Zabriskie time trials to stage win ahead of Leipheimer

David Zabriskie made up for his disastrous day on Sierra Road by crushing the Solvang time trial in a new course record. The Garmin-Cervélo man who was second overall in last year's race boosted his team's fortunes with the stage 6 victory, topping Levi Leipeimer (RadioShack) by 26 seconds and best young rider Tejay Van Garderen (HTC-Highroad) by 40.

It's the first time trial stage win for Zabriskie here in California. His only other stage victory in the Amgen Tour came last year in the stage from San Francisco to Santa Cruz, where he bested Michael Rogers and Leipheimer with a crafty attack in the final 500m.

"I knew the last stretch was a headwind and I had to go hard there. I didn't feel like I was super strong, but it was a good ride," Zabriskie said. "Today was obviously the best I've ever done here. I had no radio, just did my own thing and it worked."

The stage win was sweet revenge after his general classification hopes were dashed when he couldn't follow the RadioShack riders on the stage 4 finishing climb. "The time trial is my strong suit, and I wanted to have a good ride and have some salvation.

Zabriskie explained what was different today. "A time trial is a different position on the bike. I can cheat the elements a little - I'm good at that. On a climb you need constant pressure on the pedals and sometimes my body gives out on a climb like that, when everyone's going really really hard."

For the three previous visits to Solvang, it's been Leipheimer who has dominated the Danish-themed town's stage, but despite setting the fastest intermediate split, he couldn't hold his effort to the line to take his fourth stage here.

When he learned he had fallen shy of the stage win, Leipheimer angrily pounded on his bars and rode away, not speaking with the press. When he did return, the American offered no excuses for his ride and instead praised the performance of Zabriskie.

"Dave rode a super fast time trial," Leipheimer said.

Leipheimer also dismissed comparisons of today’s record breaking ride with his own previous rides in Solvang.

"[It’s different now that] we're in May, the roads have been repaved; I think the winds were a little more favourable. I think whoever won today was going to set the course record,” the American said.

RadioShack teammate Chris Horner held his own on the course, finishing sixth, only losing 36 seconds to Leipheimer – enough to keep him comfortably in the race lead going into tomorrow’s difficult Mt Baldy stage.

"I knew I was going to have to suffer as part of the job. So far the team has done all the work, and today was the most work I had to do in the whole Amgen Tour of California," Horner said.

"Today was about damage control. I knew I would lose a little bit of time, but I was confident to hold the jersey."

"It was all about keeping the bike upright, hitting the times out on course and then letting it all hang out in the final 2km."

The battle for the final overall podium heated up, with UnitedHealthcare's Rory Sutherland putting in a strong performance to steal back two seconds on Garmin-Cervélo's Christian Vande Velde to leapfrog the American. Tom Danielson (Garmin-Cervélo), was also surpassed by Sutherland.

"I think that you can see from the times from the finish that the wind changed today and got harder later on," said Sutherland. "The guys who were in the top five positions, Tejay did a really good time at the end and Levi. The times of the last guys were higher than what would be expected.

"I thought it would be a little bit closer time-wise but the guys around me were the guys that were around me at the start. It wasn’t the most fun time trial that I have ever done. It was incredibly headwind-y."

The outcome of today's stage puts the Garmin-Cervélo even more on the defensive as they try to chase a podium position as well as unseat the RadioShack duo.

"Vande Velde was on good form to make a good result in the time trial today," said manager Jonathan Vaughters. "We're definitely the underdogs for the next few days. Tomorrow, there will be fireworks. we'll put on a show tomorrow, I mean, you know, it's going to be tough. Horner is really strong right now."

In the best young rider competition, Tejay Van Garderen (HTC-Highroad) put in an impressive performance to take third on the stage, extending his lead in the classification over Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale).

"I'm definitely happy with how the race is going," said Van Garderen. "I made some tactical errors on Sierra Road. I tried too hard to stay with Horner and faded, I should have stayed within myself."

"[But] The team's proud of me. I would have hoped to be higher on GC than I am, but when Horner's on the form he's on, even [Alberto] Contador couldn't have beaten him on Sierra Road."

