Zirbel sublime in Fitchburg opener

Tom Zirbel (Bissell) again proved his pedigree in the time trial by taking the opening stage of the Fitchburg Longsjo Classic, a 14.3km test against the clock in Fitchburg. The Boulder native finished ahead of a slew of Kelly Benefit Strategies riders - Scott Zwizanski in second, David Veilleux in third and Zach Bell in fourth.

"I was happy with the way I rode today," said Zirbel. "I think Kelly Benefit Strategies did a great job too. So far they've done a lot of racing the we haven't been at so it was nice to see them racing so well. I'm also really happy for Scott because he was an awesome teammate of mine for two years and he is riding really well. But, I'm glad I jabbed him in the time trial!

The race kicked off with a brand new time trial course - predominantly flat out and back. Zirbel won the 14-kilometre event in a time of 17:15 to take the overall lead with a 22-second margin ahead of Zwizanski and 32 seconds ahead of Veilleux. "It was good for me," Zirbel said. "It wasn't completely flat a lot of undulations and rough in some parts. The way back was a lot tougher than the first half. But Kelly Benefit Strategies is going to be tough to deal with and they have a lot of options right now - it should be a fun weekend."

Bad weather rolled in for the start of the Fitchburg Longsjo Classic silver anniversary. The unexpected conditions caused several flight delays arriving into the Boston, Massachusetts. The delays caused Zirbel to arrive in the middle of the night before the time trial start, a fine deal considering his teammates Ben and Andy Jacques-Maynes arrived twenty minutes before their scheduled time trial start and New Zealand national champion Jeremy Vennell who did not make it to his scheduled start.

"The weather has been really bay coming into Boston,"Zirbel said. "The Jacques-Maynes brothers arrived just before their start, borrowed clothing, jumped on the rollers for a few minutes and went. It sucks that Jeremy's flight was completely cancelled because we are down one rider."

Powers to time trial victory in Fitchburg

Reigning US national time trial champion, Alison Powers (Team Type 1) showed the Massachusetts crowds just why she wears the stars and stripes skinsuitwith victory in the opening stage ahead of Lip Smackers duo Evelyn Stevens and Anne Samplonius. French national time trial champion Jeannie Logo-Ciprelli (Vital Plus) placed a close fourth.

"It was a really nice course," Powers said. "I liked it because it was slightly rolling and the road twisted and turned through the trees. It was so foggy that no one could see anything. But that made it very nice."

Powers won the 14.3km individual event in a time of 19:54. She took the early lead of the four-day race ahead of Stevens and Samplonius. "Looking at past results, Evelyn has been getting better and better" Powers said. "LipSmackers can definitely make it a hard race. We've been working hard all season and even though we will have our work cut out for us, we feel very ready."

Powers placed second to Kristin Armstrong (Cervelo Test Team) in the Tour of the Gila in May and the Nature Valley Grand Prix in June. She won her first overall title at the Joe Martin Stage Race in May and hopes to continue that success this weekend. "It's hard to win with Kristin around," Powers said. "This is a race she was not coming to. I targeted Joe Martin and Fitchburg races to try to be able to win. Hopefully I'm able to go on and win the overall here. It is such a close race between the top five and there are three more stages with time bonus at the finishes. A couple seconds here and there and you can move ahead or back."

Powers has not competed at the Fitchburg Longsjo Classic in the past, normally in Europe with the US National Team racing at the conflicting Giro d' Italia Femminile. "I've been in Europe most of the season in the past and I'm really happy to be able to race here in the states, being with my family and loved ones," Powers said. " I haven't been able to do that the past two summers and it is really special this year.

