The Canadian branch of KBS Pro Cycling continued their hot streak in British Columbia on Sunday, with Zach Bell, David Veilleux, and Ryan Anderson forming an all-green podium at the White Spot Road Race to take the GC crown once and for all.
Bell was part of an early 10-man breakaway, then rode away during the 8km circuit laps, building a 90-second gap with two laps to go. He held off a hard-charging peloton full of some of North America’s top sprinters into the final corner and crossed the line alone, with teammates Veilleux and Anderson crossing 2 and 3, nine seconds behind him, capping off the three day tour in style.
“I’ve never been able to win this road race from a bunch sprint so you’ve got to try another way,” said Bell, who was a champion at the Tour de Delta in 2007 and 2008. “It was fun – everything except maybe coming down the last hill and around the last corner, when I saw those guys bearing down on me. I was having a good time up until then.”
Even Veilleux wasn’t sure Bell could stay away for the entire race, but since he was staying at Bell’s house for the week, he wasn’t leading any chases to bring him back. “I would have slept in the street tonight,” he joked. “Sometimes I was looking and thought ‘oh, he’s gone’ and then I’d see him and think he was coming back. I didn’t really know. It depends what the guys do in the peleton, but it wasn’t very organized so I knew chances of him staying out there were very strong. So it was a perfect situation for us because Ryan Anderson and I just had to sit back and wait for the sprint.”
With Bell crossing the line victorious, the rest of the peloton was still fighting for the open podium spots. Anderson, the Tour de Delta’s defending champion, knew Veilleux needed a second place finish to squeeze out the overall, and gave his teammate a perfect leadout before squeezing out a third place finish over sprint threat Andrew Pinfold of Team UnitedHealthCare. Veilleux’s second place finish and subsequent six second time bonus gave him the extra boost he needed to edge out Tuft for the top spot in GC.
“Saturday night (at the criterium) I made up some time on Svein with time bonuses and I had a little gap at the end of the race, so I knew today if I won it or got second in the race, then with time bonuses I would be able to pass him in general classification,” said Veilleux after the race.
Bell joined Veilleux and Tuft on the final GC podium, with Anderson finishing fourth, a few tenths of a second behind.
Be sure to check out a great photo gallery of the race from Greg Descantes!
Tour de Delta Stage 3 Results
1. Zach Bell (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies 18:43.7
2. David Veilleux (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies 18:52.2
3. Ryan Anderson (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies 18:52.4
4. Andrew Pinfold (Can) UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling 18:52.6
5. Mike Northey (Nzl) Rubicon-ORBEA; Benefiting LIVESTRONG 18:53.3
6. Andres Diaz (Col) Team Exergy 18:53.3
7. Cyrus Kangarloo (Can) Total Restoration Cycling Team 18:53.6
8. Curtis Deardon (Can) Garneau Evolution 18:53.7
9. Ben Chaddock (Can) Rubicon-ORBEA; Benefiting LIVESTRONG 18:53.8
10. Steve Fisher (USA) Hagens Berman LLP 18:54.0
Tour de Delta Final GC
1. David Veilleux (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies 4:36:14.54
2. Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin – Transitions 4:36:19.30
3. Zach Bell (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies 4:36:43.80
4. Ryan Anderson (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies 4:36:53.86
5. Ben Chaddock (Can) Rubicon-ORBEA; Benefiting LIVESTRONG 4:36:57.42
6. Will Routley (Can) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 4:37:02.72
7. Andrew Pinfold (Can) UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling 4:37:03.82
8. Mike Sidic (Can) Team H&R BLOCK 4:37:04.86
9. Jesse Reams (Can) Garneau Evolution 4:37:06.59
10. Taylor Gunman (Nzl) Rubicon-ORBEA; Benefiting LIVESTRONG 4:37:08.26