Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Zabriskie Off to a Strong Start in Utah
Dave Zabriskie is racing on home turf this week. The resident of Salt Lake City is competing in the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah without his usual Garmin-Slipstream teammates, and he got off to a smashing start on Tuesday with a second-place finish in the opening stage, a 4.5-kilometer time trial.
With the opening stage taking place in the foothills outside of Salt Lake City, Zabriskie was in familiar territory. Riding his Felt DA TT bike on roads he knows well, he covered the course in a time of 6:14, just 1 second off the winning time of Brent Bookwalter (BMC).
“It was a nice course that ran beside the capital buildings with quite a few fans out,” Zabriskie told Cyclingnews.com. “I’m really happy to be here.”
The six-day Tour of Utah features lots of mountainous terrain and is considered by many to be the toughest stage race in America. Zabriskie is racing solo, without the support of his Garmin-Slipstream team, but Felt is also represented in the race by the Felt-Holowesko Partners-Garmin team, which will carry some momentum into the Tour of Utah after an impressive sweep of U.S. Under-23 Road Nationals.
Tour of Utah
August 18-23, Utah
Stage 1 (4.5km)
1. Brent Bookwalter, BMC, 6:13
2. David Zabriskie, Garmin-Slipstream, at 0:01
3. Ian McKissick, BMC, at 0:02
4. Ben Jacques-Maynes, Bissel,, at 0:03
5. Jeff Louder, BMC, at 0:03
17. Taylor Sheldon, Felt-Holowesko Partners, at 0:13
23. Peter Stetina, Felt-Holowesko Partners, at 0:15
34. Alex Howes, Felt-Holowesko Partners, at 0:19