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TD Bank Philadelphia International Championship - 1.HC/1.1

USA, June 7, 2009

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Race 1 - June 7: Philadelphia International Championship, 251.0km/156mi

Greipel and Henderson scorch Philadelphia finale

Golden day for Columbia-Highroad on race's silver anniversary

By Peter Hymas with reporting from Kirsten Robbins in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

André Greipel (Team Columbia - Highroad) wins
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André Greipel won the 25th Philadelphia International Championship on Sunday with an unmatched burst of speed over the final 200 metres of Benjamin Franklin Parkway to beat Columbia-Highroad teammate Greg Henderson and Bissell's Kirk O'Bee. It was the second win of the day for the American ProTour, who led out Ina-Yoko Teutenberg in the women's Liberty Classic.

Columbia-Highroad's pre-race plan was to deliver Germany's Greipel to the line in a field sprint. It executed the lead-out to perfection, despite confusion from a crash within the final kilometre, near Logan Circle.

"Every race we are at we are one of the best teams but that doesn't mean that we get the win easily," Greipel told Cyclingnews. "We always have to work hard and play our tactics correctly in order to win any race.

Henderson started his sprint with 400 metres to go and Greipel went on his own in the final 200 metres. The one-two finish was an unexpected bonus.

"I caught Kirk O'Bee and passed him," Henderson told Cyclingnews. "There was no one else there and I thought, 'Well heck, I have to keep going.' One guy passed me and it was Greipel so it doesn't get much better than that."

Bissell Pro Cycling made its bid for victory and hoped to elevate sprinter Kirk O'Bee one step higher on the podium following 2008's second place.

"Frank Pipp was in front of me and things started to swarm a little so I went early around," O'Bee told Cyclingnews. "I looked up and around, and I was already off the front a little bit with 300 metres to go and so I kept going.

"We were on the outside of the crash and thankfully my teammates put me out front and got me around all that. There are crashes all the time in the last part of the race because everyone is so tired. It's better to be at the front to avoid that."

Reid Mumford (Kelly Benefit Strategy) had his team's sprinter, Alex Candelario, on his wheel within the top 10 during a right-hand turn around Logan Circle. The duo was attempting to come around the lead-out train of Planet Energy when Mumford glanced back to make sure Candelario was on his wheel. At the same time, a Planet Energy rider moved over taking out Mumford's front wheel and sent Mumford and a handful of others to the asphalt.

A long day

Daniel Holloway (USA National Team)
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The longest one-day race in the United States opened nearly six and a half hours earlier with the surprising turbo-charged start line acceleration of USA National Team rider Daniel Holloway. The 22-year-old Californian, a multi-US national champion on the track in 2008, leapt off the start line as if the finish line was at the end of the opening one-mile parade lap, not the longest race of his career.

"I didn't plan to go in the first 200 metres, I went off the line like I normally would [in a criterium]," said Holloway. "I heard I had a gap so I started picking it up and then I went out for the long haul."

Another young American, 20-year-old Andrew Talansky (Amore & Vita), set off in pursuit of Holloway on the opening one-mile parade lap, but was unable to join until nearly 60 miles and three ascents of the Manayunk Wall were ridden alone by each rider.

Another aggressively-minded duo, David Guttenplan (Team Mountain Khakis) and John Ebsen (Danish National Team), escaped the peloton in pursuit of Holloway and Talansky at the end of the opening 14.4-mile large circuit. The peloton showed no sense of urgency in its pursuit of the four escapees.

The women's peloton racing concurrently in the 57.6-mile Liberty Classic chopped its five-minute starting deficit to the men's race. For the first time in race history, with approximately 21 miles left in the Liberty Classic, the women caught and passed the men's peloton, neutralising the men in the process until the women's event finished.

Probably the only man on course wishing to be neutralised was race leader Holloway, but his stint off the front was only further extended since the four leaders still had the green light to race.

"I could see that my gap was opening and that the women were so close to the men's field," said Holloway. "I didn't worry about it. I was hoping to get neutralised so I could relax and stretch but they neutralised the men's field and not me."

Holloway's lead ballooned to over 13 minutes in front of the neutralised men's peloton and the ample cushion enabled the young sprinter to weave his way up the Manayunk Wall at his leisure to the raucous applause of "USA! USA!" inspired by his US National Team kit. Elsewhere on the parcours, Holloway frequently unclipped from the pedals to stretch his legs, which were beginning to feel the effects of his lengthy sojourn in the race lead.