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1David Zabriskie (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:30:36
2Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack0:00:14
3Tejay Van Garderen (USA) HTC-Highroad0:00:40
4Peter Velits (Svk) HTC-Highroad0:00:48
5Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:49
6Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioShack0:00:51
7Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard Trek0:00:53
8Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Cycling0:00:59
9Rory Sutherland (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro CyclingRow 8 - Cell 2
10Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:01:01
11Andrew Talansky (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:01:10
12Danny Pate (USA) HTC-HighroadRow 11 - Cell 2
13Thomas Danielson (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:01:13
14Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale0:01:15
15Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Leopard Trek0:01:27
16Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 15 - Cell 2
17Laszlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis0:01:31
18Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling0:01:32
19Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:34
20Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team0:01:37
22Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling0:01:39
23Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:01:42
24Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team0:01:44
26Brian Vandborg (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard0:01:46
27Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda0:01:48
28Martin Mortensen (Den) Leopard TrekRow 27 - Cell 2
29Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis0:01:50
30Rob Britton (Can) Bissell CyclingRow 29 - Cell 2
31Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:57
32Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:02:00
33Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team0:02:01
34Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:02:02
35Luis Romero Amaran (Cub) Jamis - Sutter Home0:02:05
36Frank Kevin Pipp (USA) Bissell Cycling0:02:08
37Benjamin Day (Ita) Kenda/5-hour Energy Pro Cycling presented by Geargrinder0:02:15
38Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard TrekRow 37 - Cell 2
39Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetAppRow 38 - Cell 2
40Charles Wegelius (GBr) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:02:16
41William Dickeson (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda0:02:18
42Shawn Milne (USA) Kenda/5-hour Energy Pro Cycling presented by Geargrinder0:02:19
43Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp0:02:30
44Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling0:02:31
45Zachary Bell (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C100:02:32
46Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Team RadioShackRow 45 - Cell 2
47Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Procycling0:02:35
48Svein Tuft (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10Row 47 - Cell 2
49Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team0:02:38
50Christopher Baldwin (USA) Bissell Cycling0:02:40
51Timon Seubert (Ger) Team NetApp0:02:44
52Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:02:45
53Christian Meier (Can) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:02:47
54Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Team RadioShack0:02:48
55Andy Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Cycling0:02:50
56Rafal Majka (Pol) Saxo Bank Sungard0:02:52
57Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Bissell Cycling0:02:53
58Alexander Efimkin (Rus) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis0:02:55
59Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:02:56
60Jason Donald (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:03:01
61Leigh Howard (Aus) HTC-Highroad0:03:08
62Michael Creed (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealthRow 61 - Cell 2
63Timothy Roe (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:03:11
64Martin Velits (Svk) HTC-HighroadRow 63 - Cell 2
65Ben King (USA) Team RadioShack0:03:13
66Jeffry Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team0:03:14
67Bradley White (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:03:17
68Jason McCartney (USA) Team RadioShack0:03:19
69Jacob Rytlewski (USA) Kenda/5-hour Energy Pro Cycling presented by Geargrinder0:03:20
70Cameron Wurf (Aus) Liquigas-Cannondale0:03:24
71Michael Friedman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:03:26
72James Stemper (USA) Kenda/5-hour Energy Pro Cycling presented by Geargrinder0:03:27
73Reid Mumford (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:03:28
74Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:03:29
75Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank Sungard0:03:31
76Jesse Anthony (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:03:35
77Timothy Duggan (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale0:03:36
78Sergio Hernandez (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda0:03:37
79Edward King (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale0:03:39
80Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro CyclingRow 79 - Cell 2
81Roman Kilun (USA) Kenda/5-hour Energy Pro Cycling presented by Geargrinder0:03:42
82Ryan Anderson (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C100:03:43
83Ben Swift (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 82 - Cell 2
84Matthew Busche (USA) Team RadioShackRow 83 - Cell 2
85Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis0:03:45
86Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis0:03:46
87Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Type 1 - Sanofi AventisRow 86 - Cell 2
88Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 87 - Cell 2
89Paul Mach (USA) Bissell Cycling0:03:50
90Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad0:03:51
91Daniel Martin (Irl) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 90 - Cell 2
92Jesús Del Nero Montes (Spa) Team NetApp0:03:53
93Anders Lund (Den) Leopard TrekRow 92 - Cell 2
94Baden Cooke (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard0:03:55
95Karl Menzies (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:03:59
96Andrew Pinfold (Can) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:04:00
97Juan José Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank Sungard0:04:01
98Tom Zirbel (USA) Jamis - Sutter Home0:04:02
99Martin Pedersen (Den) Leopard TrekRow 98 - Cell 2
100Alexander Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:04:03
101Jose Fernando Antogna (Arg) Jamis - Sutter Home0:04:09
102Robert Förster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Pro CyclingRow 101 - Cell 2
103Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA) Team Spidertech Powered By C100:04:11
104Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:04:12
105Luca Damiani (Ita) Kenda/5-hour Energy Pro Cycling presented by Geargrinder0:04:13
106Tyler Wren (USA) Jamis - Sutter Home0:04:14
107Anibal Andres Borrajo (Arg) Jamis - Sutter Home0:04:15
108Lucas Euser (USA) Team Spidertech Powered By C100:04:17
109James Driscoll (USA) Jamis - Sutter Home0:04:18
110Jeremy Powers (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda0:04:21
111Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team RadioShackRow 110 - Cell 2
112Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Team NetApp0:04:22
113Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team NetApp0:04:30
114Jonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard0:04:32
115Nick Nuyens (Bel) Saxo Bank Sungard0:04:33
116Kevin Lacombe (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C100:04:38
117Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team0:04:39
118Phillip Gaimon (USA) Kenda/5-hour Energy Pro Cycling presented by Geargrinder0:04:42
119Martin Gilbert (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C100:04:43
120Alex Hagman (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda0:04:48
121Alastair Loutit (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda0:04:51
122Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis0:04:52
123Bernhard Eisel (Aut) HTC-HighroadRow 122 - Cell 2
124Andrew Bajadali (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:04:55
125Andy Guptill (USA) Jamis - Sutter Home0:05:06
126Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetApp0:05:12
127Ken Hanson (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda0:05:17
128Dan Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:05:22
129Stefan Denifl (Aut) Leopard Trek0:05:32
130Will Routley (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C100:05:45
131Alejandro Alberto Borrajo (Arg) Jamis - Sutter Home0:06:45
DNSLeopold Konig (Cze) Team NetAppRow 131 - Cell 2
DNSJens Voigt (Ger) Leopard TrekRow 132 - Cell 2
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Best young rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tejay Van Garderen (USA) HTC-Highroad0:31:16
2Andrew Talansky (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:00:30
3Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:35
4Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team0:00:57
5Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:02:05
6Rafal Majka (Pol) Saxo Bank Sungard0:02:12
7Leigh Howard (Aus) HTC-Highroad0:02:28
8Timothy Roe (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:02:31
9Ben King (USA) Team RadioShack0:02:33
10Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:03:32
11Alastair Loutit (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda0:04:11
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Garmin - Cervelo1:33:56
2HTC - Highroad0:00:27
3Team RadioShack0:01:26
4Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:46
5Leopard Trek0:01:57
6BMC Racing Team0:02:35
7Bissell Pro Cycling0:02:46
9Sky Procycling0:03:31
10UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:03:51
11Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis0:04:05
12Team NetApp0:05:18
13Jelly Belly p/b Kenda0:05:32
14Kenda/5-Hour Energy Cycling Team0:05:43
15Saxo Bank SunGard0:05:58
16Team Spidertech Powered by C100:06:39
17Kelly Benefits Strategies-OptumHealth0:07:24
18Jamis-Sutter Home0:08:05
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General classification after stage 6
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioShack17:17:01
2Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack0:00:38
3Rory Sutherland (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:01:38
4Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:01:39
5Thomas Danielson (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:01:44
6Tejay Van Garderen (USA) HTC-Highroad0:01:54
7Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Leopard Trek0:02:26
8Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:02:27
9Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:02:43
10Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek0:02:54
11Andrew Talansky (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:02:56
12Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale0:02:58
13Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:03:29
14Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team0:03:56
15David Zabriskie (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:04:04
16George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team0:04:18
17Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling0:04:25
18Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team0:04:35
19Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:05:00
20Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team0:05:06
21Luis Romero Amaran (Cub) Jamis - Sutter Home0:05:48
22Daniel Martin (Irl) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:05:50
23Rob Britton (Can) Bissell Cycling0:06:04
24Brian Vandborg (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard0:06:16
25Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA) Team Spidertech Powered By C100:06:40
26Christian Meier (Can) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:06:48
27Danny Pate (USA) HTC-Highroad0:06:51
28Christopher Baldwin (USA) Bissell Cycling0:07:03
29Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:07:15
30Alexander Efimkin (Rus) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis0:07:16
31Tyler Wren (USA) Jamis - Sutter Home0:07:22
32Benjamin Day (Ita) Kenda/5-hour Energy Pro Cycling presented by Geargrinder0:07:42
33Peter Velits (Svk) HTC-Highroad0:08:11
34Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team0:08:23
35Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:08:50
36Matthew Busche (USA) Team RadioShack0:09:07
37Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:10:22
38Timothy Roe (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:10:50
39Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Team RadioShack0:12:46
40Frank Kevin Pipp (USA) Bissell Cycling0:12:47
41Jeffry Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team0:12:48
42Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis0:13:03
43Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard Trek0:13:27
44Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:13:40
45Lucas Euser (USA) Team Spidertech Powered By C100:14:26
46Jason Donald (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:14:42
47Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Bissell Cycling0:15:00
48Jacob Rytlewski (USA) Kenda/5-hour Energy Pro Cycling presented by Geargrinder0:15:01
49Laszlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis0:15:33
50Rafal Majka (Pol) Saxo Bank Sungard0:15:34
51Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp0:15:36
52Tom Zirbel (USA) Jamis - Sutter Home0:15:43
53Alexander Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:15:52
54Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Cycling0:16:04
55Paul Mach (USA) Bissell Cycling0:16:26
56Andrew Bajadali (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:16:54
57Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Procycling0:16:57
58Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis0:17:08
59Ben King (USA) Team RadioShack0:19:10
60Jesse Anthony (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:19:37
61Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team0:20:48
62Cameron Wurf (Aus) Liquigas-Cannondale0:20:59
63Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team RadioShack0:21:41
64Sergio Hernandez (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda0:22:08
65Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Team NetApp0:22:28
66Charles Wegelius (GBr) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:24:29
67Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team0:25:29
68Martin Pedersen (Den) Leopard Trek0:25:57
69Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:26:03
70Martin Mortensen (Den) Leopard Trek0:26:21
71Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling0:26:37
72Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling0:26:48
73Leigh Howard (Aus) HTC-Highroad0:26:54
74James Stemper (USA) Kenda/5-hour Energy Pro Cycling presented by Geargrinder0:27:00
75Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:27:03
76Zachary Bell (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C100:27:05
77Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling0:27:21
78Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:27:22
79Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis0:27:39
80Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:27:53
81Svein Tuft (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C100:27:55
82Reid Mumford (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:28:07
83Edward King (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale0:28:18
84Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad0:28:26
85Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda0:28:31
86Baden Cooke (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard0:28:34
87Anibal Andres Borrajo (Arg) Jamis - Sutter Home0:28:47
88Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 87 - Cell 2
89Anders Lund (Den) Leopard Trek0:28:58
90Andrew Pinfold (Can) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:29:05
91Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team NetApp0:29:24
92Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Team RadioShack0:29:27
93Nick Nuyens (Bel) Saxo Bank SungardRow 92 - Cell 2
94Timon Seubert (Ger) Team NetApp0:29:36
95Timothy Duggan (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale0:29:38
96Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis0:29:46
97Bernhard Eisel (Aut) HTC-HighroadRow 96 - Cell 2
98Jonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard0:29:48
99Ken Hanson (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda0:29:56
100Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank Sungard0:30:07
101Andy Guptill (USA) Jamis - Sutter Home0:30:11
102Dan Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:30:27
103Alejandro Alberto Borrajo (Arg) Jamis - Sutter Home0:30:37
104Juan José Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank Sungard0:31:46
105Robert Förster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:32:00
106Roman Kilun (USA) Kenda/5-hour Energy Pro Cycling presented by Geargrinder0:32:14
107Will Routley (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C100:32:17
108Michael Creed (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:32:26