Ryan Roth – the team’s most experienced rider – won the 9th event of the USA Pro Road Tour (PRT), the 2016 Winston-Salem Classic. Ryan had a strong start to 2016 – winning the Valley of The Sun Stage Race in February. However, shortly after, Ryan was sidelined with injury. The injury wasn’t serious, but Ryan’s training suffered a set-back. Ryan returned cautiously to racing at the Joe Martin Stage Race where he was more than happy to help up-start Nigel Ellsay place second overall.
Ryan’s return to top form in Winston-Salem comes just in time for the team’s next crucial race block – Philly, Saguenay, Beauce and Canadian Nationals.
Over the year’s Ryan has become noted for winning tough, tactical races from reduced fields like Winston-Salem. In 2011 he won the Univest GP on a remarkably similar finish from a similar sized group. In 2012 he won the prestigious ‘petit Paris-Roubaix’ – Tro Bro Leon – in France and became National Champion from a stacked field of Canada’s top World Tour pros like; Michael Barry, Svein Tuft, David Veilleux, Dom Rollin and Christian Meier.
The win is Silber’s second US Pro Road Tour (PRT) win of the season after the Redlands Classic. And the team has been the most consistent team of the US PRT season. Perhaps Mike Sayers – USA Cycling’s Elite & U23 programs director says it best:
Wow, @SilberProTeam with an other big win. They are the team of 2016
— Michael Sayers (@Mickeyhavoc) May 31, 2016
Gord Fraser, Silber’s DS summed up Ryan’s win succinctly:
Ryan is very experienced. He’s our leader for a reason, and he’s lethal when he gets a chance to win a race. He got tailed off a little bit on the very last climb, but he was able to manage his bullets and come back to the lead three and then take that sprint. I like to see that initiative. You can kind of die by trying leading out a sprint, but it’s kind of like buying a ticket for the lottery, and thankfully that number was good today.
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Photos from Winston-Salem
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