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The Vuelta a España has been on fire the last couple of days, is there a crack in the Froome armor? All the news from Spain and the Tour of Britain with video and results. Podium boys and girls - Top Story. Andrew Talansky retires, the WorldTour moves on to Canada, contract news from Astana and Sunweb, medical update on Kilian Frankiny and Canada picks Worlds team.

TOP STORY: Podium Girls and Boys!
The Vuelta a España has taken a leaf out of the Tour of Valencia book by having a podium boy as well as the podium girls. The Valencian race had one boy and one girl gracing their end of stage proceedings, probably for financial as well as for reasons of equality. The Vuelta has four girls and one guy and they take turns to help the jersey and trophy presentations, maybe the equality should go a bit further and there should be an equal amount on both sexes. There is also no Champagne (cava) at the Spanish Grand Tour, which is maybe a good thing as sticky, wine smelling photographers on a hot day is not good.

Keep the podium 'people' they are much nicer to look at than a UCI President:

Vuelta a España 2017
Chris Froome (Sky) made the most of the individual time trial Stage 16 in Logroño on Tuesday, claiming a second stage victory at La Vuelta 2017 and extending his GC lead. With a time of 47:00 to cover 40.2km, the British rider gained 29 seconds on Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) and 57 seconds on Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), still 2nd overall but with a delay up to 1:58. Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) makes it into the top 5 of the race for the first time this year. With many mountain challenges still ahead of him, Chris Froome (Sky) is about to spend his 15th as the GC leader of La Vuelta. He emulates Bernard Hinault, Jacques Anquetil and Pedro Delgado.

With five non-starters, 164 riders tackled the only individual time-trial of La Vuelta 2017, from Circuito de Navarra to Logroño. Among the first riders on the course, Daniel Oss (BMC) set the first reference that would hold for some time: 48:49. Alexis Gougeard (AG2R-La Mondiale) was faster than him after 27.9km but the Frenchman came short by 1 second on the finish line.

German talent Lennard Kämna (Sunweb) eventually claimed the fastest time in 48:30. But Swedish National time-trial champion Tobias Ludvigsson (FDJ) did even better with 48:04. He was the first rider to cover the course at an average speed higher than 50km/h.

Ludvigsson's reference was only bettered by the top GC contenders. Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) was faster with 47:59. The Spanish triple winner of La Vuelta, riding his last time-trial as a professional rider, eventually lost the stage. But his performance allows him to climb four ladders on GC, while Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) faded with a time of 51:01.

Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) was the fastest at the first intermediate point and provisionally set the best time on the finish line but he eventually saw Chris Froome outperform him. The British rider claimed the victory with a time of 47:00, 29 seconds faster than Kelderman and 57 seconds ahead of Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), his two main challengers on GC. They have five days of racing to overthrow Froome, beginning with the dreaded climb up Los Machucos on Wednesday.

Stage winner and overall leader, Chris Froome (Sky): "I was just riding at the speed that I thought best. I wasn't really getting that many time checks from the car so I didn't really know where I was. I presumed it was probably not good news so I was a bit worried half-way through but only coming in the last 6-7km I found out I was on track to fight for the stage. It's a big relief and obviously I'm super happy to be in this position. That's an amazing feeling to extend my lead and to be in this position. The race is not over. I'm gonna have to fight every day. Tomorrow is gonna be brutal. Los Machucos will be a war. But for today I just want to say a massive thank you to the support structure of Team Sky. It's a huge part of what I'm able to do."

2nd on the stage and 3rd overall, Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb): "I’m really happy with today and I hope to stay on this level for the remainder of the race. There was a lot of side/front winds which made it quite hard to hold my arms straight, then there was lots of uphill and downhill sections in the second part. It was quite hard to keep going but I went as deep as I could. I’m pleased with my time trial and it’s good to move 3rd on the GC. Tomorrow is another hard stage where we will continue to fight."

3rd on the stage and 2nd overall, Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida): "I am quite satisfied. It was a very difficult ITT and the side wind was really strong and therefore you had to keep a high speed. In some sections I also made 100 rpm and a speed close to 80kph. Chris Froome has done a very good performance with a route suited to him and tomorrow we expect another challenging stage. The ranking has changed in the first positions and tomorrow someone will have to attack if he wants to retrieve positions. We'll see."

4th on the stage and overall, Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin): "I gave everything I had. I don’t think I made any mistakes. In cycling it is important after a race not to worry about anything that could have gone wrong or consider that I did not do enough. I really don’t have any feeling about a mistake I’d made. I gave my maximum. I did everything that was possible. In this ‘game’ I’m not the winner but we have at least two mountains stages ahead of us and I will fight until the end to arrive at the overall podium in Madrid. That I lost 30 seconds today does not change so much. I have a lot of motivation. It’s not because they took away something from me that I don’t have enough in my reservoir. I will do everything to come back to the top 3."

5th on the stage and 5th overall, Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo): "I'm happy. I would have been very happy if I'd won the stage, but I'm happy. Furthermore, I didn't have time checks. I didn't know what the gaps were with my rivals, I was bit in the unknown. It was a good time-trial, and I'm even more motivated because the legs didn't hurt when I woke up. That means we made the most of the rest day and now let's see what we can do in this last week. I knew it would be almost impossible for me to win such a flat time-trial. A climb would have favored me but winning was impossible. It's getting more complicated to finish on the podium because my rivals, (Ilnur) Zakarin and (Wilco) Kelderman did a better time-trial than me. I have five more days as a professional rider and I have more to gain than to lose."

Vuelta a España Stage 16 result:
1. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky in 47:00:00
2. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Sunweb at 0:29
3. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida at 0:57
4. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin at 0:59
5. Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
6. Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) FDJ at 1:07
7. Wout Poels (Ned) Sky at 1:11
8. Lennard Kämna (Ger) Sunweb at 1:30
9. Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors at 1:41
10. Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC at 1:49.

Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 16:
1. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky in 62:53:25
2. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida at 1:58
3. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Sunweb at 2:40
4. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin at 3:07
5. Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Trek-Segafredo at 4:58
6. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana at 5:25
7. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana at 6:27
8. Wout Poels (Ned) Sky at 6:33
9. Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-Scott at 6:40
10. Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac at 7:06.

Stage 16:

Summary - Stage 16 - La Vuelta 2017 por la_vuelta

The brutal climb of Los Machucos offered the show everyone expected at the end of Stage 17 of La Vuelta 2017. Stefan Denifl (Aqua Blue Sport) soloed away to a brilliant victory while Chris Froome (Sky) was unable to follow his rivals on extremely steep slopes (up to 26%). Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) was the strongest of the GC contenders to finish second on the day. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) finished fourth with Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) to gain 42 seconds on Froome. The British rider retains the red jersey for a 15th consecutive day, but his position as GC leader is weakened four days ahead of the finish at Madrid.

After 13km, Alessandro De Marchi (BMC), Magnus Cort Nielsen (Orica-Scott), Dani Moreno (Movistar) and Stefan Denifl (Aqua Blue Sport) were already ahead of the bunch. They were joined by Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) and Davide Villella (Cannondale-Drapac) at km 27 to form a 6 man breakaway that would enjoy a maximum lead of over 9 minutes 70km into the stage.

Miguel Angel Lopez' Astana and Rafal Majka's Bora-Hansgrohe teams decided to up the tempo in the peloton. Their efforts brought the gap down to 5 minutes at the bottom of the first climb of the day, the portillo de Lunada. On the downhill, with a poor visibility due to the fog, Davide Villella was distanced from the leading group while Bahrain-Merida turned the heat on in the bunch. Rafal Majka was the main victim of this acceleration while the gap was reduced under 3 minutes ahead of the main challenges of the day.

Majka got back at the bottom of the penultimate climb. Orica-Scott tried to enjoy the puerto de Alisas for a long range offensive. Esteban Chaves and Adam Yates went first. David De La Cruz followed them with some stage hunters but Team Sky kept things under control. In the downhill, Jack Haig (Orica-Scott) joined Cort Nielsen to try and challenge for the stage victory, unsuccessfully.

Stefan Denifl made the most of the brutal slopes of the alto de Los Machucos to solo away from his last breakaway companions. In the favorites group, Chris Froome (Team Sky) couldn't react when Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) and Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) accelerated with 6km to go. He was also unable to follow Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) as the Italian set a hard pace. Contador finished second of the stage only 28 seconds behind Denifl. With a delay of 1:04, Lopez, Nibali and Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) were still 42 seconds ahead of Froome.

Stage winner, Stefan Denifl (Aqua Blue Sport): "I had super, super legs today. I waited all La Vuelta for that day. I paced myself until today and I went all in. It's just amazing for the team, for Aqua Blue. It's our first Grand Tour and we win a stage… I'm over the Moon! You always have to believe you'll win. When I felt my legs, I was like ‘oh my goods, this is super good'. And I just kept on pushing. The climb was perfect for me. There were bits of flat to recover. Now I've won a stage at La Vuelta… It's amazing. It's the best day of my cycling life."

2nd on the stage and 5th overall, Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo): "It's been a good stage. We had to go hard on the pedals and the legs responded well. I knew I had to follow Miguel Angel Lopez. I accelerated to get back to him, I felt good behind him and when I saw him suffer in a steep section, I had no doubts. It's a pity not to take the victory, furthermore when I think about the team and the supporters, but we have three hard days ahead and we'll see what we can do. I feel better with the weather conditions in the North. To be one minute and half from the podium, it's not much and it's still a lot. From what I see we're much closer now, but it's still complicated. Everything can happen everyday, in this edition of La Vuelta we have to give it all every day. Today, it took everything: head, heart and legs."

3rd on the stage and 6th overall, Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana): "We did an incredible job all along the stage today, unfortunately one of the guys at the front has been able to keep a small gap, enough to win the stage: congrats to him! I accelerated at the beginning of the climb to Los Machucos. I knew this climb because I came to try it in the weeks before the Vuelta: I was climbing pretty well when Contador came back on my wheel… he was going to fast for me and I have let him go not to risk to exaggerate and eventually get in a crisis upper in the climb. Then in the final I did the sprint and I won it because there were still the bonuses seconds of the third on the finish line: one thing is really important, my legs are good when we climb and this will be very helpful in the stages to come."

4th on the stage and 2nd overall, Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida): "Tremendous, a real climb. It's like Zoncolan in Italy or the Bola do mundo here in Spain, it's hard to forget about this ascent to Los Machucos. At the beginning, I did not feel great, but getting up I found a good pace. In the final with Ilnur Zakarin we insisted and managed to retrieve forty seconds. Froome is fine and has a great team with him, but there are still a couple of difficult stages and I will try to win."

6th on the stage, Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe): "We decided today to don’t go in a break because of the headwind. So the goal was to bring me to the final climb in a good position. But on the first downhill I struggled, it was wet and a lot of fog made it difficult to see the road. After my crash in the Tour I still don’t want to risk too much. We had to chase then afterwards because we were in a group one minute behind the main bunch. But my team mates did a great job and closed the gap. The last downhill was ok because the road was better. I tried to fight for the win in the final, but Contador was too strong today. When he attacked, nobody could follow. The last corner was slippery and I didn’t take any risk in the sprint because it’s not a big difference in becoming 3rd or 6th, it’s about winning another stage. My legs are good and I will try again, there are still chances to come."

8th on the stage, Dani Moreno (Movistar): "I really liked this stage. We tried but there was someone stronger than me. I had legs until the finish but (Stefan Denifl) was the strongest. I went with my pace. I'm in a pretty good condition. I'm always at my best in the third week of La Vuelta, but in a climb like that, when someone goes… That's how it is in cycling, it works through your mind and you surrender. I think I still have a shot but they're quickly disappearing."

