Stage 2 of the Tour of Alberta, a 90 mile route from Innisfail to Red Deer featured a tough profile but ultimately would be another trip to the line for the sprinters. Eric Young finished off of the podium by mere inches, taking fourth in the field sprint. The day ran under very fast conditions, finishing in just over 3 hours at an average speed of 29.8 MPH. One final 500 meter downhill stretch leading into the finish line in downtown Red Deer saw riders reach speeds of 50 MPH.
While the Orange & Black missed a chance at a podium, they did set up Ryan Anderson to grab a small time bonus through the second intermediate sprint line, bumping Anderson up two spots into 5th overall on general classification. The race for the gold jersey remains tight. Anderson is 17 seconds behind current race leader Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Shimano) and just 3 seconds out of podium placing. He remains in the red Top Canadian jersey, a distinction he won in 2013.
The third stage of the Tour of Alberta will take the peloton 97.5 miles and cover some the flattest terrain the race has to offer. After a start in Wetaskiwin, riders head north to the finish city and Alberta capital of Edmonton. The level course will be of little conciliation as the peloton will battle strong cross winds on the open roads of western Canada. The course finishes with a three-lap circuit on the Edmonton Garrison airstrip before another nearly guaranteed sprint finish.