Saturday, December 13, 2014

Amgen ToC Women’s TT Earns UCI Sanction

US time trail champ Alison Powers (Team Type 1) finished second in the opening time trial.

http://cyclingillustrated.com/amgen-womens-tt-earns-uci-sanction/

2015 AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA WOMEN’S INVITATIONAL TIME TRIAL
RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS UCI SANCTION 
LOS ANGELES (Dec. 12, 2014) – As the Amgen Tour of California continues to expand its annual women’s race, its efforts to elevate the extraordinary achievements of female cyclists continue to be recognized by numerous individuals, organizations and governing bodies including USA Cycling and the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), which has given the 2015 Amgen Tour of California women’s Invitational Time Trial, the highest level of sanction for a non-world cup event of 1.1. 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Revised 2015 SoCal TT Series Schedule

Winner's Jersey

SCNCA released the 2015 race schedule here http://scnca.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/2015SCNCA.pdf

With the elimination of the March Santiago Canyon TT, the revised 2015 Rock N' Road Cyclery SoCal TT Series schedule is now

#01 09/14/14 PS Velo OH TT
#02 09/28/14 Fiesta Island TT
#03 10/05/14 Piru TT
#04 10/11/14 Santiago Cyn TT
#05 10/19/14 PS Velo OH TT
#06 11/16/14 PS Velo OH TT
#07 11/22/14 Santiago Cyn TT
#08 11/23/14 Fiesta Island TT
#09 12/07/14 PS Velo OH TT
#10 01/11/15 Fiesta Island TT
#11 02/01/15 Piru TT
#12 03/01/15 Piru TT
#13 03/01/15 Fiesta Island TT
#14 03/29/15 Fiesta Island TT
#15 04/05/15 Piru TT
#16 04/25/15 Santiago Cyn TT

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

2015 Rock N' Road SoCal TT Series results updated 10/21/2014 - New Leaderboard!



  • Skriver, Dana, CAT 1/2 
  • Kogut, Greg, Moment Cycles, CAT 3 
  • Sorenson, Jim, Velo Pasadena CAT 4/5 
  • Quilmzon, Thomas, Rokform, Junior Men 
  • Rhyne, Matt Masters 35 
  • Page, Tim, Hitech, Masters 45 
  • Stanton, David, Canyon Velo, Masters 55 
  • Davidson, Donald, PR Velo, Masters 60 
  • Sjogren, Cynthia, Team Redlands, Women 1-4

Monday, October 20, 2014

SoCal TT Series Rules Update for 2015



Questions on the rules? Email timetrialseries@gmail.com

The Rock N' Road Cyclery SoCal TT Series will be comprised of 9 categories over 16 events, and will run Sep - Apr each season. See the calendar for specific race dates. Races will be scored three (3) places deep, vice 5 places deep in years past, and will be comprised of the top-10 race results (of these events). This depth will allow for greater relevancy in race results, reflecting the importance of good placings along with frequency of placings.

Where Southern California's Fastest TT Racers Compete!
Southern California's fastest time trial racers compete in the toughest and most competitive time trial series in the United States to be crowned the title: Southern California Time Trial Series Champion
  • CAT 1/2 - The male elite level category for USAC PRO and CAT 1/2 racers, in men's P/1/2 TT races
  • CAT 3  - The male USAC CAT 3 race category, for men's CAT 3 TT races
  • CAT 4/5  The male category for USAC CAT 4 or 5 racers, in 4/5 TT races
  • Junior Men all, licensed as USAC CAT 1/2/3/4 racers, or ABR, see details below for more information 
  • Masters 35+  Men racing 35+ category licensed as USAC racers, or ABR, in masters TT races
  • Masters 45+ Men racing in the 45+ category licensed as USAC racers, or ABR, in masters TT races
  • Masters 55+  Men racing in the 55+ category licensed as USAC racers, or ABR, in masters TT races
  • Masters 60+  Men racing in 60/65/70+ and over categories licensed as USAC racers, or ABR, in masters TT races
  • Women 1-4  Women racing in the "Women Open or Women Cat 1-4" category (not women in masters categories or juniors categories), licensed as USAC PRO or CAT 1/2/3/4 racers, or ABR
Similar to the SCNCA SoCal Cup, the SoCal TT Series category you enter will be the category you score points in. If racing down in age, you will receive points as applicable for the lower category, which means that you can compete in multiple categories in the Series. Similar to a rider who competes in Masters 35+ and CAT 4/5 races within the same season; the rider has the ability to score points in multiple categories. Be sure to choose a category, and race in it all season to maximize points received. See the calendar for specific race dates. This series is separate from the SCNCA SoCal Cup which does not include time trial results outside of the SCNCA state championships. This series is comprised of time trials exclusively, and will rank racers based on results of the races from the races listed (numbered) in the calendar.

