Zirbel on the money in Elk Grove opener

BMC's Bookwalter narrowly misses victory

Tom Zirbel (Bissell) won the richest time trial in America at the Tour of Elk Grove opener on Friday. Zirbel blasted over the seven-kilometre course in a time of 8:25 and taking away $4000, roughly $500 per minute of his time.

“I think it’s the exact same course but the US peloton is getting stronger and stronger,” said Zirbel, who beat his winning time last year by seven-seconds. “It was a good race for us. We put quite a few riders in the top 10. But even the sprinters who are 30 seconds back are still in the race.

“In all likely hood I’m not going to gain any seconds,” he added. “It’s just a matter of not getting time gapped and putting our other guys in position to win and eat up some time bonuses.”

Runner up Brent Bookwalter (BMC) missed out on the top prize by a mere one-second and third placed Karl Menzies (OUCH-Maxxis) finished four seconds back.

Bookwalter, who has placed second to Zirbel on several occasions, commended the stage winner on his performance. “Zirbel’s the man in the time trial’s this year, so if I have to come second I guess he’s the guy to get it to,” said Bookwalter. “We are known as a team of all-rounders and good time triallist. Our goal today was to give it all we could and I think everyone gave it full gas.”

Team Bissell and BMC placed several riders inside the top 10 which should ensure a tactical race as the stages progress. “The time bonuses are huge and the finish bonuses are really big so it will be a tactical race,” continued Bookwalter. “Zirbel may not be known as the most technically savvy rider but over the past year I have seen him improve ten-fold and I do not discount him for the overall.”

The opening time trial put mere seconds between each rider and the time bonuses make the overall title within reach between a mix of overall general classification riders and sprinters.

“I think everyone went into it wanting to come out with a good time,” Menzies said. “It’s so close of a race that everyone has to put in their best effort. I think anyone who rode in the top 30 is still in it for the overall. There are 20 seconds of bonuses just at the finish line.

“I think it’s kind of like a chicken and the egg thing,” added Menzies. “If you want to win money you gotta win time bonuses and you have to try to win the race. We are going to try to win the race and the money is a bonus.”

The Tour of Elk Grove will continue with a 156-kilometre circuit race, where time bonus will bring the sprinters out to play. There are a total of 26 seconds in bonuses available and each is attached to a large monetary value.

