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Kneller, Atchley win Valley of the Sun kickoff

Ben Kneller (Jittery Joe's) and Lana Atchley (Team Rock) won their respective time trials on Friday to kick off the Valley of the Sun Stage Race in Arizona. Kneller won the flat, out-and-back 22km Trek Time Trial in Buckeye in 29 minutes, 27 seconds. He crossed five seconds up on both Sam Johnson (Hagens Berman Cycling Team) and Karl Bordine (Star WVO). Atchley took a more convincing win, finishing in 32:26, 58 seconds ahead of Emily Zell (Proman Racing) and 1:40 up on Catherine Dickson (Tribe Racing).

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Ben Kneller (Jittery Joe’s) and Lana Atchley (Team Rock) won their respective time trials on Friday to kick off the Valley of the Sun Stage Race in Arizona.

Kneller won the flat, out-and-back 22km Trek Time Trial in Buckeye in 29 minutes, 27 seconds. He crossed five seconds up on both Sam Johnson (Hagens Berman Cycling Team) and Karl Bordine (Star WVO).

Atchley took a more convincing win, finishing in 32:26, 58 seconds ahead of Emily Zell (Proman Racing) and 1:40 up on Catherine Dickson (Tribe Racing).

Saturday brings the Transcend Broadband Road Race in Casa Grande. Elite men will race 89 miles on a rolling, 16-mile circuit, women 57.

Results

Valley of the Sun Stage Race

Phoenix, AZ. Feb. 15-17

Stage 1 — Trek Time Trial

Elite men

1. Ben Kneller, Jittery Joe’s, 12mi in 29:27

2. Sam Johnson, Hagens Berman Cycling Team, at 0:05

3. Karl Bordine, Star WVO, same time

4. Jonathan Chodroff, CRCA-Empire Cycling, at 0:20

5. Curtis Gunn, Successful Living-Parkpre, at 0:21

6. Ron Jensen, Team Waste Management, at 0:25

7. Michael Grabinger, Successful Living-Parkpre, at 0:27

8. Stefano Barberi, THF Racing, at 0:33

9. Jonathan Garcia, BMC, at 0:38

10. Brandon Gritters, Team 5 Star Fish-Vegetable Oil, s.t.

Elite women

1. Lana Atchley, Team Rock, 12mi in 32:26

2. Emily Zell, Proman Racing, at 0:58

3. Catherine Dickson, Tribe Racing, at 1:40

4. Coleen Knutson, Team Pro Cyclery, at 2:11

5. Kelly McDonald, Touchstone Climbing Cycling, at 2:23

6. Melissa Doherty, at 2:39

7. Anne Guzman, Team Kenda Tire, at 2:40

8. Shannon Koch, Metro Volkswagen, at 2:55

9. Betsy Galenti, Helen’s-Trek, s.t.

10. Danielle Haulman, Team 5280, at 2:59

Complete results