David Zabriskie (Garmin-Chipotle) did it again for the third time in a row. On his third race back after his breaking his back at the Giro d’Italia, Zabriskie won the US US Pro championships Time Trial, again, setting the fastest time of 40’39″04 over the flat but billed-as technical 20.7- mile (33.3 km) course. (photo from last year’s US Pro TT)
The only rider to break into the argyle stranglehold on the top 5 was Bissell’s Tom Zirbel, at five seconds (actually 04″93) back to slot into second place. Third spot is Christian Vande Velde at ten seconds, followed by Steven Cozza at 34 seconds back and Tom Danielson.
The twelfth rider to go out of small field of 33 riders – as some riders such as Danny Pate (Garmin-Chipotle) and Teddy King (Bissell) decided to spare the legs before tomorrow’s road race – Cozza set the fastest time and we had to wait until the final five riders before a new time was set.
Zabriskie set the fastest time on the first of three 6.9-mile laps at 13:19 besting Zirbel’s time by seven seconds. Zirbel had a faster second lap by 4 seconds decreasing the gap. Then Zabriskie with the advantage of being the last rider out of the start gate, kicked in the after burners to take the win.
Tomorrow at 8-10:30am PST (11-1:30pm EST) is the 110-mile (177 km) road race where a new US Pro Road Race Champion will be crowned as Levi Leipheimer is busy racing in Spain.
Top 5 Results
1. David Zabriskie (Garmin-Chipotle p/b H3O)
2. Tom Zirbel (Bissell Pro Cycling Team)
3. Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Chipotle p/b H3O)
4. Steven Cozza (Garmin-Chipotle p/b H3O)
5. Tom Danielson (Garmin-Chipotle p/b H3O)
Full results here