Rally Cycling heads north with a strong, motivated team to tackle the UCI 2.1 ranked Tour of Alberta, September 1-4. Coming off a spectacular overall victory for Rob Britton at Tour of Utah, the team looks to win stages and battle for the general classification in the final major North American stage race of the season. The squad will be lead by the dynamic trio of Rob Britton, Evan Huffman and Sepp Kuss.
“My main focus is to end the season with a strong result,” said Britton. “The team will be looking for success in stages, however the overall will be our main focus. Honestly, I was pretty beat up after Utah and it showed in Colorado. I've had a few weeks at home to recuperate and now I'm feeling good and hungry to race. After Alberta, I have a few races with the Canadian National Team and then I am going to do some mountain biking.”
Evan Huffman heads to Alberta with ambitions for overall victory
The Tour of Alberta starts in Jasper with a 162-kilometer mountainous circuit through Jasper National Park and a steep ascent to Marmot Basin. This tough stage is likely to create significant time gaps, leaving many desperate to make up time in the remaining three stages. Stage two takes place in Spruce Grove, about 30 kilometers west of Edmonton and finishes 139 kilometers later with three circuits through downtown. The 116-kilometer third stage will start and finish in Edmonton, near the University of Alberta. The route will take the peloton north through the suburbs before turning back south to what will likely be a sprint finish in Windsor Park. The race ends with what has become the traditional final stage in the Edmonton city center. The challenging urban loop has served as the finale since 2014 and includes two difficult climbs on each of the 11 laps and will provide the final battle ground for the overall win.
Britton leads the team after powering to a career defining victory at the Tour of Utah. A dominating ride in the stage three time trial put him in yellow while a masterful ascent of the iconic climb to Snowbird cemented his overall victory. Climbing sensation and winner of the iconic Iron Horse Classic, Kuss will line up next to Britton in the hunt for overall victory. Joining Britton and Kuss north of the border will be Amgen Tour of California dual stage winner and Tour of the Gila champion Huffman. Last year in Alberta, Huffman won stage three, wore the leader’s jersey for a day and finished third overall.
Matteo Dal-Cin returns to action in the maple leaf jersey of Canadian National Champion
Adding firepower to the squad is Adam de Vos and Canadian National Champion Matteo Dal-Cin. Dal-Cin will be debuting his championship jersey for the first time after being sidelined in July with a knee injury.
“This is my first race back after my knee injury, so it will be a bit of a test in a race situation to see how it holds up,” said Dal-Cin. “I am excited to race in the maple leaf jersey of National Champion. The kit is beautiful, and it's motivating to wear it while training. It'll be an incredible experience getting to take the start for the first time in it, especially with the race being here in Canada.”
In addition to the team’s general classification ambitions, Rally Cycling will look to contest the sprint finishes with North Star Grand Prix champion, 2016 Tour of Alberta stage one winner and Best Young Rider Colin Joyce. Another rider targeting stage glory is veteran Jesse Anthony, who is coming off an extended block of training at altitude. Road Captain Danny Pate completes the roster and will marshal the team on the roads of Alberta.
Jesse Anthony will be on the hunt for stage wins
“We’ll be bringing a well-balanced team to Alberta and are looking to close out the North American stage race season with a couple more wins,” said Performance Manager Jonas Carney. “We have a solid group of guys to challenge for stages and the overall. We’ve had success here over the last few years, and we’ll be aiming to continue the streak. Colin and Evan both had great races there last year, and guys like Rob and Sepp showed they are in great form in Utah and Colorado. The guys have been racing hard all year, but I know they have a few more wins in the legs.”
Rally Cycling for Tour of Alberta
Adam de Vos