Overall leader, Chris Froome (Sky): "It’s never nice to lose time like that but at the same time I’m still really happy with the position that we’re in. I think we always knew today was going to be a really tough final and it certainly was, especially with the weather conditions as well. With three days of racing to go the team is still in a great position. I’m feeling good and looking forward to the next few days. This was a typical Vuelta summit finish. It’s the nature of the race and it’s the same for everyone of course. I don’t think anyone really enjoys gradients over 25 percent but that’s just how it is. I still feel good and I’m confident with the guys around me that we can get the job done. I think I paid a little bit for yesterday’s effort but at the same time I’m pretty sure I’ll bounce back after today. I’m not really concerned (about the Angliru). Of course it’s a really tough stage, and probably the toughest climb of this year’s Vuelta. There’s still a big battle for the GC but we’ll take it one stage at a time."

Jacques Janse van Rensburg (Dimension Data): "It’s a pity I didn’t make it into the breakaway today. Both me and Lachlan [Morton] tried but it’s really difficult with only two guys. We were both in a few good moves but there were so many riders trying to get away. I felt quite good on the bike today, so I decided to push on a bit while still conserving some energy for the next two days. Hopefully, we can get into the right move and end this Vuelta on a high."

Vuelta a España Stage 17 result:
1. Stefan Denifl (Aut) Aqua Blue Sport in 4:48:52
2. Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Trek-Segafredo at 0:28
3. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana at 1:04
4. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
5. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin
6. Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
7. Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac at 1:13
8. Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Movistar at 1:17
9. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Sunweb at 1:19
10. David de la Cruz (Spa) Quick-Step Floors at 1:42.

Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 17:
1. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky in 67:44:03
2. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida at 1:16
3. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Sunweb at 2:13
4. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin at 2:25
5. Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Trek-Segafredo at 3:34
6. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana at 4:39
7. Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac at 6:33
8. Wout Poels (Ned) Sky at 6:40
9. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana at 6:45
10. David de la Cruz (Spa) Quick-Step Floors at 10:10.

Stage 17:

Summary - Stage 17 - La Vuelta 2017 por la_vuelta

OVO Energy Tour of Britain 2017
Elia Viviani (Sky) took his fifth stage win in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, but not without controversy as Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) was initially declared the winner of Stage 2, before being disqualified for deviating in the sprint.

Viviani had crossed the line second behind the Norwegian, but Sky lodged a protest after the Dimension Data rider moved to his left in the sprint and was adjudged by the race jury to have impeded the Italian. Following much deliberation, and Boasson Hagen initially appearing on the podium, the decision was overturned with him being relegated to the back of the main field and the victory, and OVO Energy Green Jersey going to Viviani. Behind Boasson Hagen, Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) took second place, with Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) in third.

Viviani now leads the OVO Energy Tour of Britain by four seconds from Stage One winner Caleb Ewan, with Boasson Hagen a further three seconds in arrears before Karol Domagalski and Silvan Dillier each an additional second back. Once again the day's racing was shaped by a breakaway group, this time of seven riders, with Madison Genesis' Matt Holmes initiating the action straight away at the 0km mark, once the race had rolled away from the spectacular location of Kielder Water. Among the riders joining Holmes were two of Stage One's escapees, Lukasz Owsain and Jacob Scott, with the pair ending the day tied on points for the SKODA King of the Mountains classification, but the jersey changing hands from the former to the latter at the day's end.

Graham Briggs used the opportunity of another day in the break to pick up points at each of the three intermediate Eisberg Sprints, drawing him level with jersey wearer Domagalski going into day three.

Having started the attacks in the Northumberland National Park, once the race was heading down the counties coastline into Blyth it was Holmes again who put in numerous attempts to get away, as the peloton bore down on them. The Madison Genesis man went clear as they made their first passage of the line in Blyth, and held on as far as the Eisberg Sprint in Seaton Sluice before being caught.

At that instant Quick-Step Floors' Philippe Gilbert took up the reigns, threatening to hold off the peloton on the run back to Blyth, but was reeled in by the Sky and Dimension Data led peloton to set up the thrilling, but controversial sprint to the line. Viviani has now taken five stage wins in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain since 2013, while Boasson Hagen – despite winning the race overall in 2015 – hasn't won a stage since his previous overall victory in 2009.

Stage winner and overall leader, Elia Viviani (Sky): "I was feeling really good yesterday, but I was disappointed as the guys did a perfect job yesterday on a very technical finish and I finished only third. I really wanted to win today and we did a really good lead-out with Kwiato, Kiry, G and Tao - who worked all day. Owain put me on Boasson Hagen's wheel in the final which was perfect and what we talked about this morning in our meeting, to be in second or third place going into the sprint. All the team deserve this win and I hope to win again in the next few days too."

2nd on the stage, Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo): "He, Jos van Emden and I found each other well. I lost them one kilometer ahead of the finish line, but we solved that very quickly. Then the sprint started from far away and initially two men were stronger. The preparation with Gijs and Jos has given me a lot of confidence. I’m looking forward to the next few days."

3rd overall, Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data): "I know that I closed in Viviani but it wasn’t on purpose. I was just sprinting for the line with my head down and when I looked up, I was too close on the left side with Viviani on my inside. It’s really a pity after all the hard work the guys did today. However, we will keep fighting and try to go for it again tomorrow."

OVO Energy Tour of Britain Stage 2 Result:
1. Elia Viviani (Ita) Sky in 5:16:32
2. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo
3. Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors
4. Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-Scott
5. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin
6. Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors
7. Floris Gerts (Ned) BMC
8. Roger Kluge (Ger) Orica-Scott
9. Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal
10. Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar.

OVO Energy Tour of Britain Overall After Stage 2:
1. Elia Viviani (Ita) Sky in 9:50:35
2. Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-Scott at 0:04
3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data at 0:07
4. Karol Domagalski (Pol) One Pro Cycling at 0:08
5. Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC at 0:09
6. Kamil Gradek (Pol) One Pro Cycling
7. Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors at 0:10
8. Lars Boom (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo at 0:12
9. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin at 0:14
10. Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors.

