Trek Factory Racing wins Tour of Alberta team time trial

Mollema wears the first leader's jersey

Trek Factory Racing won the opening stage of the Tour of Alberta with an upset victory over odds-on favourites Orica-GreenEdge in Grande Prairie on Wednesday. They covered the 19.6km course in 22:56, beating the Orica riders by just 0.74 of a second, and finishing eight seconds ahead of third-placed team Katusha.

Orica-GreenEdge's roster looked to be the strongest on paper for the stage, with a team that included Svein Tuft, Luke Durbridge, Jens Mouris, Michael Hepburn, Sam Bewley and Michael Matthews, along with GC rider Adam Yates and support rider Christian Meier.

However, they were not strong enough to overtake the early leaders in the team time trial, Trek Factory Racing, which included Bauke Mollema, Matthew Busche, Marco Coledan, Laurent Didier, Gregory Rast, Hayden Roulston, Jesse Sergent and Kristof Vandewalle.

Mollema was the first to cross the finish line for Trek and will take the first leader's jersey at the Tour of Alberta as the race heads into stage 2's 171km race in the County of Grande Prairie on Thursday. The team finished with five riders, including Roulston, Coledan, Sergent and Busche.

"This was the first TTT win in my life," Mollema said. "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."

How it unfolded

The Tour of Alberta kicked off on Wednesday under cooler temperatures and gusty winds, with the much anticipated 19.6km team time trial in the city of Grande Prairie. The course was flat and held along wide, open boulevards, and offered little technical aspects, making it a fast opening stage.

Race organisers only permitted bikes and equipment that were legal for UCI mass-start road races, which meant no time trial bikes, clip-on aero handlebars or aero helmets.

Lupus Racing Team was first to set off on course and finished with the initial benchmark of 23:41. Their time was quickly overhauled by Trek Factory Racing, which crossed the finish line with five riders in a time of 22:56, to take the hot seat.

Team after team raced through the finish line, but none could surpass Trek Factory Racing's time, or even break the 23-minute mark.

Halfway through the stagel, Giant-Alpecin came the close with a time of 23:24, followed by Team Katusha in 23:05.

Continental teams Hincapie Racing and Silber Pro Cycling put forth strong times to finish inside the top 10. Cannondale-Garmin also cruised in with a fast time of 23:28.

Riders from Trek Factory Racing bundled up in toques and blankets in the staging area as they awaited the time of Orica-GreenEdge, the last team on course.

The Australian WorldTour team set the fastest 9km split at 10:25, and it looked as though they would have enough left in the tank to take the win. They desperately pushed on the pedals to get over the final small incline and through the last set of corners but came up short by just 0.74 of a second. 

"We didn't know that we had lost because we were up by so much at the split," Tuft said. "We just kind of assumed that we couldn't lose that much time, but because we had used our real engines early on we didn't have that top speed coming home in the headwind section.

