Rally Cycling’s Summer Moak won her first BC Superweek stage last night at the Giro di Burnaby. The 19-year-old from Phoenix, Arizona, racing in Canada for the first time, followed a swift leadout from criterium champion Sara Bergen through the final corners and won the field sprint. In the men’s race, Eric Young overcame a mid-race crash to solo the last lap and win the team’s seventh race of the week.
“It feels absolutely amazing to win tonight,” said Moak. “With one to go I was glued to Sara’s wheel and we shot up the inside on the back side of the course. She led it through the last two corners and gave me a perfect leadout. All I had to do was go as hard as I could!”
With several close calls and just one win in the previous five days of racing, the women’s team decided to change things up and move Moak into the protected sprinter role.
“Going into the race the plan was to set me up for the win,” said Moak. “We knew exactly where and when we needed to be and that Sara would get me there. The team rode amazing tonight and it feels good to win this for them because they all worked so hard!”
Young amazes with a fourth win in British Columbia
Eric Young sprinting to victory on the streets of Vancouver has become a familiar sight for the peloton this week. Not to be typecast as a pure sprinter, Young lept out of the field one lap earlier than usual on Thursday night and caught the rest of the peloton off guard.
“I heard the crowd prime (bonus sprint) announced at two laps to go, followed an attack and went for it,” said Young. “There was a moment of hesitation from the field since they probably thought it was just for the prime, and that was enough for me to hold it to the line. Pretty sweet!”
Young was sporting a bloody knee at the finish but shrugged it off like a seasoned veteran.
“I got a bit unlucky early in the race,” said Young. “There was a drop in speed going into turn one and someone ran into me from behind and I hit another guys wheel in front of me. This sort of stuff just happens. I didn’t have the best shifting bike after that so I looked for an opportunity to go early and it worked out.”
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Giro di Burnaby Women’s Results
1 MOAK Summer * Rally Cycling Scottsdale AZ 1:09:28.60
2 COLES LYSTER Maggie * Macogep-Argon18-Girondins Maple Ridge BC ”
3 RYAN Kendall Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank Camarillo CA ”
4 NELSON Emily * Independent Lichfield ”
5 ARBUCKLE Libby * Mike Greer Homes Cycling Team Palmerston North NZL ”
6 VALENTINI Elena T°Red Factory Racing Team Bolzano ITA ”
7 COLLIER Devaney * Cyclery Racing Edmonton AB ”
8 BERGEN Sara Rally Cycling Vancouver BC “
9 JACKSON Alison Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank Vermilion Canada ”
10 SWAN Callie * Trek Red-Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes Victoria BC ”
Giro di Burnaby Men’s Results
1 YOUNG Eric Rally Cycling Boulder CO 1:17:03.40
2 KNAUER Florenz Herrmann Radteam Lisberg ”
3 LEWIS Joseph Holowesko|Citadel Cycling Team Gloucester AUS ”
4 JEAN Emile Silber Pro Cycling Trois-Rivieres QC ”
5 RUPNIK Jure H&R Block Pro Cycling Team Weyburn SK ”
6 BICKMORE Cade * Groove Subaru Excel Sports Longmont CO ”
7 KETLER Mitchell * Applewood Garneau p/b Smart Savvy Winnipeg MB ”
8 PINEDA Hendrik Probaclac/Devinci Montreal QC ”
9 KIRBY Quinten Marc Pro Cycling p/b Gym One San Diego CA ”
10 BURTNIK Evan * Team RaceClean Edmonton AB “