ROB BRITTON WINS TOUR OF THE GILA
Rob Britton (Rally Cycling) captured his second Tour of the Gila overall victory in New Mexico on April 22. He first won the prestigious five-stage event in 2015. Fellow Canuck and teammate Sara Poidevin finished second overall in the women’s race, also claiming the Best Young Rider’s jersey.
“This is probably one of my favourite races and something I’ve finished in the top-10 nearly every time. Last year, I won the KOM,” said Britton, who hails from Regina, Sask. “This year, it was nice to be able to put in the effort on Mogollon finally, have a good time trial and seal the deal.”
Britton started the five-stage event with a strong second-place finish on the opening stage. He took the overall lead for good following his fourth-place finish in the 26km ITT in Stage Three, won by Serghei Tvetcov (ROM) of UnitedHealthcare. He completed the Tour, finishing second on the final Stage Five to Pinos Altos, known as the Gila Monster, with more than 7,000 feet of elevation.
For Poidevin, it was a solid week of racing. “I’m so grateful for all my teammates. I think we learned a lot as a team this week and, personally, I gained a bit of confidence,” said Poidevin. “I think we can take a lot away as a team because we got stronger through the week and showed that we can put up a really solid fight against the other top teams in the country. There’s still lots of racing left this season and this week left us pretty hungry.”