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Pro-1 Men
1Tom Zirbel (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling0:17:15
2Scott Zwizanski (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:23
3David Veilleux (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:32
4Zach Bell (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:35
5Ian McKissick (USA) BMC Racing Team0:00:38
6Michael Creed (USA) Team Type 10:00:38
7Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling0:00:42
8Jonathan Chodroff (USA) OUCH/MAXXIS0:00:44
9Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team0:00:48
10Rory Sutherland (Aus) Ouch/Maxxis0:00:53
11Mike Friedman (USA) Garmin Slipstream0:00:53
12Luis Amaran (USA) Colavita Sutter Home p/b cooki0:00:54
13Paul Mach (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling0:00:55
14Charles Dionne (Can) Fly V Australia0:00:58
15Frank Pipp (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling0:01:03
16Jonathan Mumford (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:01:04
17Darren Lill (USA) Team Type 10:01:04
18Phillip Gaimon (USA) Jelly Belly Pro Cycling Team0:01:07
19Roman Kilun (USA) Ouch pb Maxxis0:01:07
20Antonio Cruz (USA) BMC Racing Team0:01:08
21Kirk Obee (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling0:01:09
22Morgan Schmitt (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling0:01:10
23Chris Barton (USA) BMC Racing Team0:01:11
24Clayton Barrows (USA) CRCA/Empire Cycling Team p/b N0:01:11
25Andy Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling0:01:11
26David Williams (USA) Priority Health U25 Developmen0:01:12
27Matt Winstead (USA) Kenda Pro Cycling P/B Spinergy0:01:14
28Tyler Wren (USA) Colavita Sutter Home p/b cooki0:01:14
29Jake Keough (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:01:16
30Russell Langley (USA) Battley HARLEY-DAVIDSON/Sonoma0:01:16
31Jonathan Garcia (USA) BMC Racing Team0:01:17
32Michael Mathis (USA) CRCA/Empire Cycling Team p/b N0:01:17
33Matthew Johnson (USA) CRCA/Empire Cycling Team p/b N0:01:19
34Dan Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:01:20
35Daniel Zmolik (USA) CRCA/Empire Cycling Team p/b N0:01:21
36Thomas Soladay (USA) Mountain Khakis Pro Cycling Te0:01:21
37Gregory Christian (USA) Panther/RGF pb Felt0:01:22
38Daniel Vaillancourt (USA) Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooki0:01:23
39Anthony Colby (USA) Colavita Sutter Home p/b cooki0:01:29
40Kyle Wamsley (USA) Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooki0:01:30
41Valeriy Kobzarenko (USA) Team Type 10:01:32
42Jake Rytlewski (USA) KENDA PRO CYCLING Presented by0:01:32
43Michael Joannisse (USA) Nativo Concept0:01:34
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47Hugo Houle (USA) Garneau Club-Chaussure0:01:38
48Alister Ratcliff (USA) BikeReg.com / Cannondale0:01:38
49Gary Douville (USA) NEBC0:01:39
50Matt Wilson (USA) Team Type 10:01:40
51John Minturn (USA) CRCA/Empire Cycling Team p/b N0:01:41
52Andrew Applegate (USA) Kenda Pro Cycling presented by0:01:42
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56Spencer Gaddy (USA) Uptown Cycles Racing0:01:43
57Jacob Mueller (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV A0:01:43
58Alex Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:01:45
59William Dugan (USA) CCB RACING0:01:46
60Jamey Driscoll (USA) Rock Racing0:01:47
61David Boily (USA) Probikepool/Kuota0:01:48
62Christopher Jones (USA) Team Type 10:01:48
63Patrick McCarty (USA) OUCH/Maxxis0:01:49
64Guillaume Boivin (USA) Volkswagen-Specialized0:01:50
65Andrew Baker (USA) Mountain Khakis Pro Cycling Te0:01:51
66Taylor Tolleson (USA) BMC Racing Team0:01:52
67Isaac Neff (USA) Alderfer Bergen0:01:52
68Carter Jones (USA) Team Waste Management0:01:52
69Tyler Stanfield (USA) Kenda Pro Cycling presented by0:01:53
70Will Hoffarth (USA) Mountain Khakis0:01:54
71Devon Novakowski (USA) Garneau Club Chaussures0:01:55
