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Svein proves Tuft to beat

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Men's podium (L-R): Zach Bell (Kelly Benefit Strategies), Svein Tuft (Garmin-Transitions) and Ryan Roth (SpiderTech-Planet Energy).

Men's podium (L-R): Zach Bell (Kelly Benefit Strategies), Svein Tuft (Garmin-Transitions) and Ryan Roth (SpiderTech-Planet Energy). (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Hugo Houle (Quebec) won the U23 title.

Hugo Houle (Quebec) won the U23 title. (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Ryan Roth (SpiderTech-Planet Energy) was third.

Ryan Roth (SpiderTech-Planet Energy) was third. (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Zach Bell (Kelly Benefit Strategies) 'didn't get caught' by winner Svein Tuft and finished second.

Zach Bell (Kelly Benefit Strategies) 'didn't get caught' by winner Svein Tuft and finished second. (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Svein Tuft (Garmin-Transitions) on his way to the Canadian title.

Svein Tuft (Garmin-Transitions) on his way to the Canadian title. (Image credit: Tour of Japan)

Svein Tuft (Garmin-Transitions) repeated as men's elite time trial champion while Hugo Houle (Equipe Quebec) took the Under 23 men's title. Tuft was the favourite by far, with most of the field virtually conceding the win to him.

Back to Canada after a spring of racing on the ProTour circuit, including the Giro d'Italia, Tuft was unstoppable, finishing nearly two minutes up on second place Zach Bell (Kelly Benefit Strategies), and close to three minutes ahead of bronze medalist Ryan Roth (SpiderTech-Planet Energy).

Ed Veal (La Bicicletta) set the first sub 53 minute time, but was soon surpassed by Andrew Randell (SpiderTech-Planet Energy), at 52:32.7 . Randell's time was eventually good enough for 11th, before Nic Hamilton (Trek Red Truck-Mosaic Homes) dropped the leading time below 52 minutes.

The times continued to drop slowly until François Parisien (SpiderTech-Planet Energy) put in a very strong 51:15, which held up until the final three riders came through the finish line. Ryan Roth (SpiderTech-Planet Energy) knocked eight seconds off the top time, but was immediately supplanted by Bell, nearly a minute faster at 50:12.3 .

However, Bell knew that his time in the lead was very limited - Tuft had already made up a minute and five seconds of the two minute gap by the turn around, and looking over his shoulder at the finish he could see his former Symmetrics teammate powering to the line, only 10 seconds back. Tuft's time was a very impressive 48:23.1 .

Bell was not unhappy with his second place. "For the last three years I've finished third," he commented. "Two years ago, Svein caught me before the turn, and last year a little after the turn, so just to avoid getting caught is a big accomplishment."

Tuft pointed to having Bell as his 'rabbit', as a factor in his phenomenal ride, as well as having an opportunity to spend some time on his TT bike. "Zach was very strong today, and it gave me the best possible rider to chase. The other thing is that I've actually had some time now to ride my TT bike, which we don't usually get to do. Usually, we are either racing or resting, so this has been a real bonus for me to be able to practice and prepare like this."

The time trials were held in the town of Devon, south and west of Edmonton, Alberta. While most of the surrounding country is flat, race organisers managed to find an out and back course that included a tough descent and climb out of a river valley. In addition to the valley, which the riders had to climb out of in both directions, headwinds on the outward leg added to the difficulty.


