Zwizanski Blitzes St Paul Time Trial

Posted on 16. Jun, 2010 by in race, video

The only rider to break the 13-minute barrier, Scott Zwizanski (Kelly Benefit Strategies) flew up the opening stage of the Nature Valley Grand Prix to win the St Paul Criterium with a time of 12:55. For Zwizanski, it was all about pacing his efforts on the 6.1-mile course, flat until the kicker, the finishing half-mile climb.

“I tried to do a good even hard pace on the flat and have enough left to really power up the hill. I did pretty well on this two years ago and I had some memories from that and I just wanted to make sure that I had enough left for the last 500 meters so I wouldn’t die.”

“No, I didn’t.” smiled Zwizanski when asked if he knew he was flying. “I think TTs at the start of a race are a little hard because it’s a little hard to get opened up but we had a good hard weekend just two days ago so we were pretty opened up already after the weekend.”

Finishing second, at nine seconds down is two-time and defending champion Rory Sutherland (UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis). Zwizanski’s teammate Zach Bell sits in third place at fifteen seconds back.

Scott Zwizanski (Kelly Benefit Strategies) digs deep to win St Paul TT

Scott Zwizanski (Kelly Benefit Strategies) digs deep to win St Paul TT

The 148 riders this morning were greeted by overcast skies and dead calm as they faced the race of truth. The early best time of 13:27 was set by the 16th rider out of the start ramp, Luis Amaran (Colavita/Sutter Home), a time that stood for the next thirty-nine riders when Mike Friedman (Jelly Belly p/b Kenda) clocked 13:21. Then Zwizanski made his way into the hot seat until the field finished. And there he waited until the last rider, Sutherland crossed the finish line.

For the first time this year, the organizers enforced rule 1M1(h) which meant that riders were restricted to mass-start bicycles: no aero clip-n bars, no disk wheels, no aero helmets. The goal is to level out the playing field between pro and amateur teams. For some teams, it was about reading the fine print as they used tt frames with road bars, which is allowed even though others protested. Zwizanski didn’t think that the new rule changed the outcome.

The battle is on. With lots of time bonus seconds available on almost every stage, Zwizanski and his team will have their work cut out for them to keep the leader’s jersey. The team has successfully defended in the past at other races such as Tour de Beauce and Vuelta al Uruguay but those races did not have those perky seconds.

“There are a lot of time bonuses here, so that’s a lot different, so it’s all about the time bonuses which a little tougher when you’re not really a great field sprinter but we’ll figure it out. ” said Zwizanki who will have to contend with Sutherland and his team, the same Sutherland who won the overall last year by seconds. With Jeremy Vennell (BISSELL) who sits in fourth place at 23 seconds down. And with the Jelly Belly p/b Kenda team with two riders, Bernard Van Ulden and  Friedman at less than 30 seconds. And then of course there is Amaran  who finished 32 seconds down. Like I said, war.

The racing continues tonight with the St. Paul Downtown Criterium and its total of 30 seconds of time bonus. The St Paul crit moved to a new location this year in downtown St Paul with a course full of twists, turns, and even some brick roads The men do 40 laps starting at 7:45pm.

Top 10 Stage Results
1.   Scott Zwizanski (Kelly Benefit Strategies) .12’55″
2.   Rory Sutherland (United Healhtcare p/b MAXXIS) 9″
3.   Zach Bell (Kelly Benefit Strategies) 15″
4.   Bernard van Ulden (Jelly Belly p/b Kenda) 23″
5.   Jeremy Vennell (BISSELL Pro Cycling) 23″
6.   Mike Friedman (Jelly Belly p/b Kenda) 26″
7.   Robert Sweeting (Team Globalbike p/b Catoma Adventure Shelters) 29″
8.   Luis Romero Amaran (Jamis/Sutter Home p/b Colavita) 32″
9.   David Veilleux (Kelly Benefit Strategies) 32″
10.   * Benjamin King (Trek-Livestrong) 33″

Top 10 GC After Stage 1
1.   Scott Zwizanski (Kelly Benefit Strategies) .12’55″
2.   Rory Sutherland (United Healhtcare p/b MAXXIS) 9″
3.   Zach Bell (Kelly Benefit Strategies) 15″
4.   Jeremy Vennell (BISSELL Pro Cycling) 23″
5.   Bernard van Ulden (Jelly Belly p/b Kenda) 24″
6.   Mike Friedman (Jelly Belly p/b Kenda) 26″
7.   Robert Sweeting (Team Globalbike p/b Catoma Adventure Shelters) 29″
8.   Luis Romero Amaran (Jamis/Sutter Home p/b Colavita) 32″
9.   David Veilleux (Kelly Benefit Strategies) 32″
10.   * Benjamin King (Trek-Livestrong) 33″

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