Port Moody’s Leah Guloein takes third in the women’s race Team Baier Landshut cyclist Florenz Knauer, who made the trip from Germany to race BC Superweek, might want to look at coming back to Canada a little more often after sprinting for the win at the 7th annual Giro di Burnaby on Wednesday night. It’s the 24-year-old’s third straight appearance on the podium at BC Superweek after third place finishes in Wednesday’s Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix and Tuesday’s UBC Grand Prix. Knauer finished the 45-lap Giro di Burnaby circuit along Hastings Street in one hour, 20 minutes and 29 seconds. He made a bit of a risky move with two laps to go as he pushed to win the crowd prime and then still have enough in the tank to go for the win. “I was confident I could win that prime and the race,” said Knauer, who won the Tour de White Rock Homelife Realty Hill Climb as part of BC Superweek last July.

Leah Kirchmann of Winnipeg Wins Third Straight B.C. Superweek Event With the historic whistle chime of the famous Gastown steam clock playing Westminster Quarters every 15 minutes setting the scene, San Diego’s Ken Hanson (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) took top spot in the 40th anniversary of the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix Wednesday night. A huge crowd created a buzz that continued to build as the men did 50-laps of a 1.2-kilometer circuit in downtown Vancouver, racing over the same cobblestones as cycling greats Lance Armstrong, Alex Stieda and Canadian Olympians like Brian Walton. Backed by a five-year, $1-million commitment from tech company Global Relay, the historic Gastown Grand Prix returned last year after a four year hiatus. The win is Hanson’s second of B.C. Superweek after claiming the Brenco Criterium on Saturday and he’s quick to credit his teammates for the $15,000 cheque he gets to take home.