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TRE CIME DI LAVAREDO, Italy (VN) — The Giro d’Italia went from spring to winter in about 30 minutes Saturday afternoon to put a dramatic finishing touch on the season’s first grand tour.
After riding most of the day in perfect summer-like conditions, the peloton rode straight into a brutal snowstorm as the course climbed the spectacular wall at the Tre Cime summit deep in the heart of the Dolomites.
When the peloton turned right and up with about 7km to go, conditions went from bad to worse. By the time stage winner Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) had crossed the line, winter had returned with a vengeance to northern Italy.
Heavy snow pelted riders crossing the line. In the chaos that is unique to the Giro, riders desperately searched for ways to get warm and dry.
Riders were routed off-course to a parking area, where soigneurs directed snow-bound cyclists to waiting team cars.
“It was epic today. The roads were fine, but it’s snowing hard right now. It’s a beautiful … ski day,” said Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Sharp) as he wiped down inside a team van waiting for a drive back down to the waiting team buses. “I just hope we can get out of here.”
Michele Scarponi (Lampre-Merida) crossed the finish line screaming. Not because he had lost out on a chance to secure a spot on the Giro d’Italia podium, but because it felt like someone was pushing razors into his frozen hands.
“Freddo! Molto freddo!” Scarponi said with a grimace, sticking his hands into his soigneur’s jacket. “I have never been so cold!”
Others came across with chattering teeth, helmets covered in snow, and exposed skin turning mottled pink and white from the extreme cold.
Riders found themselves thrown into the finish-line tussle of shoving officials, prying journalists, stressed-out soigneurs, and the occasional fan who had infiltrated the restricted zone.
With snow whipping around and everyone pushing and shoving, riders would stop short interviews to try to find refuge.
“There was just some snow. It didn’t bother me very much. We were very confident,” Tanel Kangert told VeloNews. “Vincenzo was in good shape — hey, do you know if there is another tent up here? I am freezing. …”
Others took the pandemonium in stride. For them, it was just another day at the office.
“It actually wasn’t that cold when we were climbing, because the body creates a lot of heat,” said Peter Weening (Orica-GreenEdge). “Now I am getting cold once we stop pedaling and talk to all of you.”
Winter-like conditions took the teeth out of the final weekend of racing in the Giro, so officials breathed a sigh of relief that at least they could finish Saturday’s stage on the Tre Cime summit.
Heavy snow on the high passes forced Giro officials to cancel Friday’s stage in its entirety and prompted a major re-routing of Sunday’s “queen stage.” Rather than tackle five major climbs, the stage hugged the valley floor, where temperatures were pleasant in the mid-70s, before tackling the Tre Cime climb with ramps over 20 percent.
Things quickly changed once the route turned south and started to climb into the upper reaches of the Dolomites. Clouds blotted out spectacular views of the towering rock walls above the finish line at 2300 meters.
Vande Velde, who raced without leg warmers, said conditions went from one extreme to another very quickly.
“The whole day wasn’t so bad. Considering how bad the weather’s been so far in this Giro, it was pretty successful today,” Vande Velde said. “In all honesty, I’ve been much colder other days. It’s the wind chill that gets you. We can finish on the uphill; it’s the descents that are dangerous. And that’s when you get that chill that you don’t come back from.”
Fans, officials, and journalists huddled under tents and umbrellas while they waited for the riders to wind their way up the steep ramps of the final climb.
Nibali appeared out of the blur of snowflakes to win his second stage in a row to put an exclamation point on his pink jersey. Barring disaster, he will win his first Giro tomorrow.
Forecasters are calling for mostly sunny skies for Sunday’s final stage into Brescia. After so much horrible weather, the Giro and the peloton deserve a sunny day.
TRE CIME DI LAVAREDO, Italy (VN) — Colombia delivered a knockout punch on Sunday in whiteout conditions up the Giro d’Italia’s Tre Cime di Lavaredo climb. Where Eddy Merckx made his name in the climb’s debut in the late 1960s, Colombia’s Escarabajos made their mark.
With the help of Fabio Duarte (Colombia), Carlos Betancur (Ag2r La Mondiale) nabbed the white jersey and Rigoberto Urán (Sky) left Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) behind to seize second overall.
