place pack print, with Emile still finishing 7th from his huge effort. In the B Race, Jordan Duncan was not able to hold off Aiden Caves (Devo) and had to settle for a respectable 2nd place. Henri De Boever finished in the top ten with 9th place.
Stage 2 was a 12 km Time Trial on River Road in GlenValley. The men's A race was won by Sebastian Salas (Optum p/b Kelly Benefits), with Curtis finishing 30 seconds down for 4th place. Dylan Cunningham finished an impressive 6th place ahead of Kyle Buckosky of Garneau Evolution.
In the B Race, Jordan Duncan won the time trial with a time of 16:33 which incidently would have also given him a top ten finish in the A race. Henri De Boever was close by with 4th place and Steven Grandy 5th.
Sunday's final stage was the 125km Murchison Road Race. Emile De Rosnay and Raph Lalumiere found themselves in an early breakaway surrounded by 4 Garneau Evolution riders. Emile rode aggressive and attempted an attack to split the group, but he was marked closely by Erik Mulder (GE). The chase group was forced to chase since Emile was a GC threat. Meanwhile Raph was able to capitalize on the GE chase group and sit on and be ready for the sprint finish. In the end, the chase group caught Emile and, at the finish, Raph was unable to beat Kyle Buckosky (GE) and Neal Kindree (Specialized Factory) but was satisfied with a 3rd place result. Emile was able to cross the line in 6th ahead of a number of GE and HR Block riders. "Anyway, we did well and our presence was felt . Lots of people commented and I think we earned some serious respect." commented Emile.
|Emile (R) in the break with two GE riders.|
|B Group Overall Winner - Jordan D|
Overall GC, Curtis Dearden was the top RH rider with most points to get a podium 3rd, followed by Emile for 6th, Raph 7th, and Dylan and Cid finishing 11th and 12th respectively.
In the B Race, Steven Grandy was 2nd after soloing for a lap and got caught at the line. Jordan Duncan was 3rd and won the overal B Group General Classification. Henri finished well with 5th place.
OVERALL GENERAL CLASSIFICATION