Results
1Tom Zirbel (Bissell)0:08:25 
2Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing Team)0:00:01 
3Karl Menzies (Ouch presented by Maxxis)0:00:04 
4Jackson Stewart (BMC Racing Team)0:00:06 
5Zach Bell (Kelly Benefit Strategies)  
6Chris Horner (Astana)0:00:08 
7Peter Latham (Bissell)0:00:09 
8Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell)  
9Jeremy Vennell (Bissell)  
10Scott Zwizanski (Kelly Benefit Strategies)  
11Ian McKissick (BMC Racing Team)  
12David Veilleux (Kelly Benefit Strategies)  
13Mike Creed (Team Type 1)0:00:10 
14Andy Jacques-Maynes (Bissell)  
15Jeff Louder (BMC Racing Team)  
16Francois Parisien (PLANET ENERGY)0:00:13 
17John Murphy (Ouch presented by Maxxis)0:00:14 
18Bernard van Ulden (Jelly Belly Cycling)  
19Ryan Anderson (Kelly Benefit Strategies)0:00:15 
20Victor Hugo Pena (Rock Racing)  
21Frank Pipp (Bissell)  
22Luis Amaran (Colavita Sutterhome)0:00:16 
23Andrew Pinfold (Ouch presented by Maxxis)  
24Reid Mumford (Kelly Benefit Strategies)0:00:17 
25Aldo Ilesic (Team Type 1)  
26Ryan Roth (PLANET ENERGY)0:00:19 
27Brad Huff (Jelly Belly Cycling)0:00:20 
28Rory Sutherland (Ouch presented by Maxxis)0:00:21 
29Cesar Grajales (Rock Racing)0:00:22 
30Matt Crane (Jelly Belly Cycling)  
31Antonio Cruz (BMC Racing Team)  
32Tyler Wren (Colavita Sutterhome)  
33Ben Day (Fly V Australia)  
34Tim Johnson (Ouch presented by Maxxis)  
35Moses Aldape (Team Type 1)0:00:24 
36Glen Chadwick (Rock Racing)  
37phil zajicek (Fly V Australia p/b Successful Living)  
38Jeremy Powers (Jelly Belly Cycling)0:00:25 
39Jonathan Garcia (BMC Racing Team)0:00:26 
40Graham Howard (Bissell)  
41Martin Gilbert (PLANET ENERGY)0:00:27 
42Nic Sanderson (Rock Racing)  
43Matthew (Matt) Winstead (Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy)0:00:28 
44Matty Rice (Jelly Belly Cycling)  
45Ivan Dominguez (Rock Racing)  
46Keven Lacombe (PLANET ENERGY)0:00:29 
47Chris Baldwin (Ouch presented by Maxxis)  
48Valeriy Kobzarenko (Team Type 1)  
49Freddie Rodriguez (Rock Racing)0:00:31 
50Bernard Sulzberger (Fly V Australia)0:00:32 
51Ken Hanson (Team Type 1)  
52Floyd Landis (Ouch presented by Maxxis)  
53Juan Pablo Dotti (AeroCat Cycling Team)  
54Bryce Mead (Jelly Belly Cycling)  
55Jonny Clarke (Jelly Belly Cycling)0:00:33 
56Roman van Uden (Land Rover - Orbea)  
57Bobby Lea (Ouch presented by Maxxis)0:00:34 
58Adam Bergman (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)  
59Alex Candelario (Kelly Benefit Strategies)0:00:35 
60Thomas Soladay (Team Mountain Khakis)  
61Kyle Wamsley (Colavita Sutterhome)  
62benjamin king (Fly V Australia)0:00:36 
63Steve Bovay (BMC Racing Team)  
64Daniel Ramsey (Team Mountain Khakis PB EPNO)  
65Hayden Godfrey (Subway Avanti Cycling Team)0:00:37 
66Dirk Pohlmann (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)  
67Scottie Weiss (Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy)  
68Michael Grabinger (Fly V Australia)  
69Luca Damiani (Colavita Sutterhome)  
70Greg Strock (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)  
71Anibal Borrato (Colavita Sutterhome)0:00:38 
72Neil Shirley (Kelly Benefit Strategies)  
73Andrew Bajadali (Kelly Benefit Strategies)  
74Joe Eldridge (Team Type 1)0:00:39 
75Aaron Tuckerman (Land Rover - Orbea)0:00:40 
76Bennet van der Genugten (Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy)0:00:41 
77Daniel Holt (Team Type 1)  
78Mike Northey (Land Rover - ORBEA)0:00:42 
79Bruno Langlois (PLANET ENERGY)  
80Jonathon Cantwell (Fly V Australia)  
81Chad Burdzilauskas (Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy)0:00:43 
82Mark Hekman (Team Mtn Khakis pb EPNO)  
83Jacob (Jake) Rytlewski (Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy)  