The Giro d’Italia, after a frigid final week, finishes in Brescia on Sunday with a flat stage that should see the results stick.
“I had the Colombians at my side, Betancur and Duarte,” Urán said while swaddled in warm clothes after the finish. “We did some good work.”
The climb debuted in 1967, but the organizer had to annul the results due to snow and over-helpful tifosi pushing riders. Merckx returned, won and rode on to his first grand-tour win the following year. Both times, as on Saturday, it was snowing.
Overall leader Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) shot clear with 2.6km left in the stage. Urán couldn’t keep the overall leader’s pace, but he did leave behind Evans, who started the day 10 seconds ahead of him in second overall.
The move drew out Betancur, who trailed Pole Rafal Majka (Saxo-Tinkoff) by two seconds in the best young rider competition. Betancur bridged to join and lifted Colombia’s spirits.
Journalists at the finish radioed home live comments at a rapid pace. Though they were unable to win the stage, this was close enough: Urán knocking out 2011 Tour de France winner Evans for second place and Betancur taking the white jersey.
Betancur had to fight back from a puncture and subsequent bike change before the base of the climb.
“My teammates did a good job to help me get back to the bunch,” Betancur said. “I was hoping to win the stage but Nibali is a class by himself. I’m very happy with my performance in this Giro — to win the young jersey gives me great motivation for the future.”
Betancur leads the young rider classification by 41 seconds over Majka.
“It’s important for me to finish second overall, that’s a big difference from third place. I wasn’t able to get first, but second is pretty good,” Urán added.
“Nibali is unbelievable. You saw what he did today; he was truly going well. However, finishing second overall is an important result for team Sky and me in this Giro. … It’s what I wanted to achieve because I saw that first overall was out of reach.”
Urán placed seventh overall and won the white jersey last year.
Earlier in the Giro, Urán won the stage to Altopiano del Montasio. The win set him up as Sky’s overall leader as Brad Wiggins was nearing an abandon due to a chest cold.
Duarte, the under-23 world champion in 2008, and team Colombia arrived empty-handed. They lost an opportunity when Friday’s high mountain stage was canceled and narrowly missed a stage win on Saturday. Duarte had to settle for second behind Nibali, 17 seconds down.
However, the ride did sit well with the team sponsor and his country’s minister of sport, Andres Botero, who rode shotgun in the team’s car. He failed to see a win, but left with a feeling of national pride.
- 1. Carmen Small, Specialized-Lululemon, 42:38.0
- 2. Kristin McGrath, Exergy Twenty16, 42:39.0
- 3. Alison Powers, Now And Novartis For Ms, 42:50.1
- 4. Evelyn Stevens, Specialized-Lululemon, 43:18.8
- 5. Jade Wilcoxson, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, 43:22.2
- 6. Jacquelyn Crowell, Exergy Twenty16, 43:23.4
- 7. Janel Holcomb, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, 43:39.0
- 8. Tayler Wiles, Specialized-Lululemon, 43:48.5
