Decatur native wins time trial in U.S. cycling championship

Posted by June 26, 2017

Joey Rosskopf. Photo provided by Hincapie Development

By Ellie Ritter, contributor 

Last Sunday, Decatur native Joey Rosskopf won the men’s time trial in the U.S. Cycling Professional Road Championships for the first time in his career.

The win was an upset over his teammate from BMC Racing, Brent Bookwalter. According to Cyclingnews, Rosskopf hasn’t raced the national championships since 2014, where he took seventh place.

Still, Rosskopf is no stranger to intense cycling competitions. In 2014, he also won the Redlands Bicycle Classic. He also has done three Grand Tours and earned a stellar fifth place in the final time trial of this year’s Giro d’Italia.

“I’ve never done well at nationals, and I haven’t given it a shot for a few years since it never goes very well,” Rosskopf told Cyclingnews. “I have July off from racing so I was going to be back in the States anyhow. I feel like I’ve gotten a lot better since the last time I tried to win nationals, so I came back to give it a shot.”

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