Putt claims sixth on third stage of Tour of Alberta
EDMONTON, Alberta – The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling team continues to lay it all on the line at the fifth edition of the Tour of Alberta. Tanner Putt took sixth place in the bunch sprint on the penultimate stage today, while Chris Jones is fifth overall in the general classification.
Jones fifth overall with one stage remaining
Alex Cataford, who celebrated his 24th birthday at this race, found himself in the move of the day with four other riders: Joe Lewis (Holowesko-Ciatdel), Josh Berry (Jelly Belly-Maxxis), Nigel Ellsay (Silber Pro Cycling) and Zeke Mostov (Aevolo). The quartet escaped with six laps to go of the 11 lap, 10.2 kilometer circuit.
“Having Alex in the break took the pressure of the team to chase,” team director Hendrik Redant said. “He and the rest of the team did a great job covering the early moves.”
The front group worked well together, but were never given more than a minute and 15 second advantage ahead of the Rally-led peloton. The break was brought back with 10 laps to go and from there it was bunch sprint won by Alex Howes (Cannondale Drapac).
“The guys found themselves a little far back in the final sprint, but we still have one more day to make our mark on the Tour of Alberta,” Redant said. “We’ll come out tomorrow ready to leave it all out on the road.”
The race remains in Edmonton for the final day of racing. The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling team will take the line for a total of 124 kilometers over a challenging 11 lap circuit around the city center and finishing at Churchill Square.