- 9. Jessica Cutler, Vanderkitten, 44:04.0
- 10. Brianna Walle, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, 44:15.0
- 11. Molly Van Houweling, Metromint Cycling, 44:15.4
- 12. Robin Farina, Now And Novartis For Ms, 44:25.0
- 13. Jamie Bookwalter, Colavita-Fine Cooking, 44:31.0
- 14. Kaitlin Antonneau, Exergy Twenty16, 44:32.8
- 15. Megan Guarnier, Rabo Women Cycling Team, 44:36.0
- 16. Amanda Miller, Team Tibco-To The Top, 44:38.1
- 17. Mara Abbott, Exergy Twenty16, 44:39.3
- 18. Alison Tetrick, Exergy Twenty16, 45:04.6
- 19. Andrea Dvorak, Exergy Twenty16, 45:08.3
- 20. Jessica Prinner, Care4cycling-Solomon Corp, 45:10.9
- 21. Maura Kinsella, Now And Novartis For Ms, 45:12.6
- 22. Lauren Hall, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, 45:23.6
- 23. Ruth Winder, Vanderkitten, 45:30.4
- 24. Devon Gorry, Now And Novartis For Ms, 45:42.5
- 25. Ally Stacher, Specialized-Lululemon, 45:46.5
- 26. Amber Gaffney, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, 46:21.6
- 27. Elizabeth Newell, Now And Novartis For Ms, 46:32.4
- 28. Amy Charity, Vanderkitten, 46:56.5
- 29. Kirsten Sass, Team Gran Fondo, 47:03.6
- 30. Alexis Ryan, Now And Novartis For Ms, 47:14.4
- 30. Katie Ryan, Team Belladium, 47:14.4
- 31. Irena Ossola, Team Kenda-RACC, 47:17.1
- 32. Amy Phillips, Hub Endurance Women’s Cycling Team, 47:18.0
- 33. Sara Clafferty, Pinnacle-Argon 18, 47:21.2
- 34. Addyson Albershardt, Pasta Zara-Corgeas, 47:57.1
- 35. Kathryn Donovan, Now And Novartis For Ms, 48:06.6
- 36. Melinda Spratt, Louis Garneau Factory Team-Fuji, 48:23.7
- 37. Rebecca Clark, Healthy Living-Lakeland Endurance Company, 48:36.1
- 38. Amanda Ragle, Team Belladium, 49:05.2
- 40. Catherine Dewberry, Team Belladium, 49:57.9
- 41. Christina Birch, I Am Racing, 50:44.5
- 42. Jennifer Schuble, I Am Racing, 50:56.2
- DNS Lindsay Bayer, Colavita-Fine Cooking
- DNS Lauren De Crescenzo, Team Kenda-RACC
- DNS Lauren Komanski, Now And Novartis For Ms
- 1. Maxim IGLINSKY, Astana, in 3:41:38
- 2. André GREIPEL, Lotto-Belisol, at :02
- 3. Philippe GILBERT, BMC Racing, at :02
- 4. Danny VAN POPPEL, Vacansoleil-DCM, at :02
- 5. Francesco GAVAZZI, Astana, at :02
- 6. Yukiya ARASHIRO, Europcar, at :02
- 7. Reinardt JANSE VAN RENSBURG, Argos-Shimano, at :02
- 8. Marcel MEISEN, BKCP-Powerplus, at :02
- 9. Tom VAN ASBROECK, Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise, at :02
- 10. Jean-Pierre DRUCKER, Accent Jobs-Wanty, at :02
- 11. Sébastien DELFOSSE, Crelan-Euphony, at :02
- 12. Moreno HOFLAND, Blanco, at :02
- 13. Alexey TSATEVITCH, Katusha, at :02
- 14. Maxime VANTOMME, Crelan-Euphony, at :05
- 15. Laurens DE VREESE, Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise, at :05
- 16. Jens DEBUSSCHERE, Lotto-Belisol, at :05
- 17. Simone PONZI, Astana, at :05
- 18. Yves LAMPAERT, Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise, at :05
- 19. Tony MARTIN, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at :05
- 20. Luis Leon SANCHEZ GIL, Blanco, at :05
- 21. Tony HUREL, Europcar, at :05
- 22. Dieter VANTHOURENHOUT, BKCP-Powerplus, at :05
- 23. Sven NYS, Crelan-Euphony, at :05
- 24. Sep VANMARCKE, Blanco, at :05
- 25. Jurgen ROELANDTS, Lotto-Belisol, at :05
