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Zirbel commands in Utah TT

Tom Zirbel (Bissell) again turned on his diesel engine at the Miller Motorsport Park raceway to score a duplicate victory at the Tour of Utah's individual time trial. The man known as ‘Thor' because of his 6'4" and nearly 200lbs frame blasted through the finish line 14 seconds ahead of BMC teammates Ian McKissick and Brent Bookwalter who placed second and third respectively.

"I don't think my time will hold," said a modest Zirbel - a little prematurely - who started his time trial inside the first two-thirds of the line up. "I haven't been feeling very good this week. I'm feeling tired which is nothing out of the ordinary in a stage race. My legs just don't have much, endurance-wise. My training was good this week and I just think it's a funk. I think that some of the other guys here will ride faster times today."

There were no changes in the overall classification and Francisco Mancebo (Rock Racing) will lead the Tour of Utah into stage four's 160-kilometre road race that finishes atop Snow Bird Ski Resort. Runner up, Darren Lill (Team Type 1) proved his climbing strength when he won stage two atop Mount Nebo yesterday. Third placed, Jeff Louder (BMC) won the stage last year and will no doubt be looking at stage four as an opportunity to move into the overall lead.

"It's nice to be able to come out and do a good ride and get two guys on the podium," said Bookwalter. "We are all very motivated and we are still confident and optimistic. Tomorrow is Jeff's stage, he showed that last year when he did a really inspiring ride. We all have 100 percent confidence that he can do it again. We are really excited. We are all going to go to bed hungry and come out fighting tomorrow."

Gentlemen, start your engines!

Zirbel waited patiently and some-what anxiously for the 85 riders lined up after his start to complete the Miller Motorsport Park's 14km circuit. To his delight no one unseeded his best time of 17:00. Runner-up McKissick noted that he was not the least bit surprised by Zirbel's winning time.

"He's been riding so well all year," said McKissick. "I've tried to come close to his time trial times this year but I haven't quite been able to get there. We are really happy with placing two riders on the podium.

McKissick was pleased with his second place, finishing fifth last year after riding off the road in one of the raceway's tight corners. "I kept my eyes on the road this time," McKissick said. "The course was nice and I was feeling really good, especially after not feeling so good yesterday."

Zirbel used the event as a final test for the US professional time trial championships held next weekend in Greenville, SC. Defending time trial champion, Dave Zabriskie rode in with a respectable time of 17:23, good enough for fifth place. "It's a good gauge to see how Zabriskie does," said Zirbel.

"But, I'm not going to have three days of racing before Saturday's race," he continued. "We are both going to be fresh and it's going to be even keeled, a bit of a longer course and probably better for both of us. It's not just between Zabriskie and myself, I think Ben Jacques-Maynes is going to have a great time trial. He's really fit here and I think he's going to be a contender there."

The riders arrived to the raceway and were treated to an open track training session for local F3 drivers. Several Ford Cobras were parked on display in the team parking area, an added motivation of speed before the time trial's late afternoon start.

When asked if his time trial felt as fast as the F3 warm-up Bookwalter said, "I don't think so. Unfortunately the banked corners aren't really that much fun on the bike. Maybe if we got swung into them off the bumper of one of those cars, that would be fun. Maybe that can be stage seven next year!"

The parcours measured two kilometres longer than last year's event. According to Bookwalter the added length did not seem to affect the outcome of the time trial. "The extra length was really not noticeable, it was just an extra two kilometres," he said.

"For me, I feel like time trials are sorted into brackets; the short prologues, mid-distance and then the long ones. I rode it the same as I would have if it was shorter. I think this distance is the best for me but I need a few hills and some rhythm change. I hope to improve on that as I spend more time on the time trial bike," Bookwalter said.


