Tom Zirbel

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Tom Zirbel
Tom Zirbel, Tour of California 2012.jpg
Personal information
Born (1978-10-30) October 30, 1978 (age 40)
Clear Lake, Iowa, United States
Team information
Current teamRally UHC Cycling
Rider typeTime trialist
Professional team(s)
2006–2009Priority Health
2011Jamis–Sutter Home
2012–2016Optum–Kelly Benefit Strategies

Tom Zirbel (born October 30, 1978) is an American road bicycle racing cyclist from Clear Lake, Iowa, riding for Rally UHC Cycling.[1]


He rode for Priority Health from 2006 to 2009. He came fourth in the UCI Road World Championships time trial in September 2009, and had signed to join UCI ProTour team Garmin–Transitions the following season.

In December 2009, a urine test taken at the 2009 USPRO Time Trial Championships the previous August, in which Zirbel came second, tested positive for DHEA.[2] Zirbel denied having taken the substance knowingly, but he nevertheless voluntarily accepted a two-year suspension, and immediately announced his retirement. His suspension was reduced in March 2011 to 18 months, which had already been served, in recognition of assistance given to the US Anti-Doping Agency. He suggested that, despite earlier comments about retiring, he would seek to resume his racing career. He maintains that he ingested the banned product inadvertently.[3]

In 2011, Zirbel rode for Jamis–Sutter Home. On May 28, 2011 he placed 2nd in the US Pro time trial championship, behind David Zabriskie. He joined Optum–Kelly Benefit Strategies for the 2012 season.[1] In an interview with in early 2016, Zirbel confirmed that the upcoming season would be his last as a professional cyclist before retiring.[4] In September of that year, he set a new American national hour record in Aguascalientes, Mexico, completing 53.037km to break the 1997 record of 51.505km set by Norman Alvis.[5]

Major results[edit]

1st Stage 3 (ITT) Tour of the Gila[6]
2nd National Time Trial Championships
1st MaillotUSA.PNG National Time Trial Championships
1st Stage 4 Volta ao Alentejo
9th Overall Tour of the Gila
1st Stage 3 (ITT)
1st Stage 1 (ITT) Tour of Elk Grove
2nd, USPRO Time Trial Championships
4th, UCI World Time Trial Championships
4th, Overall, Tour of Missouri
2nd, USPRO Time Trial Championships
2nd, Overall, Redlands Bicycle Classic
2nd, Overall, Nature Valley Grand Prix
1st, Stage 1
2nd, USPRO Time Trial Championships
1st, Tour of Utah, Stage 5
1st, Tour of the Gila, Stage 3
1st, Tour of Elk Grove, Stage 1
3rd, Overall, Tour of Elk Grove
8th, Overall, Cascade Cycling Classic


  1. ^ a b Weislo, Laura (January 31, 2012). "Zirbel presented with Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved February 9, 2012.
  2. ^ Kirsten Robbins (2009-12-28). "Zirbel announces positive for DHEA". Cycling News. Retrieved 2009-12-27.
  3. ^ Kirsten Frattini (2011-03-29). "USADA ends Tom Zirbel's suspension early". Cycling News.
  4. ^ Malach, Pat (11 February 2016). "Tom Zirbel to retire after 2016 season". Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Zirbel sets new US Hour Record". 16 September 2016. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  6. ^ Weislo, Laura (2 May 2015). "Zirbel, Stephens win Tour of the Gila time trial". Retrieved 4 May 2015.

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
David Zabriskie
United States National Time Trial

Succeeded by
Taylor Phinney