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Between Redlands stages, Silber enjoys coffee and cleaning

Matteo Dal-Cin sits second overall and along with teammate Nigel Ellsay finished two-three in the stage three time trial with nearly identical times.

After three stages at the Redlands Classic, Matteo Dal-Cin of Silber Pro Cycling sits second in the general classification. Dal-Cin narrowed Janier Acevedo’s (Jamis-Sutter Home) lead to only two seconds in the stage three time trial on his way to finishing second over the 11-km course. Dal-Cin’s teammate Nigel Ellsay rounded out the podium coming in with a time only a fraction of a second slower. Placing two riders on the podium of the TT has not been the only notable result for the Canadian UCI Continental team at Redlands. Dal-Cin climbed with the best on stage two finishing fourth followed closely by Canadian U23 champion Benjamin Perry in eighth. Ellsay spent the day in the breakaway.

The team began preparing for the stage three time trial on returning to their host housing following a cold stage two. “After we got home we all took hot showers and made coffees to warm up,” said Michael Le Rossignol. “It’s a team ritual that is practiced several times a day.”

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In the morning the team regrouped before heading out to the course. “Our TT was a late start so all morning we chilled and helped clean up our host house,” said Le Rossignol. “We broke the garage door so it was a team effort to try and fix it before the hosts came home.”

In Saturday’s Stage 4 criterium it will be difficult for the teams to shake up the GC but when the race wraps up on Sunday with the aggressive Sunset circuit, Le Rossignol and his teammates will surely be called upon to defend Dal-Cin’s GC position. “In the criterium and during the Sunset stage our job will be to look after Matteo and try to vault him into the lead.”

After Redlands Silber heads to the Joe Martin Stage Race in Arkansas, April 21 to 24. Le Rossignol is headed to an altitude camp to prepare for the biggest goal of his season, the Tour of the Gila on May 4 to 8.

Oshawa native Travis Samuel of H&R Block Pro Cycling took the sprint jersey in stage two and goes into the weekend looking to defend the green jersey.

In the women’s race, Jasmin Glaesser of Rally finished third in the Greenspot TT and sits fifth overall.