With major stage races Giro d'Italia and Tour of California right around the corner, cycling fan favorite Dave Zabriskie did what he does best today - tearing up the time trial for Garmin-Cervelo and getting a great stage win at the Tour of Romandie. Meanwhile, Garmin placed four in the top 20, now have two in the overall Top 10 and kept the Best Young Rider's jersey as it moved from Peter Stetina to teammate Andrew Talansky. SlipstreamSports.com has a great recap and photo gallery, and here's part of Dave's post-race interview with John Wilcockson of VeloNews:
After riding the course earlier, Zabriskie told his mechanic to put on a 26-tooth rear sprocket instead of a 21 “because I realized I could stay on the big ring up all the hills with that bigger sprocket — except on the finishing climb. I was playing the spinning game, not so much a power game,” he said.
Zabriskie, who didn’t wear a radio earpiece, so got no time checks, told VeloNews, “I saw (my minute man Vladimir) Karpets at the top of the first hill … and he got it rolling so he was a pretty good character to chase. I caught him and (two-minute man Luke) Roberts in the last 500 meters and got around them.”
Catching those two riders and racing past them through the last turns on the uphill finish was probably what made the difference for Zabriskie to better Porte’s time by just 1.77 seconds — close indeed!