Tour of Utah's Best Young Rider Alex Howes of Felt-Howeleski Partners races in the evening light.
Tom Zirbel of Team Bissell won last night's stage 3 time trial at the Tour of Utah. Zirbel rode the flat 14.5 kilometer course 17 minutes even. The track at the Miller Motorsports Park made for fast racing, despite the desert heat. Ian McKissick of BMC finished second, while Brent Bookwalter of BMC, who won the prologue, finished third. Jeremy Vennell of Bissell and David Zabriskie of Garmin-Slipstream rounded out the top five on the stage.
In the general classification, Francisco Mancebo of Rock Racing successfully defended his lead. Darren Lill of Team Type 1 did a strong ride against the watch and inched closer to Mancebo in the overall standings. Lill know sits 30 seconds behind the Spanish rider from Rock Racing. Utah local Jeff Louder of BMC remains in third in the general classification, 42 seconds behind Mancebo. Louder also currently wears the Blue Jersey for Best Utah rider. Alex Howes, meanwhile, continues to lead the Best Young Riders classification. Full results.
Today, the Tour of Utah celebrates its queen stage, a mountainous road race running between Park City and Snowbird. The stage includes two major climbs and finishes with a climb up Cottonwood Canyon to the Creekside Center at Snowbird Resort. Fred, our fearless photographer, will ride the moto today. Watch for a gallery this evening or early tomorrow.
Photo gallery, below the flip!
Francisco Mancebo of Rock Racing successfully defended his race lead.
Brent Bookwalter of BMC, who won the opening prologue, finished third at the Miller Motorsports Park.
U.S. National Champion David Zabriskie of Garmin-Slipstream, cornering. Zabriskie finished fifth on the stage.
Best Utah Rider Jeff Louder of BMC sits third in the general classification.
Burke Swindlehurst of Team Bissell races in the warm desert twilight.
The jerseys: Jeff Louder of BMC, Francisco Mancebo of Rock Racing, Darren Lill of Team Type 1, and Alex Howes of Felt-Howeleski Partners
Recommend viewing the original gallery, as the photos here are cropped to fit the Cafe format. They look über-sweet in their original dimensions. ~Gav.