84Rich Harper (Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy)0:00:44 
85Pat Lemieux (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)0:00:45 
86William Goodfellow (Volkswagen Specialized)  
87Evan Elken (Land Rover - Orbea)0:00:46 
88Sebastian Haedo (Colavita Sutterhome)0:00:47 
89Alejandro Borrato (Colavita Sutterhome)0:00:48 
90Maxime Vives (PLANET ENERGY)  
91Fabio Calabria (Team Type 1)0:00:49 
92Michael Mitchnick (Trek Store Race Team)0:00:50 
93Josh England (Subway Avanti Cycling Team)0:00:51 
94John Grant (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)0:00:52 
95Eric Boily (PLANET ENERGY)0:00:55 
96Phil Gaimon (Jelly Belly Cycling)0:00:56 
97Ben Kersten (Fly V Australia)0:00:57 
98Eric Barlevav (Team Mountain Khakies p/b EP-NO)  
99Davide Fratini (Colavita Sutterhome)0:00:59 
100Diego Garavito (AeroCat Cycling Team)0:01:01 
101David Guttenplan (Team Mountain Khakis p/b EPNO)0:01:02 
102Joel Dion-Poitras (PLANET ENERGY)0:01:03 
103Joe Kukolla (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)0:01:08 
104Sergio Hernandez (Rock Racing)  
105Emilio Asconeguy (AeroCat Cycling Team)0:01:09 
106John Puffer (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)0:01:10 
107Carlos Calcirrada (AeroCat Cycling Team)0:01:11 
108Ben Renkema (Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy)0:01:15 
109Jonathan Page (Battley Harley-Davidson)0:01:17 
110Rahsaan Bahati (Rock Racing)0:01:19 
111Adam Myerson (Team Mountain Khakies p/b EP-NO)0:01:22 
112Alessandro Bazzana (Fly V Australia)0:01:23 
113Emile Abraham (AeroCat Cycling Team)0:01:24 
114Jonathan Parrish (Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy)  
115Brian Toone (Tria Market/Donohoo.com)0:01:28 
116Jason Allen (Subway Avanti Cycling Team)0:01:29 
117Andrew bradbury (Darkhorse Espresso Bar Flyers)0:01:53 
General Classification after Stage 1
1Tom Zirbel (Bissell)0:08:25 
2Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing Team)0:00:01 
3Karl Menzies (Ouch presented by Maxxis)0:00:04 
4Jackson Stewart (BMC Racing Team)0:00:06 
5Zach Bell (Kelly Benefit Strategies)  
6Chris Horner (Astana)0:00:08 
7Peter Latham (Bissell)0:00:09 
8Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell)  
9Jeremy Vennell (Bissell)  
10Scott Zwizanski (Kelly Benefit Strategies)  
11Ian McKissick (BMC Racing Team)  
12David Veilleux (Kelly Benefit Strategies)  
13Mike Creed (Team Type 1)0:00:10 
14Andy Jacques-Maynes (Bissell)  
15Jeff Louder (BMC Racing Team)  
16Francois Parisien (PLANET ENERGY)0:00:13 
17John Murphy (Ouch presented by Maxxis)0:00:14 
18Bernard van Ulden (Jelly Belly Cycling)  
19Ryan Anderson (Kelly Benefit Strategies)0:00:15 
20Victor Hugo Pena (Rock Racing)  
21Frank Pipp (Bissell)  
22Luis Amaran (Colavita Sutterhome)0:00:16 
23Andrew Pinfold (Ouch presented by Maxxis)  
24Reid Mumford (Kelly Benefit Strategies)0:00:17 
25Aldo Ilesic (Team Type 1)  
26Ryan Roth (PLANET ENERGY)0:00:19 
27Brad Huff (Jelly Belly Cycling)0:00:20 
28Rory Sutherland (Ouch presented by Maxxis)0:00:21 
29Cesar Grajales (Rock Racing)0:00:22 
30Matt Crane (Jelly Belly Cycling)  
31Antonio Cruz (BMC Racing Team)  
32Tyler Wren (Colavita Sutterhome)  
33Ben Day (Fly V Australia)  
34Tim Johnson (Ouch presented by Maxxis)  
35Moses Aldape (Team Type 1)0:00:24 
36Glen Chadwick (Rock Racing)  
37phil zajicek (Fly V Australia p/b Successful Living)  
38Jeremy Powers (Jelly Belly Cycling)0:00:25 
39Jonathan Garcia (BMC Racing Team)0:00:26 
40Graham Howard (Bissell)  
41Martin Gilbert (PLANET ENERGY)0:00:27 
42Nic Sanderson (Rock Racing)  
43Matthew (Matt) Winstead (Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy)0:00:28 
44Matty Rice (Jelly Belly Cycling)  
45Ivan Dominguez (Rock Racing)  
