Joey Rosskopf beat fellow American and BMC Racing teammate Brent Bookwalter by nearly a minute (0:57) to capture one of the biggest wins of his career along with the USA Cycling men’s individual time trial championship on Saturday.

The 27-year-old, who won a stage and the overall title at Tour du Limousin (UCI 2.1) last year, blistered the field over the 30.7-kilometer course (19.2 miles/4 laps) in Knoxville, Tennessee.

“It’s the most satisfying win for me,” said Rosskopf. “I’ve never been this close to a national championship before, never been able to put together a good ride. Yeah, I’m super excited, a little unexpected.”

Bookwalter’s result is two spots better than his fourth-place finish in last year’s race, while 21-year-old Neilson Powless (Axeon Hagens Berman) finished 17 seconds behind Bookwalter for third.

“I’m probably the least surprised today at his performance. He may be one of the most under-rated riders on the team,” said Bookwalter, who is in his 11th year with BMC Racing Team.

On Sunday, the road races will begin for the women at 9 a.m., followed by the men’s road race at 1:15 p.m. This 12.7km (7.9-mile) circuit will be covered eight times by the women for a total of 101km (63 miles) and 14 times by the men for a total of 175.4km (109 miles).

Results

  • 1. Joseph ROSSKOPF, BMC RACING TEAM, in 36:25
  • 2. Brent BOOKWALTER, BMC RACING TEAM, at :57
  • 3. Neilson POWLESS, AXEON HAGENS BERMAN, at 1:14
  • 4. William BARTA, AXEON HAGENS BERMAN, at 1:31
  • 5. Lawrence WARBASSE, AQUA BLUE SPORT, at 1:44
  • 6. Kyle MURPHY, CYLANCE CYCLING, at 1:47
  • 7. Alexey VERMEULEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 2:07
  • 8. Cameron PIPER, TEAM ILLUMINATE, at 2:16
  • 9. Geoffrey CURRAN, AXEON HAGENS BERMAN, at 2:17
  • 10. Christopher BLEVINS, AXEON HAGENS BERMAN, at 2:33
  • 11. Daniel EATON, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 2:39
  • 12. Ezekiel MOSTOV, AEVOLO, at 2:39
  • 13. Taylor EISENHART, HOLOWESKO / CITADEL RACING P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR, at 2:40
  • 14. Brendan RHIM, HOLOWESKO / CITADEL RACING P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR, at 2:40
  • 15. Evan HUFFMAN, RALLY CYCLING, at 2:45
  • 16. Cory LOCKWOOD, ELEVATE – KHS PRO CYCLING, at 2:46
  • 17. Ian GARRISON, AXEON HAGENS BERMAN, at 3:00
  • 18. Gage HECHT, AEVOLO, at 3:02
  • 19. Stephen BASSETT, SILBER PRO CYCLING, at 3:06
  • 20. Gregory DANIEL, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 3:06
  • 21. Gavin MANION, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 3:09
  • 22. Brandon MCNULTY, RALLY CYCLING, at 3:16
  • 23. Mac BRENNAN, HOLOWESKO / CITADEL RACING P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR, at 3:21
  • 24. Jonathan BROWN, AXEON HAGENS BERMAN, at 3:23
  • 25. George SIMPSON, at 3:24
  • 26. Ben WOLFE, JELLY BELLY P/B MAXXIS, at 3:27
  • 27. Micah ENGLE, at 3:29
  • 28. Edward ANDERSON, AXEON HAGENS BERMAN, at 3:34
  • 29. Grant KOONTZ, at 3:58
  • 30. Connor BROWN, ELEVATE – KHS PRO CYCLING, at 4:06
  • 31. Alex HOEHN, ELEVATE – KHS PRO CYCLING, at 4:23
  • 32. Samuel Hunter SNIPE GROVE, CYLANCE CYCLING, at 4:27
  • 33. Bryan LEWIS, CYLANCE CYCLING, at 4:34
  • 34. Matt ZIMMER, at 5:05
  • 35. Noah GRANIGAN, CCB VELOTOOLER, at 5:43
  • 36. Evan BYBEE, at 6:35