Holloway found some relief once Talansky finally made contact as they concluded their third lap. The duo completed another full circuit encompassing the out and back trip to Manayunk along Kelly Drive.

Once the peloton was un-neutralised, they quickly got down to the business of absorbing the two pairs of riders.

Phase two

Valeriy Kobzarenko (Team Type 1), Daniel Oss (Liquigas) and Tom Zirbel (Bissell)
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Phase two to the men's race unfolded as a powerful trio – Daniel Oss (Liquigas), Valeriy Kobzarenko (Team Type 1)and Tom Zirbel (Bissell Pro Cycling) – attacked just prior to Holloway being absorbed at nearly 81 miles remaining.

Oss, Kobzarenko and Zirbel, sharing the work equally, found themselves 7:20 ahead of the field after the completion of the seventh of 10 large circuits, or 103.8 miles. The three riders would prove to be a challenge for the sprinters' teams to bring back, but the unrepresented ProTour squads stamped their authority on the race, capturing Oss, the last of the original trio, with six miles and two of the closing short laps to go.

"I think getting neutralised when we did just meant that we had to rethink our tactics a bit," said Henderson. "We wanted to make the group a little bit smaller at the finish so we went hard on the last time up the climb. There were too many other teams who missed the break, however. From then on it looked like it was going to be a sprint from two laps out. We just made sure that we had Greipel and myself up front."

Several other teams with sprinters – Liquigas, Fuji-Servetto, Colavita Sutter Home and Planet Energy – all attempted to counter the Columbia's effort on each of the remaining three-mile short laps, but the team's speed proved too much inside the final kilometre.

Bissell was one of the teams able to sit back in the during the chase thanks to Zirbel's presence in the break.

"Tom [Zirbel] being off the front took pressure off us," said O'Bee. "Columbia controlled the front at the end and my teammates helped try to keep me at the front behind them, but I just went a little too early."


