UHC Go 1-2 At Nature Valley TT

Posted on 15. Jun, 2011 by in race

The UnitedHealthcare team definitely takes well to the Nature Valley Grand Prix. Last rider to start, defending champion Rory Sutherland was the fastest with a time of 13:08. His teammate Adrian Hegyvary, only the fourteenth rider to start, took second with a time of 13:13. Tom Zirbel (Jamis/Sutter Home) is third with 13:16.

Rory Sutherland (UnitedHealthcare) fastest at St Paul Time Trial

Rory Sutherland (UnitedHealthcare) fastest at St Paul Time Trial

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The rain has abated slightly for the men who started 45 minutes after the last woman had tackled the course but the roads were still very wet on the 6-mile mostly flat course which ended with 0.7-mile kicker after a 180 turn.

The three-time champion Sutherland is ready to go for four. In previous years, he took the win on the final day at the very tough Stillwater Criterium. This year, he’ll have to defend from the get-go.

Joey Rosskopft (Team Type 1) doubled up the jerseys, claiming both the Best Young Rider and Best Amateur after the time trial.

No rest for the wicked. The racing continues on Wednesday evening, with the St Paul Downtown Criterium and the good news is that rain has stopped and the sun is out.  The course is a flat, fast, five-corner course that features brick sections around Rice Park and some of the most beautiful architecture in the Midwest. One change for this year is that time bonus sprints have been separated from points sprints, so riders chasing the yellow jersey won’t be competing with sprint jersey contenders. A total of 22 seconds at play in time bonus. The men do 40 laps starting at 7:45pm CT.

Reactions.

Rory Sutherland (UnitedHealthcare). “I felt good. This year, as opposed to last year and other years, [we had] Tour of California. I’ve come off feeling good about what I’ve done [there] and the form is obviously at its peak. I took a good rest after there, I haven’t had to race after three weeks. I come in here fresh, motivated. I step in with the crit riders so to speak that we’ve got and it’s pretty good not to have morale around those guys. It felt pretty comfortable and obviously had a good response from hard, hard racing and recovery and a lot of guys have had to keep racing from California.”

About the secret to winning NVGP. “There’s no secret (laughs) It’s hard racing. I think there are three elements to this race it’s having a good time trial the first day, either gaining time or not losing much time. Secondly you have to be attentive every single day in the criteriums and ride to the front as much as possible and be supported by your team. And third, you need to get through Stillwater. As simple as it is, it’s also hard at the same time. I think it’s better to be leading than to be chasing.”

Adrian Hegyvary (UnitedHealthcare). “It was raining before and after, the roads were obviously wet, huge puddles but it rode more like a dry course because I didn’t have to slow down for the turns. The turn around was probably the wettest part but it’s a decreasing radius turn around anyway so you can’t just bomb through it. I guess it gets in your head a little bit but being from the Northwest I’m used to riding in the rain. Years past, I’ve gone a little bit too easy on the flats I think because this climbs lingers in the back of your mind and so this year, I just said ‘give it on the flats’ and go as fast as I could. I think that’s the way to do it, I cracked a little bit on the hill but I think everybody does.”

Did he know he was having a good ride? “I had the timer going, and it was like 12 minutes at the bottom of climb and I knew that last year only Zwiz went under 13 and I figured I was doing well, I caught two guys, I was going 48 to 50 km an hour on the flats so I thought that it was probably decent. I had a hunch but I’ve been feeling good recently, I was trying to not think about it too much and just go as hard as I can.”

Top 10 Stage 1 Results
(Complete Results)
1.   Rory Sutherland (UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team) .13’08″
2.   Adrian Hegyvary (UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team) 5″
3.   Tom Zirbel (Jamis Sutter Home) 5″
4.   Jesse Anthony (Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth) 15″
5.   Fernando Antogna (Jamis Sutter Home) 17″
6.   Jeremy Vennell (Bissell Pro Cycling) 20″
7.   K Frank Pipp (Bissell Pro Cycling) 21″
8.   Robert Forster (UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team) 22″
9.   Andres Diaz Corrales (Team Exergy) 23″
10.   Andy Jacques-Maynes (Bissell Pro Cycling) 25″

Top 10 General Classification After Stage 1
1.   Rory Sutherland (UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team) .13’08″
2.   Adrian Hegyvary (UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team) 5″
3.   Tom Zirbel (Jamis Sutter Home) 5″
4.   Jesse Anthony (Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth) 15″
5.   Fernando Antogna (Jamis Sutter Home) 17″
6.   Jeremy Vennell (Bissell Pro Cycling) 20″
7.   K Frank Pipp (Bissell Pro Cycling) 21″
8.   Robert Forster (UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team) 22″
9.   Andres Diaz Corrales (Team Exergy) 23″
10.   Chris Baldwin (Bissell Pro Cycling) 26″

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