Tuft and Roorda win UBC Grand Prix

Svein Tuft ahead of Dominik Roels
Svein Tuft ahead of Dominik Roels (Photo by Greg Descantes)

Canadian strongman Svein Tuft left two-thirds of an impressive pro field sitting on the sidelines early at the second annual UBC Grand Prix on Tuesday night.

It took until the final straightaway for Tuft to shake German Dominik Roels.Tuft, who competes on the top-level World Tour in Europe for Orica-GreenEDGE, and Roels, who rode at the same level until retiring in 2011 to travel the world and go back to school, spent more than half the 50-kilometer race alone on a two-man breakaway, building a nearly one minute lead on the group before Tuft won the late sprint to the finish line. After racing Grand Tours alongside Roels in the past, Tuft knew he wouldn’t go away easily.

Steph Roorda Wins
Steph Roorda Wins (Photo by Greg Descantes)

Steph Roorda, coming off the overall win at the Tour de Delta, also spent more than half of the 30-lap women’s race alone, finishing in 43 minutes, 55.34 seconds – 40 seconds ahead of the bunch sprint for second place.

“It wasn’t the plan, it just felt like a good time to attack, no one came with me and once you get a gap you have to keep rolling it,” said Roorda, an alternate for the Canadian Olympic track team. “Maybe riding with a little anger in my belly after not being selected for the Olympics, which gives me an extra boost here.”

Loren Rowney, an Australian riding for the Specialized Lululemon pro women’s team, beat Utah’s Nick Wangsgard in the sprint for second place.

Tuft and Roorda are racers to watch at the Giro!

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