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June 5/11 19:08 pm - TD Bank Philadelphia International results and report

Posted by Editoress on 06/5/11

HTC-Highroad Claims Win Second Year in a Row


Even though the HTC-Highroad team did not send defending champion Matt Goss to the race this year, his team still proved to be the strongest as Alex Rasmussen of Denmark took over the title winning the field sprint with a finishing time of 5:59:04.6, ahead of Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) and Robert Förster (UnitedHeathcare).

"It was not exactly what we planned but it turned out good," said Rasmussen about the team's plans to work for sprinter Leigh Howard. Late race mechanicals meant the team had to improvise with their choice for sprinter. As well the team was short-handed compared to other full squads, meaning that they could not control the race, and especially the final lead-out, like in previous years.

"We could not go up and control the race like we normally would, so we had to count on the other teams like Liquigas and UnitedHealthcare to work as well. Luckily they did and luckily a lot of other teams thought they had a good sprinter too. It was going to come down to a sprint."

This was the first time Rasmussen has raced in Philadelphia and he said the type of course suited him well. "I like the race and The Wall -- it's not too hard for me so I can get over it, because it's not that long and only a short steep climb."

Finishing second for the second year in-a-row was the odds-on favorite Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale.) Like Rasmussen his team was short-handed entering the race, and was down another rider as American Ted King crashed-out early in the race.

"It was very difficult because we had only six riders and one rider crashed, so after that we only have five for the finish," Sagan said.

In third was German Robert Förster who races for the U.S.-based UnitedHeathcare team. The team was the strongest entering the final kilometer but the lead-out came too early for him in the rush to the line.

"The boys made a very good lead-out," he said. "They worked for me all day and I even had a crash once on the wall. But the lead-out was a little too early. I started the sprint a little too early and it was a headwind, so they caught me five meters before the line. But this is the sport and thanks to my teammates for doing a perfect job today."

This was also the first time racing here for Förster, who really enjoyed the atmosphere that the locals brought to the race, especially in Manyunk.

"It's a very nice race -- there are so many people here and they have so much fun. This is what cycling needs. We need more races like this with people standing on the road and having fun. It made for a great feeling climbing the wall!"

The entire race began with a main breakaway followed later by several attacks and reshuffling before culminating in a final rush to the line by more than 100 racers.

Glen Chadwick (Pure Black Racking) made the first significant attack on the day, going solo and building an advantage of 90 seconds before four more riders bridged the gap to him. This group of five built an advantage of nearly ten minutes before the Liquigas and UnitedHealthcare teams started putting in some efforts for the chase.

In the breakaway was Alex Hagman (Jelly Belly) who used his placement in the break to take the most points in the King of the Mountain competition.

"We just wanted some television coverage and if we get in the breakaway then maybe go for the KOM," said Hagman. "I lucked out and it worked in my favor."

Hagman said he enjoys racing this race every year because of the fans that come out to the race each year. "The Philadelphia fans could not be more fun. They are loud and rowdy, it's one of my favorite races of the season for sure!"

The gap of the breakaway was steadily decreased until it hovered under two minutes. At this point the attacks started coming out of the field with riders sensing the break tiring. Four more riders bridged the gap and a group of eight seemed to reinvigorate the breaking, including multiple Tour de France racer Francisco Mancebo (Team of Spain.

The UnitedHealthcare team led the way into the final sprint working for German sprinter Robert Förster, but the lead-out was a little too early and he was overtaken by Rasmussen and last year's second place Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) who took second again.

Press release


Keven Lacombe Crashes in the Last Kilometre at TD International Philadelphia International Championship

Disaster hits Team Spidertech with 800 meters to go in the race, on their way to a great performance

Comments from DS Steve Bauer

“The boys went down hard at the roundabout with 800 metres to go. Keven Lacombe, Martin Gilbert and Pat McCarty were lined up perfect on Sagan’s wheel. Something went wrong, first Keven and all three hit the deck. “

“It’s really tough on Lacombe. The team rode so awesome today with Bruno Langlois setting the stage in a break all day. At 4km to go Bruno Langlois was caught by the surging peloton, opening the way for Keven Lacombe and final sprint. The men were ready for the final 500-meter straight line, but bad luck killed our chance to win today.”