- 26. Dominik NERZ, BMC Racing, at :05
- 27. David VAN DER POEL, BKCP-Powerplus, at :05
- 28. Thomas VOECKLER, Europcar, at :05
- 29. Martin KOHLER, BMC Racing, at :05
- 30. Michael VANTHOURENHOUT, BKCP-Powerplus, at :05
- 31. Steven CAETHOVEN, Accent Jobs-Wanty, at :05
- 32. Maxime MONFORT, RadioShack-Leopard, at :05
- 33. Aliaksandr KUCHYNSKI, Katusha, at :05
- 34. Laurent EVRARD, Wallonie-Bruxelles, at :05
- 35. Roman MAIKIN, RusVelo, at :05
- 36. Sergey LAGUTIN, Vacansoleil-DCM, at :05
- 37. Björn LEUKEMANS, Vacansoleil-DCM, at :05
- 38. Alexander PORSEV, Katusha, at :05
- 39. Tom DUMOULIN, Argos-Shimano, at :05
- 40. Gijs VAN HOECKE, Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise, at :05
- 41. David VEILLEUX, Europcar, at :05
- 42. Greg VAN AVERMAET, BMC Racing, at :05
- 43. Mirko SELVAGGI, Vacansoleil-DCM, at :05
- 44. Jos VAN EMDEN, Blanco, at :05
- 45. Adrien PETIT, Cofidis, at :05
- 46. Lubomir PETRUS, BKCP-Powerplus, at :05
- 47. Nikita NOVIKOV, Vacansoleil-DCM, at :05
- 48. Egidijus JUODVALKIS, Crelan-Euphony, at :05
- 49. Artur ERSHOV, RusVelo, at :05
- 50. Artem OVECHKIN, RusVelo, at :05
- 51. Niki TERPSTRA, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at :05
- 52. Antoine DEMOITIE, Wallonie-Bruxelles, at :05
- 53. Kristof VANDEWALLE, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at :05
- 54. Jérôme BAUGNIES, To Win-Josan, at :05
- 55. Nico SIJMENS, Cofidis, at :05
- 56. Ruslan TLEUBAYEV, Astana, at :05
- 57. Manuel QUINZIATO, BMC Racing, at :05
- 58. Andreas KLÖDEN, RadioShack-Leopard, at :05
- 59. Alexandr KOLOBNEV, Katusha, at :05
- 60. Johnny HOOGERLAND, Vacansoleil-DCM, at :05
- 61. Florent BARLE, Cofidis, at :05
- 62. Niels ALBERT, BKCP-Powerplus, at :05
- 63. Greg HENDERSON, Lotto-Belisol, at :05
- 64. Jurgen VAN GOOLEN, Accent Jobs-Wanty, at :05
- 65. Stijn DEVOLDER, RadioShack-Leopard, at :05
- 66. Thomas DEGAND, Accent Jobs-Wanty, at :05
- 67. Jelle VANENDERT, Lotto-Belisol, at :05
- 68. Quentin BERTHOLET, Wallonie-Bruxelles, at :05
- 69. Wouter POELS, Vacansoleil-DCM, at :05
- 70. Sébastien TURGOT, Europcar, at :05
- 71. Stéphane POULHIES, Cofidis, at :05
- 72. Eduard VORGANOV, Katusha, at :05
- 73. Mark MCNALLY, An Post-Chainreaction, at :05
- 74. Arnaud LABBE, Cofidis, at :05
- 75. Tom MEEUSEN, Telenet-Fidea, at :05
- 76. Thomas ROHREGGER, RadioShack-Leopard, at :05
- 77. Romain ZINGLE, Cofidis, at :05
- 78. Tom BOONEN, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at :05
- 79. Xavier FLORENCIO CABRE, Katusha, at :05
- 80. Sébastien CHAVANEL, Europcar, at :05
- 81. Marcus BURGHARDT, BMC Racing, at :05
- 82. Ben HERMANS, RadioShack-Leopard, at :05
- 83. Marc GOOS, Blanco, at :05
- 84. Damien GAUDIN, Europcar, at :05
- 85. Jurgen VAN DE WALLE, Lotto-Belisol, at :05
- 86. Tom Jelte SLAGTER, Blanco, at :17
- 87. Frédéric AMORISON, Crelan-Euphony, at :17
- 88. Lars BOOM, Blanco, at :17
- 89. Dennis VANENDERT, Lotto-Belisol, at :21
- 90. Philipp WALSLEBEN, BKCP-Powerplus, at :24
- 91. Marcel SIEBERG, Lotto-Belisol, at :33
- 92. Kris BOECKMANS, Vacansoleil-DCM, at :39
- 93. Grégory RAST, RadioShack-Leopard, at :05
- 94. Aaron GATE, An Post-Chainreaction, at 1:24
- 95. Maxime ANCIAUX, Wallonie-Bruxelles, at 1:24
