Sergent Drills It; Powers Surges at Gila TT

Posted on 30. Apr, 2010 by in photos, race, video

Winds continued to bluster in today’s Dan Potts Memorial Tyrone Time Trial at the SRAM Tour of the Gila.  Riders were challenged by swirling winds which seemed to change direction at will on the out and back 16.15-mile course with 1000 feet (305 m) of climbing. The temperatures also dipped into the 40s F for today’s stage a marked difference from the previous day.

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Sergent drills it. New Zealander Jesse Sergent (Trek-Livestrong) surprised everyone including himself by setting the fastest time clocking 34:09. The 21 year old was riding back to his hotel on his way to a hot shower on a cold day when he got the call to turn around for the podium, not that he minded though.

Maybe Sergent’s win should not have surprised as much. He had has great success on the track such as winning the individual pursuit at the Beijing World Cup in 2009 and bronze at the Track Worlds Champions Team Pursuit. He also finished third in the time trial at last year’s Tour de Beauce.

Jesse Sergeant (Trek-Livestrong) wins Gila time trial

Jesse Sergent (Trek-Livestrong) wins Gila time trial

Leader Levi Leipheimer (Mellow Johnny’s) finished second 14 seconds slower on what he called “not the smoothest day”. In third, at 24 seconds down, was US National TT Champion David Zabriskie in a custom DZ Nuts stars & stripes jersey.

Can anyone dislodge Leipheimer from the lead with two stages to go? He mentioned Tom Danielson (DZ Nuts) as his top competitor. Danielson sits in second spot at 59 seconds down and Zabriskie is third at 1:04 back. Phil Zajicek (Fly V Australia) sits in fourth at 1:04 and sprint leader Luis Amaran (Jamis/Sutter Home) in fifth at 2:02.

Andrew Talansky (CalGiant) finished with a time of 35:56 and kept the lead in the U25 competition.

The battle will come down to the Queen stage on Sunday, the Gila Monster but first the Downtown Silver City Criterium on Saturday, starting at 3:15pm. The men will do 40 laps of the 1.04 mile, four-corner rectangle with about 80 feet of climbing per lap. Finally, the sprinters that have survived the climbing will come out and play. Riders to watch include Ivan Dominguez (Jamis/Sutter Home), Mark Hekman (Mt Khakis), Paddy Bevin (Rubicon-ORBEA), Charles Dionne (Fly V Australia), Matty Rice (Ouch Bahati) and Kyle Wamsley (BISSELL).

Game on.  At the start of the season, Alison Powers (Team VBF) stated that she wanted to win every time trial, well except for Redlands. So far so good. The only rider to break the 40-minute barrier, Powers set a time of 39:18 and surged up to second spot on GC,  down 1:08 from leader Mara Abbott (Peanut Butter Co TWENTY12).  Abbott finished in seventh place  at 2:14 down from Powers.

Powers flying on the descent.  @Brian Hodes/VeloImages

Powers flying on the descent. @Brian Hodes/VeloImages

In second-place, at 1:33 back was Erinne Willock (Webcor Builders).  US National Road Champion Meredith Miller (TIBCO/To The Top) was third at 1:44 down.

Willock moved up to third on GC at 3:01 down pushing Andrea Dvorak (Colavita/Baci) down to fourth at 3:05.

With the GC tighter, the battle is on for the overall win between Team VBF and Peanut Butter Co TWENTY12 with two stages to go. Saturday brings the downtown criterium which Powers and her teammate Carla Swart have won in the past. With the form Abbott showed on the first stage, Team VBF will have its work cut out to try and gain time on her before the Gila Monster stage on Sunday. While not that comfortable in the past in criteriums, Abbott can count on her experienced teammates Kat Carroll,  Lauren Tamayo and Shelley Evans for support. And we can discount TIBCO/To The Top, Colavita/Baci and Webcor Builders teams who will go for the stage win and try to move up the GC before the big day.

The racing tomorrow starts at 2PM. The 1.08 mile four corner course features a small climb, which the riders must tackle 25 times.

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Stage 3 Women Results (Complete results)
1. Alison Powers (Team VBF) 39:18
2. Erinne Willock (Webcor Builders) +1:44
3. Meredith Miller (TIBCO/To The Top) +1:44
4. Robin Farina (Team VBF) +1:56
5. Jessica Phillips (Colavita/Baci) +2:05
6. Alison Starnes (TIBCO/To The Top) +2:13
7. Mara Abbot (Peanut Butter Co TWENTY12) +2:14
8. Alex Rhodes (Team VBF) +2:40
9. Katheryn Mattis (Webcor Builders) +2:46
10. Carla Swart (Team VBF) +2:53

Women GC after stage 3 (Complete results)
1. Mara Abbott (Peanut Butter Co TWENTY12) 8:01:48
2. Alison Powers (Team VBF) +1:09
3. Erinne Willock (Webcor Builders) +3:01
4. Andrea Dvorak (Colavita/Baci) +3:05
5. Robin Farina (Team VBF) +3:16
6. Meredith Miller (TIBCO/To The Top) +3:18
7. Cath Cheatley (Colavita/Baci) +3:24
8. Katheryn Mattis (Webcor Builders) +3:31
9. Carmen Small (Colavita/Baci) +3:34
10. Carla Swart (Team VBF) +5:05

Stage 3 Men Results (Complete results)
1. Jesse Sergent (Trek Livestrong) 34:09 (28.9 mph)
2. Levi Leipheimer (Mellow Johnny’s) +0:14
3. Dave Zabriskie (DZ Nuts) +0:26
4. Tom Danielson (DZ Nuts) +0:52
5. Philip Zajicek (Fly V Australia) +1:01
6. Rory Sutherland (UnitedHealthcare) +1:08
7. Alex Dowsett (Trek Livestrong) +1:34
8. Ben Jacques-Maynes (BISSELL) +1:35
9. Julian Kyer (Trek Livestrong) +1:41
10. Corey Collier (OUCH Bahati) +1:47

Men GC after stage 3 (Complete results)
1. Levi Leipheimer (Mellow Johnny’s) 7:47:39
2. Tom Danielson (DZ Nuts) + 0:59
3. David Zabriskie (DZ Nuts) + 1:04
4. Philip Zajicek (Fly V Australia) + 1:14
5. Luis Amaran (Jamis/Sutter Home) +2:02
6. Andrew Talansky (California Giant) +2:22
7. Cesar Grajales (OUCH Bahati) +2:57
8. Chris Baldwin (UnitedHealthcare) +3:17
9. Corey Collier (OUCH Bahati) +3:19
10. Rory Sutherland (UnitedHealthcare) +3.20

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