On the heels of the Canadian National Championships, where Silber’s Alex Cataford claimed the U23 TT title, the updated UCI rankings came out and it’s evident – Silber is on a roll. The updated rankings have one thing to say: Silber is #1. They are Canada’s top ranked team, #3 amongst North American teams on the America Tour and home to the the #2 and #3 ranked North American riders, Ryan Roth and Matteo Dal-Cin.
“We started the season with a strong core of returning racers, exciting new signings, and a new orange and black branding that really took off,” said team owner Scott McFarlane. “Basically our staff, sponsors and ownership group set opportunities for success in place and by May our riders just took over.”
How have they done it? Silber’s second block of racing has been dominating. First there was the GP Saguenay, where the team walked away with the overall Team Classification, a stage win and Dal-Cin and Ryan Roth taking first and second in the General Classification.
Then at Philly Roth rode his way to eighth before taking it to the Tour de Beauce TT, where he finished second. The rest of the Tour de Beauce was was just as successful. Dal-Cin was 3rd in the Crit and the team ended the tour with an aggressive stage win by Ben Perry. Throughout the race, the team rode in support of Roth, who finished 5th overall.
But the team isn’t just establishing a forceful presence at North America’s stage races. Currently, the team’s Kiwi, Alexander Ray, is singlehandedly driving the pace of the criterium races that comprise The Tour of America’s Dairyland. Now with just two races left, Ray is holding strong to the yellow leader’s jersey.
Today the Canadian National Championships continue with the Road Race. Stay tuned on Twitter and Facebook for updates.