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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).
- 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