Tour of Alberta: Huffman wins opening stage

Evan Huffman (Rally Cycling) pulled off an incredible heist in the opening stage of the Tour of Alberta, going solo on the final climb from the breakaway and hanging on for the win.

On the only summit finish of the race, and with three sprint-friendly stages remaining, the margin of Huffman’s victory could well be sufficient to keep him in the race lead through the final stage.

Huffman’s teammate Sepp Kuss held off the chasers to take second on the stage, while Tom-Jelte Slagter (Cannondale-Drapac) attacked just ahead of the final kilometer, blowing past the remnants of the breakaway to take third on the stage.

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The victory was another success for Huffman after an already strong season that included stage wins in the Tour of California and Cascade Classic and the overall Tour of the Gila.

The overall Tour of Alberta could well be the next notch in Huffman’s belt.

“I think the time bonuses could play a factor, but I know we’re first and second and we have a really strong team that’s capable of controlling [the race],” Huffman said. “We’re going to ride the front and play defense, and I’m pretty confident we will be able to keep the GC all the way to the last day.”

How it unfolded

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