Racers can compete in as few or as many of these races as they wish. Points accumulate throughout the year and will be tabulated in an ongoing basis. The top-10 races results points in these races will count toward a racers overall series results. There are up to 6 'drop' or 'best of' races, the more a racer competes, the greater his/her chance of gaining points toward the series. 10 races will count towards the overall points.

If an event (of the races included in the series) should be cancelled, for any reason, that individual race will be dropped series will continue on, being made up of the remaining events. If the event is re-scheduled, and the new date does not conflict with another series date, or weekend, then the event will still count in the series and the race number sequence will be correspondingly changed. A racer will not show in the 'SoCal TT Series Current Standings' page until the racer has accumulated points and, at that time, the racer will be placed into the appropriate category (see below). Pro and Public race categories are not included in the series. The SoCal TT Series is not USCF, CBR or ABR sanctioned and is independent of a formal cycling governing body. The series does not promote, organize, host, manage, insure or otherwise administer these individual time trials.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: Gary Tingley, SoCalTTseries.com, Rock N' Road Cyclery, OUCH, Nytro and our associated current and past sponsors will not be liable to any person or business entity for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential, or other injuries, damages or lost profits, on or caused by any use of any part of this web site including the SoCal TT Series. This specifically means (but not limited to) that if you are injured, suffer a loss, or die while racing in one of the time trials listed in this series, we hold no liability - we do not promote, host or insure the event and in no way take any liability for any damages incurred while competing.

Multipliers
No race multipiers.

Category Specifics
Racers will not be entered in the SoCal TT Series and will not show in the overall standings until points are earned. Category specifics are listed above. There are no costs to compete, racers will automatically be enrolled as points are accumulated. Public categories will not be included in the results. A racer may compete and earn points for either category, and score points and compete within multiple categories. POINTS WILL NOT BE CARRIED BETWEEN CATEGORIES - so pick the right category before you race.

If you find that you are not in the correct category please contact us (see Contact page) with your corrections.

A racer will not be able to move points accumulated in one category into another category in the interest of fairness and to prevent 'sandbagging'. NOTE: If you are a USCF CAT 4 or 5 racer and you normally race Masters you should make note that any points earned in a USCF CAT 1/2 or 3 or 4/5 race will not be transferable into your SoCal TT Cup Masters category. If you race a USCF Masters category race you will be placed into the respective SoCal TT Cup Masters category. To make sure you get points applied for your races, race either the CAT 1/2 or 3 or CAT 4/5 or the Masters category. You will not be able to combine CAT 1/2 or 3 or 4/5 or Masters results.

Junior Men can only apply their results to the JM category they earn them in.
Bottom line: you cannot transfer points between categories.

How to Accumulate Points
Once the racer races a TT Series time trial they will be placed in the appropriate category. Points gained in ANY category are non-transferable to other categories. Masters 60 will include the 3 fastest racers in the 60/65/70+ categories.

A Note on Masters Categories

If you "age up" to the next category during the series, start the series on the category you plan to race the following year. E.g., if you are 44 years old in 2014 and 45 in 2015, begin the series in the 35+ and finish in the 35+ if you plan to carry your results for the entire series in one category. You can always opt to race any category you are qualified to enter.

Masters racers will continue out the current series in the category they start the Series in, unless their birthday advances them into the next age group category. Masters category points are not carried from one category to another (e.g. Masters 45 to Masters 55). We highly suggest you race in a masters category that you can continue in throughout the year. Ties for category leaders at conclusion of the series will be broken by giving the lead to the racer with the most individual race results listed. Ties for points in an individual race will results in both (or multiple) riders being awarded the same points for their placing (e.g. if two riders both have a time of 29:30 for their category, which is the second and third respective fastest time in that category, these riders would be allotted 4 points each ... both riders would receive the 2nd place points).