1Tom Zirbel (Bissell Pro Cycling)0:17:00
2Ian McKissick (BMC Pro Cycling Team)0:00:14
3Brent Bookwalter (BMC Pro Cycling Team)0:00:19
4Jeremy Vennell (Bissell Pro Cycling)0:00:22
5David Zabriskie (Garmin Slipstream)0:00:23
6Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell Pro Cycling)0:00:29
7Christopher Baldwin (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)0:00:34
8Darren Lill (Team Type1)0:00:37
9Jose Erique Gutierrez Cataluna (Rock Racing)0:00:38
10Chris Barton (BMC Pro Cycling Team)
11Reid Mumford (Kelly Benefit Strategies)0:00:39
12Philip Zajicek (Fly V Australia)0:00:41
13Francisco Mancebo Perez (Rock Racing)0:00:42
14Victor Hugo Pena (Rock Racing)0:00:43
15Jeff Louder (BMC Pro Cycling Team)0:00:44
16Alex Howes (Garmin/Felt)0:00:49
17Matthew Busche (Kelly Benefit Strategies)
18Benjamin Day (Fly V Australia)
19Jesse Sergent (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)0:00:50
20Burke Swindlehurst (Bissell Pro Cycling)0:00:52
21Nick Frey (Ciclismo Racing)
22Taylor Shelden (Garmin/Felt)0:00:56
23Oscar Sevilla (Rock Racing)0:00:57
24Peter Stetina (Garmin/Felt)0:00:58
25Julian Kyer (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)0:01:00
26Benjamin Kneller (Ciclismo Racing)0:01:01
27David Veilleux (Kelly Benefit Strategies)0:01:02
28Sam Bewley (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)0:01:03
29Moises Aldape (Team Type1)0:01:04
30Floyd Landis (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)0:01:06
31Morgan Schmitt (Bissell Pro Cycling)
32Justin England (California Giant Berry Farms)0:01:07
33Paul Mach (Bissell Pro Cycling)0:01:10
34Nathaniel English (ZteaM)0:01:11
35Jonathan Baker (KFAN Composite Team)0:01:12
36Aaron Olsen (KFAN Composite Team)0:01:14
37Bjorn Selander (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)0:01:15
38James Wingert (ZteaM)0:01:17
39Andrew Talansky (KFAN Composite Team)
40Ben King (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)
41Timothy Johnson (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)0:01:18
42Dan Bowman (Kelly Benefit Strategies)
43Chase Pinkham (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)0:01:19
44Patrick McCarty (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)
45Glen Chadwick (Rock Racing)
46Rob Britton (Trek Red Truck Cycling)0:01:21
47Jonathan Garcia (BMC Pro Cycling Team)0:01:23
48David Glick (RideClean P/B
49Roman Kilun (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)
50Scott Tietzel (KFAN Composite Team)0:01:26
51Matthew Cooke (RideClean P/B
52Sergio Hernandez (Rock Racing)0:01:27
53Allen Krughoff (Team Rio Grande)0:01:28
54Ryan Baumann (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)
55Frank Pipp (Bissell Pro Cycling)
56Nic Hamilton (Trek Red Truck Cycling)0:01:29
57Ivan Dominguez (Rock Racing)0:01:30
58Peter Salon (Garmin/Felt)0:01:32
59Will Routley (Trek Red Truck Cycling)
60Daniel Vaillancourt (Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home)0:01:33
61Anthony Colby (Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home)0:01:34
62Bradley White (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)
63Peter Horn (Team Rio Grande)0:01:35
64Carter Jones (Team Waste Management)0:01:36
65Colt Trant (KFAN Composite Team)0:01:37
66Paul Esposti (Ciclismo Racing)0:01:38
67Kiel Reijnen (Team Rio Grande)
68Paul Thomas (RideClean P/B
69Jim Camut (Land Rover-Orbea b/f the LAF)0:01:41
70Erik Slack (Team
71John Eisinger (Ciclismo Racing)0:01:43
72Jamie Sparling (Trek Red Truck Cycling)0:01:44
73Zach Watson (Team
74Alex Candelario (Kelly Benefit Strategies)
75Norman Bryner (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)
76Max Jenkins (KFAN Composite Team)0:01:45
77Omer Kem (Bissell Pro Cycling)0:01:46
78John Murphy (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)
79Tyler Wren (Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home)0:01:47
80Chris Jones (Team Type1)
81Benjamin King (Fly V Australia)0:01:49
82Alexander Hagman (Ciclismo Racing)0:01:50
83Jesse Moore (California Giant Berry Farms)0:01:52
84Chris Winn (Team Rio Grande)0:01:53
85Jesse Gordon (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)
86Evan Hyde (Cole Sport)0:01:55
87Andrew Bajadali (Kelly Benefit Strategies)
88Dave Vukets (Trek Red Truck Cycling)
89Andrew Guptill (Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home)0:01:56
90Kirk Carlsen (Garmin/Felt)0:01:57
91Brad Bingham (Team Rio Grande)0:01:58
92Josh Bartlett (Land Rover-Orbea b/f the LAF)0:01:59
93Daniel Holt (Team Type1)
94John Hunt (California Giant Berry Farms)
95Bernie Sulzberger (Fly V Australia)
96Nate Page (RideClean P/B
97Scott Stewart (Team Waste Management)
98Roman Van Uden (Land Rover-Orbea b/f the LAF)
99David Clinger (Cole Sport)
100Aaron Tuckerman (Land Rover-Orbea b/f the LAF)
101Justin Laue (ZteaM)0:02:01
102Christopher Phipps (ZteaM)0:02:02
103Cameron Evans (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)0:02:04
104Zack Simons (Cole Sport)
105Ian Gray (Ciclismo Racing)
106Vincent Owens (ZteaM)
107Walker Savidge (Garmin/Felt)0:02:06
108David Harward (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)0:02:07
109Evan Elken (Land Rover-Orbea b/f the LAF)0:02:08
110Brandon Lynch (Team
111Bill Demong (Cole Sport)0:02:09
112Jared Barrilleaux (California Giant Berry Farms)
113Eric Jeppsen (Cole Sport)
114Will Dugan (Team Type1)0:02:11
115Eric Pardyjak (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)
116David Talbott (Team Waste Management)
117Osvaldo Olmos (California Giant Berry Farms)0:02:14
118Guido Palma (Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home)
119Kai Applequist (Team
120Kevin Noiles (Trek Red Truck Cycling)0:02:16
121James Mattis (California Giant Berry Farms)
122Troy Heithecker (Team Rio Grande)0:02:18
123Chris Stuart (Team
124Michael Telega (California Giant Berry Farms)0:02:20
125Steve Bovay (BMC Pro Cycling Team)0:02:21
126Ryohei Komori (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)0:02:24
127Michael Booth (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)
128Alessandro Bazzanna (Fly V Australia)
129Ian Macgregor (Team Type1)0:02:25
130Stefano Barberi (ZteaM)0:02:28
131Daniel Ramsey (ZteaM)0:02:30
132Christopher Hong (Team
133Alex Rock (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)0:02:33
134Todd Hageman (Cole Sport)0:02:41
135Jared Gilyard (RideClean P/B
136Adam Thuss (Trek Red Truck Cycling)0:02:50
137Raymond Kreder (Garmin/Felt)
138Chad Beyer (BMC Pro Cycling Team)0:03:25