Stage 2:

Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) sprinted to his second victory of the week in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain Stage 3, heading home Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) by less than a wheel width to reclaim the overall lead and the OVO Energy Green Jersey in Scunthorpe. The Orica Scott rider followed up his opening day win in Kelso by out sprinting Boasson Hagen and European Champion Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin), to move six seconds ahead of overnight leader Elia Viviani (Sky) who finished seventh in the bunch sprint.

The bunch brought back the remains of the day's breakaway with around 15-kilometers of racing to go, with Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) then causing panic among the sprinters teams by jumping clear on the drag up to the line. As well as win number two Ewan moves back into the lead of the Wiggle Points Jersey, five points ahead of Viviani. It was also a brilliant day for Team JLT Condor who managed to get two riders, Graham Briggs and Ian Bibby, in the five-rider breakaway. The duo worked brilliantly together to make sure that between them they took maximum points in all of the day's intermediate competitions, resulting in Briggs picking up the Eisberg Sprints and SKODA King of the Mountains jerseys.

A terrific day for the team was capped off by Australian sprinter Brenton Jones taking fourth place on the stage overall. Elsewhere, BIKE Channel Canyon's Harry Tanfield was awarded the HIGH5 Combativity Award for the day after continually animating the break.

Stage winner and overall leader, Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott): "Today was a tough day obviously with the weather,” said Ewan after the rainy conditions that swept the North Lincolnshire leg of the Tour. "So it wasn't as straight forward as we would have hoped and I think it made it a bit harder. We had to sit at the front all day, taking a bit of the wind and then with the hill coming up close to the finish line that made it a bit tricky as well. After Gilbert went, I was pretty confident in Luka Mezgec, he knows what he is doing so I could just follow him. He had to go pretty much full gas as soon as he started the lead out so that made it harder for me as well. To be honest, I was on his wheel and pretty pinned. As soon as he swung off I just gave it my all and did a big lunge for the line and luckily I just got the win ahead of Eddie."

2nd on the stage and 3rd overall, Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data): "The team was perfect again today. They led me into the final, all the way up until the last hundred meters. Unfortunately, I couldn’t finish it off. However, I will continue to try."

OVO Energy Tour of Britain Stage 3 Result:
1. Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-Scott in 4:04:05
2. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
3. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin
4. Brenton Jones (Aus) JLT Condor
5. Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-Alpecin
6. Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
7. Elia Viviani (Ita) Sky
8. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
9. Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar
10. Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto Soudal.

OVO Energy Tour of Britain Overall After Stage 3:
1. Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-Scott in 13:54:34
2. Elia Viviani (Ita) Sky at 0:06
3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data at 0:07
4. Karol Domagalski (Pol) One Pro Cycling at 0:14
5. Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC at 0:15
6. Kamil Gradek (Pol) One Pro Cycling
7. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin at 0:16
8. Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors
9. Lars Boom (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo at 0:18
10. Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors at 0:20.

Stage 3:

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) stormed to victory in Stage 4 of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain in Newark-on-Trent as the sprinters continued to dominate the 2017 edition of the race. Second place behind Gaviria at the finish alongside Sconce and Devon Park in Newark was Team Sky's Elia Viviani, who retook the race lead thanks to time bonuses, moving ahead of Caleb Ewan on countback.

Viviani returns to lead the race, which has so far swapped between himself and Ewan, as the Australian finished fifteenth and missed out on the time bonuses for the top three. The Italian also retakes the lead in the Wiggle Points classification, two-points ahead of Alexander Kristoff, who has finished inside the top five on all four stages so far. While the sprinters may have prevailed on stage four, their teams had to work harder for it than on previous days, with the escapees who had broken away on the Nottinghamshire stage only been caught with three-kilometers to go.

With 20-kilometers of the Nottinghamshire stage remaining, the leading group of five still had two-minute advantage, but with the sprinters teams applying pressure the gap began to fall with the catch eventually coming on the edge of Newark.

The advantage though had been enough for An Post Chain Reaction's Jacob Scott to win the points at the sole SKODA King of the Mountains climb at Eaton Wood after Retford, moving him a point clear of Graham Briggs and into the lead of the best climber's competition.

Briggs did however hold onto the Eisberg Sprints jersey, partnered by leading alcohol free wine brand Eisberg, but now has a slender advantage of just one-point over Mark McNally, after the Wanty Groupe Gobert rider made the most of his day in the breakaway to secure all three Eisberg Sprint victories.

The day's second Eisberg Sprint at Ranskill also proved important as Madison Genesis' Richard Handley picked up third and with it a one-second time bonus, moving him above Chris Lawless as the Best British Rider, sponsored by Suffolk brewer Adnams.

Stage winner and 3rd overall, Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors): "I came here after a leg injury, so I’ve been missing a bit of condition and form, but day after day things went better and today I felt good and could take advantage of this. It’s a nice feeling and a relief to taste victory again, especially as the last time I was in this situation happened more than three months ago, at the Giro. The boys were spectacular! Philippe protected me going into the last ten kilometers, then Zdenek and Max took over and guided me in the final. I’m happy I could repay them by taking the stage and I hope to get other good results before the Tour of Britain will come to a conclusion."

2nd on the stage and overall leader, Elia Viviani (Sky): "For sure it’s good to have the leader’s jersey back on the shoulders. I’m disappointed but the good point is that for around a month I’ve never been outside the top three when I’ve contested the sprint. That’s good for the morale and good for the team because they’ve worked really hard here with only six guys to control the race every day. They’ve done a great job. The goal is more stage wins and 10 wins in a season is the goal I’ve set myself for the last couple of years. I’m really close now and we have three more chances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I hope one of these three will be a good one!"

