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T-Mobile sweeps podium at Valley of the Sun opener

T-Mobile wasn't content to just phone it in as the Valley of the Sun stage race kicked off Friday with the Trek Individual Time Trial, held on a 12-mile course at Sun Valley Parkway west of Phoenix. Despite the unseasonably rainy weather, Kristin Armstrong won the race against the clock in 25:58 – and she was joined on the podium by two teammates, Kimberly Baldwin and Mari Holden. And three other T-Mobiles – Kori Seehafer, Rebecca Much and Lara Proepsch – made it into the top 10. In the men’s race, Brian Sheedy (Advantage Benefits) took top honors in 23:21, followed by Ryan Blickem

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By VeloNews Interactive

T-Mobile wasn’t content to just phone it in as the Valley of the Sun stage race kicked off Friday with the Trek Individual Time Trial, held on a 12-mile course at Sun Valley Parkway west of Phoenix.

Despite the unseasonably rainy weather, Kristin Armstrong won the race against the clock in 25:58 – and she was joined on the podium by two teammates, Kimberly Baldwin and Mari Holden. And three other T-Mobiles – Kori Seehafer, Rebecca Much and Lara Proepsch – made it into the top 10.

In the men’s race, Brian Sheedy (Advantage Benefits) took top honors in 23:21, followed by Ryan Blickem (Health Maxx-Boom) and Austin King (Cycling Center).

Racing continues today with the Landis Cyclery Road Race in Casa Grande. The Valley of the Sun concludes Sunday with the Orpheum Lots Downtown Capital Criterium at Wesley Bolen Plaza in Phoenix.

Valley of the Sun Stage Race
Trek Time Trial
Women
1. Kristin Armstrong (T-Mobile), 12mi in 25:58
2. Kimberly Baldwin (T-Mobile), 26:27
3. Mari Holden (T-Mobile), 26:53
4. Betsy Bloom-Galenti (Bicycle John’s), 27:07
5. Genevieve Jeanson, 27:14
6. Catherine Dickson (Bicycle Ranch), 27:21
7. Kori Seehafer (T-Mobile), 27:21
8. Christina Ruiter (Ford-Basis), 27:32
9. Rebecca Much (T-Mobile), 27:49
10. Lara Kroepsch (T-Mobile), 28:15

Men
1. Brian Sheedy (Advantage Benefits), 12mi in 23:21
2. Ryan Blickem (Health Maxx-Boom), 23:50
3. Austin King (Cycling Center), 24:18
4. Giacarlo Checchi (Team Monex), 24:20
5. Steven Cozza (U.S. National), 24:20
6. Clayton Barrows (Rocky Mountain), 24:29
7. Michael Carter, 24:30
8. Peter Andersen (Carina Homes), 24:44
9. Carlos Vargas (Team Monex), 24:45
10. Tyler Farrar (Health Net-Maxxis), 24:45