Cascade Cycling Classic, July 18 Stage 2 Prineville Individual Time Trial.
The men and women raced on a 20 mile out and back course. The rolling course would cater a strong rider who is able to push a big gear as opposed to the climbing that the racers saw in yesterdays stage. The men raced first and of the original 201 racers only 182 lined up for the start of the time trial. Sergei Tvetcov of Jelly Belly rode in with the best time of the day, 30:59:96. He was followed by Jonathan Teeter of team Marc Pro-Strava for second place with a time of 31:17:54. Newly crowned national TT Champion, Tom Zirbel rounded out the top three with a time of 31:17:69. Taylor Eisenhart of BMC Development Team put in a strong ride to end up 5th on GC only 30 seconds off of teammate Novak. Eisenhart is followed closely by defending champ, Mancebo of 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda who is 33 seconds off the lead. Yesterdays stage winner and yellow jersey wearer for the day, Pjillip Gaimon of Bissell Pro Cycling slipped to 7th overall at 36 seconds.
Jakub Novak of BMC Development Team put in a strong ride to claim fourth for the day but more importantly he took over the yellow leaders jersey. It was an impressive ride for Novak and with Eisenhart just 30 seconds off of the lead team BMC will have some cards to play for the mens race tomorrow on Mt Bachelor.
The women took to the course and the climbers of Exergy knew they had to put in strong rides to remain high on GC and keep the yellow jersey. However, it was a Alison Powers of NOW and Novartis for MS who took the honors for the day with a time of 34:07:21. She was followed closely by an inspired yellow jersey wearer Kristin McGrath of Exergy Twenty-16. with a time of 34:16:49. Amy Thornquist of DNA Cycling p/b Plan 7 rounded out the top three with a time of 35:14:27. McGraths ride was more than enough to keep the yellow jersey for stage 3 tomorrow.
Todays TT produced a new leader for the mens race and was an important step for Exergys McGrath towards an overall win. Tomorrows Mt Bachelor stage is another challenging course and promises to produce more exciting racing.