Brent Bookwalter has been forced to abandon the OVO Energy Tour of Britain after crashing into a parked car on stage 4 which left him with multiple contusions, BMC Racing Team doctor, Dr. Scott Major confirmed. "It looked like Brent hit the edge of the car coming out of the corner and then flew forward, and was lying near the passenger side door. He didn't go into the windshield, but he did hit his head and has a mild to moderate concussion, which is the biggest concern and we will continue to monitor him now he is out of the hospital. He also has some small lacerations, including one on his shoulder which required stitches, as well as some road rash and a deep thigh contusion. He underwent X-rays at the hospital, and everything came back negative so there are no fractures and all his injuries appear superficial at the moment. In terms of his recovery, I think it will be good for him to back on the bike in the next four to six days to spin the legs but he will definitely need a couple of days rest," Dr. Major explained.

Bookwalter is disappointed to crash out of the race but is thankful that his injuries will not require too much time off the bike. "I don't remember the crash entirely which does make it a little scary. I remember, at the last moment, hitting the car and then I was on the ground. I instinctively tried to get back up but my head was pounding, and I was feeling a bit fuzzy. Since being taken to the hospital, I have slowly been getting back to myself, but I am definitely feeling sore. As disappointed as I am to crash out of the race, I can be thankful that I had a big round of X-rays and there are no fractures, and I won't have a prolonged period of recovery. I am definitely in some pain but thankful that it wasn't as bad as it maybe could have been," Bookwalter added.

OVO Energy Tour of Britain Stage 4 Result:
1. Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors in 3:43:31
2. Elia Viviani (Ita) Sky
3. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin
4. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo
5. Alan Banaszek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
6. Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
7. Harry Tanfield (GB) Bike Channel Canyon
8. Enzo Wouters (Bel) Lotto Soudal
9. Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto Soudal
10. Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin.

OVO Energy Tour of Britain Overall After Stage 4:
1. Elia Viviani (Ita) Sky in 17:38:05
2. Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-Scott
3. Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors at 0:06
4. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data at 0:07
5. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin at 0:12
6. Karol Domagalski (Pol) One Pro Cycling at 0:14
7. Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC at 0:15
8. Kamil Gradek (Pol) One Pro Cycling
9. Lars Boom (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo at 0:18
10. Richard Handley (GB) Madison Genesis at 0:19.

Stage 4:

Andrew Talansky Retires
Cannondale-Drapac rider, Andrew Talansky announced his retirement via social media.

The American wrote on his Instagram page:
"After a great deal of thought and consideration, it is time to bring down the curtain on my career as a professional cyclist. It has been a truly incredible ride. I'll miss my teammates and the camaraderie on and off the bike, but most of all I'm going to miss the fans. Few sports put its fans closer to the action, which is a large part of what makes pro cycling so special. Your support and encouragement, on good days and bad, has meant more to me than I can express. I've lived out a dream and I have Slipstream Sports and you, the fans, to thank for that. While this is the end of the road for my pro cycling career, it's also a new beginning to follow my passion, and I look forward to sharing more soon. Until then, on behalf of myself and my family, thanks for seven great years."

At only 28 years of age, Talansky has a fine palmarès with seven professional wins to his credit. His 2014 Critérium du Dauphiné win, 5th overall place in the Vuelta a España, 11th overall in the Tour de France and National time trial championships were his stand out results. His last race was the Clasica San Sebastian which he didn't finish.

Talansky on the 2014 Critérium du Dauphiné podium:

Van Avermaet Aiming to Repeat Success in Québec and Montréal
Greg Van Avermaet returns to Canada this week for the one-day classics GP Cycliste de Québec and GP Cycliste de Montréal, looking to repeat his podium results of 2016.

Greg Van Avermaet, who placed second in Québec and went on to win in Montréal in 2016, is excited to return to Canada for the races. "GP Cycliste de Québec and Montréal are two of my favorite races in the whole calendar so it's always nice to go back. Both courses suit me well and the crowds are always great so there is a nice atmosphere. I'm feeing good and I'm motivated to return and hopefully repeat my results from last year. A good result at both races would be a great way to end the season," Van Avermaet explained.

A strong team will line up in support of Van Avermaet, Sports Director Fabio Baldato said. "We are lining up at the GP Cycliste de Québec and GP Cycliste de Montréal with an exceptional leader in Greg van Avermaet. Greg was second in Quebec last year and won Montreal so we know these are two of the one-day classics most-suited to him throughout the season," Baldato said.

"Greg is motivated to repeat his success this year and as a team we are 100% behind him. We have a strong group of riders ready to race for Greg, including Dylan Teuns who is in the form of his career. Of course, in one-day races anything can happen but I believe we can put Greg on the podium again at both races."

GP Cycliste de Québec / GP Cycliste de Montreal (8 & 10 September)

Rider Roster:

Jempy Drucker (LUX), Amaël Moinard (FRA), Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Michael Schär (SUI), Manuel Senni (ITA), Dylan Teuns (BEL), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL), Danilo Wyss (SUI).
Sports Director: Fabio Baldato.

Greg Van Avermaet:
Gent - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium / BMC Racing Team) - Tiesj Benoot (Belgium / Team Lotto Soudal) pictured during Omloop Het Nieuwsblad- mannen - men elite / Circuit Het Nieuwsblad- hommel elite 2016 - photo Dion Kerckhoffs/Cor Vos © 2016

UAE Team Emirates for Canada
The Emirati formation will be in Canada for the GP Quebec and GP Montreal, scheduled respectively on Friday the 8th and Sunday the 10th of September. Tuscany’s Diego Ulissi will be assigned as the leader, but there are a series of alternative tactics which Sports Director Marco Marzano will be able to rely on.

“Ulissi will be our designated leader for the Canadian transfer, since he has already shown a particular affinity for the two routes in question,” says Marzano. “He will have a superior support team to back him up, but we will also be ready to take advantage of long breaks with Laengen and Durasek, or alternatively with Conti, considering that these two races are also particularly adapted to his skills.”

“I like both races,” says Diego Ulissi. “They are very well organized and the features of the routes make them seem like you are participating in the World Championships: there are big circuits that are hard but not too hard, with top class riders. However if I had to choose one I would say Montreal, because it is slightly harder and is more suited to me than the one in Quebec. Last year in Montreal I managed to make it to the podium, but this year I am going to ride with renewed ambition because I am feeling very good.”

