Rally Cycling will be headed to Canada tomorrow (September 1) for the UCI 2.1 ranked Tour of Alberta. Coming off a successful Tour of Utah, the team is looking to not only place riders high up in the general classification, but deliver their sprinters to stage wins.
Rob Britton and Evan Huffman will lead Rally Cycling in the hunt for a top GC spot. Earlier this month, Britton showed that he is a serious GC contender by climbing his way into fifth at the Tour of Utah. Along with his fifth place, Britton also claimed the most aggressive rider jersey on the final stage. Joining Britton in the team’s GC efforts will be Huffman (the Amgen Tour of California King of the Mountains winner, and North Star Grand Prix champion), and road captain Danny Pate. In addition to the team’s GC hunt, Rally Cycling will also be on the hunt for stage ones with Gastown Grand Prix winner Eric Young.
“I am excited to line up for the Tour of Alberta,” said Britton. “It’s great to have such a prestigious event in Canada. I had a really good break at home after Utah and I’ve come out of it pretty well. With the lack of big climbs, or a long time trial, it’s going to be a hard fight for general classification. The course is well suited for Evan and the team will have some lofty goals with our fast guys Pierrick (Naud) and Eric (Young).”
The Tour of Alberta starts in Lethbridge on Septemebr first, with a 106 km circuit race. It then heads north with stage two, taking the riders from Kananaskis to Olds. Stage three goes from Rocky Mountain House to Drayton Valley, and stages four (12.1 km time trial) and five (124 km circuit race) take place on the streets of downtown Edmonton.
“We’ll be bringing a very well rounded team to the Tour of Alberta this year,” said Performance Manager Jonas Carney. “We hope to be able to contest sprint stages with Young, Naud and Kline. We also have a strong group of general classification riders to contest the overall, We’ve had some good success at the Tour of Alberta over the last few years and we’ll be aiming to continue it this year.”
Rally Cycling Tour of Alberta Roster