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It may seem like the Canadian mens volleyball team is just another overnight success after a recent upset over powerhouse Russia. Alec Ogletree Jersey . In fact, its a success story seven years in the making. And the man who built the foundation is coach Glenn Hoag, who has guided the team since 2006. Volleyball isnt a sport that gets a lot of attention in Canada, although that may change if the national team keeps developing and winning more. But University of Winnipeg volleyball coach Larry McKay says outside of Canada, people know who Glenn Hoag is and they respect him. The national volleyball training centre was based in Winnipeg until it moved to Gatineau in 2009. "In Europe, they think hes one of the best coaches in the world," says McKay, who adds that its a sentiment Hoags players share. "Hes a guy thats incredibly passionate about what hes doing," says attacker Justin Duff of Winnipeg. On the team four years, he also played for Hoag when he coached professionally in Turkey. "Ive not seen a lot of people that care as much about their job and what theyre doing as he does." A key to Hoags plan to revitalize the national team was re-establishing the national training centre, after a decade when university players moved directly to international play. Duff says that alone is huge. It gives Canadas players the training they need to cope with teams from countries where you can turn pro at 17 or 18 and play full-time. "The full-time centre helps us catch up. It gives us a full year of training physically and with basic skills of volleyball and advance tactics." Duff points to Rudy Verhoeff. The Calgary native had just finished university and never played pro, yet he was a huge contributor to their recent success in the World League thanks to the national centre. But the rest of the story comes from what Hoag learned through years playing and coaching professionally in Europe -- the way to succeed is basically to sweat the details. "Establish systems and get the players to (understand) these are their references," he says. "By establishing these systems, I established a training philosophy around (them)." He knew it wouldnt create a winner overnight but it seems to be paying off now. The teams latest triumph is their win over Russia at the recent World League final tournament in Mar del Plata, Argentina. The win helped boost Canada seven spots to 11th in the world rankings, with Russia still at No. 2, behind Brazil. Although Canada ended up losing to Brazil (and Russia bounced back to win the title), 2013 saw Canadas best performance ever in World League play with a record of 9-3, the latest sign a program that languished for a decade is picking up steam. "What Ive been able to do is trap some teams because they think theyre so good," Hoag says of his upstart Canadians. "Well do it with patience. Well do it with the qualities we want to develop." Not that winning is the only measure of success. Its probably not even high on Hoags list (although he admits it is very nice). He says hes been able to see progress in other ways as the team develops. "Are they better receivers, better attackers? Is the group performing better in certain areas?" he says. "Winning is really important and we all like to do it but, if you dont develop the means to win." Hoag has spent most of his life playing or coaching volleyball. As a player, hes already been inducted into the Quebec Volleyball Hall of Fame. He played on the national team from 1981 to 1986 and on the 1984 Olympic team that finished fourth (Canadas best to date). He helped Canada win silver at the 2003 World University Games and gold at the 1984 Commonwealth volleyball championships. He played professionally in Europe between 1984 and 1993 and coached Paris Volley to a Triple Crown victory, winning the French Cup, the French Championship and the European Champions Cup. "Europe is the Mecca of volleyball internationally."When he returned to Canada he also returned to coaching at Sherbrooke University, where hed worked in the 90s, before taking the reins of the national team. But Europe was his graduate school. "I got to learn a lot," he says. The centre and more training is important. But its also important that his players believe they can be winners. "Weve reached a certain point in our game and now weve got to polish it a little, but our guys are not afraid to play anyone now," he says. The team has a break from competition this summer. "It was a good World League, now it becomes the past for me," says Hoag. "I evaluate and I measure and we get back in the gym in August." Their next competition is NORCECA, which covers North and Central American and the Caribbean, in Vancouver at the end of September. The Canadians will face rivals such as Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico and the United States. "I still have to work a lot on the skills," says the coach. Cracking the top five in the World League is great but Hoag says they arent letting it go to their heads as they prepare for the world championships next year and hopefully the Olympics in 2016. The Canadian men havent qualified for the Summer Games since 1992. "Im happy that we grew but I dont pay attention to the world ranking too much. . . We can beat some teams that are ahead of us and we can also lose to teams that are behind. "And its because volleyball is so competitive worldwide." To keep moving forward, middle blocker Adam Simac says the team has to eliminate inconsistencies and the kind of unforced errors they made against Brazil. Its even more important now that they arent so far under everyones radar, but that attention should also help force a little focus. "Weve kind of served notice to the world, You cant take Canada lightly any more," he said. "Every team that plays us is going to be ready for us and is going to be gunning for us. 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So after, Emma just said, `Do it for Annemiek, and I said `Yeah, thats right.Van der Breggen thrust her arms in the air as thousands of fans lining the course roared approval, and a light mist that had been threatening for hours finally began to fall.It would have taken a downpour to dampen her spirits.I would have put money on Anna to win this race, said world champion Lizzie Armitstead, who was fifth for Britain. Shes a phenomenal athlete and this course was designed for her.Abbott coasted across in fourth in another shattering disappointment for the United States, one of the strongest teams in the race. Shelley Olds was in a similar position to medal four years ago when a puncture on the run-in to the finish cost her.In Abbotts case, it was simply a matter of tired legs.I saw the 300-meters to go sign and I thought ... `Oh my goodness. I could actually win this, Abbott said. Then I looked under my shoulder and they were right there.The climbing specialist obliterated most of the field on the hard climb of Vista Chinesa, then stayed upright when van Vleuten crashed on the same ruthless downhill that claimed the leaders Vincenzo Nibali and Sergio Henao and allowed Greg van Avermaet to win the mens race.Van Vleuten was taken to the hospital for tests that revealed three small fractures in her spine, the Dutch team said. She will remain in intensive care for at least 24 hours.It was a horrendous crash, said Johansson, who added a second silver to the one she won in Beijing in 2008. The peloton is so small and we all know each other vvery well. Michael Brockers Jersey. We just hope shes OK.Borghini matched Imelda Chiappas performance at the 1996 Atlanta Games for the best finish by an Italian woman, while Vos finished ninth -- a strong performance after her 10-month injury hiatus.Unlike the mens race on Saturday, the women stuck together for the first 100 kilometers, each attack quickly shut down by the powerhouse teams trying to set up their leaders.Lotte Kopecky of Belgium spent time in front early, and Britains Emma Pooley tried in vain to animate the proceedings. But the field was together after two trips of the Grumari Circuit, where jarring cobblestones caused so much trouble for the men.Seven riders sprung away in sight of Vista Chinesa, the hard climb and descent that would decide the race. Among them was Vos, Trixi Worrack and former world champion Pauline Ferrand-Prevot.The Americans missed the break and were forced to work hard to bring it back.Abbott accomplished it almost single-handedly, the worlds top climber quickly catching them as the race tilted uphill. She also succeeded in splintering the peloton, pushing a tempo so strong that Vos and Armitstead -- the silver medalist at the London Games -- slowly dropped off.With stretches approaching a gradient of 20 percent, Abbott and van Vleuten shook loose of the survivors of the first part of the climb and turned it into a two-woman race on the slick downhill.On the last tight curve, van Vleuten locked up her wheels and crashed hard through the bend.I wasnt comfortable holding her wheel and the pace she was holding on the descent, Abbott said, and unfortunately she crashed. 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