Canadian cycling success stories abound

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Big results coming in from Canadian cyclists around the globe. The photo below is courtesy of Garmin-Transitions Pro Cycling Team’s flickr photostream. Throughout the racing and training seasons they post great new photos of their riders.


Posted By JOHN SWART

Did you know Ryder Hesjedal of Victoria, B.C., raced to second place April 19 at the 257-kilometre Amstel Gold Race, one of the three prestigious races of the famous Ardennes Classics? That’s one podium place better than local great Steve Bauer ever achieved, and equal to Lance Armstrong’s best result there.

It wasn’t a surprise, as Hesjedal won Stage 12 of the Vuelta a Espana Grand Tour in 2009, and the Stage 1 team time trial in the 2008 Giro d’Italia.

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How about Velodrome track racing? Zack Bell of Yukon won gold medals in the points race and scratch race at the Jan. 24t UCI World Cup of Track Cycling in Beijing. Canadian women won bronze in team pursuit, proving their gold-medal performance in the previous World Cup (Cali, Columbia) wasn’t a fluke.

Following the Trinidad Beacon Cycling Festival, where our Canadian track racing team won numerous podium positions, cycling reporter Daniele Defranceschi stated: “The people in Trinidad (international racers) are saying this is the best they have seen Canadians ride …… since the days of Gord Singleton. A very nice compliment indeed.”

Steve Bauer’s 2010 Team Spidertech powered by Planet Energy is our first ever Canadian UCI Continental road race squad. Impressive results in the grueling 10 day 2010 Vuelta Ciclista del Uruguay, including Canadian Martin Gilbert’s two stage wins, recently earned Bauer’s team entry into the Amgen Tour of California, America’s biggest international stage race.

I could go on for pages with success stories Canadian cyclists have accumulated already in 2010.

Entire article here.

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