Anderson Sprints to Third in Rain Soaked First Stage of Tour of Alberta

Edmonton Native 7th Overall, Dons Best Canadian Rider Jersey.

Ryan Anderson sprinted to 3rd at the Tour of Alberta’s opening stage in Lethbridge after weathering miserable conditions that dogged the peloton for the duration of the day. As the breakaway of the day was reeled in over the top of the final climb, Anderson made his way into an elite front group with teammate and fellow Canadian Will Routley, which positioned the pair perfectly to fight for a podium spot. Anderson was just seven hundredths of a second away from victory. The Edmonton native now sits 7th overall after two days of racing in the western Canadian province; his efforts on the day also garnered him the cherry red Best Canadian jersey.

“With the cold weather today, I personally went through different phases,” said Anderson in a statement released by Cycling Canada. “At first I was feeling very well on the first lap, then I got really cold after the second lap. My teammates rallied … and did a great job to bring me some clothing. I started to warm up and feel better.”

Stage 2 of the premier Canadian stage race sees the peloton start in Innisfail with hopefully improved weather conditions. The bulk of the stage takes place on a large circuit around Sylvan Lake before heading into three circuits through the city center of Red Deer. A KOM finishing climb will lead the peloton into the equally challenging circuits, so look for another select group to battle for the finish in stage two.

Ryan Anderson followed by Tom Zirbel battle through the slug fest that was stage 1 of the Tour of Alberta.

Ryan Anderson followed by teammate Tom Zirbel battle through the cold and rainy slug fest that was stage 1 of the Tour of Alberta.

Ryan Anderson (far right) sprints to third place finishing just seven-hundredths of a second from the win after a long rainy day in the saddle.

Ryan Anderson (far right) sprints to third place just seven-hundredths of a second from the win after a strenuous rainy day in the saddle.

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