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Ryan Anderson Wins Best Canadian Award in Tour of Alberta


Reposted from Canadian Cycling (in part); full article at

2013 Tour of Alberta rolls out in Calgary

(Calgary, AB – September 08, 2013) Rohan Dennis of Team Garmin-Sharp won the inaugural Tour of Alberta, crossing the finish line after more than 900 kilometers over five days, while Ryan Anderson of Vancouver, BC, who grew up in Spruce Grove, AB near Edmonton, took the Best Canadian Jersey honours in eighth place of the overall classification.

Ryan Anderson of Vancouver, BC riding with Optum-Kelly Benefits Strategies won the Best Canadian Jersey, rolling in downtown Calgary wearing the red jersey. Anderso, who finished eighth in today’s final stage, had a great read on the decisive move on the third stage, and jumped in break that went all the way to the finish line, with a 17-minute gap on the main group.

“It’s definitely special for Optum-Kelly Benefits, and for me as well. Being the first year of this race, and able to come and be on the podium for the last three days, in front of all the crowds, is something special for me. I was glad to be a part of this first year and take the Best Canadian Jersey,” said Anderson.

“I’m not too surprised about all the crowd. Alberta has always been known for supporting and rallying behind big events. I expected the crowds to be good, and they were. Even along the way, the school kids came out to cheer, and it was fantastic.”

Final Overall Standings (after Stage 5)
1. Rohan Dennis (Team Garmin-Sharp), Australia, 17 hours, 48 minutes, 40 seconds
2. Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing Team), United States, 17 hours, 48 minutes, 58 seconds
3. Damiano Caruso (Cannondale Pro Cycling), Italy, 17 hours, 49 minutes, 10 seconds
4. Patrick Gretsch (Team Argos-Shimano), Germany, 17 hours, 49 minutes, 11 seconds
5. Robert Gesink (Belkin Pro Cycling Team), Netherlands, 17 hours, 49 minutes, 21 seconds
6. Robert Sweeting (5-Hour Energy P/B Kenda Racing Team) United States, 17 hours, 49 minutes, 34 seconds
7. Francisco Mancebo (5-Hour Energy P/B Kenda Racing Team) Spain, 17 hours, 49 minutes, 35 seconds
8. Ryan Anderson (Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies), Canada, 17 hours, 49 minutes, 36 seconds
9. Matthias Friedemann (Champion System Pro Cycling Team), Germany, 17 hours, 49 minutes, 59 seconds
10. Steven Kruijswijk (Belkin Pro Cycling Team), Netherlands, 17 hours, 50 minutes, 02 seconds