Dave Zabriskie of Garmin-Slipstream was the jersey winner- for the 4th time- in the time trial on Saturday, but Kenda's very own Matt Winstead (of Huntsville, AL) rode to a very impressive 11th place against a field of very motivated TT specialists. I met Matt during the team's training camp in Greenville last January and I can honestly say he's a great guy and tough rider who really earned that 11th place. Also in the TT for the Kenda boys, was newcomer Chris Monteleone who had previously been riding for the US National Team and finished a very respectable 20th.
(Matt Winstead heading for 11th... with a smile, no less.)
Sunday saw an emotional win in the road race by George Hincapie of Columbia-HTC as the early heat and later the rain added to the rapid attrition of the field. The multiple climbs up Paris Mountain continually cut the field apart and only the tough and determined made it to the finish. One of those riders making it to the finish was Kenda tough man Jake Rytlewski in 19th. Jake fought hard and stayed with an elite group of chasers in the closing laps of the race, proving his hard-as-nails reputation.
We're very proud of our boys in pinstripes and we're looking forward to seeing more strong results as the season comes to a close and in the future.
Check out this nice mention of the team on PezCyclingnews.com as well.
(All photos with the permission of James Thomas of Bicycle Design.)