Zirbel wins North Star Grand Prix

Fabrizio Von Nacher (KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo) won the gruelling sprint to the top of Chilkoot Hill to win the final stage of the North Star Grand Prix at the Stillwater Criterium on Sunday. He took the win ahead of breakaway companions Ben Hill (Donkey Label Racing) and Kevin Girkins (Elbowz Racing).

Tom Zirbel (Optum Pro Cycling) started the final stage in the race lead and successfully defending the jersey to take the overall win.

The day's breakaway formed early in the 23-lap race. Five riders were off the front by the second lap, but within one lap only Von Nacher, Hill, and Girkins were left. They hovered between 50 seconds and 1:15 ahead of the field for the majority of the race.

Optum controlled the front of the race, chasing down a few bridge attempts but otherwise holding steady keeping Zirbel protected.

"This course is all about positioning," said Zirbel. "The team kept it as low stress as possible for me, neutralizing the attacks that were dangerous for me by slowly ramping it up. I think the teams here know that my team was really strong so that discouraged any attacks by GC threats. It was about as low stress as I could have hoped for. No mechanicals, no crashes. I was pretty happy with that."

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Fabrizio Von Nacher (KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo)1:23:00
2Ben Hill (Donkey Label Racing)Row 1 - Cell 2
3Kevin Girkins (Elbowz Racing)0:00:06
4William Routley (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)0:00:08
5Colin Strickland (Elbowz Racing)Row 4 - Cell 2
6Ryan Anderson (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)Row 5 - Cell 2
7Chris Barton (KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo)Row 6 - Cell 2
8Nicolae Tanovitchii (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis)Row 7 - Cell 2
9Morgan Schmitt (Canyon Bicycles - Shimano)Row 8 - Cell 2
10Tobin Ortenblad (California Giant / Specialized)Row 9 - Cell 2
11Joe Schmalz (Hincapie Racing Team)Row 10 - Cell 2
12Andrew Hemesath (The Colorado Collective)Row 11 - Cell 2
13Jon Hornbeck (Hincapie Racing Team)Row 12 - Cell 2
14Alexander Braico (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis)Row 13 - Cell 2
15Tom Zirbel (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)Row 14 - Cell 2
16Mac Brennan (Hincapie Racing Team)Row 15 - Cell 2
17Jake Magee (Donkey Label Racing)Row 16 - Cell 2
18Josh Yeaton (GS Ciao)Row 17 - Cell 2
19Andrew Clemence (The Colorado Collective)0:00:15
20Drew Christopher (Champion System-Stan's NoTubes)Row 19 - Cell 2
21Timothy Rugg (GS Ciao)Row 20 - Cell 2
22Kaler Marshall (Canyon Bicycles - Shimano)Row 21 - Cell 2
23Zeke Mostov (California Giant / Specialized)Row 22 - Cell 2
24Kevin Mullervy (Champion System-Stan's NoTubes)0:00:19
25Eric Thompson (Donkey Label Racing)Row 24 - Cell 2
26Tony Olson (Grand Performance)Row 25 - Cell 2
27Andrew Dahlheim (Canyon Bicycles - Shimano)0:00:23
28Robin Eckmann (GS Ciao)0:01:13
29Jean-Michel Lachance (Grand Performance)0:01:22
30Neal Shepherd (The Colorado Collective)0:01:49
31Marcos Lazzarotto (Battley H-D /Spokes Etc p/b District Taco)0:01:51
32Martin Vecchio (Netherland Rubber p/b MVP)0:01:53
33Dillon Caldwell (Canyon Bicycles - Shimano)0:01:56
34Gabriel Baca (Elbowz Racing)Row 33 - Cell 2
35Brian McCulloch (KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo)Row 34 - Cell 2
36Chris Winn (GS Ciao)Row 35 - Cell 2
37Freddie Rodriguez (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis)0:02:33
38Michael Sheehan (Elbowz Racing)0:02:37
39Scott Zwizanski (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)0:02:41
40Taylor Warren (The Colorado Collective)0:03:00
41Stefano Barberi (California Giant / Specialized)0:09:33