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1 Andre Greipel (Ger) Team Columbia - Highroad                                          6.24.04 (39.227km/h)
2 Greg Henderson (NZl) Team Columbia - Highroad                                                
3 Kirk O'bee (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling                                                     0.01
4 Harald Starzengruber (Aut) Elk Haus                                                          
5 David Vitoria (Swi) Rock Racing                                                              
6 Keven Lacombe (Can) Planet Energy                                                            
7 Alejandro Borrajo (Arg) Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light                               
8 Christofer Stevenson (Swe) Swedish National Team                                             
9 Lucas Haedo (Arg) Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light                                     
10 Andrew Pinfold (Can) OUCH p/b Maxxis                                                        
11 Alex Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies                                              
12 Soren Petersen (Den) Danish National Team                                                   
13 Tony Cruz (USA) BMC Racing Team                                                             
14 Johnathon Cantwell (Aus) Fly V Australia                                                    
15 Evan Elken (USA) Land Rover-ORBEA                                                       0.02
16 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                                         
17 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Rock Racing                                                            
18 David Tanner (Aus) Rock Racing                                                              
19 Hagen Boasson (Nor) Team Columbia - Highroad                                                
20 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team Columbia - Highroad                                            0.03
21 Wil Routley (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team                                                  
22 Vicente Reynes (Spa) Team Columbia - Highroad                                               
23 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) Fly V Australia                                                    
24 Chad Beyer (USA) BMC Racing Team                                                        0.04
25 Frank Pipp (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling                                                        
26 Floyd Landis (USA) OUCH p/b Maxxis                                                      0.05
27 Kenneth Hanson (USA) Team Type 1                                                            
28 Jonathan Garcia (USA) BMC Racing Team                                                   0.07
29 Chris Jones (USA) Team Type 1                                                               
30 Karl Menzies (Aus) OUCH p/b Maxxis                                                          
31 Brian Vandborg DNK Liquigas                                                                 
32 Charlas Dionne (Can) Fly V Australia                                                        
33 Peter Salon (USA) USA National Team                                                     0.08
34 Peter Latham (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling                                                      
35 Bruno Langlois (Can) Planet Energy                                                      0.10
36 Andreas Stillfors (Swe) Swedish National Team                                               
37 Moises Aldape (Mex) Team Type 1                                                         0.11
38 Nic Sanderson (Aus) Rock Racing                                                             
39 Steve Bovay (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                                           
40 Matthew Winstead (USA) Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy                                       
41 Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1                                                        
42 Neil Shirley (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies                                                 
43 Martin Gilbert (Can) Planet Energy                                                      0.16
44 John Murphy (USA) OUCH p/b Maxxis                                                       0.18
45 Allesandro Bazzanna (Ita) Fly V Australia                                                   
46 Georg Lauscha (Aut) Elk Haus                                                            0.24
47 Scottie Weiss (USA) Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy                                      0.25
48 Stefan Rucker (Aut) Elk Haus                                                                
49 Alex Howes (USA) USA National Team                                                          
50 Jose Benitez (Spa) Fuji-Servetto                                                            
51 James Camut (USA) Land Rover-ORBEA                                                      0.26
52 Tom Soladay (USA) Team Mountain Khakis                                                  0.28
53 Matt Wilson (Aus) Team Type 1                                                           0.34
54 Philipp Mamos (Ger) Amore & Vita Pro Racing Team Presented by Life Time Fitness         0.35
55 Darren Lill (RSA) Team Type 1                                                           0.38
56 Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Amore & Vita Pro Racing Team Presented by Life Time Fitness     0.43
57 Daniel Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies                                            0.44
58 Matthew Rice (Aus) Jelly Belly Cycling Team                                             0.45
59 Rory Sutherland (Aus) OUCH p/b Maxxis                                                   0.46
60 Ryan Roth (Can) Planet Energy                                                           0.48
61 Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Fuji-Servetto                                                     0.49
62 Francois Parisien (Can) Planet Energy                                                   0.53
63 Davide Vigano (Ita) Fuji-Servetto                                                           
64 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia - Highroad                                           1.03
65 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                                           
66 Cladio Corioni (Ita) Liquigas                                                           1.05
67 Richard England (Aus) Amore & Vita Pro Racing Team Presented by Life Time Fitness       1.10
68 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas                                                         1.11
69 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas                                                         1.12
70 Gert Dockx (Bel) Team Columbia - Highroad                                               1.18
71 Jacob Erker (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies                                              1.19
72 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) Jelly Belly Cycling Team                                          1.26
73 Ben Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling                                                    1.29
74 Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team                                        1.55
75 Jonathan Mccarty (USA) OUCH p/b Maxxis                                                  2.00
76 Hilton Clarke (Aus) Fuji-Servetto                                                       2.15
77 Reid Mumford (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies                                             2.34
78 Davide Frattini (Ita) Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light                            2.41
79 Steffen Radochla (Ger) Elk Haus                                                         2.50
80 Paolo Bailetti (Ita) Fuji-Servetto                                                      2.53
81 Ricardo Serrano (Spa) Fuji-Servetto                                                     3.03
82 Anibal Borrajo (Arg) Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light                             3.22
83 Daniel Summerhill (USA) USA National Team                                               9.35
84 Bobby Sweeting (USA) Land Rover-ORBEA                                                       
85 Tomas Lofgren (Swe) Swedish National Team                                                   
86 Chad Gerlach (USA) Amore & Vita Pro Racing Team Presented by Life Time Fitness              
87 Lucas Persson (Swe) Swedish National Team                                                   
88 Tom Zirbel (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling                                                        
89 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas                                                            
90 Roman Uden (NZl) Land Rover-ORBEA                                                           
91 Russell Stevenson (USA) Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy                                      
92 Bennet Genugten (USA) Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy                                        
93 Tim Henry (USA) DLP Racing                                                                  
94 Andrew Guptill (USA) Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light                                 
95 Adam Myerson (USA) Team Mountain Khakis                                                     
96 Scott Tietzel (USA) DLP Racing                                                         12.38
97 Taylor Tolleson (USA) BMC Racing Team                                                       
98 Scott Davis (Aus) Fly V Australia                                                           
99 Ben Day (Aus) Fly V Australia                                                               
100 Anthony Colby (USA) Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light                                 
101 Aaron Tuckerman (NZl) Land Rover-ORBEA                                                     
102 Alexander Wetterall (Swe) Swedish National Team                                            
103 Caleb Fairly (USA) USA National Team                                                       
104 Bradley White (USA) OUCH p/b Maxxis                                                        
105 Charles Huff (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team                                                
106 Nicholas Reistad (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team                                            
107 Tyler Stanfield (USA) Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy                                       
DNF Ivan Dominguez (Cub) Fuji-Servetto                                                         
DNF Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas                                                                  
DNF Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team                                                      
DNF Wolfgang Murer (Aut) Elk Haus                                                              
DNF Jochen Summer (Aut) Elk Haus                                                               
DNF Volodymyr Starchyk (Ukr) Amore & Vita Pro Racing Team Presented by Life Time Fitness       
DNF Andrew Talansky (USA) Amore & Vita Pro Racing Team Presented by Life Time Fitness          
DNF Andy Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling                                                      
DNF Cody O'reilly (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling                                                    
DNF Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling                                                   
DNF Luca Damiani (Ita) Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light                                  
DNF Daniel Vaillancourt (USA) Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light                           
DNF Steven Gordon (USA) DLP Racing                                                             
DNF Boyd Johnson (USA) DLP Racing                                                              
DNF Phillip Martz (USA) DLP Racing                                                             
DNF Andrew Olson (USA) DLP Racing                                                              
DNF Tiagao Depaula (Bra) DLP Racing                                                            
DNF Curtis Gunn (USA) Fly V Australia                                                          
DNF David Kemp (Aus) Fly V Australia                                                           
DNF Matthew Crane (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team                                               
DNF Kiel Reijnen (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team                                                
DNF Andrew Bajadali (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies                                             
DNF Zach Bell (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies                                                   
DNF Scott Zwizanski (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies                                             
DNF Chad Burdzilauskas (USA) Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy                                    
DNF Jaime Gandara (USA) Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy                                         
DNF Jonathan Parrish (USA) Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy                                      
DNF Josh Bartlett (USA) Land Rover-ORBEA                                                       
DNF Logan Hunn (NZl) Land Rover-ORBEA                                                          
DNF Mike Northey (NZl) Land Rover-ORBEA                                                        
DNF Tim Johnson (USA) OUCH p/b Maxxis                                                          
DNF Mark Batty (Can) Planet Energy                                                             
DNF Eric Boily (Can) Planet Energy                                                             
DNF Andrew Randell (Can) Planet Energy                                                         
DNF Jamey Driscoll (USA) Rock Racing                                                           
DNF Spencer Beamer (USA) Team Mountain Khakis                                                  
DNF David Guttenplan (USA) Team Mountain Khakis                                                
DNF Mark Hekman (USA) Team Mountain Khakis                                                     
DNF Will Hoffarth (USA) Team Mountain Khakis                                                   
DNF Charles Marzot (USA) Team Mountain Khakis                                                  
DNF Dan Ramsey (USA) Team Mountain Khakis                                                      
DNF Shawn Milne (USA) Team Type 1                                                              
DNF Rasmus Damm (Den) Danish National Team                                                     
DNF John Ebsen (Den) Danish National Team                                                      
DNF Kasper Malmkjaer (Den) Danish National Team                                                
DNF Anders Sibast (Den) Danish National Team                                                   
DNF Martin Halvarsson (Swe) Swedish National Team                                              
DNF Daniel Holloway (USA) USA National Team                                                    
DNF Walker Savidge (USA) USA National Team                                                     
DNF Taylor Shelden (USA) USA National Team                                                     

