Tejay van Garderen finished second and Brent Bookwalter was third for the BMC Racing Team Saturday as David Zabriskie (Garmin-Barracuda) won his seventh national time trial title in the past nine years at the Greenville Hospital System USA Cycling pro championships.
Road Race Is Monday
Zabriskie covered the 33-kilometer course in 40:41, six seconds faster than van Garderen and 27 seconds faster than Bookwalter, who improved on his fourth place from a year ago. Van Garderen said he was surprised to learn he was only six seconds off the winning time after conceding 34 seconds to Zabriskie in a time trial over a similar distance last week at the Amgen Tour of California. “I left everything on the course so I can’t say I have any regrets,” van Garderen said. “But six seconds is a tough pill to swallow. It would have been easier to get second place by 40 seconds. When it’s six seconds, you go back and think about where you could have gone better here or there, or taken a corner differently.”
Racing in front of several family members and close to his home in Asheville, N.C., Bookwalter said he was also encouraged by his result. “Third place is nice and it’s nice to get on the podium,” he said. “But I’m not going to stop here. I’m going to try to keep working to get that jersey.” Monday, van Garderen and Bookwalter will be joined by teammate George Hincapie for the 185 km U.S. national road championship race.