72Cheyne Hoag (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:01:55
73Cameron Evans (USA) Ouch presented by Maxxis0:01:55
74Charles McCarthy (USA) MetLife Cycling Team0:01:56
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76Robbie King (USA) IF/Lionetteas0:01:57
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79Todd Hesel (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV A0:02:00
80Ryan Fleming (USA) MetLife Cycling Team0:02:01
81Daniel Holt (USA) Team Type 10:02:01
82Keck Baker (USA) Battley HARLEY-DAVIDSON/Sonoma0:02:02
83Shawn Milne (USA) Team Type 10:02:02
84Alejandro Borrajo (Arg) Colavita Sutter Home p/b cooki0:02:04
85Stephen Housley (USA) Myogenesis p/b United Healthca0:02:04
86Jeff Brandon (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV A0:02:05
87William Goodfellow (USA) VW SPECIALIZED0:02:06
88Timothy Henry (USA) DLP Racing0:02:07
89Michael Lanham (USA) Tristar/ Warp9bikes.com0:02:07
90David Wiswell (USA) GS Mengoni USA0:02:09
91Andrew Guptill (USA) Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooki0:02:11
92Bobby Lea (USA) OUCH/Maxxis0:02:12
93Michael Grabinger (USA) Fly V Australia0:02:15
94Todd Yezefski (USA) IF/Lionetteas Racing0:02:16
95Austin Roach (USA) MetLife Cycling Team0:02:16
96Jeff Schiller (USA) Garneau Club Chaussures0:02:17
97Brett Stewart (USA) Alderfer Bergen0:02:18
98Peter Bradshaw (USA) Embrocation Cycling Journal0:02:20
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102Austin Carroll (USA) BMC Racing Team0:02:23
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111Cole House (USA) BMC Racing Team0:02:39
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121Jamie Kimberley (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV A0:02:47
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125Alan Tripp (USA) aerocat cycling team0:02:51
126Jonathan Page (USA) Battley HARLEY-DAVIDSON/Sonoma0:02:52
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133Alder Martz (USA) DLP Racing0:03:01
134Gregg Brandt (USA) Bianchi / Grand Performance0:03:02
135Jonathan Bruno (USA) IF/Lionetteas0:03:05
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142David Guttenplan (USA) Mountain Khakis Pro Cycling Te0:03:17
143Adam Myerson (USA) Mountain Khakis Pro Cycling Te0:03:19
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145Isaac Howe (USA) Mountain Khakis p/b EP-NO0:03:23
146Eric Tremble (USA) Spooky / NCC / Kenda0:03:25
147Frederick Stamm (USA) METROMINT CYCLING0:03:35
148Jacques Gagn (USA) Nativo Concept0:03:36
149Gabrielle Gentile (USA) nativo concept0:03:36
150Matthew Howe (USA) Inland Construction0:03:36
151Derrek Ivey (USA) Team MCOR0:03:36
152Jonathan Awerbuch (USA) NorEast Cycling0:03:37
153Alejandro Guzman (USA) CRCA/Foundation0:03:37
154Franklin Burgos (USA) Western Union0:03:40
155Adam Carr (USA) Ten Speed Drive / BH Bicycles0:03:40
156Daniel Estevez (USA) CRCA/Foundation0:03:42
157Adam Sullivan (USA) Spooky / NCC / Kenda0:03:45
158Aliaksan Bialiauski (USA) CCB Racing Team0:03:48
159Nathaniel Williams (USA) Bissell/ABG Cycling0:03:59
160Kevin Wolfson (USA) IF/Lionetteas0:04:00
161David Talbott (USA) Team Waste Management0:04:13
162Michael Freiberg (USA) Aussie Crates0:04:17
163Yahor Buben (USA) CCB Racing Team0:04:31
164Travis Hagner (USA) Warp9bikes.com/Tristar0:04:33
165Benjamin Day (Aus) Fly V Australia0:04:54
166Vincent Scalia (USA) MetLife Cycling Team0:05:07
167Perez Fernandez, (USA) GS Mengoni USA0:06:20
168Nick Bennette (USA) MetLife Cycling Team0:07:24
169Ryan Nye (USA) MVP Healthcare Cycling0:07:36
170Jerome Townsend (USA) IF/Lionetteas0:12:15
171Adam Leibovitz (USA) Kenda0:12:45
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Elite Women
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2Evelyn Stevens (Team Lip Smackers)0:00:04
3Anne Samplonius (Team Lip Smacker)0:00:09
4Jeannie Longo (Vital Plus)0:00:13
5Kristin McGrath (ValueAct Capital Cycling Team)0:00:16
6Olivia Dillon (Touchstone Climbing)0:00:38
