Van Garderen Clinches California Time Trial

By Jim Freibert

Coloradan Tejay van Garderen, who has been pleasing American fans at this year’s race won the time trial stage in California on Friday.

Now the BMC rider who first impressed fans at the Tour de France last year, has a one minute plus 47 seconds advantage over Mick Rogers of Saxo Bank –Tinkoff.

Another favorite American who impressed fans when she catapulted her way into cycling stardom, Evelyn Stevens of Specialized-Lululemon, took first prize in the additional women’s time trial that was run just prior to the men’s field.

“I knew that I could win it…. Once I got to the climb, I was like, ‘oh man. I’ve got to open a can of whoop-ass,” said Stevens after the race.

All the same, the San Jose time trial, stage 6 of the Amgen Tour of California was highly anticipated by race analysts.

Among the favorites were some of the big time trial champions, among them Michael Rogers of Australia, a three-time winner,  and David “DZ” Zabiskie of Los Angeles, the men’s previous silver medalist were among the favorites.

Today’s race also featured the unusual extra twist of offering pro women a chance to compete in a time trial before the men set out. Among them was American Amber Neben, women’s world  time trialing champion of 2008.

Current national time trial champions competing today also included Cameron Meyer of Australia, Sylvain Chavanel of France, and Lieuwe Westra, of the Netherlands.

Fifteen women were scheduled to start at one minute intervals, from 12:45 to 12:59 PM.

They were followed by the men, starting with 113th place Carson Miller who was scheduled at 1 PM, followed by 112th place Johan van Summeren.

The last rider scheduled to start was van Garderen, with the advantage of knowing how his  rivals performed on the course, but a disadvantage of higher winds which had  picked up throughout the afternoon.

Just before the start, one of the favorites, Dave Zabriskie, who holds the record for the fastest time trial stage ever in the Tour de France, crashed while warming up. He hit the ground hard enough to be transported to the hospital: sadly he is out of the Tour.

Though the daily winner in the men’s competition takes away $4,740 each time they win, the Amgen Tour pays out $11,875 dollars a day to male riders down to the 20th place, and the top ten men split $10,000 for the time trial. The winner of the women’s competition time trial is awarded $10,000.  Those odds meant winning the women’s competition would be more furious, even if there were fewer competitors.

At 1:11 PM it was looking like Amber Neben of Irvine, CA, one of the world’s fastest pro female cyclists was likely to be their big winner, but five minutes later she overcooked a tight corner on the technical course, and crashed.

At 1:23 PM Timmy Duggan who races around the world for the Danish Team Saxo Bank –Tinkoff started, using a time trial bike, rather than the road bike he’s more comfortable with as America’s national pro cycling champion.

With two highly skilled professionals crashing, and the wind picking up after noon, no doubt some riders changed their minds about using the time trial bikes that move faster in a straight line, but are more difficult to control in a crosswind.

By 1:30 PM it was evident some riders were also changing from disc wheels to deep dish wheels, also less susceptible to buffeting from cross winds.

By 1:35 PM, there were a handful of women and 34 men who had left the start house.

No one could tell who among the women would win, but minutes later it was decided when Evelyn Stevens finished the 31 kilometer course in 55 minutes and 49 seconds.

Allison Powers lost 56 seconds, while Kristin McGrath was third finishing in 57 minutes 13 seconds.

While the women’s race was wrapping up Jason McCartney of Bissel had passed three riders. Riders on the course are your  closest rivals, and the one in front of you is your “minute man.” It looked like McCartney would be having a very good day, and after an hour of men’s racing he was the fastest finisher at 53 minutes 11 seconds.

But McCartney’s lead didn’t last long: five minutes later Bontrager’s James Oram posted a new fastest time of 52 minutes 51 seconds. But he would be bettered by 32 men before the day was done!

At 2:37 PM it was Garmin-Sharpe’s Rohan Dennis who  was the new fast man, well under 50 minutes, posting a 49’ 20”, and an impressive 24.2 miles-per-hour that would later put him on the podium.

