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Australia’s Chris McCormack, Great Britain’s Chrissie Wellington and the United States’ Chris Lieto all had the opportunity to compete in yesterday’s Amgen Tour of California Time Trial Stage.
The time trial was the seventh stage of the event and took place in Los Angeles, Calif. The triathletes competed as part of a rare opportunity in which amateur cyclists were allowed to take to the time trial course before the professionals.
While many were looking forward to seeing how Lieto would fair against pure cyclists, it was not meant to be as Lieto flatted with only a few miles to go. At the halfway point, Lieto had clocked a time of 21:35. McCormack finished the 20.9 miles in 46:11, good enough for 56th place overall. Wellington, who has talked about going for a time trial slot in the 2012 Olympics, finished in 50:32.
To give an idea of how they compared to the world’s top cyclists here are the top-10 times from the professional field:
1. Tony Martin 41:41
2. Michael Rogers 42:03
3. David Zabriskie 42:08
4. Levi Leipheimer 42:14
5. Jens Voigt 42:40
6. Bert Grabsch 42:47
7. Maarten Tjallingii 42:53
8. Christopher Horner 43:00
9. Rory Sutherland 43:00
10. Robert Hunger 43:02