Canadian Olympian Kirsti Lay won the Tour de White Rock road race on Sunday having already taken victories at the New West Grand Prix and MK Delta Lands Criterium. In the men’s race it was Steve Fisher who sprinted to the win in the final even of the 2017 edition of BC Superweek.
Lay broke away solo on the final lap to take the win. “It feels pretty amazing, this course is really fun, and it never really lets up so I for sure wanted to give it a shot,” the Montreal native said. “It worked perfectly in my preparation for Cascade next week. It was a really great race and awesome to finish this way at BC Superweek.”
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Margot Clyne (UBC Cycling Team) was up the road when late in the race Lay and Joëlle Numainville broke away to reel her in. Lay then launched a strong move to cross the line 40-seconds ahead of Clyne with Numainville taking third.
“I’ve been with the UBC Cycling Team for the last couple of years,” explained Clyne after the race. “I really thank them a lot for that, collegiate cycling’s done a lot for me and it’s great to see the team grow. It’s amazing to race in this field, I’m very new to this field and the women here are absolutely incredible. BC Superweek’s been an amazing opportunity to learn from these women and race with them. Joelle and Kirsti, they’re fantastic riders and it’s been great to go head-to-head with them all week.”
Numainville won the omnium with her second place result.
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Steve Fisher of nearby Bellingham took the win in the men’s race unleashing a powerful sprint after 134-km of racing to out-kick Travis Samuel of the H&R Block Pro Cycling and Nigel Ellsay of Silber Pro Cycling who was third. Fisher’s win earned him the 2017 Tour de White Rock omnium ahead of the criterium winner Florenz Knauer who was second.
Men's TDWR Road Race:
1 – Steve Fisher
2 – Travis Samuel
3 – Nigel Ellsay pic.twitter.com/xLDmwQbqNS
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“We really had a lot of cards to play today, we just wanted to make the race hard and hopefully came out on top with the numbers in the front group late in the race and it panned out for us,” Fischer said about his Hangar 15 Bicycles team game place. “I was definitely hurting on the climbs a little bit. Nigel put in some pretty good digs and I think it put us on the back foot, I just knew I had to hang on until the last corner before the finish.”
Tour de White Rock road race was the final event of the 2017 edition of BC Superweek.