Evan Huffman (California Giant) powered to victory today in the third stage of the SRAM Tour of the Gila – a hilly, 16.3-mile time trial course.
The 22-year-old beat overall leader Rory Sutherland (UnitedHealthcare) by just three seconds in the TT, but Sutherland increased his GC lead to 26 seconds.
Joe Dombrowski of Bontrager-Livestrong took third on the day, 17 seconds off the pace, and sits in second in the overall. He also sits atop the best young rider classification by almost two minutes
In the women’s race, Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong (Exergy-Twenty12) continues to dominate this year’s Gila, having won all three stages so far.
She crushed the field by over two minutes, with Alison Powers (Now-Novartis) and Carmen Small (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies) in second and third respectively.
That leaves Armstrong with a huge lead in the GC, with over five minutes on Small who sits in second place going into tomorrow’s penultimate stage.
Men’s stage 3
1 Evan HUFFMAN, California Giant in 34:23
2 Rory SUTHERLAND, UnitedHealthcare +3
3 Joe DOMBROWSKI, Bontrager-Livestrong +17
4 Jeremy VENNELL, Bissell +24
5 Lawson CRADDOCK, Bontrager-Livestrong +38
Women’s stage 3
1 Kristin ARMSTRONG , Exergy-Twenty12 in 0:37:13
2 Alison POWERS , Now-Novartis +2:05
3 Carmen SMALL, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies +2:11
Men’s general classification
1 Rory SUTHERLAND, UnitedHealthcare in 7:24:34
2 Joe DOMBROWSKI, Bontrager-Livestrong +26
3 Francisco MANCEBO, Competitive Cyclist +1:28
4 Marc DE MAAR, UnitedHealthcare +1:32
5 Chris BALDWIN, Bissell +1:41
Women’s general classification
1 Kristin ARMSTRONG , Exergy-Twenty12 in 7:30:65
2 Carmen SMALL, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies +5:01
3 Alison POWERS , Now-Novartis +5:29