Photo: Casey B. Gibson
BURKE SEALS BEST YOUNG RIDER
AND BEST CANADIAN JERSEY
AT TOUR OF ALBERTA
September 5th, 2017
EDMONTON – It was a close to perfect weekend for the Aevolo Cycling team at the Tour of Alberta. It was the team’s biggest invite of the year, and Jack Burke walked away with the best young rider and best Canadian jersey. The team further proved themselves with a top ten placing each day and twice a top five.
The final stage saw Michael Hernandez claim sixth in the final sprint to the line in Edmonton.
“I’m really happy,” Aevolo Team Director Mike Creed said after the stage. “Cannondale seemed to be okay to race for the stage when we thought they’d go for the jersey, so our tactics were a little off. However, the guys adjusted and put Mike and Jack into good position. Mike was in a great spot with 300 meters to go,” Creed said. “It shows he knows how to handle his bike and were to be. With a year more maturity and a more constant season he’ll be winning those sprints.”
It was a hectic finale on the last day of the Tour of Alberta. Multiple attacks and breaks went up the road with the break of the day leaving with Laurent Gervais and Zeke Mostov, who was on the hunt for KOM points.
“Going from the gun, the early break caught us off guard. After a few failed attempts to bridge, I finally found myself in a move with Laurent and two others. Hernandez actually set it up and Laurent and I used his effort as a perfect launch pad. The bridge across to the break was brutal, especially after yesterday’s efforts, but Larry had the strength of an ox and made sure the time bonuses didn’t go to any GC threats,” Mostov said.
The break was eventually caught leaving Hernandez to take charge in the bunch sprint.
It was a fantastic week for the young team, who proved they were capable of not only hanging with some of the best riders in the world, but claiming two valuable jerseys in the process.
“As a team, we were in the breaks three out of four days, had top ten finishes every stage, first and second in the best young rider competition, best Canadian jersey and top sixth placing,” Hernandez said. “It’s hard to look back with any regrets when every single one of us left everything we had out on the roads of Alberta.”