Quiet Day for ORICA-GreenEDGE at Tour of Alberta

Sat 7 Sep 2013

Cadel Evans (BMC) won the fourth stage of the Tour of Alberta from a group of five riders that emerged from the day’s breakaway. Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp) finished in the peloton more than nine minutes behind Evans to keep his yellow jersey after the penultimate day of racing.

Jiyong Kang was the best-placed rider for ORICA-GreenEDGE in 31st place. Kang finished on bunch alongside the rest of the team.

“We missed the break today,” said Sport Director Matt White. “The move went early and we didn’t have anyone in it. Today was pretty quiet for us. I wish I had more to report, but we weren’t amongst the action.”

Garmin-Sharp controlled the nine rider move, allowing the group a maximum advantage of 11 minutes before they began to chase. The break split over the first KOM when Tom Jelte Slagter (Belkin) attacked. He got away with Simon Geschke (Argos-Shimano).

When the duo began to build up their advantage, Antoine Duchesne (Canadian National Team) sensed the danger and attacked the chase group to bridge across to the leaders. Evans and Ben Day (UnitedHealthcare) tagged along, and soon a lead group of five had taken shape. Evans emerged from the group to take his first win of the season.

“The guys lucked out with the weather,” noted White. “It was around 13°C and torrential rain on the drive to the start. It never got any warmer but the rain stopped before the race began.”

ORICA-GreenEDGE will look to make their mark on the inaugural Tour of Alberta on the final day of racing. Aidis Kruopis has shown improved from throughout the week and will be the protected rider on Sunday.

“We’ll control the bunch tomorrow to set up a sprint for Aidis,” said White. “We’ll see if he can get one up on Sagan [Cannondale]. After that, it’s a wrap for the week.”