- 96. Sven VANTHOURENHOUT, Crelan-Euphony, at 1:25
- 97. Benjamin VERRAES, Accent Jobs-Wanty, at 1:25
- 98. Stijn STEELS, Crelan-Euphony, at 1:25
- 99. Alexander SEROV, RusVelo, at 1:47
- 100. James VANLANDSCHOOT, Accent Jobs-Wanty, at 1:47
- 101. Edwig CAMMAERTS, Cofidis, at 1:47
- 102. Glenn O’SHEA, An Post-Chainreaction, at 1:47
- 103. Joeri ADAMS, Telenet-Fidea, at 1:47
- 104. Rob PEETERS, Telenet-Fidea, at 1:47
- 105. Michael VAN STAEYEN, Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise, at 1:47
- 106. Christophe PREMONT, Crelan-Euphony, at 1:47
- 107. Roy CURVERS, Argos-Shimano, at 1:47
- 108. Simon SPILAK, Katusha, at 1:47
- 109. Evan HUFFMAN, Astana, at 1:47
- 110. Garrit BROEDERS, To Win-Josan, at 2:16
- 111. Alphonse VERMOTE, An Post-Chainreaction, at 2:22
- 112. Stefan VAN DIJK, Accent Jobs-Wanty, at 2:22
- 113. Sean VAN DE WAETER, To Win-Josan, at 2:22
- 114. Evgeny KOVALEV, RusVelo, at 2:48
- 115. Alexander MIRONOV, RusVelo, at 2:48
- 116. Danilo NAPOLITANO, Accent Jobs-Wanty, at 2:49
- 117. Thijs AL, Telenet-Fidea, at 4:44
- 118. Fabian CANCELLARA, RadioShack-Leopard, at 4:44
- 119. Thomas OP T EYNDE, To Win-Josan, at 4:44
- 120. Dirk FINDERS, To Win-Josan, at 4:44
- 121. Wout FRANSSEN, An Post-Chainreaction, at 4:44
- 122. Steven DOMS, To Win-Josan, at 4:44
- 123. Mikhail IGNATYEV, Katusha, at 4:44
- 124. Steven VAN VOOREN, An Post-Chainreaction, at 4:44
- 125. Tom VEELERS, Argos-Shimano, at 4:44
- 126. Thomas LEEZER, Blanco, at 4:44
- 127. Nikolas MAES, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 4:44
- 128. Ramon SINKELDAM, Argos-Shimano, at 4:44
- 129. Lawrence WARBASSE, BMC Racing, at 4:44
- 130. Sebastian LANDER, BMC Racing, at 4:44
- 131. Dieter UYTTERSPROT, To Win-Josan, at 4:44
- 132. Corne VAN KESSEL, Telenet-Fidea, at 4:44
- 133. Andrea GUARDINI, Astana, at 4:44
- 134. Justin VAN HOECKE, Wallonie-Bruxelles, at 4:44
- 135. Arman KAMYSHEV, Astana, at 4:44
- 136. Jonathan DE WITTE, Wallonie-Bruxelles, at 4:44
- 137. Arthur VAN OVERBERGHE, Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise, at 4:44
- 138. Pieter JACOBS, Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise, at 4:44
- 139. Bart WELLENS, Telenet-Fidea, at 4:44
- 140. Jens VANDEKINDEREN, Telenet-Fidea, at 4:44
- 141. Matti STIENS, To Win-Josan, at 4:44
- 142. Wout VAN AERT, Telenet-Fidea, at 4:44
- 143. Pieter GHYLLEBERT, An Post-Chainreaction, at 4:44
- 144. Alexandre PICHOT, Europcar, at 4:44
- 145. Olivier CHEVALIER, Wallonie-Bruxelles, at 6:40
- 146. Martin VELITS, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 7:41
- 147. Frantisek RABON, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 7:41
- 148. Yann HUGUET, Argos-Shimano, at 8:20
- 149. Borut BOZIC, Astana, at 8:20
- 150. Leonid KRASNOV, RusVelo, at 8:20
- 151. Andrew FENN, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 8:20
- 152. William CLARKE, Argos-Shimano, at 8:20
- DNF Viktor MANAKOV, RusVelo
- DNF Boris DRON, Wallonie-Bruxelles
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (VN) — Carmen Small (Specialized-lululemon) won the women’s national time trial championship Saturday at the Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Road and Time Trial National Championships.
