Tour of Alberta

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.

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
Web sitewww.tourdalberta.ca Edit this at Wikidata
History
First edition2013 (2013)
Editions5 (as of 2017)
First winner Rohan Dennis (AUS)
Most winsNo repeat winners
Most recent Evan Huffman (USA)

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

HistoryEdit

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]

ClassificationsEdit

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

ResultsEdit

General classificationEdit

Year   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 classificationsEdit

Year   Sprints   Mountains   Young rider   Canadian rider   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

ReferencesEdit

  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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Ramsay, Caley (2018-02-15). "Tour of Alberta calling it quits due to economic conditions, funding concerns". Global News. Retrieved 2018-02-15. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Cowley, Norm (2013-08-30). "Edmonton's Alex Stieda shifted Tour of Alberta into gear". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved 2013-09-04. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  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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