Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies finished off the Tour of Alberta on Sunday with second place in the fifth and final stage, the Top Canadian jersey, and a top-five overall for Spruce Grove, Alberta native Ryan Anderson.
Stage five, an 11-lap circuit in the heart of Edmonton, was anything but a walk in the park – each lap featured the punishingly steep Bellamy Hill Road and wind, rain, and mud hammered the peloton for the majority of the race. The Orange & Black fought through the conditions to deliver Anderson to second in a hard-fought bunch sprint won by Orica-GreenEDGE’s Daryl Impey.
“Alberta is one of best and most challenging races for sprinters in North America, and we bring our fastest team here every year to fight for a result,” said Performance Director Jonas Carney. “Unfortunately we missed some stage wins by just a few feet, but we take home some great results this week.”
The podium finish netted Anderson a time bonus which moved him into fifth on general classification, eleven seconds behind yellow jersey winner Impey. Impey’s stage win gathered up a time bonus for himself – 10 seconds to be exact – which was enough for the South African to take yellow from Garmin-Sharp’s Tom Dumoulin by just one second. Anderson finishes the week in the red Top Canadian jersey, defending a prestigious title he claimed at the 2013 edition of the race.
“Ryan is from Alberta and he is always very fired up to race in Edmonton. The weather was nasty today, but the team fought hard to get him a chance at the line,” said Carney. “We knew a podium finish in the final stage meant a time bonus and would move Ryan up into the top five, so that was our priority, and the guys executed well in some chaotic conditions.”