#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Svein Tuft (Garmin-Transitions)0:48:23.1
2Zachary Bell (Kelly Benefit Strategies)0:01:49.2
3Ryan Roth (SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy)0:02:43.9
4François Parisien (SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy)0:02:51.9
5Rob Britton (BISSELL Pro Cycling)0:03:03.0
6Ryan Anderson (Kelly Benefit Strategies)0:03:17.3
7David Veilleux (Kelly Benefit Strategies)0:03:22.1
8Christian Meier (Garmin-Transitions)0:03:27.3
9Nic Hamilton (Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes)0:03:28.6
10Cyrus Kangarloo (Total Restoration Cycling Team)0:03:58.0
11Andrew Randell (SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy)0:04:09.6
12Jamie Sparling (Total Restoration Cycling Team)0:04:18.1
13Hugo Houle (Team Quebec)0:04:20.8
14Chris McNeil (Team H&R BLOCK)0:04:27.9
15Guillaume Boivin (SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy)0:04:32.5
16Ed Veal (La Bicicletta Elite Team)0:04:34.6
17Warren MacDonald (
18Mike Sidic (Team H&R BLOCK)0:04:50.0
19Jordan Cheyne (Mazur Coaching/Wheels of Bloor)0:04:59.6
20Jean Sebastien Perron (Garneau-Club Chaussures-Ogilvy Renault)0:05:06.8
21Charles Bryer (Mazur Coaching/Wheels of Bloor)0:05:08.2
22Curtis Deardon (Garneau Evolution)0:05:22.3
23Owen Harrison (Cycling BC)0:05:36.9
24Charly Vives (SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy)0:05:44.2
25William Goodfellow (
26Andre Tremblay (Nativo-PG-Devinci)0:05:55.2
27Mike Rothengatter (Cycling BC)0:05:55.7
28Cuylar Conly (Team Saskatchewan)0:06:07.0
29Shaun Adamson (Scott Racing p/b The Cyclery)0:06:22.6
30Keir Plaice (Team Ontario)0:06:28.9
31Cody Campbell (Trek-Livestrong U23)0:06:29.6
32Matteo Dal-Cin (Team Ontario)0:06:35.7
33Trevor Connor (Chris Cookies/Swan Cycles)0:06:37.3
34Kyle Fry (Peterborough Cycling Club)0:06:43.9
35Jesse Reams (Cycling BC)0:07:05.9
36Garrett McLeod (Team H&R BLOCK)0:07:09.5
37Spencer Smitheman (Hagens Berman LLP)0:07:18.4
38Zane Westerbeek (CMC/Bow Cycle)0:07:45.6
39Nicholas Jendzjowsky (Pedalhead Road Works)0:07:53.6
40Boris Martin (Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes)0:07:56.4
41Marcel Aarden (Total Restoration Cycling Team)0:07:59.9
42Justin Middleton (ERTC/Revolution Cycle)0:08:01.6
43John Stewart (Mazur Coaching/Wheels of Bloor)0:08:06.4
44Nathan MacDonald (Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes)0:08:06.7
45Christopher Hillier (Colavita Racing Inc)0:08:07.9
46Pierrick Naud (Team Quebec)0:08:41.7
47Devon Novakowski (Team Ontario)0:08:45.7
48Colter Young (ERTC/Revolution Cycle)0:08:46.6
49Jamie Riggs (Team Ontario)0:08:50.3
50Vincent Quirion (Team Quebec)0:08:52.1
51Bradley Clifford (Team Saskatchewan)0:09:05.7
52Geoff O'Toole (Garneau Evolution)0:09:32.9
53Nicolas Andrichuk (CMC/Bow Cycle)0:09:39.1
54Ryan Aitcheson (Team Ontario)0:09:51.0
55Evan Mundy (Team Ontario)0:10:03.0
56David Boily (SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy)0:10:30.0
57Clayton Meisner (Olympia)0:10:30.9
58Arnaud Papillon (Team Quebec)0:10:34.7
59Kevin Massicotte (Team Ontario)0:11:10.8
60Keith Jones (Cycling BC)0:11:59.1
61Colin Reinholt (La Bicicletta Elite Team)0:12:40.4
62Timothy Burton (
63Michael Joannisse (Team Quebec)0:24:30.3
DNFJosh Gillingham (Nova Cycle Sports Foundation Inc/ISCorp Cycling)
DNFTrevor Gunderson (Pedalhead Road Works)
DNFBrody Pasciullo (Thunder Bay Cycling Club)
DNSKyle Marcotte (Speed Theory)
DNSShawn Taylor (Cafe Racers)
DNSRyan Correy (CMC/Bow Cycle)
DNSJacob Schwingboth (Team H&R BLOCK)


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