46Keven Lacombe (PLANET ENERGY)0:00:29 
47Chris Baldwin (Ouch presented by Maxxis)  
48Valeriy Kobzarenko (Team Type 1)  
49Freddie Rodriguez (Rock Racing)0:00:31 
50Bernard Sulzberger (Fly V Australia)0:00:32 
51Ken Hanson (Team Type 1)  
52Floyd Landis (Ouch presented by Maxxis)  
53Juan Pablo Dotti (AeroCat Cycling Team)  
54Bryce Mead (Jelly Belly Cycling)  
55Jonny Clarke (Jelly Belly Cycling)0:00:33 
56Roman van Uden (Land Rover - Orbea)  
57Bobby Lea (Ouch presented by Maxxis)0:00:34 
58Adam Bergman (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)  
59Alex Candelario (Kelly Benefit Strategies)0:00:35 
60Thomas Soladay (Team Mountain Khakis)  
61Kyle Wamsley (Colavita Sutterhome)  
62benjamin king (Fly V Australia)0:00:36 
63Steve Bovay (BMC Racing Team)  
64Daniel Ramsey (Team Mountain Khakis PB EPNO)  
65Hayden Godfrey (Subway Avanti Cycling Team)0:00:37 
66Dirk Pohlmann (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)  
67Scottie Weiss (Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy)  
68Michael Grabinger (Fly V Australia)  
69Luca Damiani (Colavita Sutterhome)  
70Greg Strock (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)  
71Anibal Borrato (Colavita Sutterhome)0:00:38 
72Neil Shirley (Kelly Benefit Strategies)  
73Andrew Bajadali (Kelly Benefit Strategies)  
74Joe Eldridge (Team Type 1)0:00:39 
75Aaron Tuckerman (Land Rover - Orbea)0:00:40 
76Bennet van der Genugten (Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy)0:00:41 
77Daniel Holt (Team Type 1)  
78Mike Northey (Land Rover - ORBEA)0:00:42 
79Bruno Langlois (PLANET ENERGY)  
80Jonathon Cantwell (Fly V Australia)  
81Chad Burdzilauskas (Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy)0:00:43 
82Mark Hekman (Team Mtn Khakis pb EPNO)  
83Jacob (Jake) Rytlewski (Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy)  
84Rich Harper (Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy)0:00:44 
85Pat Lemieux (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)0:00:45 
86William Goodfellow (Volkswagen Specialized)  
87Evan Elken (Land Rover - Orbea)0:00:46 
88Sebastian Haedo (Colavita Sutterhome)0:00:47 
89Alejandro Borrato (Colavita Sutterhome)0:00:48 
90Maxime Vives (PLANET ENERGY)  
91Fabio Calabria (Team Type 1)0:00:49 
92Michael Mitchnick (Trek Store Race Team)0:00:50 
93Josh England (Subway Avanti Cycling Team)0:00:51 
94John Grant (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)0:00:52 
95Eric Boily (PLANET ENERGY)0:00:55 
96Phil Gaimon (Jelly Belly Cycling)0:00:56 
97Ben Kersten (Fly V Australia)0:00:57 
98Eric Barlevav (Team Mountain Khakies p/b EP-NO)  
99Davide Fratini (Colavita Sutterhome)0:00:59 
100Diego Garavito (AeroCat Cycling Team)0:01:01 
101David Guttenplan (Team Mountain Khakis p/b EPNO)0:01:02 
102Joel Dion-Poitras (PLANET ENERGY)0:01:03 
103Joe Kukolla (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)0:01:08 
104Sergio Hernandez (Rock Racing)  
105Emilio Asconeguy (AeroCat Cycling Team)0:01:09 
106John Puffer (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)0:01:10 
107Carlos Calcirrada (AeroCat Cycling Team)0:01:11 
108Ben Renkema (Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy)0:01:15 
109Jonathan Page (Battley Harley-Davidson)0:01:17 
110Rahsaan Bahati (Rock Racing)0:01:19 
111Adam Myerson (Team Mountain Khakies p/b EP-NO)0:01:22 
112Alessandro Bazzana (Fly V Australia)0:01:23 
113Emile Abraham (AeroCat Cycling Team)0:01:24 
114Jonathan Parrish (Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy)  
115Brian Toone (Tria Market/Donohoo.com)0:01:28 
116Jason Allen (Subway Avanti Cycling Team)0:01:29 
117Andrew bradbury (Darkhorse Espresso Bar Flyers)0:01:53 

 

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