Small finished the rolling 19-mile course in a time of 42:37. Kristin McGrath (Exergy 2016) took the runner-up spot at one second slower, followed by Alison Powers (Now and Novartis for MS) at 12 seconds.
The elite men’s race begins at 2 p.m. Eastern time.
Editor’s note: Stay tuned for more from Tennessee.
- 1. Adriano MALORI, Lampre-Merida, in 38:19
- 2. Jasha SÜTTERLIN, Thüringer Energie, at :18
- 3. Jan BARTA, NetApp-Endura, at :19
- 4. Geraint THOMAS, Sky, at :20
- 5. Jérémy ROY, FDJ, at :26
- 6. Simon GESCHKE, Argos-Shimano, at :29
- 7. Diego ULISSI, Lampre-Merida, at :36
- 8. Ian STANNARD, Sky, at :38
- 9. Marcel WYSS, IAM Cycling, at :42
- 10. Ignatas KONOVALOVAS, MTN-Qhubeka, at :49
- 11. Martin ELMIGER, IAM Cycling, at :55
- 12. Sebastian LANGEVELD, Orica-GreenEdge, at :59
- 13. Nikias ARNDT, Argos-Shimano, at 1:03
- 14. Thibaut PINOT, FDJ, at 1:09
- 15. Alex RASMUSSEN, Garmin-Sharp, at 1:15
- 16. Simon CLARKE, Orica-GreenEdge, at 1:18
- 17. Cyril LEMOINE, Sojasun, at 1:19
- 18. Bram TANKINK, Blanco, at 1:20
- 19. Gerald CIOLEK, MTN-Qhubeka, at 1:22
- 20. Maximilian SCHACHMANN, Thüringer Energie, at 1:25
- 21. Daryl IMPEY, Orica-GreenEdge, at 1:27
- 22. Thomas LÖVKVIST, IAM Cycling, at 1:33
- 23. Simon GERRANS, Orica-GreenEdge, at 1:40
- 24. Francois PARISIEN, Argos-Shimano, at 1:45
- 25. David LELAY, Sojasun, at 1:45
- 26. Arnaud DEMARE, FDJ, at 1:53
- 27. Pierre ROLLAND, Europcar, at 1:53
- 28. Brice FEILLU, Sojasun, at 1:57
- 29. Heinrich HAUSSLER, IAM Cycling, at 1:57
- 30. Stefan DENIFL, IAM Cycling, at 1:58
- 31. Jan-Niklas DROSTE, Heizomat, at 1:58
- 32. Alexander WETTERHALL, NetApp-Endura, at 1:59
- 33. Maxime BOUET, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 2:00
- 34. Jack BAUER, Garmin-Sharp, at 2:00
- 35. Warren BARGUIL, Argos-Shimano, at 2:01
- 36. Patrick SCHELLING, IAM Cycling, at 2:02
- 37. William BONNET, FDJ, at 2:02
- 38. Ben SWIFT, Sky, at 2:08
- 39. Kersten THIELE, Rad-Net Rose, at 2:09
- 40. Christophe RIBLON, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 2:11
- 41. Cédric PINEAU, FDJ, at 2:15
- 42. Sam BEWLEY, Orica-GreenEdge, at 2:17
- 43. Michel KREDER, Garmin-Sharp, at 2:19
- 44. Stuart O’GRADY, Orica-GreenEdge, at 2:20
- 45. Robert WAGNER, Blanco, at 2:21
- 46. Christophe KERN, Europcar, at 2:23
- 47. Martin REIMER, MTN-Qhubeka, at 2:30
- 48. Dominic KLEMME, IAM Cycling, at 2:30
- 49. Bjorn THURAU, Europcar, at 2:34
- 50. Joseph Lloyd DOMBROWSKI, Sky, at 2:41
- 51. Silvio HERKLOTZ, Stölting, at 2:42
- 52. Yoann OFFREDO, FDJ, at 2:43
- 53. Andreas SCHILLINGER, NetApp-Endura, at 2:46
- 54. Moritz SCHAFFNER, Thüringer Energie, at 2:47
- 55. Cyril GAUTIER, Europcar, at 2:47
- 56. Jay Robert THOMSON, MTN-Qhubeka, at 2:49
- 57. Luke ROBERTS, Stölting, at 2:54
- 58. Romain BARDET, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 2:55
- 59. Damiano CUNEGO, Lampre-Merida, at 3:00
- 60. Laurent MANGEL, FDJ, at 3:00
- 61. Raymond KREDER, Garmin-Sharp, at 3:01
- 62. Thomas KOEP, Stölting, at 3:10
- 63. Mikel NIEVE ITURALDE, Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 3:11
- 64. Daniel MARTIN, Garmin-Sharp, at 3:14
- 65. Ruben PEREZ MORENO, Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 3:16
- 66. Matteo BONO, Lampre-Merida, at 3:16
- 67. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, Argos-Shimano, at 3:18
- 68. John GADRET, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 3:19
