Canadians dominate Sunday’s road race

WHITE ROCK – Patience is a virtue when it comes to most things in life, and that wisdom held true for the winners of the 2014 Tour de White Rock road race Sunday.

For Canadian riders Megan Rathwell and Matteo Dal-cin, their patience and some late-in-the-race moves paid off with trips to the top of the podium.

“This was one of my main goals this year was to win this race. I don’t do a lot of races, I just race locally so I’m really happy to come here and win,” said Rathwell, who hails from Victoria, B.C. and rides for ATAC Sportswear.

As temperatures climbed to 35 degrees on course, both the men’s and women’s pelotons fractured into small groups, leaving lots of room for attacks.

In the women’s 80-kilometre race, Abbotsford’s Alison Jackson, riding for Glotman Simpson Cycling, went off the front in a solo breakaway with only a few laps left.

It appeared that Jackson, who won Friday’s hill climb and placed third in the criterium, was poised to ride to victory. With one lap to go the group of chasing riders, which included Rathwell, had closed the gap setting the stage for a five-rider sprint to the line.

“It was really hard, we had a bit of a gap to the top three riders and with Alison (Jackson) off the front I didn’t think it would come down to a sprint, I thought it was going to be all spread out. I couldn’t believe it,” said Rathwell.

“I had a good position and then I went right and came around everyone. I’m not really a sprinter but it kind of suits me, the uphill.”

The women’s sprint came down to a photo finish with the top four riders crossing the line within four-tenths of a second of each other. Coming in second was Vancouver’s Denise Ramsden riding for Optum Cycling p/b Kelly Benefits, and finishing third was Colombian rider Maria Luisa Calle, riding for Team Colombia.

Jackson finished fifth in the sprint but maintained her points lead to finish first overall in the omnium.

“I might have went a little early but sometimes in bike racing you just have to take chances and see what you’re worth,” she said.

The men’s race was a similar story as the heat and fast pace broke the peloton up with four riders in the lead and a pack of eight riders 53 seconds back with five laps left on the short course.

Dal-cin, who is from Ottawa riding for Silber Pro Cycling Team, had been riding aggressively all day, keeping the pressure on the four-man leading group.

With two laps to go, Dal-cin’s teammate Derrick St. John bridged the gap between the leaders and the chase group giving the Silber team the advantage.

“It was a pretty big relief … that Derrick was coming up because we had another card to play and on the next lap I made a move because I figured there would be some hesitation,” said Dal-cin.

Montreal’s Pierrick Garneau, riding for Quebecor won the sprint for second place, and Garret Mclead, of Team HR Block from Wolfville, Nova Scotia, came in third.

Germany’s Florenz Knauer, of Team Heizomat, won first overall in the omnium with a seventh-place finish in the road race.

matt@mattlaw.ca

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Surrey firefighters battle a house fire near the 70A Avenue and 126A Street intersection early Sunday morning. According to a witness, it appears that the occupants were able to get out without injury. (Shane MacKichan photos)
PHOTOS: Fire causes extensive damage to Surrey home

Occupants able to escape without injury: witness

NDP headquarters on election night, Oct. 24, 2020. (Katya Slepian/Black Press Media)
ELECTION 2020: Live blog from B.C. party headquarters

BC NDP projected to win majority government – but celebrations will look different this election

A reminder to students at Surrey’s Strawberry Hill Elementary to physically distance during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
Five Surrey schools reporting COVID-19 exposures, including another at Panorama Ridge

INTERACTIVE TABLE: Search for schools, organize by exposure dates

B.C. Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau outlines her party's climate action platform at Nanaimo's Vancouver Island Conference Centre earlier this month. (News Bulletin file photo)
Green leader Furstenau declared victor in her home riding on Vancouver Island

Cowichan Valley voters elect freshly minted party leader for her second term

John Horgan has been re-elected the MLA for Langford-Juan de Fuca. (File-Black Press)
Horgan trounces challengers to be re-elected in his Vancouver Island riding

MLA has represented constituency of Langford-Juan de Fuca and its predecessors since 2005

(Image by Ulrike Leone from Pixabay)
QUIZ: A celebration of colour

Fall in British Columbia is a time to enjoy a spectrum of vivid colours

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Mounties looking for teen boy ‘unlawfully at large’ from Riverview psychiatric hospital

Nolan Godron left the hospital, located at 2721 Lougheed Highway in Coquitlam, without consent on Saturday

The Canadian border is pictured at the Peace Arch Canada/USA border crossing in Surrey, B.C. Friday, March 20, 2020. More than 4.6 million people have arrived in Canada since the border closed last March and fewer than one-quarter of them were ordered to quarantine while the rest were deemed “essential” and exempted from quarantining. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Majority of international travellers since March deemed ‘essential’, avoid quarantine

As of Oct. 20, 3.5 million travellers had been deemed essential, and another 1.1 million were considered non-essential

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam responds to a question during a news conference Friday October 23, 2020 in Ottawa. Canada’s top physician says she fears the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths may increase in the coming weeks as the second wave continues to drive the death toll toward 10,000. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s top doctor warns severe illness likely to rise, trailing spike in COVID-19 cases

Average daily deaths from virus reached 23 over the past seven days, up from six deaths six weeks ago

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

BC Hydro map showing where power has been knocked out is dotted with over a dozen outages. (BC Hydro map screenshot)
Thousands without power in Lower Mainland on election day

One outage in Langley and Surrey is affecting over 4,000 customers

file
One dead after fiery crash near Agassiz

Agassiz RCMP report a 56-year-old man died Friday night

The possibility of the Canadian Premier League expanding to the Fraser Valley has been floated online. (Facebook photo)
Canadian Premier League possibly eyeing Fraser Valley expansion

Soccer league looking to add ninth team to the mix, B.C. markets potentially rumoured

Most Read