Tour of Alberta

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Tour of Alberta
Race details
DateSeptember
RegionAlberta, Canada
Local name(s)The Tour
Nickname(s)Canada's Race
DisciplineRoad
CompetitionUCI America Tour
TypeStage race
OrganiserAlberta Peloton Association
Race directorDuane Vienneau
History
First edition2013 (2013)
Editions5 (as of 2017)
First winner Rohan Dennis (AUS)
Most winsNo repeat winners
Most recent Evan Huffman (USA)

The ATB Tour of Alberta was a Canadian bicycle stage race, which raced across the province of Alberta. It was sanctioned by Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and was part of the UCI America Tour. It was classified as a 2.1 race, making it one of the highest rated races on the tour.[1] The inaugural tour featured a prologue and five stages, and was held September 3–8, 2013.

On February 15, 2018 the Alberta Peloton Association announced that the event was being cancelled.[2]

History[edit]

The Tour of Alberta was the brainchild of former professional cyclist Alex Steida, who was the first North American cyclist to wear the Yellow Jersey in the Tour de France. After moving to Edmonton, Steida felt that the local geography and the ability of residents to "roll up their sleeves and get stuff done" made the province an ideal place for a multi-stage race and he spent nearly a decade promoting the idea.[3] The idea began to take shape in 2012 when proponents secured support from the Rural Alberta Development Fund, which believed such a race could promote the province to a world audience.[4] The proposed race was sanctioned by UCI in late 2012 and given a 2.1 classification, making it one of the highest rated events on the UCI America Tour.[1]

Classifications[edit]

The race had six individual classifications, and the leader in each wore a special jersey in similar fashion to the Tour de France:[5]

Results[edit]

General classification[edit]

Year Jersey yellow.svg 1st place Team 2nd place Team 3rd place Team
2013  Rohan Dennis (AUS) Garmin–Sharp  Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team  Damiano Caruso (ITA) Cannondale
2014  Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica–GreenEDGE  Tom Dumoulin (NED) Giant–Shimano  Ruben Zepuntke (GER) Bissell Development Team
2015  Bauke Mollema (NED) Trek Factory Racing  Adam Yates (GBR) Orica–GreenEDGE  Tom-Jelte Slagter (NED) Cannondale–Garmin
2016  Robin Carpenter (USA) Holowesko Citadel Racing Team  Bauke Mollema (NED) Trek–Segafredo  Evan Huffman (USA) Rally Cycling
2017  Evan Huffman (USA) Rally Cycling  Sepp Kuss (USA) Rally Cycling  Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale–Drapac

Other classifications[edit]

Year Jersey green.svg Sprints Jersey polkadot.svg Mountains Jersey white.svg Young rider Jersey red.svg Canadian rider Jersey yellow number.svg Teams
2013  Peter Sagan (SVK)  Tom-Jelte Slagter (NED)  Rohan Dennis (AUS)  Ryan Anderson (CAN) BMC Racing Team
2014  Ramūnas Navardauskas (LTU)  Simon Yates (GBR)  Tom Dumoulin (NED)  Ryan Anderson (CAN) Garmin–Sharp
2015  Michael Matthews (AUS)  Ben Perry (CAN)  Adam Yates (GBR)  Michael Woods (CAN) Cannondale–Garmin
2016  Colin Joyce (USA)  Danilo Celano (ITA)  Colin Joyce (USA)  Alexander Cataford (CAN) Silber Pro Cycling Team
2017  Wouter Wippert (NED)  Alec Cowan (CAN)  Jack Burke (CAN)  Jack Burke (CAN) Rally Cycling

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Babin, Tom (2012-12-17). "Tour of Alberta bike race holds a lot of potential | Calgary Herald". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 2013-08-28.
  2. ^ Ramsay, Caley (2018-02-15). "Tour of Alberta calling it quits due to economic conditions, funding concerns". Global News. Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  3. ^ Cowley, Norm (2013-08-30). "Edmonton's Alex Stieda shifted Tour of Alberta into gear". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved 2013-09-04.
  4. ^ The journey to the Tour of Alberta. Official Event Guide. Tour of Alberta. 2013. pp. 10–11.
  5. ^ Official race jerseys. Official Event Guide. Tour of Alberta. 2013. p. 19.

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