The starts were just a little behind schedule, and at 3 PM, when there should have only been Mick Rogers and Tejay Van Garderen waiting to start,  there were still four guys to go, and Rohan Dennis was still on top of the leader board.

Lieuwe Westra, the Dutch time trial champion bettered Dennis’ time by five seconds. Then Mick Rogers posted a time within two seconds of Westra’s, but was only in third place after his finish.

The tension mounted, and the pressure was on van Garderen, who proved he was the strongest rider. If other team attacks don’t succeed in stage 7, the 48 minute 49 second time he won at today’s time trial could be the icing on the cake.

The battle goes back into the hills, to Mt Diablo on Saturday!

 

2013 Amgen Tour of California Stage 6 Results

Pos. No. UCI Code Rider Team Time Gap

1. 31 USA19880812 VAN GARDEREN, Tejay BMC 00:48:52.370 00:00:00
2. 78 NED19820911 WESTRA, Lieuwe VCD 00:49:15 00:00:23
3. 12 AUS19900528 DENNIS, Rohan GRS 00:49:20 00:00:28
4. 61 AUS19791220 ROGERS, Michael TST 00:49:57 00:01:05
5. 37 ITA19760225 PINOTTI, Marco BMC 00:50:00 00:01:08
6. 47 AUS19880111 MEYER, Cameron OGE 00:50:20 00:01:28
7. 5 LUX19920922 JUNGELS, Bob RLT 00:50:21 00:01:29
8. 101 CZE19871115 KOENIG, Leopold TNE 00:50:35 00:01:43
9. 33 SUI19861209 FRANK, Mathias BMC 00:50:38 00:01:46
10. 21 FRA19790630 CHAVANEL, Sylvain OPQ 00:50:40 00:01:48
11. 57 SLO19861125 KOREN, Kristijan CAN 00:50:58 00:02:06
12. 103 ESP19890506 DE LA CRUZ, David TNE 00:51:01 00:02:09
13. 71 BEL19861106 DE GENDT, Thomas VCD 00:51:09 00:02:17
14. 73 ESP19770917 FLECHA, Juan Antonio VCD 00:51:15 00:02:23
15. 2 USA19850509 BUSCHE, Matthew RLT 00:51:21 00:02:29
16. 151 ESP19760309 MANCEBO, Francisco 5HR 00:51:25 00:02:33
17. 48 AUS19890608 MEYER, Travis OGE 00:51:31 00:02:39
18. 131 COL19851206 ACEVEDO, Janier JSH 00:51:33 00:02:41
19. 142 USA19920220 CRADDOCK, Lawson BCT 00:51:34 00:02:42
20. 121 USA19880826 HAGA, Chad OPM 00:51:51 00:02:59
21. 128 USA19770529 ZWIZANSKI, Scott OPM 00:52:00 00:03:08
22. 81 AHO19840215 DE MAAR, Marc UHC 00:52:02 00:03:10
23. 152 USA19840328 ENGLISH, Nathaniel 5HR 00:52:23 00:03:31
24. 82 IRL19830907 DEIGNAN, Philip UHC 00:52:27 00:03:35
25. 157 USA19870605 SWEETING, Robert 5HR 00:52:33 00:03:41
26. 141 USA19910707 BROWN, Nathan BCT 00:52:33 00:03:41
27. 105 POL19801027 HUZARSKI, Bartosz TNE 00:52:34 00:03:42
28. 46 AUS19900926 MATTHEWS, Michael OGE 00:52:36 00:03:44