King of the Mountain

1 Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1                                                       38 pts
2 Tom Zirbel (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling                                                       34
3 Vicente Reynes (Spa) Team Columbia - Highroad                                              14
4 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia - Highroad                                              10
5 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team Columbia - Highroad                                                2
6 Matthew Rice (Aus) Jelly Belly Cycling Team                                                 2
7 Matthew Rice (Aus) Jelly Belly Cycling Team                                                 1


1 Team Columbia - Highroad                                                             19.12.14
2 Rock Racing                                                                              0.03
3 BMC Racing Team                                                                          0.05
4 Fly V Australia                                                                          0.09
5 Bissell Pro Cycling                                                                      0.11
6 OUCH p/b Maxxis                                                                              
7 Team Type 1                                                                              0.21
8 Planet Energy                                                                            0.25
9 Elk Haus                                                                                 0.48
10 Kelly Benefit Strategies                                                                0.54
11 Fuji-Servetto                                                                           2.05
12 Jelly Belly Cycling Team                                                                2.12
13 Liquigas                                                                                2.21
14 Amore & Vita Pro Racing Team Presented by Life Time Fitness                             2.26
15 Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light                                                  2.41
16 Swedish National Team                                                                   9.44
17 Land Rover-ORBEA                                                                       10.01
18 USA National Team                                                                      10.06
19 Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy                                                         10.09

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