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by Mark Zalewski
January 27, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Navardauskas takes Bahrain-Merida inaugural win in San Juan TT; Greipel sprints to win in Challenge Mallorca opener; Kirsten Wild just pips Chloe Hosking in Race Melbourne photo finish; Sam Bennett sprints to victory at Race Melbourne, the Cadel’s Race curtain-raiser crit; Mark Cavendish: Merckx’s Tour de France record is now a realistic target for me; Cyclocross worlds preview: In Bieles, a new chapter will be written between the sport’s two young stars; French teams dominate wildcard selections for Tour de France, Paris-Nice and Critérium du Dauphiné; Retired pro cyclist Tom Zirbel shifts to triathlon; World Championship course proving to be a challenge; Former pro talks about battle with depression, suicide attempts; Vuelta a San Juan, stage 3 highlights; Video: Abu Dhabi Tour preview; Video: Tony Martin off to rocky start with Katusha-Alpecin.
Recently retired pro cyclist Tom Zirbel, who finished his cycling career by setting the U.S. hour record last year, has signed with Diamondback Bicycles’ triathlon team.
Tom Zirbel (Rally Cycling) on his way to winning the 2016 Gila time trial for a second consecutive year.
Zirbel retired from the Rally Cycling team in June 2016 at 37. He is a former U.S. time trial champion and has stage wins at a number of races, including the Tour of Utah and Volta ao Alentejo.
“Tom has been a staple in American pro cycling for years, and we’ve been following him closely through Diamondback’s sponsorship of the Rally Cycling team,” said Steve Westover, Marketing Director at Diamondback. “He is a great athlete and we are excited to support him as he transitions to competing in triathlons.”
Nicknamed ‘The Diesel’ for his strong TT talent, Zirbel had previously retired in 2010 after a positive test for DHEA. Though he denied taking the substance knowingly, he voluntarily accepted a two-year ban which was later reduced to 18 months.
He returned to pro racing in 2011 and raced until June of 2016, finishing second at the U.S. time trial championship, followed by his hour record ride in September.