42Jesse Anthony (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)0:09:39
43Andres Diaz (Incycle-Cannondale Pro Cycling Team)Row 42 - Cell 2
44Ryan O'Boyle (Credite Velo)0:10:08
45Gregory Wittwer (Battley H-D /Spokes Etc p/b District Taco)Row 44 - Cell 2
46Ulises Castillo (KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo)Row 45 - Cell 2
47Cole House (Isagenix / SeaSucker / Guttenplan Coaching)Row 46 - Cell 2
48George Simpson (GS Ciao)0:10:24
49Alberto Covarrubias (Elevate Elite Cycling Team)0:11:31
50Efren Flores (KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo)Row 49 - Cell 2
51Steven Perezluha (Isagenix / SeaSucker / Guttenplan Coaching)0:13:31
52Greg Capelle (Isagenix / SeaSucker / Guttenplan Coaching)Row 51 - Cell 2
53Mehdi Benhamouda (Team Novo Nordisk Development)0:14:21
54Jack McCann (Netherland Rubber p/b MVP)0:14:36
55Jamie Anderson (Netherland Rubber p/b MVP)Row 54 - Cell 2
56Michael Burleigh (GS Ciao)Row 55 - Cell 2
57Fabio Calabria (Champion System-Stan's NoTubes)0:15:50
58Bryan Gomez (Champion System-Stan's NoTubes)Row 57 - Cell 2
59Alex Meyer (Grand Performance)0:16:00
60Zachary Felpel (Battley H-D /Spokes Etc p/b District Taco)0:17:25
61Matt McLoone (Battley H-D /Spokes Etc p/b District Taco)Row 60 - Cell 2
62Stefan Rothe (Elbowz Racing)Row 61 - Cell 2
63Nathaniel Beams (Elevate Elite Cycling Team)Row 62 - Cell 2
64Dustin Morici (Ego p/b Sammy's Bikes)Row 63 - Cell 2
65Jake Buescher (Ego p/b Sammy's Bikes)0:18:46
66Jonathan Toftoy (Donkey Label Racing)0:19:01
67Andrew Buntz (Credite Velo)Row 66 - Cell 2
68Tim Savre (Credite Velo)0:20:37
69Robert Sroka (Netherland Rubber p/b MVP)Row 68 - Cell 2
70Michael Woell (Grand Performance)0:21:02
71Ross White (Credite Velo)Row 70 - Cell 2
72David Guttenplan (Isagenix / SeaSucker / Guttenplan Coaching)Row 71 - Cell 2
73Eric Hill (Grand Performance)0:23:10
74Diego Sandoval (Incycle-Cannondale Pro Cycling Team)Row 73 - Cell 2
75Corey Davis (Isagenix / SeaSucker / Guttenplan Coaching)Row 74 - Cell 2
76Jake King (California Giant / Specialized)Row 75 - Cell 2
77Shawn Wayland (KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo)0:26:13
78Colton Jarisch (Elevate Elite Cycling Team)0:26:53
79Adam Mills (Elevate Elite Cycling Team)Row 78 - Cell 2
80Carmen Small (Elbowz Racing)Row 79 - Cell 2
DNFPat Casey (Canyon Bicycles - Shimano)Row 80 - Cell 2
DNFGavriel Epstein (Champion System-Stan's NoTubes)Row 81 - Cell 2
DNFIsaac Howew (Champion System-Stan's NoTubes)Row 82 - Cell 2
DNFSven Gartner (Ego p/b Sammy's Bikes)Row 83 - Cell 2
DNFKyle Selph (Ego p/b Sammy's Bikes)Row 84 - Cell 2
DNFHeath Blackgrove (Elevate Elite Cycling Team)Row 85 - Cell 2
DNFJulian Rodas (Incycle-Cannondale Pro Cycling Team)Row 86 - Cell 2
DNFSergio Hernandez (Incycle-Cannondale Pro Cycling Team)Row 87 - Cell 2
DNFEfren Ortega (Incycle-Cannondale Pro Cycling Team)Row 88 - Cell 2
DNFBrais Dacal (Team Novo Nordisk Development)Row 89 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Stefan Rothe (Elbowz Racing)5pts
2Bryan Gomez (Champion System-Stan's NoTubes)3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jack McCann (Netherland Rubber p/b MVP)1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Fabrizio Von Nacher (KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo)5pts
2Ben Hill (Donkey Label Racing)3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Kevin Girkins (Elbowz Racing)1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Fabrizio Von Nacher (KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo)5pts
2Kevin Girkins (Elbowz Racing)3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Ben Hill (Donkey Label Racing)1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Kevin Girkins (Elbowz Racing)5pts
