Tom Zirbel finishes second at Tour de San Luis Time Trial

Posted on 21. Jan, 2009 by in race

Bissell’s Tom Zirbel finished second at the third stage of the Tour de San Luis in Argentina. Zirbel who was “cautiously optimistic about the TT” prior to the race stopped the clock at 9 seconds slower that the winner Jorge Giacinti (Argentina A).  Giacinti set a speed of 50.056 km/h over the  flat 12-mile (19.8 km) individual time trial.

Martin Garrido (Palmeiras Resort) was third and Zirbel’s teammate Ben Jacques-Maynes was 14 seconds off the fastest time.

Alfredo Lucero (Argentina A) takes over the lead in the general classification ahead of the 2007 Tour de San Luis winner Giacinti.  Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Colavita-Sutter Home) drops down to the third spot at almost two minutes down. Zirbel and Jacques-Maynes are now in seventh and eighth positions right behind Ivan Basso (Liquigas).

Tomorrow’s 99-mile (159-km)   stage 4 is the second moutain-top finish.  After starting in San Luis at 740 meters above sea level, the riders will face two sprint points, and two KOM before the finish at the highest point of the race, La Carolina at 5216 feet (1590 m).

Stage Results
1. Jorge Giacinti (Argentina A) 23:44
2. Tom Zirbel (Bissell)  +0.09
3. Martin Garrido (Palmeiras Resort) +0:10
4. Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell)  +0:14
5. Andrey Grivko (ISD) +0:22

General Classification
1. Alfredo Lucero (Argentina A) 8:42:40
2. Jorge Giacinti (Argentina A) 01:36
3. Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Colavita-Sutter Home)  01:54
4. Andrey Grivko (ISD) 02:12
5. José Serpa (Diquigiovanni) 02:19
6. Ivan Basso (Liquigas) 02:29
7. Tom Zirbel (Bissell) 02:33
8. Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell) 02:39
10. Luis Amaran (Colavita-Sutter Home) 03:04
….

KOM Classification
1. Lucas Haedo (Colavita-Sutter Home) 11 points
2. Nazaret Prado (Brasil) 10
3. Alfredo Lucero (Argentina B) 9

Sprints Classification
1. Lucas Haedo (Colavita-Sutter Home) 6 points
2. Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell) (Bissell) 5
3. Josué Moyano (Argentina Sub 23) 5

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