Trek Factory Racing wins Tour of Alberta team time trial

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

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Trek Factory Racing0:22:57
2Orica GreenEdgeRow 1 - Cell 2
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 TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Axeon Cycling Team0:00:59
13Team SmartStop0:01:04
14Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:01:21
15H&R Block Pro Cycling0:01:56
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General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing0:22:57
2Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Factory RacingRow 1 - Cell 2
3Hayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Factory RacingRow 2 - Cell 2
4Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek Factory RacingRow 3 - Cell 2
5Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory RacingRow 4 - Cell 2
6Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdgeRow 5 - Cell 2
7Svein Tuft (Can) Orica GreenEdgeRow 6 - Cell 2
8Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEdgeRow 7 - Cell 2
9Adam Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdgeRow 8 - Cell 2
10Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdgeRow 9 - Cell 2
11Aleksei Tcatevich (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:08
12Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Team KatushaRow 11 - Cell 2
13Simon Špilak (Slo) Team KatushaRow 12 - Cell 2
14Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 13 - Cell 2
15Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team KatushaRow 14 - Cell 2
16Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:00:23
17Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18Row 16 - Cell 2
18Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18Row 17 - Cell 2
19Jan Barta (Cze) Bora-Argon 18Row 18 - Cell 2
20Scott Thwaites (GBr) Bora-Argon 18Row 19 - Cell 2
21Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant - Alpecin0:00:25
22Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant - AlpecinRow 21 - Cell 2
23Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant - AlpecinRow 22 - Cell 2
24Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant - AlpecinRow 23 - Cell 2
25Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant - AlpecinRow 24 - Cell 2
26Dion Smith (NZl) Hincapie Racing Team0:00:26
27Toms Skujins (Lat) Hincapie Racing TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28John Hornbeck (USA) Hincapie Racing TeamRow 27 - Cell 2
29Joseph Lewis (Aus) Hincapie Racing TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Andzs Flaksis (Lat) Hincapie Racing TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Kristoffer Skjerping (Nor) Team Cannondale - Garmin0:00:30
32Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Team Cannondale - GarminRow 31 - Cell 2
33Nathan Brown (USA) Team Cannondale - GarminRow 32 - Cell 2
34Jasper Bovenhuis (Ned) Team Cannondale - GarminRow 33 - Cell 2
35Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Team Cannondale - GarminRow 34 - Cell 2
36Davide Formolo (Ita) Team Cannondale - GarminRow 35 - Cell 2
37Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Team Cannondale - GarminRow 36 - Cell 2
38Jordan Kerby (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:00:40
39Graeme Brown (Aus) Drapac Professional CyclingRow 38 - Cell 2
40William Clarke (Aus) Drapac Professional CyclingRow 39 - Cell 2
41Wouter Wippert (Ned) Drapac Professional CyclingRow 40 - Cell 2
42Malcolm Rudolph (Aus) Drapac Professional CyclingRow 41 - Cell 2
43Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:41
44Ryan Roth (Can) Silber Pro CyclingRow 43 - Cell 2
45Alexander Ray (NZl) Silber Pro CyclingRow 44 - Cell 2
46Alexander Cataford (Can) Silber Pro CyclingRow 45 - Cell 2
47Nigel Ellsay (Can) Silber Pro CyclingRow 46 - Cell 2
48Matteo Dal-Cin (Can) Silber Pro CyclingRow 47 - Cell 2
49Jesse Anthony (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:44
50Tom Zirbel (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit StrategiesRow 49 - Cell 2
51Scott Zwizanski (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit StrategiesRow 50 - Cell 2
52Ryan Anderson (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit StrategiesRow 51 - Cell 2
53Michael Woods (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit StrategiesRow 52 - Cell 2
54Evan Murphy (USA) Lupus Racing TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
55Kyle Murphy (USA) Lupus Racing TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Lupus Racing TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Mike Stone (USA) Lupus Racing TeamRow 56 - Cell 2
58Chad Beyer (USA) Lupus Racing TeamRow 57 - Cell 2
59Michael Olheiser (USA) Lupus Racing TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
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 TeamRow 62 - Cell 2
64James Oram (NZl) Axeon Cycling TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Gregory Daniel (USA) Axeon Cycling TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
66Geoffrey Curran (USA) Axeon Cycling TeamRow 65 - Cell 2
67Alexander Porsev (Rus) Team Katusha0:01:03
68Kris Dahl (Can) Team SmartStop0:01:04
69Eric Marcotte (USA) Team SmartStopRow 68 - Cell 2
70Julian Kyer (USA) Team SmartStopRow 69 - Cell 2
71Evan Huffman (USA) Team SmartStopRow 70 - Cell 2
72Zachary Bell (Can) Team SmartStopRow 71 - Cell 2
73Travis McCabe (USA) Team SmartStopRow 72 - Cell 2
74Travis Livermon (USA) Team SmartStopRow 73 - Cell 2
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 MaxxisRow 76 - Cell 2
78Alexandr Braico (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 77 - Cell 2
79Taylor Sheldon (USA) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 78 - Cell 2
80Fred Rodriguez (USA) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 79 - Cell 2
81Joshua Berry (USA) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 80 - Cell 2
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 CyclingRow 83 - Cell 2
85Jacob Schwingboth (Can) H&R Block Pro CyclingRow 84 - Cell 2
86Garrett McLeod (Can) H&R Block Pro CyclingRow 85 - Cell 2
87Travis Samuel (Can) H&R Block Pro CyclingRow 86 - Cell 2
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 StrategiesRow 90 - Cell 2
92Grégory Rast (Sui) Trek Factory RacingRow 91 - Cell 2
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 TeamRow 97 - Cell 2
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 - AlpecinRow 103 - Cell 2
105Mac Brennan (USA) Hincapie Racing Team0:03:42
106Shane Archbold (NZl) Bora-Argon 180:03:43
107Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18Row 106 - Cell 2
108Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 18Row 107 - Cell 2
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 GreenEdgeRow 116 - Cell 2
118Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:05:44
119Chris Putt (USA) Axeon Cycling TeamRow 118 - Cell 2
120Angus Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:07:40

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