Stage 5 - Bakersfield Individual Time Trial, May 17
Day: Thur, May 17 Time Trial: Bakersfield Miles: 18.4 KM: 29.7
BAKERSFIELD: 10:00AM - 4:30PM 1801 PANORAMA DR. BAKERSFIELD, CA 93305
Bakersfield hosted the 2012 Amgen Tour of California Individual Time Trial today. David Zabriskie (USA) of Garmin-Barracuda was crowned the winner after crossing the finish line with the best time of 35 minutes, 59 seconds.
Amgen Leader Jersey - David Zabriskie (USA), Garmin-Barracuda (USA)
Nissan King of the Mountain Jersey - Sébastian Salas (USA), Optum Powered by Kelly Benefit Strategies (USA)
Visit California Sprint Jersey - Peter Sagan (SVK), Liquigas-Cannondale (ITA)
Rabobank Best Young Rider Jersey - Luke Durbridge (AUS), Orica-GreenEDGE (AUS)
Amgen's Breakaway from Cancer® Most Courageous Rider Jersey - Markel Irizar Arranburu (ESP), RadioShack-Nissan-Trek (LUX)
Exergy Most Aggressive Rider Jersey - Yannick Eijssen (BEL) of BMC Racing Team (USA)
Stage 5 Top-3
First - David Zabriskie (USA), Garmin-Barracuda (USA)
Second - Jens Voigt (GER), RadioShack-Nissan-Trek (LUX)
Third - Tejay van Garderen (USA), BMC Racing Team (USA)
Bakersfield Professional Women Time Trial Result
1. Kristin Armstrong (Exergy TWENTY12) 39:59.28
2. Alison Powers (NOW and Novartis for MS) 41:23.88
3. Jade Wilcoxson (Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefits Strategies) 41:58.08
4. Alison Tetrick (Exergy TWENTY12) 42:09.68
5. Robin Farina (NOW and Novartis for MS) 42:32.92
6. Tayler Wiles (Exergy TWENTY12) 43:40.40
7. Emilia Fahlin (Specialized-Lululemon) 43:42.02
8. Janel Holcomb (Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefits Strategies) 44:12.46
The finishing circuit at the end of the 2010 Amgen Tour of California’s Stage 5 in Bakersfield was a gut-wrenching fan favorite, so it was only natural to return to the scene and turn that circuit into an 18.4 mile Individual Time Trial course. Right from the start, the riders will go from zero to nearly 60 mph in a matter of seconds. The start ramp will launch them onto an immediate descent to Alfred Harrel Highway. From there, it will be a straight – but not exactly flat – route to the turnaround point at Lake Ming.
In May, it’s likely going to be hot and windy, and there will not be much in the way of flat roadway to catch your breath. The route is full of 100-foot rollers, and as the riders approach the finish, they’ll be able to see it… up on a 300-foot bluff. The prepared rider will have saved a little for the China Grade, which presents an eight percent climb to the top and then a hard left, and it won’t be over there. The riders will still face a slightly uphill, .44-mile run to the finish.
For those who think Stage 5 of the Amgen Tour of California sounds like a fun 40 minutes on the bike, come out and be part of a select group of amateurs that will get to race the course just before the pros start.