7Carla Swart (Team Lip Smacker)0:00:39
8Anna Milkowski (Unattached)0:00:39
9Stacy Marple (Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light)0:00:46
10Heather Logan (Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light)0:00:46
11Jessica Phillips (Team Lip Smacker)0:00:46
12Robin Farina (ValueAct Capital Cycling Team)0:00:52
13Kate Veronneau (Altarum Women's Cycling Team)0:00:56
14Lyne Bessette (October Factory Team)0:00:58
15Cath Cheatley (Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light)0:00:59
16Nicole Evans (ValueAct Capital Cycling Team)0:01:01
17Karol-Ann Canuel (Specialized-Mazda-Samson)0:01:04
18Audrey Lemieux (Specialized-Mazda-Samson)0:01:05
19Veronica Leal (Team Type 1)0:01:06
20Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom)0:01:07
21Amanda Miller (Team Lip Smacker)0:01:08
22Jacquelyn Crowell (Team Type 1)0:01:10
23Cheryl Thonney (Wines of Washington/bikesale.com)0:01:10
24Jennifer McRae (Team Type 1)0:01:11
25Vronique Labont (Equipe Cascades - ABC Cycles)0:01:13
26Patricia Bailey (Wines of Washington/bikesale.com)0:01:14
27Rachel Warner (Salamander)0:01:15
28Rachel Heal (Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light)0:01:15
29Kori Seehafer (Team Type 1)0:01:16
30Sophie Matte (Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery)0:01:17
31Cara Gillis (Touchstone Climbing)0:01:19
32Tina Pic (Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light)0:01:20
33Davina Summers (Verducci/Breakaway Racing )0:01:21
34Andrea Dvorak (Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light)0:01:21
35Jessie Maclean (Verducci/Breakaway Racing )0:01:22
36Natasha Elliot (Specialized-Mazda-Samson)0:01:26
37Tricia K. Spooner (Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery)0:01:28
38Carmen McNellis (Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light)0:01:29
39Denise Ramsden (Team Kenda)0:01:31
40Silke Wunderwald (Team Kenda)0:01:33
41Emily Zell (ValueAct Capital Cycling Team)0:01:34
42Beth Miller (Anthem Sports Women's)0:01:37
43Toni Bradshaw (Team Lip Smacker)0:01:39
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48Melissa Ross (Unattached)0:01:47
49Martina Patella (ValueAct Capital Cycling)0:01:48
50Carrie Cartmill (Team Ultralink)0:01:50
51Lucie Poulin (Equipe Cascades - ABC)0:01:55
52Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Verducci/Breakaway Racing )0:01:57
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56Anna McLoon (Altarum Women's Cycling)0:02:03
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60Julia Bradley (Stevens Racing p/b The)0:02:12
61Louise Turner (Alderfer Bergen)0:02:13
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66Kendi Thomas (Hagens Berman)0:02:19
67Sally Annis (Hub Racing)0:02:21
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69Meredith Ehn (Anthem Sports Women's)0:02:35
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75Hilary Billington (Team Lip Smacker)0:02:49
76Ashley Anderson (Metro Volkswagen Cycling)0:02:49
77Krystal Jeffs (Team Ultralink)0:02:51
78Kathleen Billington (Powerbar)0:02:55
79Yvette Labombard (Full Moon Vista)0:02:58
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82Joelle Noumainville (Team Kenda)0:03:00
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84Ashley James (Team Kenda)0:03:11
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86Amity Elliot (Salamander)0:03:14
87Kristen Gohr (Colavita Racing Inc.)0:03:14
88Amy McGuire (Hub Racing)0:03:19
89Samantha Schneider (Team Type 1)0:03:22
90Ireen Wieditz (Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery)0:03:23
91Janet Olney (Team Latitude/ABRT)0:03:26
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93Sarah Maguire (Verducci/Breakaway Racing )0:03:27
94Elisa Gagnon (Specialized-Mazda-Samson)0:03:28
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104Pamela Loebig (Alderfer Bergen)0:04:03
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