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Farrar remains top-five in Vuelta with fifth-place finish in Stage 2

Garmin-Slipstream’s Tyler Farrar followed up his impressive third-place finish in the opening stage time trial of the Vuelta a España with a fifth place finish in Stage 2 on Sunday. Farrar battled it out with the top sprinters at the end of a 202km stage that was won by German Gerald Ciolek. The American’s fifth-place finish kept him near the top of the GC standings, and he’s now fourth overall, 12 seconds behind race leader Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland.

The second stage of the three-week Vuelta was a mostly flat  route through The Netherlands, from Assen to Emmen. The opening week takes riders through The Netherlands, Germany and Belgium before traveling into Spain on Thursday.

A five-man breakaway formed just 3km into Sunday’s stage and spent most of the day clear of the bunch. Farrar’s Garmin-Slipstream squad led the effort to chase down the break with strong work from riders like Ryder Hesjedal (pictured above) and the last of the break was caught with 11km to go, setting up a sprint finish.

Farrar’s British teammate David Millar paced the young American sprinter up to the front of the group 1km from the finish, but Ciolek caught all the other sprinters by surprise to take a close-fought win.

Monday’s Stage 3 takes riders into Germany, then back into The Netherlands for the finish. It’s a mostly flat stage and is expected to be another day for the sprinters.

Spain. August 29-September 20

Stage 2, Assen-Emmen, The Netherlands
1. Gerald Ciolek (Ger), Milram, 4:43:12
2. Fabio Sabatini (Ita), Liquigas), same time
3. Roger Hammond (GB), Cervelo Test Team, same time
4. Andre Greipel (Ger), Columbia-HTC, same time
5. Tyler Farrar (USA), Garmin-Slipstream, same time

General Classification
1. Fabian Cancellara (Swi), Saxo Bank, 4:48:32
2. Gerald Ciolek (Ger), Milram, at 0:08
3. Tom Boonen (Bel), Quick Step, at 0:09
4. Tyler Farrar (USA), Garmin-Slipstream, at 0:12
5. Jens Mouris (Ned), Vacansoleil, at 0:14

Zabriskie wins U.S. Pro TT Championships!

Greenville, SC - Aboard his Felt DA, the worlds fastest UCI-legal TT bike, Dave Zabriskie, aka "Catpain America" rocketed to his fourth consecutive U.S. Pro Time Trial Championship today, his fourth in as many years.  DZ crushed a stacked field of U.S. solo-effort specialists in the 33.4K event taking the win in a blistering 39min 37sec, a full 44sec in front of second place finisher Tom Zirbel.  Over the 3-lap 11.1K course, DZ was a remarkable 1.02 faster than his winning time last year!

Garmin/Slipstream teammate Mike Friedman finished a very respectable sixth.

U.S. Pro Time Trial Championship Results

1. Dave Zabriskie - 39.37
2. Tom Zirbel - at .44
3. Scott Zwizanski - at 1.41
4. Bernard Vanulden - at 2.52
5. Jonathan Mumford at 2.52
6. Mike Friedman - at 3.00 
Farrar Third in Vuelta's Opening TT!

American Tyler Farrar, fresh off his string of four major race wins in less than a week's time, took an impressive thrid place in today's opening TT in the 2009 edition of the Vuelta a Espana.  The short flat 4.5K affair was run under spotty weather and featured hiigh speed action among a world-class field.  The event was won by Swiss strongman Fabian Cancellara, but Tyler finished just 12 seconds back and is looking forward to the next few stages which favor his amazing finishing abilities.

The Vuelta (Aug 29 - Sep 20) is the third Grand Tour on the UCI international race calendar along with the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia.
Frodeno Scores World Championship Series Win in Japan!

Reigning Olympic Triathlon Champion Jan Frodeno won the seventh round of the Dextro Energy World Championship Series in Yokohama, Japan, on Sunday. The German made an aggressive attack on his Felt AR on the bike leg, and then surged late in the run to win by 18 seconds over Kris Gemmell of New Zealand and Javier Gomez, the current World Champion from Spain, in the run.

It was Frodeno’s first victory of the 2009 World Championship Series and his biggest win since he took the Olympic gold in Beijing last summer.

“After Hamburg I was really disappointed and I went back to the drawing board to refocus," Frodeno said. “I went to the gym and did some weight sessions and had a few check ups, I’m just really glad it came together. Today was awesome. Having just one win can make a season, so I can go home a happy man.”

The key moment of the race came on the bike leg, when Frodeno, fellow German Maik Petzold and Australian Courtney Atkinson attacked and took a 42-second lead over a pack of 21 riders at T2.

Frodeno was the strongest of that trio on the run, putting in a time of 31:01 to hold off the chasers and finish in 1:44:31.

ITU World Championship Series – Round Seven
Yokohama, Japan
August 22, 2009
S 1.5k/ B 40k/ R 10k


Elite Men

1. Jan Frodeno (GER) 1:44:31
2. Kris Gemmell (NZL) 1:44:49
3. Javier Gomez (ESP) 1:44:52
4. Laurent Vidal (FRA) 1:45:03
5. Bevan Docherty (NZL) 1:45:39

Howes Wins Queen Stage in Utah!

Alex Howes of the Felt-Holowesko Partners team is having an incredible summer. On Saturday Howes won the “Queen Stage” of the Tour of Utah, besting some of the world’s best professionals with a victory at the Snowbird Ski Resort in Park City.

It was the biggest win of Howes’s young career and follows closely on the heels of his incredible performance at the Under-23 National Championships, where he won both the road race and criterium national championship titles.

“It’s hard to believe,” Howes told Cyclingnews.com after his win at Park City. “I can't tell you the last time that I cried but I was close. I hope it’s a sign of better things to come. It’s an incredibly talented field and coming into today I didn’t think I had a shot.”

Howes won the 155-kilometer stage in style, attacking his breakaway companions near the base of the final climb to the mountaintop finish and holding off Burke Swindlehurst (Bissell) and overall race leader Francisco Mancebo (Rock Racing) of Spain.

With three major climbs, including the final one to Snowbird, it was a difficult stage in what some are billing as the most difficult stage race in the U.S.

“The last few weeks have been what Alex Howes has been waiting for,” said Felt-Holowesko Partners team director Chann McRae. “His mental tenacity and physical prowess has resulted in three very important victories — first the U.S. U23 road race title and second the U.S. U23 crit championship. Today he was the best up to Snowbird Ski Station against a stacked field. This victory will give him the right line going into the U23 World Championships!”

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