How Points are Awarded
Points will be given based on finishing place. For example, a 1st place result for Fiesta Island TT is worth 5 points.
  • 1st place - 5 points
  • 2nd place - 4 points
  • 3rd place - 3 points
Awards
TBD. Currently there is no scheduled awards ceremony scheduled. Check the web site for updates. Jerseys may be purchased from Rock N' Road Cyclery if available. See the Jersey page for details. No medals, merchandise, trophies or cash awards are planned at this time.

Designation as TT Series Champion
The Southern California Time Trial Series will normally begin in Sept and finish in Apr. Final results will be posted on this web site following the final series race, current monthly rankings will be posted on this web site. Cup leaders names and club will be highlighted on the results page in yellow. The overall winner for each category will receive designation as Southern California Time Trial Series Champion.

If you wish to contest the overall results for the Series you must do so within two days of the results being posted following the final event.

Information/Questions
Contact us (see Contact page).

Affiliation
The SoCal TT Series is not USCF, CBR or ABR affiliated nor sanctioned.

Sponsorship
Rock N' Road Cyclery and Matt Ford is our 2006-2015 title series sponsor. Brent Kay of OUCH Medical Center is a previous co-sponsor. A big thank you to our event promoters Tren Morris of Uncle Tren, Ray Moreno of Pacific Sunset Velo, Nancy Seidler of Team Velosport, Matt Ford at Rock N' Road Cyclery, and Jon Benson of the San Diego Bicycle Club. Other past sponsors include Scott Warren of www.JavelinBike.com.

Please read these FAQ's:
1. I was second in my category, CAT 5, in the race, but I did not get any points for the Series, why is this?
> The Series categories are based on the 3 FASTEST race times in the applicable associated categories. For example, if you are racing CAT 5 in your event and get second place with a time of 31:05 you would actually get placed 4TH in the CAT 4/5 Series points because there were two CAT 4 riders and one CAT 5 rider with faster times than yours.
CAT 4/5 Five fastest times example:
 30:22, 30:45, 30:57, 31:05 (you)

2. So then, why is there no CAT 5 category?
> Because the results for 4/5 are competitive in time.

3. My club is not listed with my name, how do I add it?
> Contact us (see Contact page) with your corrections. Your club will be added next time we update the database.

4. Why aren't the latest time trial results from my event listed, it has been a while ... where are my points?
> Points can not be added to the Series until the event promoter makes them available on their web site or via e-mail. Please contact the event organizer directly to expedite the addition of your points to the Series. 


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Friday, September 19, 2014

The worlds team trial explained

Orica-GreenEdge, which finished third in the Vuelta a Espana TTT, is a favorite to win gold at the worlds. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/worlds-team-trial-explained_346511

