To say that Svein Tuft won the men’s elite race at the 2010 Yaletown Grand Prix on Canada Day, July 1, 2010 would be…an understatement. Fresh from a third successive Canadian National Time Trial Championship, and sixth in the last seven years, Tuft would lead the criterium race for virtually all of its 65 minute length.
Tuft has come off an impressive early season which saw him compete, and finish the Giro d’Italia with his Garmin-Transitions pro team. Even with such impressive showings, Tuft was not part of Garmin’s 2010 Tour de France roster, which included fellow Canadian Ryder Hesjedal.
So, instead of staying in Europe, Tuft decided to use the break to return home, competing in Nationals and Yaletown with friend and Garmin teammate Christian Meier. Meier, and the rest of the Yaletown elite competitors, found themselves looking at the same view for much of the race.
That is, until Tuft would ride up on their wheel, lapping the field once – and almost twice! Tuft would win handily and share the podium with teammate Meier (3rd), and former teammate Andrew Pinfold (2nd). It was a reunion of sorts, with all being part of the hugely successful local Symmetrics team from 2008.
After some well deserved rest, it will be back to Europe for the greatest Canadian cyclist few, relatively speaking of course, have ever heard of. Plans include a slate of races including the Vuelta a Espana in August, and then…who knows.
Stay tuned. Perhaps Steve Bauer’s dream of an all-Canadian entry in a future Tour de France is not so far-fetched after all. Team Spydertech powered by Planet Energy with Svein Tuft, Christian Meier, Andrew Pinfold, Ryan Roth, Francois Parisien….Hmmm…
Remember, you heard it here first.