General classification
1Francisco Mancebo Perez (Rock Racing)6:49:26
2Darren Lill (Team Type1)0:00:30
3Jeff Louder (BMC Pro Cycling Team)0:00:42
4Christopher Baldwin (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)0:01:02
5Matthew Busche (Kelly Benefit Strategies)0:01:10
6Oscar Sevilla (Rock Racing)0:01:17
7Philip Zajicek (Fly V Australia)0:01:39
8Patrick McCarty (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)
9Anthony Colby (Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home)0:02:04
10Brent Bookwalter (BMC Pro Cycling Team)0:02:28
11David Zabriskie (Garmin Slipstream)0:02:56
12Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell Pro Cycling)0:03:03
13Burke Swindlehurst (Bissell Pro Cycling)0:03:04
14Alex Howes (Garmin/Felt)0:03:17
15Bjorn Selander (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)0:03:45
16Tyler Wren (Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home)0:04:11
17Dan Bowman (Kelly Benefit Strategies)0:04:12
18Alexander Hagman (Ciclismo Racing)0:04:23
19Peter Horn (Team Rio Grande)0:04:29
20Andrew Bajadali (Kelly Benefit Strategies)0:04:35
21Matthew Cooke (RideClean P/B
22Aaron Olsen (KFAN Composite Team)0:04:53
23Max Jenkins (KFAN Composite Team)0:05:32
24Moises Aldape (Team Type1)0:06:18
25Chad Beyer (BMC Pro Cycling Team)0:06:25
26Steve Bovay (BMC Pro Cycling Team)0:06:26
27Jim Camut (Land Rover-Orbea b/f the LAF)0:07:44
28Peter Stetina (Garmin/Felt)0:07:52
29Kirk Carlsen (Garmin/Felt)0:08:01
30Jonathan Baker (KFAN Composite Team)0:08:11
31Glen Chadwick (Rock Racing)0:08:13
32Rob Britton (Trek Red Truck Cycling)0:08:25
33Bradley White (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)0:08:28
34Scott Tietzel (KFAN Composite Team)0:08:30
35Jesse Moore (California Giant Berry Farms)0:09:11
36Justin England (California Giant Berry Farms)0:09:15
37Daniel Vaillancourt (Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home)0:09:55
38Floyd Landis (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)0:10:02
39Zach Watson (Team
40John Hunt (California Giant Berry Farms)0:10:34
41Ian Gray (Ciclismo Racing)0:10:39
42Andrew Guptill (Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home)0:11:25
43John Eisinger (Ciclismo Racing)0:11:34
44Nate Page (RideClean P/B
45David Clinger (Cole Sport)0:12:59
46Reid Mumford (Kelly Benefit Strategies)0:13:10
47Chris Jones (Team Type1)0:13:57
48Chase Pinkham (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)0:14:00
49Victor Hugo Pena (Rock Racing)0:14:01
50Julian Kyer (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)0:14:14
51Erik Slack (Team
52Nic Hamilton (Trek Red Truck Cycling)0:16:05
53Jonathan Garcia (BMC Pro Cycling Team)0:16:52
54Benjamin Day (Fly V Australia)0:17:14
55Peter Salon (Garmin/Felt)0:17:17
56Ian McKissick (BMC Pro Cycling Team)0:17:18
57Bill Demong (Cole Sport)0:17:37
58Nathaniel English (ZteaM)0:17:56
59Ian Macgregor (Team Type1)0:18:51
60James Mattis (California Giant Berry Farms)0:19:30
61David Glick (RideClean P/B
62Justin Laue (ZteaM)0:21:00
63Ryohei Komori (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)0:22:41
64David Veilleux (Kelly Benefit Strategies)0:22:48
65Norman Bryner (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)0:23:14
66Sam Bewley (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)0:23:18
67Colt Trant (KFAN Composite Team)0:23:28
68Benjamin King (Fly V Australia)0:23:39