- 69. Sergio PARDILLA BELLON, MTN-Qhubeka, at 3:22
- 70. Lucas LIß, Rad-Net Rose, at 3:27
- 71. Maximilian WERDA, Stölting, at 3:30
- 72. Christopher SUTTON, Sky, at 3:31
- 73. Aidis KRUOPIS, Orica-GreenEdge, at 3:32
- 74. Jonathan TIERNAN-LOCKE, Sky, at 3:35
- 75. Davide MALACARNE, Europcar, at 3:40
- 76. Manuele MORI, Lampre-Merida, at 3:40
- 77. Grischa JANORSCHKE, Nutrixxion Abus, at 3:42
- 78. Blaz JARC, NetApp-Endura, at 3:42
- 79. Henning BOMMEL, Rad-Net Rose, at 3:44
- 80. Theo REINHARDT, Rad-Net Rose, at 3:45
- 81. Meran RUSSAN, MTN-Qhubeka, at 3:46
- 82. Biel KADRI, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 3:47
- 83. Alex FRAME, Thüringer Energie, at 3:47
- 84. Fabian WEGMANN, Garmin-Sharp, at 3:49
- 85. Russell DOWNING, NetApp-Endura, at 3:54
- 86. David TANNER, Blanco, at 4:01
- 87. Nikodemus HOLLER, Thüringer Energie, at 4:01
- 88. Johannes WEBER, Heizomat, at 4:01
- 89. Jean Marc MARINO, Sojasun, at 4:16
- 90. Davide CIMOLAI, Lampre-Merida, at 4:17
- 91. Michael SCHWARZMANN, NetApp-Endura, at 4:22
- 92. Jan DIETEREN, Stölting, at 4:23
- 93. Alexander KRIEGER, Rad-Net Rose, at 4:24
- 94. Graeme BROWN, Blanco, at 4:33
- 95. Mikael CHEREL, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 4:33
- 96. Alexander SCHMITT, Nutrixxion Abus, at 4:34
- 97. Yauheni HUTAROVICH, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 4:34
- 98. Martijn VERSCHOOR, Novo Nordisk, at 4:37
- 99. Yohann GENE, Europcar, at 4:39
- 100. Max WALSLEBEN, Nutrixxion Abus, at 4:40
- 101. Maxime DANIEL, Sojasun, at 4:50
- 102. Juan Jose LOBATO DEL VALLE, Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 4:56
- 103. Jan BROCKHOFF, Thüringer Energie, at 4:58
- 104. David LOZANO RIBA, Novo Nordisk, at 4:58
- 105. Roger KLUGE, NetApp-Endura, at 5:00
- 106. Jonas AHLSTRAND, Argos-Shimano, at 5:01
- 107. Dennis VAN WINDEN, Blanco, at 5:03
- 108. Tobias DOHLUS, Nutrixxion Abus, at 5:09
- 109. Jack CUMMINGS, Thüringer Energie, at 5:11
- 110. Florian SCHEIT, Rad-Net Rose, at 5:13
- 111. Fabio CALABRIA, Novo Nordisk, at 5:20
- 112. Jan WÄLZLEIN, Heizomat, at 5:20
- 113. Yannick TALABARDON, Sojasun, at 5:20
- 114. Kevin DE MESMAEKER, Novo Nordisk, at 5:23
- 115. Jon ABERASTURI IZAGA, Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 5:27
- 116. Jetse BOL, Blanco, at 5:28
- 117. Steffen RADOCHLA, Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 5:34
- 118. Theo BOS, Blanco, at 5:35
- 119. Jan Oelerich, Stölting, at 5:40
- 120. Fabian SCHORMAIR, Heizomat, at 5:49
- 121. Peter KENNAUGH, Sky, at 5:50
- 122. Javier MEGIAS LEAL, Novo Nordisk, at 5:52
- 123. Rick AMPLER, Nutrixxion Abus, at 5:52
- 124. Alexander GRAD, Heizomat, at 5:53
- 125. Jure KOCJAN, Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 6:06
- 126. Andreas STAUFF, MTN-Qhubeka, at 6:06
- 127. Benjamin SYDLIK, Nutrixxion Abus, at 6:07
- 128. Manuel STRAUB, Heizomat, at 6:19
- 129. Jimmy ENGOULVENT, Sojasun, at 6:38
- 130. Sebastian Körber, Nutrixxion Abus, at 6:45
- 131. Steele VON HOFF, Garmin-Sharp, at 6:46
- 132. Christopher MUCHE, Rad-Net Rose, at 6:54
- 133. André SCHULZE, Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 7:14
- 134. Jerome COUSIN, Europcar, at 7:18
- 135. Stephen CLANCY, Novo Nordisk, at 7:27
- 136. Max MERK, Heizomat, at 12:18