Valerio Conti (Italy), Kristijan Durasek (Croatia), Vegard Stake Laengen (Norway), Marco Marcato (Italy), Simone Petilli (Italy), Edward Ravasi (Italy), Ben Swift (United Kingdom), Diego Ulissi (Italy).
Sports Director: Marco Marzano (Italy).

Team leader Diego Ulissi:

Sunweb for the Canadian WorldTour Races
Québec: The route of Grand Prix Cyclist de Québec sees riders complete 16 laps of a 12.6 kilometer circuit. The parcours are littered with punchy climbs which reach gradients of up to ten percent, with a final uphill drag to the line to finish the day. The race traditionally ends with either a select group sprinting to the line in Québec's city centre or late prevailing attack.

Team Sunweb coach Aike Visbeek (NED) said: "Québec offers a challenging course straight through the city centre, with a decimated bunch traditionally sprinting to the victory. Our goal is to sprint with Michael and have 3-4 riders with him inside the finishing laps of the race. We have Simon and Tom who have previously taken some strong results here and we expect them to play an important support role in the finale."

Montréal The 205.7 kilometer course at Montreal features 17 laps of a 12.1 kilometer circuit, a course used in various historic cycling events. The race starts and finishes on the Avenue du Parc with each lap featuring a challenging ascent of Mont Royal, a ruthless three-kilometer climb in the heart of the centre. The course is often suited to either the puncheur or late-attacker with the victory coming from a combination of scenarios over the previous years.

Team Sunweb coach Aike Visbeek (NED) said: "In Montreal Michael will be our designated sprinter. After some good preparations for this part of the season at altitude, he is in good shape and feeling prepared for a good race. It is typically an open race where a decisive break can go for the victory but also a bunch sprint is still an option. We have a strong team to support our goals with guys like Simon, Tom and Nikias who will play a crucial part in the final."

Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec (WT) 08/09/2017 - Grand Prix Cyclist de Montréal (WT) 10/09/2017


Nikias Arndt (GER), Tom Dumoulin (NED), Simon Geschke (GER), Michael Matthews (AUS), Georg Preidler (AUT), Mike Teunissen (NED), Albert Timmer (NED), Zico Waeytens (BEL).
Coach: Aike Visbeek (NED).

Tom Dumoulin:

Herman Frison and Tim Wellens Look Forward to the Canadian WorldTour Races
The WorldTour peloton will meet in Canada on September 8th and 10th for the Grands Prix Cyclistes of Québec and Montreal. The two races have become major events in the calendar and their challenging courses constitute an ideal preparation for the upcoming World Championships. Both the Grands Prix of Québec and Montreal consist of several laps through the streets of the Canadian cities.

The Grand Prix Cycliste of Québec features sixteen 12.6 kilometers laps and covers a total distance of 201.6 kilometers. There are no less than four steep climbs on the course. The riders will first come across the Côte de la Montagne nine kilometers into the lap. This climb is 375 meters long and averages 10%, with some parts up to 13%. The riders will then face three other climbs in the two last kilometers of the circuit: the Côte de la Potasse (420 meters at 9%), the Montée de la Fabrique (190 meters at 7%) and the Montée du Fort. This last one is also the longest of them all, with one kilometer at 4%. The finish line is located at the top of the last climb.

The Grand Prix Cycliste of Montreal will take place two days later. The 205.7 kilometers race is very similar to the GP of Québec, with seventeen laps on a hilly 12.1 kilometers circuit. The riders will first ride up the Côte Camillien-Houde, which is the longest climb of the course. It is 1.8 kilometers long and averages 8%. The 780 meters-long Côte de Polytechnique is situated two kilometers further and is next on the menu. This climb may not be the longest, but it includes a 200 meters section at 11%. The Avenue du Parc is the last difficulty before the final technical U-turn, and its 4% average over 560 meters might be crucial for the outcome of the race.

This Canadian weekend will bring back some good memories for Lotto Soudal. Tony Gallopin finished third in Montreal in 2014 and Tim Wellens won this very same race one year later. Both Gallopin and Wellens will once again take part in the two events.

Herman Frison, sports director: "These are really exciting races, with good organization and strong riders at the start. The course in Québec can be compared to a World Championship. It’s too often underestimated, but it’s usually down to a reduced group of riders in the finale, where a straight two kilometers long sprint in a false flat takes place. Only the strongest riders can claim the victory in Québec, the sprinters usually don’t make the final cut. The race in Montreal is even more challenging, and there are only thirty or forty riders left who can compete for the victory."

"The riders left Belgium for France on Monday evening, and they then took a plane to Québec on Tuesday. There is a time difference of six hours, and they will have their first training ride on Wednesday. It will be an easy hundred kilometers spin in the beautiful region of Québec. It shouldn’t be too hard, as the first race is already on Friday. On Saturday morning, the riders will have a 350 kilometers bus transfer to Montreal, where the second race takes place. Our objective is to get good results in both of these events, and we’ll hopefully get the win in one of them. We’re here with riders such as Benoot and Gallopin who are currently in peak condition. The race in Québec may suit Gallopin better, as he is our fastest man in a sprint, and he can position himself very well. Our team might be even stronger in Montreal with Gallopin of course, but Benoot and Wellens can also perform very well on this challenging course."

Tim Wellens: "These are two of the most exciting races on the calendar, together with the Ardennes Classics. Good hotel, good organization and beautiful courses. If you’ve won here in the past, you always come with some kind of confidence: you know you can do well in these races. The course in Québec is probably a bit more 'Flemish-like', while Montreal can be compared to the Ardennes, where the climbs are a little longer. The two races are both enjoyable and challenging, and the decisive move often happens in the final lap, and in Québec it’s even in the last two kilometers. Montreal is a sort of 'drop-out' race, where only the strongest riders make it to the last lap. You think that any attack can be decisive, but it always comes down to the last kilometers of the race. Rain is expected in Québec on Friday, and it can certainly reshuffle the cards. I’m really looking forward to these two races, and there are, like every year, a lot of strong riders at the start. It certainly won’t be easy, but some riders of our team are in really good form, and we should be able to claim some good results."

