Most riders know the time trial in Valley of the Sun often determines the winner, but in a few close races, everything can be lost in Sunday’s final stage – the crit.
In at least five races, the general classification time difference between first and second place is less than 20 seconds.
With an opportunity to get away in a break or to secure any of three time bonuses, it’s do-or-die time for many riders sitting in second and the final opportunity for leaders to secure a victory.
Time bonuses for the crit include 10 seconds for first, six seconds for second and four seconds for third.
Tight general classification (GC) races to watch:
Junior Men 17-18: Brandon McNulty (LUX Development Team) has only a six-second gap on Clayton Stone (Superissimo), who won the road race today and jumped from fifth after the time trial to second.
Men’s 3: Greg Kogut (Moment Cycles) leads Dalton Fayad (McDowell Mountain Cycles) by only seven seconds.
Men’s 35+: Philip Tintsman (Spy Giant Ride p/b GQ6) leads the GC by only 13 seconds, ahead of Chris Demarchi (Monster Media Elite Masters). Karl Bordine (Spy Giant Ride p/b GQ6) and Lewis Elliot (Bicycle Ranch) are tied for third, both down only 21 seconds from the lead.
Men’s 45+: Kirk Bausch (Surf City Cyclery/Sterling BMW) and Cale Reeder (Hammer/53×11) are separated by 14 seconds, with Bausch currently in the lead.
Junior Men 13-14: Lance Araiza (TRU Cycling/Jax Bicycle Racing) is just ahead of Tanner Bohlender (Strada Racing) by 15 seconds.
Watch all these races and more Sunday around the Arizona state capitol.
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