Comments from  Pat McCarty

“We were just perfect, in the right spot, lined up. And then: bam! It was all over.”



231.7 km
1 Alex Rasmussen (HTC-Highroad) 5:59:04
2 Peter Sagan (Liquigas - Cannondale)
3 Robert Förster (Team UnitedHealthcare)
4 Ken Hanson (Jelly Belly Cycling p/b Kenda)
5 Jure Kocjan (Team Type 1 - SANOFI AVENTIS)
6 James Williamson (PureBlack Racing)
7 Matthias Friedemann (Champion System)
8 Yosvany Falcon (
9 Aaron Kemps (V Australia Pro Cycling Team)
10 Carlos Eduardo Alzate Escobar (Team Exergy)
11 Shawn Milne (Kenda - 5-Hour Energy Cycling Team) all s.t.
12 Fred Rodriguez (Team Exergy) 0:03
13 Hilton Clarke (Team UnitedHealthcare)
14 Alejandro Alberto Borrajo (Jamis - Sutter Home) both s.t.
15 Aldo Ino Ilesic (Team Type 1 - SANOFI AVENTIS) 0:05
16 Serhy Hrechyn (Amore e Vita)
17 Thomas Scully (Chipotle Development Team)
18 Alexander Candelario (Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth)
19 Frank Travieso (
20 Danny Summerhill, (Chipotle Development Team) all s.t.
21 Martijn Verschoor (Team Type 1 - SANOFI AVENTIS) 0:08
22 Valerio Agnoli (Liquigas - Cannondale)
23 Bernard Sulzberger (V Australia Pro Cycling Team) both s.t.
24 Daniele Callegarin (Team Type 1 - SANOFI AVENTIS) 0:10
25 Daniele Ratto (GEOX-TMC) s.t.
26 Scott Lyttle (PureBlack Racing) 0:12
27 Joshua Berry ( 0:15
28 Bernard Van Ulden (Jelly Belly Cycling p/b Kenda)
29 Alessandro Bazzana (Team Type 1 - SANOFI AVENTIS)
30 Jay Robert Thomson (Bissell Pro Cycling)
31 Jonathan Cantwell (V Australia Pro Cycling Team)
32 Javier Megias Leal (Team Type 1 - SANOFI AVENTIS)
33 Luca Damiani (Kenda - 5-Hour Energy Cycling Team) all s.t.
34 Eric Young (Bissell Pro Cycling) 0:20
35 Tommy Nankervis (
36 Andrei Krasilnikau (Chipotle Development Team)
37 Mical Smit Larsen (Danish National Team)
38 Robbie Squire (Chipotle Development Team)
39 Michael Chauner (Team CykelCity)
40 Jacob Rytlewski (Kenda - 5-Hour Energy Cycling Team)
41 Joris Boillat (Champion System)
42 Robert Sweeting (Kenda - 5-Hour Energy Cycling Team)
43 Kin San Wu (Champion System)
44 Sergio Hernandez (Jelly Belly Cycling p/b Kenda)
45 Benjamin Chaddock (Team Exergy)
46 Roman Van Uden (PureBlack Racing)
47 Andrew Bajadali (Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth)
48 Simone Ponzi (Liquigas - Cannondale) all s.t.
49 Karl Menzies (Team UnitedHealthcare) 0:29
50 Juraj Sagan (Liquigas - Cannondale) 0:33
51 Hayden Brooks (V Australia Pro Cycling Team) 0:35
52 Zach Bell (Team Spidertech powered by C10) 0:37
53 Andrew Pinfold (Team UnitedHealthcare) 0:40
54 Jimmy Ronn (Team CykelCity) s.t.
55 Andrea Grendene (Team Type 1 - SANOFI AVENTIS) 0:43
56 Emerson Oronte (Jelly Belly Cycling p/b Kenda) 0:46
57 Menso De Jong (Wonderful Pistachios Pro Cycling)
58 Alex Howes (Chipotle Development Team)
59 Andrew Randell (Team Spidertech powered by C10)
60 Jason Donald (Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth)