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (VN) — The USA Cycling Professional Road and Time Trial National Championships will break some new ground this holiday weekend. For the first time in the event’s 28-year history, the men’s and women’s events will be held at the same location, and the fields will be racing for equal prize money.
Meanwhile, for Brent and Jamie Bookwalter, who once lived in Chattanooga, the championships offer a rare opportunity for husband and wife to tackle an event together.
“The only other time we’ve raced together was at Roan Groan [in Johnson City, Tenn.],” said Jamie, who rides for Colavita Racing. “We did a crit together, but that’s the only other road race we’ve ever done together.”
After pausing briefly to reflect upon the accuracy of her statements, she added one additional clarification:
“We did collegiate mountain bike races together, but he was chasing after other girls then, so they don’t count.”
While familiar to one another as a result of their common collegiate racing circles, it was the matchmaking of Specialized-lululemon’s Ally Stacher — also racing in Chattanooga this weekend — that eventually brought the two together. After Brent broke a leg in 2007, Stacher prodded Jamie to reach out to him.
“Ally told me to e-mail Brent when he broke his leg. They went to college together,” Jamie said.
“So I sent this email to Brent saying I was really sorry about his broken leg. And then I didn’t hear anything back from him. And I thought, ‘Well, whatever.’ And then a week later I finally got an email back and it was like, ‘Oh, this guy is kind of cute.’
Jamie replied immediately, but again had to wait days for a response.
“It was a very clever little strategy he had there. He’d wait around to send me anything, but when he did it was really suave,” she said.
“Hey, don’t give away my secrets,” interjected Brent, who rides for BMC Racing and is a favorite in Saturday’s men’s time trial championship.
After college Brent rose into cycling’s professional ranks, while Jamie opted to complete a master’s degree at the University of Georgia before following suit. The couple says sharing a common passion has been a blessing.
“It’s worked out to be a really nice thing for us, because we’re both going through the same things,” said Brent.
He says their common occupation has helped to minimize potential relationship challenges associated with the sport’s unusual lifestyle, noting that the peloton’s often-taxing travel and training demands are “not without challenges.”
“I think generally professional cycling condones a pretty selfish lifestyle. Trying to balance that can be tricky,” he said. “So I’m thankful we have the opportunity to be racing bikes and doing it together.
“We have this chance to share in something really beautiful — and that’s just being out on the bike together.”
Jamie, who placed 23rd in the 2012 championship road race, agrees that the couple’s cycling bond promotes a special kind of understanding.
“Racing has helped me to realize the kind of stress he’s under in ways that maybe I wouldn’t otherwise,” she said.
“It’s hard to understand road racing unless you’ve been on a team and been a worker. You learn how stressful it is to be away from home. Team dynamics can be difficult. You find that cycling is a lot more when you win. So I think we understand one other better as a result.”
As for life’s other stresses, Jamie says she’s ready to share them, too.
“Maybe when he quits road racing he can go get a master’s degree and understand why I was stressed for so long,” she said.