Storied history for Delta's race

The Tour de Delta, which celebrates its 11th edition this weekend, has had an exciting first decade. Here's a recap of the first 10 editions:

Tour de Delta 2001

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Victoria teen sensation Clare Hall-Patch and New Zealander Graeme Miller were the stars of the show at the inaugural Tour de Delta. Hall-Patch, 18, proved to be the star of the women's events, winning the road race and hill climb and finishing fifth in the criterium.

The 40-year-old Miller was equally impressive in the men's events, winning the road race and criterium, while finishing third in the hill climb.

Tour de Delta 2002

In a weekend dominated by an American-based pro team, it was a French-Canadian who delivered the most spectacular performance. Just how dominating was Manon Jutras in the women's road race? Enough to have concluded a post-race interview before the runner-up had even reached the finish line.

Eric Wohlberg, who was the bridesmaid of the inaugural Tour de Delta, brought along his Saturn Cycling teammates to make sure it didn't happen again. Wohlberg, who was edged by Miller in the 2001 criterium, led a Saturn sweep of the top five positions in 2002. Saturn's dominance continued in the road race with Wohlberg finishing third behind teammates Mark McCormack and Ivan Dominquez.

Tour de Delta 2003

Team Saturn brought a new look to the third annual Tour de Delta, but produced the same impressive results. With only one rider back from its dominating performance in 2002, the U.S. juggernaut enjoyed another banner weekend, winning the men's and women's overall titles and two of the four main races.

Making his first appearance in B.C., Saturn's Will Frischkorn outsprinted Snow Valley's Ian Ville to capture the road race and sew up the men's overall title.

The men's criterium produced a thrilling finish with Italy's Siro Camponogara edging defending champion Wohlberg.

Even before Sunday's road race, Saturn's Ina Teutenberg had the women's overall title secured thanks to her narrow win in the criterium and a fifth place finish in the hill climb.

Tour de Delta 2004

Pennsylvanian Sarah Uhl, billed as a 20-year-old superstar in waiting, exhibited some of that promise by capturing two of the three women's races en route to the overall title. Uhl won the criterium, then turned around the next morning and captured the road race, edging veteran Sara Neil of Vancouver.

The 43-year-old Neil, who retired at the conclusion of Superweek, had a great Tour de Delta, also winning the hill climb.

The men's side of things was much more wide open, with different winners in each race, although Zach Bell took the hill climb for the second straight year. Olympian Gord Fraser exploded out of the pack on the final lap to claim the criterium, while Tyler Farrar beat Tsawwassen's Cam Evans and Wohlberg by the narrowest of margins in the road race.

Tour de Delta 2005

Uhl was one the verge of making history in 2005, but the 21-year-old was denied by a two-time Canadian Olympian.

Uhl, who won the hill climb and criterium, was looking to become the first rider to sweep all three races, but fell just short as she finished second to Lyn Bessette in the road race.

The men's division saw three familiar names on the top step of the podium.

Kirk O'Bee was crowned overall champion on the strength of a criterium win and a second place finish in the road race.

Farrar followed up his hill climb win with a very close third in the road race. The defending road race champ was hoping to repeat the feat, but finished just behind Fraser and O'Bee after a frantic sprint to the line along 56th Street.

Tour de Delta 2006

Evans was the omnium winner after strong finishes in all three races. The Symmetrics star was second in the road race (behind Fraser), third in the hill climb and 11th in the criterium. Australian Hilton Clarke edged O'Bee in the crit.

On the women's side, Marni Hambleton made the podium in all three races, winning the road race, finishing second in the criterium and third in the hill climb.

Tour de Delta 2007

After winning the hill climb and criterium, Bell fell just short of capturing all three races when he finished fourth in the road race. He still managed to claim the omnium over Symmetrics teammate and road race winner Andrew Pinfold.

Team Giant's Leah Guloien of Port Moody held off Leah Goldstein of Symmetrics in the road race and in the omnium standings.

Tour de Delta 2008

The Symmetrics team captured all three men's races again as Evans won the criterium, Pinfold doubled up in the road race and Beijing-bound Svein Tuft won the inaugural prologue. Fellow Olympian Bell won his second straight omnium.

American Kelly Benjamin won both the criterium and road race, but Aussie Ruth Corset claimed the overall title with a prologue victory and two second place finishes.

Tour de Delta 2009

Vancouver native Ryan Anderson, racing for the Minneapolis-based Kelly Benefit Strategies team, took the overall title after reaching the podium in all three races, including a first in the criterium.

New Zealand's Lauren Ellis, a member of the Jazz Apple team, won the criterium on her way to finishing atop teammates Dotsie Bausch and Steph Roorda in the overall standings.

Tour de Delta 2010

Ladner's Claire Cameron sprinted away from two Total Restoration teammates with 200 metres to go to win the women's road race. Laura Brown's second place finish gave her the overall title thanks to an earlier win in the prologue and a second place finish in the criterium.

On the men's side, David Veilleux from Quebec edged Tuft in both the criterium and the overall, while Bell was a convincing winner of the road race.

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