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Brent Bookwalter ready to do battle for the San Dimas GC (Foto by AbbiOrca.com)
Brent Bookwalter ready to do battle for the San Dimas GC (Foto by AbbiOrca.com)

No one kicking rocks, but motivated to prove something after TT

21. marzo 2009

San Dimas

The first stage of the three day San Dimas stage race in southern California challenges the riders with an uphill time trial on Glendora Mountain Road. 

The time trial covering nearly 4 miles offers a powerful shock to the system and an initial look at who will be in a position to challenge for the overall win on Sunday.  Fly-V Australia's Ben Day lived up to his favourite status by taking the stage, but with three riders placed in the top 15, BMC still has considerably more than a shouting chance at coming away with the final victory.

Aggressiveness the key for next two days

BMC's best finisher on the day was Brent Bookwalter in 10th place with Jeff Louder and Chad Beyer close behind in 14th and 15th, respectively.  "No one is kicking rocks or anything over his performance, but you can never be content unless you win," Bookwalter explained.  "Something like the top 40 riders are separated by only a minute, so obviously anything can still happen."  With a minute's worth of time bonuses available in Saturday's circuit race alone, there is every expectation that the GC is still very much in the air.  "We'll have to be aggressive of course, but it certainly will still be possible for our top 3 finishers to make up some serious time and places on the GC," said Mike Sayers, BMC's Directeur Sportif for San Dimas.  "The course this year was very fast I think since the winner beat Sevilla's winning time from last year by several seconds." 

Very tactical race

San Dimas is not the sort of race easily dictated even by the strongest teams.  Instead, the tactics unfold on the road, often forcing the strong men to react.  "I've done this race two times before, and so I know all kinds of crazy things can happen," Bookwalter said.  "It is hugely tactical, and not a cookie-cutter sort of race where the main team controls things till the climbers or sprinters come to the front to take the win."  Though BMC would have much preferred to win the stage, they are by no means out of the running.  "We are still in the race, for sure," Bookwalter exclaimed.  "Instead of being disappointed in today, we are super motivated for tomorrow.  And with a Director as experienced as Mike helping us, we really feel confident that we are still in a strong position."