2Ben Hill (Donkey Label Racing)3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Fabrizio Von Nacher (KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo)1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Kevin Girkins (Elbowz Racing)5pts
2Ben Hill (Donkey Label Racing)3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Fabrizio Von Nacher (KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo)1Row 2 - Cell 3
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3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Ben Hill (Donkey Label Racing)5pts
2Kevin Girkins (Elbowz Racing)3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Fabrizio Von Nacher (KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo)1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Most aggressive rider
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Chris Winn (GS Ciao)
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Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies4:09:24
2Hincapie Racing TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Donkey Label Racing0:00:03
4Canyon Bicycles - Shimano0:00:22
5GS CIAO0:01:12
6KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo0:01:40
7Elbowz Racing0:01:46
8The Colorado Collective0:01:48
9Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:02:25
10California Giant / Specialized0:09:32
11Champion System-Stan's NoTubes0:16:00
12Grand Performance0:17:17
13BATTLEY H-D /Spokes Etc p/b District Taco0:29:00
14Netherland Rubber p/b MVP0:30:41
15Isagenix / SeaSucker / Guttenplan Coaching0:36:46
16Credite Velo0:49:22
17Elevate Elite Cycling Team0:55:25
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Final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tom Zirbel (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)10:24:43
2Mac Brennan (Hincapie Racing Team)0:00:23
3Nicolae Tanovitchii (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis)0:00:28
4Morgan Schmitt (Canyon Bicycles - Shimano)0:00:30
5Jon Hornbeck (Hincapie Racing Team)0:00:33
6Kaler Marshall (Canyon Bicycles - Shimano)0:00:48
7Alexander Braico (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis)0:01:16
8Josh Yeaton (GS Ciao)0:01:33
9Joe Schmalz (Hincapie Racing Team)0:06:03
10Ben Hill (Donkey Label Racing)0:09:12
11Ryan Anderson (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)0:09:40
12Colin Strickland (Elbowz Racing)0:09:48
13Chris Barton (KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo)0:09:51
14Kevin Girkins (Elbowz Racing)0:09:52
15Tobin Ortenblad (California Giant / Specialized)0:09:54
16Andrew Clemence (The Colorado Collective)0:10:06
17Eric Thompson (Donkey Label Racing)0:10:08
18Zeke Mostov (California Giant / Specialized)0:10:09
19Fabrizio Von Nacher (KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo)0:10:23
20Andrew Hemesath (The Colorado Collective)0:10:26
21Andrew Dahlheim (Canyon Bicycles - Shimano)0:10:41
22Tony Olson (Grand Performance)0:11:30
23Jean-Michel Lachance (Grand Performance)0:11:36
24William Routley (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)Row 23 - Cell 2
25Chris Winn (GS Ciao)0:12:12
26Scott Zwizanski (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)0:12:20
27Gabriel Baca (Elbowz Racing)0:12:21
28Robin Eckmann (GS Ciao)0:12:30
29Martin Vecchio (Netherland Rubber p/b MVP)0:13:09
30Marcos Lazzarotto (Battley H-D /Spokes Etc p/b District Taco)0:13:21
31Brian McCulloch (KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo)0:14:04
32Andres Diaz (Incycle-Cannondale Pro Cycling Team)0:14:12
33Freddie Rodriguez (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis)0:14:16
34Bryan Gomez (Champion System-Stan's NoTubes)0:16:47
35Timothy Rugg (GS Ciao)0:18:08
36Jesse Anthony (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)0:19:21
37George Simpson (GS Ciao)0:20:14
38Neal Shepherd (The Colorado Collective)0:20:45