69Frank Pipp (Bissell Pro Cycling)0:24:05
70Scott Stewart (Team Waste Management)0:24:24
71Christopher Hong (Team
72Timothy Johnson (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)0:24:49
73Roman Kilun (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)0:24:57
74David Talbott (Team Waste Management)0:25:00
75Will Routley (Trek Red Truck Cycling)0:25:01
76Brandon Lynch (Team
77Carter Jones (Team Waste Management)0:25:14
78Christopher Phipps (ZteaM)0:25:20
79Bernie Sulzberger (Fly V Australia)0:25:40
80Cameron Evans (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)0:25:47
81Kevin Noiles (Trek Red Truck Cycling)0:26:26
82Tom Zirbel (Bissell Pro Cycling)0:26:35
83Jared Gilyard (RideClean P/B
84Jesse Sergent (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)0:27:23
85David Harward (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)0:27:51
86Jose Erique Gutierrez Cataluna (Rock Racing)0:28:02
87Ben King (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)0:28:05
88Alex Candelario (Kelly Benefit Strategies)0:28:13
89Andrew Talansky (KFAN Composite Team)0:28:15
90Paul Esposti (Ciclismo Racing)0:28:30
91Roman Van Uden (Land Rover-Orbea b/f the LAF)0:28:48
92Chris Winn (Team Rio Grande)0:29:01
93Will Dugan (Team Type1)0:29:37
94Michael Booth (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)0:29:38
95Jeremy Vennell (Bissell Pro Cycling)0:30:01
96Paul Mach (Bissell Pro Cycling)0:30:41
97Ryan Baumann (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)0:31:22
98Jamie Sparling (Trek Red Truck Cycling)0:31:33
99Omer Kem (Bissell Pro Cycling)0:31:41
100Jesse Gordon (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)0:31:47
101Evan Hyde (Cole Sport)0:31:49
102Jared Barrilleaux (California Giant Berry Farms)0:31:52
103Evan Elken (Land Rover-Orbea b/f the LAF)0:32:17
104Kiel Reijnen (Team Rio Grande)0:32:21
105Stefano Barberi (ZteaM)0:32:28
106Todd Hageman (Cole Sport)0:32:48
107Benjamin Kneller (Ciclismo Racing)0:33:13
108Chris Barton (BMC Pro Cycling Team)0:33:31
109Paul Thomas (RideClean P/B
110Taylor Shelden (Garmin/Felt)0:34:12
111Vincent Owens (ZteaM)0:34:23
112Guido Palma (Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home)
113James Wingert (ZteaM)0:34:32
114Allen Krughoff (Team Rio Grande)0:34:49
115Daniel Ramsey (ZteaM)0:35:22
116Zack Simons (Cole Sport)0:35:32
117Josh Bartlett (Land Rover-Orbea b/f the LAF)
118Ivan Dominguez (Rock Racing)0:36:24
119John Murphy (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)0:36:55
120Eric Jeppsen (Cole Sport)0:37:13
121Kai Applequist (Team
122Nick Frey (Ciclismo Racing)0:37:42
123Troy Heithecker (Team Rio Grande)0:37:46
124Eric Pardyjak (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)0:37:54
125Dave Vukets (Trek Red Truck Cycling)0:38:41
126Daniel Holt (Team Type1)0:39:49
127Morgan Schmitt (Bissell Pro Cycling)0:40:09
128Sergio Hernandez (Rock Racing)0:40:42
129Michael Telega (California Giant Berry Farms)0:41:35
130Chris Stuart (Team
131Aaron Tuckerman (Land Rover-Orbea b/f the LAF)0:41:49
132Adam Thuss (Trek Red Truck Cycling)0:41:50
133Alex Rock (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)0:42:00
134Raymond Kreder (Garmin/Felt)0:42:40
135Walker Savidge (Garmin/Felt)0:44:19
136Alessandro Bazzanna (Fly V Australia)0:44:28
137Brad Bingham (Team Rio Grande)0:46:35
138Osvaldo Olmos (California Giant Berry Farms)0:57:37