29. 118 NZL19801006 VENNELL, Jeremy BPC 00:52:39 00:03:47
30. 7 LUX19850610 SCHLECK, Andy RLT 00:52:45 00:03:53
31. 26 BEL19910214 VAN KEIRSBULCK, Guillaume OPQ 00:52:47 00:03:55
32. 8 ESP19770401 ZUBELDIA, Haimar RLT 00:52:50 00:03:58
33. 146 NZL19930617 ORAM, James BCT 00:52:51 00:03:59
34. 4 ESP19800205 IRIZAR, Markel RLT 00:52:52 00:04:00
35. 58 DEN19811204 VANDBORG, Brian CAN 00:53:03 00:04:11
36. 51 SVK19900126 SAGAN, Peter CAN 00:53:06 00:04:14
37. 38 SUI19860929 SCHAR, Michael BMC 00:53:08 00:04:16
38. 32 USA19840216 BOOKWALTER, Brent BMC 00:53:09 00:04:17
39. 115 USA19820124 MCCARTNEY, Jason BPC 00:53:11 00:04:19
40. 114 NZL19870412 TORCKLER, Michael BPC 00:53:11 00:04:19
41. 3 LUX19840719 DIDIER, Laurent RLT 00:53:11 00:04:19
42. 28 ESP19921104 VERONA, Carlos OPQ 00:53:16 00:04:24
43. 67 ITA19740514 TOSATTO, Matteo TST 00:53:22 00:04:30
44. 36 FRA19820202 MOINARD, Amael BMC 00:53:23 00:04:31
45. 66 DEN19850430 MORKOV, Michael TST 00:53:34 00:04:42
46. 106 POR19850424 PIMENTA, Jose Joao TNE 00:53:39 00:04:47
47. 24 BEL19851205 MEERSMAN, Gianni OPQ 00:53:39 00:04:47
48. 22 BEL19820527 DE WEERT, Kevin OPQ 00:53:41 00:04:49
49. 17 USA19910313 RATHE, Jacob GRS 00:53:44 00:04:52
50. 83 USA19831205 EUSER, Lucas UHC 00:53:49 00:04:57
51. 95 SLO19811015 GAZVODA, Gregor CSS 00:53:58 00:05:06
52. 41 AUS19861020 SULZBERGER, Wesley OGE 00:53:59 00:05:07
53. 143 CAN19910912 DUCHESNE, Antoine BCT 00:54:07 00:05:15
54. 113 USA19890227 JONES, Carter BPC 00:54:11 00:05:19
55. 137 CUB19790407 ROMERO AMARAN, Luis JSH 00:54:17 00:05:25
56. 122 USA19850612 ANTHONY, Jesse OPM 00:54:18 00:05:26
57. 77 NED19880118 VAN POPPEL, Boy VCD 00:54:23 00:05:31
58. 18 BEL19810204 VAN SUMMEREN, Johan GRS 00:54:23 00:05:31
59. 147 USA19920421 PUTT, Tanner BCT 00:54:30 00:05:38
60. 96 CAN19830110 ROTH, Ryan CSS 00:54:30 00:05:38
61. 134 USA19780922 JACQUES-MAYNES, Ben JSH 00:54:32 00:05:40
62. 68 SUI19810509 ZAUGG, Oliver TST 00:54:33 00:05:41
63. 156 USA19850821 STEMPER, James 5HR 00:54:35 00:05:43
64. 85 USA19790806 JONES, Christopher UHC 00:54:43 00:05:51
65. 145 USA19910824 MANNION, Gavin BCT 00:54:53 00:06:01
66. 13 USA19870219 FAIRLY, Caleb GRS 00:54:56 00:06:04
67. 88 USA19841215 MURPHY, John UHC 00:55:00 00:06:08
68. 138 USA19810304 WREN, Tyler JSH 00:55:09 00:06:17
69. 108 GER19860326 VOSS, Paul TNE 00:55:11 00:06:19
70. 154 USA19811109 MILNE, Shawn 5HR 00:55:13 00:06:21
71. 124 CAN19850822 COOPER, Marsh OPM 00:55:26 00:06:34
