Cyclists Jordan Cheyne and Nina Kessler top the podiums in the 40th-anniversary Tour de White Rock

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      Jordan Cheyene made one of B.C.'s most gruelling cycling road races look easy when he won today's 40th-anniversary Tour de White Rock.

      Cheyne, who's from Kelowna, broke away from the pack with about 40 kilometres left in the 134-kilometre route.

      “I went up the climb with four to go and I didn’t really attack hard, but I saw a gap open up and I just committed to it," the rider for Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling said in a B.C. Superweek news release. "This circuit is so hard that it’s almost easier to go on your own sometimes.” 

      German cyclist Christopher Hatz was the runner-up for the second consecutive year. He was riding for the Herrmann Rad-Team.

      Video: Jordan Cheyne won the Tour de White Rock with plenty of distance between him and runner-up Christopher Hatz of Germany.

      Team TIBCO—Silicon Valley Bank rider Nina Kessler won the women's race today.

      Kessler, who's from the Netherlands, finished ahead of Quebec cyclist Marie-Soleil Blais, who ranked in the Top 5 in seven of this year's nine races during B.C. Superweek.

      Nina Kessler celebrates her victory at the finish line in the women's race.
      Scott Robarts

      “I knew I had the fitness and I wanted to make it hard on a smaller group, so I had a better chance at the podium,” Blais said. "I knew Nina had a good sprint, but I was getting tired from attacking every climb. It’s too bad that with all that work I couldn’t come up with the win, but with second place and the overall omnium, it’s all right.”

      Video: Dutch cyclist Nina Kessler edged out Marie-Soleil Blais from St.-Rosaire, Quebec, with Victoria's Megan Rothwell coming third.