Line-up Lotto Soudal:
Lars Bak, Tiesj Benoot, Sean De Bie, Jasper De Buyst, Tony Gallopin, Tosh Van der Sande, Jelle Vanendert and Tim Wellens.
Sports director: Herman Frison.

Tim Wellens:

Lineup & Preview: Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec & Montréal
This week, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will be racing in three races on two different continents. While parts of the team are doing Vuelta a España and Tour of Britain, another part will line up at the two Canadian one-day races Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec and Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal.

The first of the two races is Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec, which takes place on Friday, September 8. Sixteen undulating laps of 12.6 km await the riders in the city center of Québec. The course includes several challenging uphill sections. Especially the last 3.5 km are tough with short but steep ascents before the last kilometer kick up with about 4 % all the way towards the finishing line.

Last year, Nathan Haas did well to finish in sixth place in the uphill sprint as Peter Sagan (now BORA-hansgrohe) took the win. With a strong lineup, able to fight for glory in many different scenarios, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka aims to be in the mix once again.

Only two days after Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec, it’s time for the second race in Canada, Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal. The 205.7 km take place over 17 hilly laps of 12.1 km with a total elevation gain of nearly 4000 meters. The beginning of each lap includes a 1.8 km ascent with an average gradient of 8 %. Several other uphill sections follow throughout the course before a fast descent leads the riders onto the last 500 meter of 4 % towards the line.

Haas was also the team’s top finisher in Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal in 2016 when he placed fifth in the sprint won by Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team). The Australian will be eager to fight for another top result this time.

Oli Cookson – sports director:
“Both of these races are like World Championships races. They wear you down and there is only so much you can plan. It all comes down to who has got the legs at the end. Last year, we proved that we can get close to the podium with Nathan [Haas] and that’s going to be the general objective again this year. We have great riders like Kristian [Sbaragli] and Reinie [Janse van Rensburg] who can be there in the final to help Nathan. We also have Steve [Cummings] who’s coming back from injury. He’s a rider you can never underestimate but the other riders also know that by now. He will have a free role but we will have to wait and see how he feels after coming back”.

Tyler Farrar, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, Steve Cummings, Nathan Haas, Kristian Sbaragli, Jaco Venter, Ben O'Connor, Natnael Berhane.

Quick-Step Floors Team to GPCQM
Our squad will race on the North American continent for the second time this season.

After the Tour of California, where we took a stage win and placed two neo-pro riders in the top 15 overall, Quick-Step Floors are now traveling to Canada, for the two spectacular one-day races which have become part of the World Tour since their inception, in 2011.

First event of the weekend is the Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec, which will see the riders cover 16 laps of a 12.6km circuit that includes four climbs: Côte de la Montagne (375 m, 10%), Côte de la Potasse (420 m, 9%), Montée de la Fabrique (190 m, 7%) and Montée du Fort (1000 m, 4%).

Then, on Sunday, the peloton will line out for the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal, another race run on a circuit, this time 12.1km in length; Côte Camillien-Houde (1800 m, 8%), Côte de Polytechnique (780 m, 6%) and Avenue du Parc (560 m, 4%) are the three difficulties of the day, which should shake up the bunch and act as launch pad for attacks.

Quick-Step Floors – most successful team of the season, with 48 victories in the bag so far – will tackle the two Canadian World Tour races with a strong and experienced eight-man outfit made up of New Zealand ITT Champion Jack Bauer, Gianluca Brambilla, Rémi Cavagna, Dries Devenyns, Fabio Sabatini, Pieter Serry, Petr Vakoc and Julien Vermote.

“We have a solid and balanced squad for Canada and as always we are motivated to do well and have an impact on these races. Both Quebec and Montreal are beautiful races, with a challenging parcours, spiced up by the climbs which don’t give you too much time to catch your breath. We’re aware it’s not going to be easy, but we’ll try to be up there”, said Davide Bramati, the team’s sport director.

Jack Bauer (NZL), Gianluca Brambilla (ITA), Rémi Cavagna (FRA), Dries Devenyns (BEL), Fabio Sabatini (ITA), Pieter Serry (BEL), Petr Vakoc (CZE), Julien Vermote (BEL).
Sports Director Davide Bramati (ITA).

Jack Bauer:

Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev Stays with Astana
Kazakh rider Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev will stay in Astana Proteam for the next season (2018). The appropriate agreement was signed these days between the team’s management and the rider.

"I am happy to prolong my contract with Astana Proteam. In this season, I feel like I’ve improved a lot, like I have reached a new level, while my participation in the Tour de France became a huge step ahead in my career. I am grateful to my team for the trust and support, for a chance to continue my development on the highest level. I hope the experience I’ve got this year will help me to reach my potential in the upcoming season. Anyway, the current season is still far from the end and I will do my best to get some strong results in the next races," said Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev.

Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (25) has debuted at the Tour de France 2017, where provided a great support to the team’s leader Fabio Aru. Besides, together with Kazakhstan National Team Bakhtiyar won the team time trial of the Asian Cycling Road Championships. Also, just before his debut at the Tour, Kozhatayev showed himself at the Route du Sud, where he took a solid 8th place in the queen’s mountain stage placing 11th in the final general classification. Next goal of the rider is participation in two UCI WorldTour one-day races in Canada.

"Despite his third season with Astana Team, Bakhtiyar is a very young rider, who still is accumulating the WorldTour experience. We very carefully approach to his development, not forcing the situation. In the last season, he debuted at the Giro, this year he did a very nice Tour de France, where he showed himself as a good helper in the mountains. I think, beginning with the next season we may expect from him a certain breakthrough, and I am sure it will come," said general manager Alexandr Vinokurov.

Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev:

Sunweb and Zico Waeytens Part Ways
Team Sunweb and Zico Waeytens (BEL) have made the decision to part ways. The 25-year-old Belgian has a contract with the team for 2018, but both sides have mutually agreed to part ways from October, as Waeytens gets the freedom to search for a new team. For the team it opens the opportunity to fill the spot in a different way to further develop its roster for 2018 and beyond.

