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2017

American Alex Howes Captures Stage 3 Win and Second in a Row for Cannondale-Drapac

September 3, 2017 – Immediate release

 

EDMONTON, Alberta

Cannondale Drapac’s Alex Howes jumped from the field with about 300 metres to go and held off a chasing pack to win Delta Lodge at Kananaskis Stage 3 in Edmonton at the University of Alberta. The American outdistanced second-place finisher and teammate Wouter Wippert of The Netherlands who won Stage 2 on Saturday.

“I jumped coming to the top of the final climb (up out of the River Valley) and was trying to lead out Wouter because I think he’s the top sprinter in the race. When I got a gap, he yelled ‘to go for it’ so I kept going and held on. The end of the year is going well for me and the team.”

Howes had won a stage in the Colorado Classic last month and accelerates at shorter climbs and that played to his strength entering the final kilometre.

American Evan Huffman of Rally Cycling finished with the group and retained his overall lead by 18 seconds over teammate Sepp Kuss. Howes moved up to a tie in third place with teammate Tom-Jelte Slagter of The Netherlands, at 31 seconds behind.

“My Rally Cycling team came to race and Cannondale-Drapac is making it tough, but we’re pretty strong right now,” said Huffman, confident in holding his lead to the final kilometres tomorrow. “The course isn’t easy but it isn’t that difficult either. I’m hopeful and confident but tomorrow could be a dogfight.”

     Jack Burke of Aevolo continues to impress and continues to be the highest place Canadian as well as Best Young Rider. The 22-year-old is from Squamish, B.C. is currently in 6th place overall. Sepp Kuss (USA) of Rally Cycling retained the Lexus of Edmonton King of the Mountain jersey. And, Wippert took control of the EllisDon Sprint Points jersey.

Sunday’s stage averaged a blistering 45 kilometres per hour over the 116-kilometre course. The 11-lap circuit featured a long breakaway that at one point threatened Huffman’s lead. One of the key instigators was Canadian Alex Cataford of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling team. The main field, which had been chasing the breakaway up and down the River Valley on Groat Road in central Edmonton.

     Monday’s stage is a 124 km circuit race through Centre City that starts and finishes at Churchill Square. The course features 11 laps with a climb up Bellamy Hill and a longer mild climb up Victoria Park Road. Best viewing spots are Churchill Square, Bellamy Hill Rd. climb, the corner of 107 Street and 100 Avenue NW, River Valley Road next to Victoria Golf Club. Start is 1:50 pm and estimated finish is 4:25 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Follow the 2017 ATB Tour of Alberta  

  • For a full list of rosters: tourofalberta.ca/rosters
  • Spectators can follow with last two hours of race on race webcast: globalnews.ca
  • Social media will follow the event from the gun on @tourofalberta on Facebook and @tourofalberta on Twitter providing many options for spectators.

 

ATB TOUR OF ALBERTA STAGES

Stage 1 – Sept. 1 / Jasper to Marmot Basin Ski Area (Jasper National Park), Road Race

Presented by Delta Air Lines                               

Stage Winner: Evan Huffman (USA), Rally Cycling, time: 3 hr, 48 min. 46 sec.

Overall Leader: Evan Huffman (USA), Rally Cycling

 

Stage 2 – September 2 / Spruce Gove, Road Race

Presented by Delta Air Lines                               

Stage Winner: Wouter Wippert (NED), Cannondale Drapac, time: 2 hr, 49 min. 36 sec.

Overall Leader: Evan Huffman (USA), Rally Cycling

 

Stage 3 – September 3 / Edmonton (University of Alberta), Circuit Race

Presented by Delta Lodge at Kananaskis         

Stage Winner: Alex Howes (USA), Cannondale Drapac, time: 2 hr, 30 min. 31 sec.

Overall Leader: Evan Huffman (USA), Rally Cycling

 

Stage 4 – September 4 / Edmonton (Churchill Square), Circuit Race

Presented by EllisDon                                            TOTAL KILOMETRES: 124

 

ATB TOUR OF ALBERTA QUICK FACTS

  • Date: September 1 – 4, 2017
  • Total Kilometres: 546
  • Total Number of Cyclists: 96 (all world class)
  • Event Organizers: Alberta Peloton Association
  • Website: tourofalberta.ca

 

Contact:

Steve Brunner

1.719.322.7022

steve@KOMsports.com