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Ryan Roth – Tro-Bro Léon 2012 Winner

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Steve Bauer’s Spider Tech team pulled off the team’s biggest win of the season so far with victory in the cult 206.4 kilometre UCi 1.1 Tro-Bro Léon in Brittany by Ryan Roth. But the race is held on the same day as the Amstel Gold so the result often ‘falls down the cracks’ – but not at VeloVeritas and we decided a chat with the vainquer would be interesting.

The team’s Will Routley was second to Vincent Jerome (France & Europcar) in the 2011 edition but Ryan Roth went one better this year to land the top spot on the podium.

The 29 year old from Kitchener, Ontario caught Eric Berthou (Bretagne-Schuller) – who had looked to be a winning solo charge – and then rode on alone to finish 13 seconds clear of Benoît Jarrier (Véranda Rideau-Super U).

The race features 25 sectors of dirt and/or cobbled farm tracks totaling 30 kilometres, causing it to be nick named the ‘Hell of the West’ or ‘The Little Paris-Roubaix.’

Roth started off as cyclo-cross rider, winning the Canadian junior national championship in 2000.

He turned full pro with Kelly Benefits for season 2007 but since 2008 has ridden in the colours of Steve Bauer’s various teams.

His palmares are mainly North American, with the highlight being victory in last year’s prestigious Univest GP; but he did take a stage in the 2010 Vuelta a Cuba.

We caught up with him just after his arrival in Turkey for that nation’s Presidential Tour, the team’s next target.