CYCLING TOUR DE TRUMP : Alcala Wins 3-Mile Time Trial; LeMond Is 74th
Raul Alcala of Mexico won the rain-slicked three-mile Wilmington Prologue Time Trial of the second Tour de Trump by nearly seven seconds Thursday.
Alcala, 26, will wear the leader’s pink jersey for today’s first stage, the 95.3-mile Wilmington to Baltimore Road Race. The 1,107-mile Tour de Trump will continue through May 13.
Greg LeMond, the reigning Tour de France champion, finished 74th in Thursday’s time trial. LeMond is recovering from illness and a bout with food poisoning.
Alcala, the 109th starter in the field of 133 professionals and amateurs, negotiated the hilly course on slick city streets in 6 minutes 25.893 seconds.
The drizzle slowed the pace and caused the riders to slip, particularly when they climbed a cobblestoned section in the first mile.
“I felt strong today,” said Alcala, who last July became the first Mexican to win a stage of the Tour de France and finished eighth overall. “I used the rollers (stationary training wheels) before the race and my legs were strong.”
Steve Speaks, an amateur from Longmont, Colo., was second in 6:32.75. Steve Bauer of Canada was third in 6:32.95.