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Zirbel to race Tour of the Gila

Tom Zirbel showed he had lost little of his time trialing prowess at the Tour de Gruene.

Tom Zirbel showed he had lost little of his time trialing prowess at the Tour de Gruene. (Image credit: John Pierce/Photosport International)

Tom Zirbel has returned to US domestic racing, after serving a reduced suspension for an anti-doping infraction, and he is scheduled to compete at the National Racing Calendar (NRC) SRAM Tour of the Gila held from April 27 to May 1 in Silver City New Mexico. The time trial specialist will ride under the Hotel San Jose/ACME team, according to race promoter Jack Brennan.

US Anti-doping Agency (USADA) gave Zirbel a two-year suspension after he tested positive for Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) at the US Pro Championships on August 29, 2009. He maintains that he did not knowingly ingest the banned substance. However, USADA reduced his suspension by six months, ending on March 21, 2011, for helping the agency in two separate anti-doping cases.

Although Zirbel announced that he would retire from the sport, he competed in a non-USA Cycling sanctioned event at the Tour de Gruene held in Austin, Texas last November. He won the time trial and beat Lance Armstrong’s course record.

He recently won the Louisville Criterium and placed fourth in the Mead-Roubaix Road Race, both held in Colorado. He also plans to contest the local Haystack Mountain Time Trials and the Air Force Road Race, prior to the SRAM Tour of the Gila.

Zirbel won the SRAM Tour of the Gila stage three 25 kilometres time trial in 2008.



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Kirsten Frattini

Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all men's and women's races including Spring Classics, Grand Tours, World Championships and Olympic Games, and writes and edits news and features. As the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten also coordinates and oversees the global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.