Joey Rosskopf retains American Time Trial title
Jun 21 2018 11:48 pm CET

Joey Rosskopf retains American Time Trial title
Joey Rosskopf retains American Time Trial title
Photo of Joey Rosskopf © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

BMC Racing Team's Joey Rosskopf has won the US National Time Trial Championships for the second time in a row.

Rosskopf was the last rider to start in the competition that was over a route of 33.7 kilometres. The rider stopped the clock at 29 minutes and 46 seconds, 28 seconds faster than Chad Haga (Sunweb), who took the second place, and 34 seconds ahead of his teammate Brent Bookwalter.

"I felt good. I felt fast," said the rider at the end of the day. "I couldn't have asked for better legs. It was pretty hard to match Chad Haga's time on the first lap especially. I felt like I had the advantage to know the time checks, to base my own ride off of them. The only option to win is to go out and match the times and do better. If you fade, at least you tried. Luckily I felt good enough to do that."

The American is looking forward to wearing his stars and stripes skinsuit for one more year. "Winning Nationals is a gift that you get to enjoy the whole year and it's easy as I already have the skinsuit," Rosskopf explained. "During my last few time trials in Europe I tried to enjoy what might be my last chances to wear the skinsuit so to keep it for another year is really special.

"There's no way I can show up to a race like this expecting it to happen. Really everything has to come together perfectly and you saw the weather shape up in the last lap which was a big advantage for me. It's hard to show up here and know that Neilson Powless, Chad Haga, and Brent Bookwalter have all done better time trials pretty much so far this season, every time we have raced against each other."
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JOSEPH ROSSKOPF
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