Rosskopf Wins Back to Back US Time Trial Championship21. June 2018, Knoxville (USA) — Road Team
Joey Rosskopf smashed the race against the clock to claim the gold medal at the US National Time Trial Championships for the second consecutive year, with teammate Brent Bookwalter securing the bronze medal.
Bookwalter, who was second in 2017, started in the third wave and quickly settled into a good rhythm over the 33.7km course to clock the provisional second-fastest time of 40'20" as he crossed the line in Knoxville.
As defending champion, Rosskopf was the last rider to roll down the start ramp and made his intentions clear by posting the fastest time at the first and second checkpoints, on the first two of three laps, before powering home to stop the clock with 39'46", 28 seconds ahead of Chad Haga and 34 seconds in front of Bookwalter, to secure the Stars and Stripes skinsuit until mid-2019.
Quotes from the Finish Line:
“I felt good. I felt fast. 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. This year’s course was a pretty similar distance to last year’s but this year was a bit longer. This course was flatter, and three laps with three U-turns per lap. I preferred last year’s course as it was more dynamic, and it felt good when you nailed the corners. No one feels good doing U-turns, you slow right down and then have to speed right up so it’s never a good sensation. But it was the same for everyone.”
“Winning Nationals is a gift that you get to enjoy the whole year and it’s easy as I already have the skinsuit. 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. So, something special came together this year and last year at Nationals. My family is in town, super special support from them, and we have three staff for just two guys.”
“I’ve had a lot of seconds and a lot of thirds at Nationals. It’s bittersweet because the goal is obviously to come here and win, but I’m always consistent. That’s kind of my trend, I’m proud to be able to keep riding consistently and always be fighting and even if I haven’t got the big win, I’m proud of always being right there and close.”
US National Time Trial Championships
Knoxville > Knoxville (33.7km)
Top 3: 1. Joey Rosskopf (BMC Racing Team), 2. Chad Haga (Team Sunweb), 3. Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing Team)