MILAN (VN) — The team time trial that returns to the UCI Road World Championships for the third consecutive year Sunday promises to be a tight battle between a handful of superpowers and a sponsorship showcase in Ponferrada, Spain.
“We have made good progression over the last three years,” Orica-GreenEdge sport director Matt White said in a press release. “We finished third, a little off the pace, in our first attempt two years ago. Last year, we were agonizingly close, which was incredible when you think the race was over one hour and four minutes and we lost by 0.8 of a second.”
Omega Pharma-Quick Step won the title last year for a second time in a row. Over 57.2 kilometers around Florence, Italy, it pushed Orica to a close second place and Sky to third by 23 seconds. The teams have already named their six-man rosters and already have arrived in northwest Spain to prepare.
The team time trial stands out in the week-long worlds program when riders are normally racing in their national colors for rainbow jerseys. Instead, the men’s and women’s events Sunday kick off the week with teams fighting in their trade colors for gold medals, sponsors’ pride, and year-long bragging rights.
White told VeloNews last year that the event is a great marketing tool for his team’s sponsors, one that becomes even stronger if his riders win the title.
“For Scott and Shimano, our clothing sponsors, and everyone,” he said. “We won the [2013] Tour team time trial, but this is different. The champs are all about the medals.”
Orica clocked in at 57.841 seconds over 25km to win the 2013 Tour de France team time trial in Nice — at the fastest average speed in Tour history. The Aussie squad won the Giro d’Italia’s team time trial in May to give Svein Tuft the pink leader’s jersey and set up Michael Matthews for another six days at the top.
The event — with teams racing in five-, six- to nine-man teams at the grand tours — regularly appears on the calendar during the year, but rarely at the championship level. The UCI only just brought it back for the 2012 Valkenburg worlds. Prior to that, it was featured in the worlds from 1962-1994 as a four-man amateur event over 100km. Italy and the Soviet Union dominated, with Cristian Salvato, Gianfranco Contri, Luca Colombo and Dario Andriotto helping their nation win the last title on home soil in Sicily.
The UCI, however, opened up a sort of arms race in 2012 that allowed trade teams to spend the money that many nations do not have to use on bikes, skin suits, and training. The same sort of modernization viewpoint revived the hour record and saw Jens Voigt (Trek Factory Racing) retire on a high, with a new 51.115km mark on Thursday.
The teams have named specific six-man rosters for the event, which measures 57.1km for the men and 36.15km for the women, around Ponferrada’s west. Afterwards, some will unzip and put on national colous to race in the worlds time trial and road race, but some will simply return home.
Since the teams start with mixed nationalities — Orica is racing with four Australians, a Dutchman and a Canadian — the UCI adjusted the rules. It will play the national anthem of the team’s country on the podium and will award each rider with a medal, but not a rainbow jersey as in the other events. The entire trade team, even for the riders who did not attend, earns the right to wear a worlds winner logo on their time trial jerseys for the following year.
Based on past title fights and 2014′s team time trials, Omega Pharma and Orica could come out on top with Sky, Trek Factory Racing, and Movistar fighting for the remaining podium spots. In terms of marketing, though, all the teams will win.

A 2014 TTT results

Tirreno-Adriatico: Omega Pharma-Quick Step, Orica-GreenEdge, Movistar
Coppi e Bartali: Sky, RusVelo, Cannondale
Giro del Trentino: BMC Racing, NetApp-Endura, Sky
Giro d’Italia: Orica-GrenEdge, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, BMC Racing
Sibiu Cycling Tour: CCC Polsat, Adria Mobil, LKT
Vuelta a España: Movistar, Cannondale, Orica-GreenEdge

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Voigt to attempt hour record

Jens Voigt (Trek) during his final time trial

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/voigt-to-attempt-hour-record
Retired German to take on record in Switzerland this month
Jens Voigt has announced that he will attempt to break the world hour record on September 18 in Grenchen, Switzerland. The German rider retiredfrom road racing at the USA Pro Challenge
bringing down the curtain on a career that has spanned three decades.
“Jensie here. I have big news, and I want Trek Factory Racing fans to be the first to hear it from me,” he said in press release issued by Trek.
Voigt had made hints of a possible attempt on Ondrej Sosenka’s record of 49,7 kilometres earlier in the day but his attempt will come as a surprise to many after months of speculation surrounding possible bids from Tony Martin and Voigt’s former teammate Fabian Cancellara.
“On September 18 in Grenchen, Switzerland, I am going to attempt to break the hour record mark of 49,7 km, previously set by Ondrej Sosenka. It’s a huge challenge for me, both physical and mental. This is a huge project and probably it’s going to come as a surprise for many people. We have been doing some discrete tests in the velodrome in Roubaix prior to the Dauphiné and we believe that I have a fair chance,” said Voigt.
“It’s a fascinating event: it’s super hard, but it’s a great discipline. Man and machine against the clock. A lot of logistics comes in play: when, where, how, etc. But I didn’t have to convince anybody: both Trek and our GM Luca Guercilena were all excited when I told them about my idea. They gave me a lot of support. Luckily we could use some of the blueprints that were being drawn for Fabian, so we kind of hit the ground running.”
Voigt turned professional in 1998 with the French team, GAN. He wore the yellow jersey and enjoyed stage wins in the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia. He also formed part of Carlos Sastre's team when the Spaniard won the Tour in 2008.
The German is a fan-favourite but brought down the curtain on his long road career last month. According to Voigt he sees the hour record attempt as one last farewell to his supports.
"I look at this as one last present for my fans. I want to give them something to smile about - before the final curtain falls. But also: I want to do a good performance. This is not a circus act. The ‘hour’ has lost some of its magic over the last years. Maybe my attempt could kick off a new round of hour-record attempts. I could establish a mark for everyone to give it a try. Make a bridge, you know. I raced against Boardman, Indurain and Sosenka. And I’m racing with Fabian and his generation. If I make it, it would be sandwiched between those names.”
“I can pave the way for them. I have no illusion to keep the record once Fabian and other specialists start having a go. But I kind of like the idea of telling me grand children about it, when they sit on my lap when I’m 75.”

