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Tuft wins 9th national time trial championship

Svein Tuft (Orica-GreenEdge) wheeled the 40 km U23 and elite men’s time trial course in Lac-Mégantic, QC in 53:25 to take his 9th national title at the Global Relay Canadian Road Cycling Championships Thursday. Tuft caught several of the riders in front of him as he bombed the course with an average speed of 45.3 km/h.

Hugo Houle (Ag2r), thrice the U23 road race champion, was runner-up on the day with 55:29, and Ryan Roth (Team Silber) matched his third place in the 2010 chrono with a time of 55:46.

Albertan Kris Dahl (Team SmartStop) is the U23 time trial champion, rolling the 40 km in 58:44. Runner-up Nigel Ellsay (Cycling BC) posted a 59:03 mark while Peter Disera (Jet Fuel) took the third spot on the U23 podium with a time of 59:45.

Tuft’s day began with an announcement that he would be competing for Canada in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games July 23 to August 3.

The national championships continue Friday with the U23/Elite women’s road race. Canadian Cycling Magazine will be liveblogging the event.

2014 Global Relay Canadian Road Cycling Championships U23/Elite Men’s Time Trial 40 km

1) Kris Dahl (Alberta/Team Smartstop) 58:44
2) Nigel Ellsay (BC/Cycling BC) +0:19
3) Peter Disera (Ontario/Jet Fuel) +1:01

1) Svein Tuft (BC/Orica-GreenEdge) 53:25
2) Hugo Houle (Québec/Ag2r) +2:03
3) Ryan Roth (Ontario/Team Silber) +2:20