"We've had a lot of close ones in our day, and that's hard to take sometimes."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Trek Factory Racing0:22:57 
2Orica GreenEdge  
3Team Katusha0:00:08 
4Bora-Argon 180:00:23 
5Team Giant - Alpecin0:00:25 
6Hincapie Racing Team0:00:26 
7Team Cannondale - Garmin0:00:30 
8Drapac Professional Cycling0:00:40 
9Silber Pro Cycling0:00:41 
10Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:44 
11Lupus Racing Team  
12Axeon Cycling Team0:00:59 
13Team SmartStop0:01:04 
14Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:01:21 
15H&R Block Pro Cycling0:01:56 
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing0:22:57 
2Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Factory Racing  
3Hayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Factory Racing  
4Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek Factory Racing  
5Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing  
6Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge  
7Svein Tuft (Can) Orica GreenEdge  
8Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
9Adam Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge  
10Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
11Aleksei Tcatevich (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:08 
12Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Team Katusha  
13Simon Špilak (Slo) Team Katusha  
14Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha  
15Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha  
16Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:00:23 
17Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18  
18Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
19Jan Barta (Cze) Bora-Argon 18  
20Scott Thwaites (GBr) Bora-Argon 18  
21Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant - Alpecin0:00:25 
22Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant - Alpecin  
23Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant - Alpecin  
24Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant - Alpecin  
25Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant - Alpecin  
26Dion Smith (NZl) Hincapie Racing Team0:00:26 
27Toms Skujins (Lat) Hincapie Racing Team  
28John Hornbeck (USA) Hincapie Racing Team  
29Joseph Lewis (Aus) Hincapie Racing Team  
30Andzs Flaksis (Lat) Hincapie Racing Team  
31Kristoffer Skjerping (Nor) Team Cannondale - Garmin0:00:30 
32Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Team Cannondale - Garmin  
33Nathan Brown (USA) Team Cannondale - Garmin  
34Jasper Bovenhuis (Ned) Team Cannondale - Garmin  
35Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Team Cannondale - Garmin  
36Davide Formolo (Ita) Team Cannondale - Garmin  
37Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Team Cannondale - Garmin  
38Jordan Kerby (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:00:40 
39Graeme Brown (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
40William Clarke (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
41Wouter Wippert (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling  
42Malcolm Rudolph (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
43Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:41 
44Ryan Roth (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
45Alexander Ray (NZl) Silber Pro Cycling  
46Alexander Cataford (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
47Nigel Ellsay (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
48Matteo Dal-Cin (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
49Jesse Anthony (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:44 
50Tom Zirbel (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies  
51Scott Zwizanski (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies  
52Ryan Anderson (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies  
53Michael Woods (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies  
54Evan Murphy (USA) Lupus Racing Team  
55Kyle Murphy (USA) Lupus Racing Team  
56Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Lupus Racing Team  
57Mike Stone (USA) Lupus Racing Team  
58Chad Beyer (USA) Lupus Racing Team  
59Michael Olheiser (USA) Lupus Racing Team  
60Matthieu Jeannes (Fra) Lupus Racing Team0:00:46 
61Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant - Alpecin0:00:50 
62Daniel Eaton (USA) Axeon Cycling Team0:00:59 
63Logan Owen (USA) Axeon Cycling Team  
64James Oram (NZl) Axeon Cycling Team  
65Gregory Daniel (USA) Axeon Cycling Team  
66Geoffrey Curran (USA) Axeon Cycling Team  
67Alexander Porsev (Rus) Team Katusha0:01:03 
68Kris Dahl (Can) Team SmartStop0:01:04 
69Eric Marcotte (USA) Team SmartStop  
70Julian Kyer (USA) Team SmartStop  
71Evan Huffman (USA) Team SmartStop  
72Zachary Bell (Can) Team SmartStop  
73Travis McCabe (USA) Team SmartStop  
74Travis Livermon (USA) Team SmartStop  
75Shane Kline (USA) Team SmartStop0:01:15 
76Gavin Mannion (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:01:21 
77Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis  
78Alexandr Braico (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis  
79Taylor Sheldon (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis  
80Fred Rodriguez (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis  
81Joshua Berry (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis  
82Tyler Magner (USA) Hincapie Racing Team0:01:42 
83Florenz Knauer (Ger) H&R Block Pro Cycling0:01:56 
84Adam De Vos (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling  
85Jacob Schwingboth (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling  
86Garrett McLeod (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling  
87Travis Samuel (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling  
88Edward King (USA) Team Cannondale - Garmin0:02:05 
89Winston David (USA) Lupus Racing Team0:02:11 
90Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Team Katusha0:02:27 
91Guillaume Boivin (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies  
92Grégory Rast (Sui) Trek Factory Racing  
93Steve Fisher (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:02:28 
94Phil O'Donnell (USA) Axeon Cycling Team0:02:41 
95Thomas Soladay (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:02:45 
96Derrick St John (Can) Silber Pro Cycling0:02:52 
97Bailey McKnight (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling0:02:53 
98Miguel Bryon (USA) Hincapie Racing Team  
99Justin Oien (USA) Axeon Cycling Team0:03:02 
100Travis Meyer (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:03:06 
101Jure Rupnik (Slo) H&R Block Pro Cycling0:03:09 
102Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica GreenEdge0:03:17 
103Fredrik Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant - Alpecin0:03:37 
104Lars van der Haar (Ned) Team Giant - Alpecin  
105Mac Brennan (USA) Hincapie Racing Team0:03:42 
106Shane Archbold (NZl) Bora-Argon 180:03:43 
107Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
108Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 18  
109Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Trek Factory Racing0:03:49 
110Will Routley (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:03:52 
111Peter Koning (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling0:03:59 
112Michael Le Rossignol (Can) Silber Pro Cycling0:04:06 
113Benjamin Perry (Can) Silber Pro Cycling0:04:16 
114Felix Coté Bouvette (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling0:04:18 
115Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing0:04:46 
116Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica GreenEdge0:05:13 
117Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica GreenEdge  
118Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:05:44 
119Chris Putt (USA) Axeon Cycling Team  
120Angus Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:07:40 

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