39Gregory Wittwer (Battley H-D /Spokes Etc p/b District Taco)0:21:06
40Cole House (Isagenix / SeaSucker / Guttenplan Coaching)0:23:19
41Greg Capelle (Isagenix / SeaSucker / Guttenplan Coaching)0:23:54
42Ryan O'Boyle (Credite Velo)0:24:44
43Alberto Covarrubias (Elevate Elite Cycling Team)0:25:51
44Steven Perezluha (Isagenix / SeaSucker / Guttenplan Coaching)0:25:58
45Fabio Calabria (Champion System-Stan's NoTubes)0:26:14
46Ulises Castillo (KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo)0:26:41
47Stefan Rothe (Elbowz Racing)0:27:06
48Michael Sheehan (Elbowz Racing)0:27:12
49Dustin Morici (Ego p/b Sammy's Bikes)0:27:49
50Jack McCann (Netherland Rubber p/b MVP)0:28:34
51Alex Meyer (Grand Performance)0:30:50
52Nathaniel Beams (Elevate Elite Cycling Team)0:31:00
53Efren Flores (KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo)0:31:14
54Stefano Barberi (California Giant / Specialized)0:32:24
55Jake King (California Giant / Specialized)0:33:47
56Andrew Buntz (Credite Velo)0:33:50
57Corey Davis (Isagenix / SeaSucker / Guttenplan Coaching)0:34:34
58Jake Magee (Donkey Label Racing)0:35:05
59Robert Sroka (Netherland Rubber p/b MVP)0:35:15
60Kevin Mullervy (Champion System-Stan's NoTubes)0:35:17
61Dillon Caldwell (Canyon Bicycles - Shimano)0:40:18
62Matt McLoone (Battley H-D /Spokes Etc p/b District Taco)0:43:18
63Drew Christopher (Champion System-Stan's NoTubes)0:45:03
64Michael Burleigh (GS Ciao)0:46:51
65Jamie Anderson (Netherland Rubber p/b MVP)0:47:30
66David Guttenplan (Isagenix / SeaSucker / Guttenplan Coaching)0:56:29
67Diego Sandoval (Incycle-Cannondale Pro Cycling Team)0:59:41
68Taylor Warren (The Colorado Collective)1:00:29
69Colton Jarisch (Elevate Elite Cycling Team)1:06:17
70Mehdi Benhamouda (Team Novo Nordisk Development)1:13:27
71Jonathan Toftoy (Donkey Label Racing)1:15:09
72Carmen Small (Elbowz Racing)1:17:05
73Zachary Felpel (Battley H-D /Spokes Etc p/b District Taco)1:21:34
74Adam Mills (Elevate Elite Cycling Team)1:24:21
75Ross White (Credite Velo)1:25:13
76Tim Savre (Credite Velo)1:26:03
77Michael Woell (Grand Performance)1:35:28
78Shawn Wayland (KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo)1:48:39
79Jake Buescher (Ego p/b Sammy's Bikes)1:49:43
80Eric Hill (Grand Performance)1:49:54
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Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Bryan Gomez (Champion System-Stan's NoTubes)42pts
2Stefan Rothe (Elbowz Racing)25Row 1 - Cell 3
3Ryan Anderson (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)22Row 2 - Cell 3
4Ben Hill (Donkey Label Racing)20Row 3 - Cell 3
5Joe Schmalz (Hincapie Racing Team)18Row 4 - Cell 3
6Fabrizio Von Nacher (KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo)16Row 5 - Cell 3
7Stefano Barberi (California Giant / Specialized)15Row 6 - Cell 3
8Michael Sheehan (Elbowz Racing)13Row 7 - Cell 3
9Kevin Girkins (Elbowz Racing)9Row 8 - Cell 3
10Colin Strickland (Elbowz Racing)7Row 9 - Cell 3
11Morgan Schmitt (Canyon Bicycles - Shimano)6Row 10 - Cell 3
12Kaler Marshall (Canyon Bicycles - Shimano)6Row 11 - Cell 3
13Jon Hornbeck (Hincapie Racing Team)6Row 12 - Cell 3
14Jesse Anthony (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)5Row 13 - Cell 3
15Tobin Ortenblad (California Giant / Specialized)4Row 14 - Cell 3
16Freddie Rodriguez (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis)4Row 15 - Cell 3
17Alexander Braico (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis)3Row 16 - Cell 3
18George Simpson (GS Ciao)3Row 17 - Cell 3
19Mac Brennan (Hincapie Racing Team)3Row 18 - Cell 3
20David Guttenplan (Isagenix / SeaSucker / Guttenplan Coaching)3Row 19 - Cell 3
21Andrew Dahlheim (Canyon Bicycles - Shimano)2Row 20 - Cell 3
22Chris Barton (KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo)2Row 21 - Cell 3
