Hagens Berman Axeon‘s Sean Quinn won the 11.3km opening time trial at the Redlands Bicycle Classic on Wednesday, covering the southern California course in 15:21 and beating First Internet Bank’s Jerrett Oldham by just one second.
“I had a time in mind, which was 16 minutes,” Quinn said after his win. “I was looking at my power, and I was going pretty fast, and thought maybe it was reading wrong, but I was feeling good. I stayed with it, and when it started getting hard at the end, I just started ripping it.”
Quinn’s teammate, and defending Redlands champion, Thomas Revard, was third, three seconds back.
“I just came out here expecting to do the best I could, only to hear that Sean won and I finished third, so we’re super happy,” said Revard. “It was super, super windy. You had to put power down the entire way down the hill. Coming back was a little bit easier, but you’re still going uphill – just full tail boogie all day, every day.”
Quinn will now wear the race leader’s jersey in Thursday’s 93.5km stage 2 Highland circuit race.
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