Best Utah rider classification
1Jeff Louder (BMC Pro Cycling Team)6:50:08
2David Zabriskie (Garmin Slipstream)0:02:14
3Burke Swindlehurst (Bissell Pro Cycling)0:02:22
4Nate Page (RideClean P/B
5Reid Mumford (Kelly Benefit Strategies)0:12:28
6Chase Pinkham (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)0:13:18
7Bill Demong (Cole Sport)0:16:55
8Norman Bryner (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)0:22:32
9David Harward (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)0:27:09
10Michael Booth (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)0:28:56
11Jesse Gordon (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)0:31:05
12Evan Hyde (Cole Sport)0:31:07
13Todd Hageman (Cole Sport)0:32:06
14Zack Simons (Cole Sport)0:34:50
15Eric Jeppsen (Cole Sport)0:36:31
16Eric Pardyjak (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)0:37:12
17Alex Rock (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)0:41:18

Best Young rider classification
1Alex Howes (Garmin/Felt)6:52:43
2Bjorn Selander (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)0:00:28
3Max Jenkins (KFAN Composite Team)0:02:15
4Peter Stetina (Garmin/Felt)0:04:35
5Kirk Carlsen (Garmin/Felt)0:04:44
6Chase Pinkham (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)0:10:43
7Julian Kyer (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)0:10:57
8Erik Slack (Team
9Peter Salon (Garmin/Felt)0:14:00
10Ryohei Komori (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)0:19:24
11David Veilleux (Kelly Benefit Strategies)0:19:31
12Sam Bewley (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)0:20:01
13Benjamin King (Fly V Australia)0:20:22
14Scott Stewart (Team Waste Management)0:21:07
15Christopher Hong (Team
16David Talbott (Team Waste Management)0:21:43
17Carter Jones (Team Waste Management)0:21:57
18Jesse Sergent (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)0:24:06
19Ben King (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)0:24:48
20Andrew Talansky (KFAN Composite Team)0:24:58
21Roman Van Uden (Land Rover-Orbea b/f the LAF)0:25:31
22Will Dugan (Team Type1)0:26:20
23Ryan Baumann (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)0:28:05
24Chris Barton (BMC Pro Cycling Team)0:30:14
25Taylor Shelden (Garmin/Felt)0:30:55
26Guido Palma (Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home)0:31:06
27Zack Simons (Cole Sport)0:32:15
28Nick Frey (Ciclismo Racing)0:34:25
29Raymond Kreder (Garmin/Felt)0:39:23
30Walker Savidge (Garmin/Felt)0:41:02

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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.

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