72. 56 USA19830131 KING, Edward CAN 00:55:27 00:06:35
73. 74 NED19901104 KREDER, Wesley VCD 00:55:29 00:06:37
74. 65 AUS19920908 MCCARTHY, Jay TST 00:55:29 00:06:37
75. 16 AUS19920102 MORTON, Lachlan David GRS 00:55:41 00:06:49
76. 35 NOR19780118 HUSHOVD, Thor BMC 00:55:44 00:06:52
77. 148 BEL19920417 STUYVEN, Jasper BCT 00:55:45 00:06:53
78. 91 USA19860815 BEYER, Chad CSS 00:55:48 00:06:56
79. 132 USA19861111 DRISCOLL, James JSH 00:55:56 00:07:04
80. 1 GER19710917 VOIGT, Jens RLT 00:55:58 00:07:06
81. 92 IRL19850607 BRAMMEIER, Matt CSS 00:55:59 00:07:07
82. 86 USA19870618 KEOUGH, Jake UHC 00:56:01 00:07:09
83. 116 USA19730903 MCCARTY, Pat BPC 00:56:04 00:07:12
84. 84 SLO19840901 ILESIC, Aldo Ino UHC 00:56:12 00:07:20
85. 53 CAN19890525 BOIVIN, Guillaume CAN 00:56:12 00:07:20
86. 111 USA19751015 BALDWIN, Christopher BPC 00:56:15 00:07:23
87. 123 USA19750226 CANDELARIO, Alexander OPM 00:56:17 00:07:25
88. 14 USA19840602 FARRAR, Tyler GRS 00:56:29 00:07:37
89. 104 AUS19870927 DEMPSTER, Zakkari TNE 00:56:31 00:07:39
90. 93 USA19880216 BUTLER, Chris CSS 00:56:32 00:07:40
91. 72 BEL19870213 BOECKMANS, Kris VCD 00:56:36 00:07:44
92. 117 USA19770522 PIPP, Frank BPC 00:56:37 00:07:45
93. 107 AUT19881021 SCHORN, Daniel TNE 00:56:37 00:07:45
94. 52 POL19850307 BODNAR, Maciej CAN 00:56:50 00:07:58
95. 153 USA19861205 JENKINS, Max 5HR 00:56:52 00:08:00
96. 15 USA19880101 HOWES, Alex GRS 00:56:54 00:08:02
97. 55 ARG19830418 HAEDO, Lucas Sebastian CAN 00:56:58 00:08:06
98. 43 AUS19781012 COOKE, Baden OGE 00:57:05 00:08:13
99. 97 NED19811103 TRASKEL, Bobbie CSS 00:57:12 00:08:20
100. 125 USA19820414 HANSON, Ken OPM 00:57:28 00:08:36
101. 75 NED19890616 LINDEMAN, Bertjan VCD 00:57:32 00:08:40
102. 98 HKG19840605 WU, Kin San CSS 00:57:35 00:08:43
103. 87 USA19771208 LOUDER, Jeffry UHC 00:57:36 00:08:44
104. 158 USA19880619 WILLIAMS, David 5HR 00:57:39 00:08:47
105. 135 USA19890109 MILLER, Carson JSH 00:57:42 00:08:50
106. 64 DEN19860420 JORGENSEN, Jonas Aaen TST 00:57:59 00:09:07
107. 126 USA19830820 SOLADAY, Thomas OPM 00:58:12 00:09:20
108. 44 AUS19861002 DOCKER, Mitchell OGE 00:58:20 00:09:28
109. 144 USA19920728 EASTMAN, Ryan BCT 00:58:29 00:09:37
110. 63 USA19821114 DUGGAN, Timothy TST 00:58:48 00:09:56
111. 102 ITA19870803 BENEDETTI, Cesare TNE 01:00:22 00:11:30
902. 94 TPE19881102 FENG, Chun Kai CSS 01:13:45 Time Limit
904. 11 USA19790112 ZABRISKIE, David GRS Did Not Start

 

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