Waeytens said: "I've had a good time with the team and learned a lot. It's time to part ways and to look for a new challenge."

Grand Prix de Québec and Grand Prix de Montréal will be Waeytens' last races for the team.

Zico Waeytens:

Medical Update: Kilian Frankiny
Following a crash on stage 15 of the Vuelta a España, Kilian Frankiny has returned to Switzerland when he has been re-evaluated. BMC Racing Team Chief Medical Officer Dr. Max Testa provided the following update on Frankiny's condition.

"An initial evaluation of Kilian Frankiny performed in Spain indicated multiple fractures of the femur, however new imaging studies performed at the Spital Wallis hospital in Visp confirmed a non-displaced pelvic fracture which, at this stage, does not require surgery. Kilian will undergo conservative recovery in the next six to eight weeks during which time he will gradually return to training, first on the rollers and then on the road, when he is fit to do so. We will continue to monitor Kilian's recovery during this period but as we have already communicated, Kilian will not race again this season. We expect a full recovery and fortunately the injury will not affect Kilian's preparation for the 2018 season."

Kilian Frankiny:

Canada Announces Junior, Under-23 Men and Elite Women Squads for Road World Championships
Cycling Canada is pleased to announce the team of athletes that will represent Canada at the 2017 UCI Road Cycling World Championships, to be held in Bergen, Norway, on September 16-24. The Road World Championships are the culmination of the road season, with title winners awarded the Rainbow Jersey, which they will wear at competitions around the world for the following 12 months.

Team selections have been confirmed for Junior men and women, Under-23 men and Elite women, in both the Individual Time Trial and Road Race events. The Elite men selection will be confirmed following the WorldTour races to take place in Quebec City and Montreal on September 8-10.

"The 2017 Road Worlds mark a special time for Cycling Canada," commented Jacques Landry, Chief Technical Officer and Head Coach at Cycling Canada. "It highlights the culmination of the first year that Cycling Canada has truly invested in our road athletes through the Maple Leaf Project. Under the leadership of road manager Kevin Field, a team has been selected from among our best road athletes, as well as some track endurance riders. They are equipped to battle both the grueling time trial and road courses designed by the Bergen organizing committee, in addition to the challenging weather condition that only this part of the world can offer."

The Junior squad includes recently crowned track world champion Maggie Coles-Lyster of Maple Ridge, BC, and national road champion Charles-Etienne Chretien of Amos, Quebec. The Junior squad includes four women and four men, with all riders participating in the road races, and two from each team entered in the time trials.

The Under-23 men's squad of five riders includes recent Canada Summer Games champion Pier-Andre Cote of St-Henri de Levis, QC, as well as Alec Cowan of Calgary, Alberta, who was 12th in the time trial at last year's world championships. All five are scheduled to start the road race, with Cowan and Jack Burke of Squamish, BC, entered in the time trial also.

Six riders will represent Canada in the Elite women, including Rio Olympians Karol-Ann Canuel (Gatineau, Quebec), Leah Kirchmann (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Kirsti Lay (Montreal, Quebec). Lay, who won a bronze medal on the track in Rio as a member of Canada's Team Pursuit squad, has put more emphasis on road racing this season, with multiple podium appearances to her credit. All six riders will compete in the road race, with Canuel and Kirchmann also racing the time trial.

"It's always a thrill to bring our team to the World Championships," said Kevin Field, Road Manager at Cycling Canada. "We're seeing really interesting progressions in our performances at Road Worlds and I'm excited for our outcomes in Norway. I'm especially thrilled with the work happening across the cycling community in Canada at the regional, provincial and national level, through the work we're doing with the Maple Leaf Project. We're building fantastic relationships with new funders like Bob and Kim Disbrow, and Bernard Leroux, and we are working really closely with our provinces and trade teams to create more holistic and aligned athlete development."

"We're seeing our system-work pay off, notably in our U23 category, where we've established consistency with our ability to qualify for the world championships, and are developing athletes sooner. This year it was a particular pleasure for me to reconnect with our Junior categories while working closely with our provinces."

Junior Women
Erin Attwell - Victoria, BC [Trek-Red Truck]
Simone Boilard - Quebec City, QC [Desjardins-Ford]
Maggie Coles-Lyster - Maple Ridge, BC [TAG]
Laurie Jussaume - Contrecour, QC [VC Contrecour]
TT: Attwell, Jussaume
Reserves: Ann-Pascale Ouellet, Dana Gilligan

Junior Men
Charles-Etienne Chretien - Amos, QC [IAM Gold]
Michael Foley - Milton, ON [La Bicicletta]
Kurt Penno - Brandon, MB [Trek-Red Truck]
Graydon Staples - Orillia, ON [Toronto Hustle]
TT: Chretien, Staples
Reserves: Guillaume Davidson, Noah Simms

U23 Men
Jack Burke - Squamish, BC [Aevolo]
Pier-Andre Cote - St-Henri de Levis, QC [Silber]
Alec Cowan - Calgary, AB [Silber]
Marc-Antoine Soucy - Amos, QC [Silber/Garneau-Quebecor]
Nickolas Zukowsky - Ste Agathe, QC [Silber]
TT: Cowan, Burke
Reserve: Adam Roberge, Will Elliot, Adam Jamieson

Elite Women
Lex Albrecht - Montreal, QC [Tibco-SVB]
Sara Bergen - Coquitlam, BC [Rally]
Karol-Ann Canuel - Gatineau, QC [Boels-Dolemans]
Alison Jackson - Vermilion, AB [Bepink]
Leah Kirchmann - Winnipeg, MB [Team Sunweb]
Kirsti Lay - Montreal, QC [Rally]
TT: Canuel, Kirchmann
Reserve: Sara Poidevin [Rally], Joelle Numainville [Cyclance]

Alison Jackson leads Leah Kirchmann:

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