Monday, September 1, 2014

Time trial critical in setting up second half of Vuelta


Nairo Quintana will start Tuesday's individual time trial wearing the red leader's jersey. Though he's improved his time trialing, it remains to be seen how he'll stand up against riders like Chris Froome and Alberto Contador. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com


http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/time-trial-critical-setting-second-half-vuelta_343587
In a Vuelta a España packed with climbs, Tuesday’s 36.7km race against the clock could leave a decisive mark on the final GC.
The route offers some interesting terrain for the Spanish mountain goats facing off against favored GC rider Chris Froome (Sky). With a challenging, third-category climb in the opening 11 kilometers, followed by a fast descent, and some technical roads, the time trial could determine the GC fate of more than a few overall contenders.
Time trials at the Vuelta are always a little different than at the Tour de France. The Spanish tour usually lacks longer, flatter courses, where riders like Froome can take big gains against the climbers. On a similar distance of 33km in the 2013 Tour on the windy, power course to Mont-Saint-Michel, Froome took 2:15 out of Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo), and a whopping 3:28 out of Nairo Quintana (Movistar).
For Tuesday, Froome is the first to admit he’s not in the same condition he was for the Tour in July, so he’s certainly not banking on hitting it out of the park.
“It’s relatively short compared to time trials elsewhere, but I enjoy time trialing, so I am hoping to make the most of it,” Froome said Sunday. “It’s a huge fight here, and it’s going to be a big race all the way to the end. Every second here or there is going to count.”
Froome lost 23 seconds to Contador, Quintana, and Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha) when he couldn’t follow the surges Sunday, and will be desperate for a strong ride to revive his overall chances. At fifth overall, 28 seconds back, he’s still right in the thick of things, but any gains taken against the clock Tuesday would serve as a welcome buffer going into the Vuelta’s brutal second half that’s packed with monster climbs.
Riders such as Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) and Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing), who won on a similar course last year, will be the favorites for the stage victory. Others, such as Adriano Malori (Movistar) and Kristof Vandewalle (Trek Factory Racing) could be in with a shot of the win as well.
All eyes will be on the clock, and the GC players. The difference between race leader Quintana and sixth-place Rodríguez is only 30 seconds, and as Quintana said, the race is virtually tied.
That will surely change Tuesday. The major GC candidates took a chance to preview the course during Monday’s rest day, and all agree that the course presents a stiff challenge.
“When you see it in person, you realize it’s harder than it looks on paper,” Contador said Monday. “The first part is a climb, with some sections truly steep, then a very fast descent over an irregular and difficult road. The last part, in contrast, you have to be stuck to your bike. It’s easy enough to describe it, but it will be very difficult.”
After Sunday’s cool, rainy weather at Valdelinares, forecasters are calling for a return of warm, sunny skies, with temperatures in the low 90s, with gusting winds, so conditions should be relatively equal for the main GC contenders starting at the end of the start list.
Contador, who’s made an impressive return to the Vuelta after pulling out of the Tour with a fractured leg, said Tuesday’s time trial will reveal much about the remainder of the Vuelta.
“Tomorrow is a good test to see exactly where I am physically,” he continued. “I don’t want to deceive myself, and draw the wrong conclusions from [Sunday's] stage.”
The more challenging course will be a blessing in disguise for Rodríguez, who lost the 2010 Vuelta to Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) with an abysmal time trial on flat, wind-blasted roads. Rodríguez has worked to improve against the clock, and on a similar course in the 2012 Vuelta, he only lost 59 seconds to Contador and even less to Froome. Rodríguez, who crashed out of the Giro d’Italia in May, is crossing his fingers for a strong ride.
“I have to be [optimistic], because the only chance I have to keep aspiring for victory in this Vuelta is to have a great time trial, and not get too far back in the GC,” Rodríguez said Monday. “This has been a Vuelta with a lot of movement. No one has given up yet, and all the favorites and their teams are engaged in the race. [Tuesday] will be an important test, and we’ll be able to see more things, and to truly test where each and every favorite stands.”
Rigoberto Urán (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), ninth at 1:26 back, will also need a superb performance to revive his GC hopes. Urán won on a similar course at Barolo at the Giro, taking 2:41 out of Quintana, who was ailing from a minor chest cold.
“I have a lot of hope,” Urán said. “I’ve worked hard this year on time trialing, and I’ve done some good ones. There’s still Cancellara, Martin, but considering the GC rivals, I hope to have a good ride.”
All eyes will be on Quintana, who will start last as the race leader, and have time checks to all of his rivals. If the Giro champ can limit his losses to the likes of Froome and Contador, he will only gain confidence going into the second half of the Vuelta.
“I’ve made improvements against the clock, and though there are specialists who will take time on me, I don’t think I will lose that much,” Quintana said Monday. “I have good legs now, and I hope to feel that way [Tuesday], and do my best ride possible.”
Tuesday’s time trial will surely reshuffle the GC deck yet again, but it’s doubtful it will be prove decisive.
Pundits say modern grand tours are won and lost against the clock, and that might well be the case in the Tour, but the Vuelta is a different kind of race, and the final winner will certainly be crowned in a brutal trio of climbing stages across Asturias.