23Cole House (Isagenix / SeaSucker / Guttenplan Coaching)1Row 22 - Cell 3
24Ulises Castillo (KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo)1Row 23 - Cell 3
25Jack McCann (Netherland Rubber p/b MVP)1Row 24 - Cell 3
26Drew Christopher (Champion System-Stan's NoTubes)1Row 25 - Cell 3
27Eric Thompson (Donkey Label Racing)1Row 26 - Cell 3
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Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Kevin Girkins (Elbowz Racing)40pts
2Ben Hill (Donkey Label Racing)17Row 1 - Cell 3
3Fabrizio Von Nacher (KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo)16Row 2 - Cell 3
4Ulises Castillo (KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo)13Row 3 - Cell 3
5Cole House (Isagenix / SeaSucker / Guttenplan Coaching)10Row 4 - Cell 3
6Jon Hornbeck (Hincapie Racing Team)8Row 5 - Cell 3
7Alexander Braico (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis)7Row 6 - Cell 3
8Andres Diaz (Incycle-Cannondale Pro Cycling Team)4Row 7 - Cell 3
9Alex Meyer (Grand Performance)4Row 8 - Cell 3
10Nicolae Tanovitchii (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis)1Row 9 - Cell 3
11Joe Schmalz (Hincapie Racing Team)1Row 10 - Cell 3
12Jean-Michel Lachance (Grand Performance)1Row 11 - Cell 3
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Amateur rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kaler Marshall (Canyon Bicycles - Shimano)10:25:31
2Josh Yeaton (GS Ciao)0:00:45
3Colin Strickland (Elbowz Racing)0:09:00
4Kevin Girkins (Elbowz Racing)0:09:04
5Tobin Ortenblad (California Giant / Specialized)0:09:06
6Andrew Clemence (The Colorado Collective)0:09:18
7Eric Thompson (Donkey Label Racing)0:09:20
8Zeke Mostov (California Giant / Specialized)0:09:21
9Fabrizio Von Nacher (KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo)0:09:35
10Andrew Hemesath (The Colorado Collective)0:09:38
11Tony Olson (Grand Performance)0:10:42
12Gabriel Baca (Elbowz Racing)0:11:33
13Martin Vecchio (Netherland Rubber p/b MVP)0:12:21
14Marcos Lazzarotto (Battley H-D /Spokes Etc p/b District Taco)0:12:33
15Brian McCulloch (KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo)0:13:16
16George Simpson (GS Ciao)0:19:26
17Neal Shepherd (The Colorado Collective)0:19:57
18Gregory Wittwer (Battley H-D /Spokes Etc p/b District Taco)0:20:18
19Greg Capelle (Isagenix / SeaSucker / Guttenplan Coaching)0:23:06
20Ryan O'Boyle (Credite Velo)0:23:56
21Alberto Covarrubias (Elevate Elite Cycling Team)0:25:03
22Steven Perezluha (Isagenix / SeaSucker / Guttenplan Coaching)0:25:10
23Stefan Rothe (Elbowz Racing)0:26:18
24Michael Sheehan (Elbowz Racing)0:26:24
25Dustin Morici (Ego p/b Sammy's Bikes)0:27:01
26Jack McCann (Netherland Rubber p/b MVP)0:27:46
27Alex Meyer (Grand Performance)0:30:02
28Nathaniel Beams (Elevate Elite Cycling Team)0:30:12
29Efren Flores (KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo)0:30:26
30Andrew Buntz (Credite Velo)0:33:02
31Corey Davis (Isagenix / SeaSucker / Guttenplan Coaching)0:33:46
32Robert Sroka (Netherland Rubber p/b MVP)0:34:27
33Dillon Caldwell (Canyon Bicycles - Shimano)0:39:30
34Matt McLoone (Battley H-D /Spokes Etc p/b District Taco)0:42:30
35Michael Burleigh (GS Ciao)0:46:03
36Jamie Anderson (Netherland Rubber p/b MVP)0:46:42
37Taylor Warren (The Colorado Collective)0:59:41
38Colton Jarisch (Elevate Elite Cycling Team)1:05:29
39Mehdi Benhamouda (Team Novo Nordisk Development)1:12:39
40Jonathan Toftoy (Donkey Label Racing)1:14:21
41Zachary Felpel (Battley H-D /Spokes Etc p/b District Taco)1:20:46
42Adam Mills (Elevate Elite Cycling Team)1:23:33
43Ross White (Credite Velo)1:24:25
44Tim Savre (Credite Velo)1:25:15
45Michael Woell (Grand Performance)1:34:40
46Shawn Wayland (KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo)1:47:51
47Jake Buescher (Ego p/b Sammy's Bikes)1:48:55
48Eri