61 Rafael Valls Ferri (GEOX-TMC)
62 Bernardo Colex Tepoz (Amore e Vita)
63 Vladislav Borisov (Amore e Vita)
64 Tom Zirbel (Jamis - Sutter Home)
65 David Blanco Rodriguez (GEOX-TMC)
66 Timothy Duggan (Liquigas - Cannondale)
67 Caleb Fairly (HTC-Highroad)
68 Matt Brammeier (HTC-Highroad)
69 Holger Burkhardt (Champion System)
70 Boy Van Poppel (Team UnitedHealthcare)
71 Dan Bowman (Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth)
72 Michael Creed (Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth) all s.t.
73 Marko Kump (GEOX-TMC) 0:52
74 Shem Rodger (PureBlack Racing) s.t.
75 Rubens Bertogliati (Team Type 1 - SANOFI AVENTIS) 1:56
76 Sean Mazich (Jelly Belly Cycling p/b Kenda)
77 Reid Mumford (Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth) both s.t.
78 Patrik Moren (Amore e Vita) 1:58
79 Jonas Ahlstrand (Team CykelCity) s.t.
80 Kyle Wamsley (Bissell Pro Cycling) 2:03
81 Quinn Keogh (Team Exergy) 2:17
82 Patrick Gretsch (HTC-Highroad) 2:41
83 Michael Freiberg (V Australia Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
84 Leigh Howard (HTC-Highroad) 3:09
85 Francois Parisien (Team Spidertech powered by C10) 3:31
86 Timothy Gudsell (PureBlack Racing) 3:38
87 Daniel Barry (PureBlack Racing) s.t.
88 Francisco Mancebo Perez ( 3:40
89 Andrès Miguel Diaz Corrales (Team Exergy) s.t.
90 Jesse Anthony (Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth) 3:45
91 Ryan Anderson (Team Spidertech powered by C10) 3:53
92 Jacobe Keough (Team UnitedHealthcare) s.t.
93 Taylor Sheldon (V Australia Pro Cycling Team) 4:11
94 Sean Sullivan (V Australia Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
95 Andy Guptill (Jamis - Sutter Home) 4:35
96 Jonathan Clarke (Team UnitedHealthcare)
97 James Driscoll (Jamis - Sutter Home)
98 Ian Burnett ( all s.t.
99 Bruno Langlois (Team Spidertech powered by C10) 5:15
100 John Kronborg Ebsen (Danish National Team) 6:06
101 Alex Hagman (Jelly Belly Cycling p/b Kenda)
102 Matteo Pelucchi (GEOX-TMC) both s.t.
103 Frank Kevin Pipp (Bissell Pro Cycling) 6:45
104 William Dickeson (Jelly Belly Cycling p/b Kenda) s.t.
105 Michael James Northey (PureBlack Racing) 1:00:57
106 Jonathan Patrick McCarty (Team Spidertech powered by C10)
107 Eric Schildge (Jamis - Sutter Home)
108 Iggy Silva (Wonderful Pistachios Pro Cycling)
109 Marsh Cooper (Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth) all s.t.
1 Alex Hagman (Jelly Belly Cycling p/b Kenda) 45 pts
2 Quinn Keogh (Team Exergy) 44
3 Andrès Miguel Diaz Corrales (Team Exergy) 34
4 Francisco Mancebo Perez ( 30
5 Scott Lyttle (PureBlack Racing) 10
6 Bruno Langlois (Team Spidertech powered by C10) 10
7 Martijn Verschoor (Team Type 1 - SANOFI AVENTIS) 5
8 Alex Howes (Chipotle Development Team) 5
9 Francois Parisien (Team Spidertech powered by C10) 3
10 Frank Kevin Pipp (Bissell Pro Cycling) 2
11 Robbie Squire (Chipotle Development Team) 1


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