Read more at http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/time-trial-critical-setting-second-half-vuelta_343587#seKIlICPTggldv2z.99

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Tejay van Garderen crushes Vail ITT, breaks record

http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/tejay-van-garderen-crushes-vail-itt-breaks-record-extends-lead_342332



Tejay van Garderen wins the Vail time trial to take a secure hold on the race lead. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) extended his overall lead at the USA Pro Challenge on Saturday by crushing a rain-soaked edition of the Vail Time Trial that saw him shatter his own record.
The 10-mile race against the clock, which started in the ski town of Vail and climbed most of its namesake pass, was run under dark skies on wet roads. The climb began gradually, then steepened into a steady grind for the final three miles.
At the top, Michael Rogers (Tinkoff-Saxo) held the soggy hot seat with a finishing time of 26:06 as van Garderen started his own race of truth down below.
But in between Tom Danielson (Garmin-Sharp) was setting his own brisk pace, hitting the time check in 12:43, the fastest ride to that point.
“I’ll be honest. I was definitely a little bit insecure. I haven’t done a good TT this year,” he said. “I gotta think back to my last time trial in Tour of Suisse or whatever … it was nice to get that monkey off my back. Once I got out there I felt really strong … and the crowd was incredible. Colorado crowds are second to none.”
Van Garderen bettered Danielson’s mark by 20 seconds when he blazed through, but the battle continued.
Danielson blew Rogers out of the hot seat when he hit the line in 25:19, 47 seconds better than the Tinkoff time-trial specialist. But van Garderen did likewise to the Garmin climber, thundering home in 24:26, winning the stage and breaking his own record of 25:02 — with an average speed of 24.6 mph.
“I think I was assisted by a bit of tailwind, that helped. Rain and cold didn’t help. Whether or not I set the record, it was a win-win today,” said van Garderen. “Having experience on this course was huge. The first one I did, I blew sky high. On the second one, I was good, but the pacing was off. This one I was perfectly smooth the whole way.”
Danielson had to settle for second on the day at 52 seconds with Serghei Tvetcov (Jelly Belly-Maxxis) third at 1:08.
“Superman over here just came flying through,” said Danielson, referring to van Garderen. “He’s the best guy in the race. To be second to him is a big honor. I’m very, very happy with my performance today.”
On the overall, van Garderen confirmed his grip on the yellow jersey. Danielson had moved into second at 1:31, while Tvetcov sat third at 1:45. Rafal Majka (Tinkoff), who started the day in second overall, slipped to fourth at 1:48.