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Commerce Bank Triple Crown - Philly International Classic
By Staff
Date: 6/8/2008
Commerce Bank Triple Crown - Philly International Classic

Commerce Bank Triple Crown - Philadelphia International Classic
24th "Philly" International: CSC's Young Gun  Matti Breschel with the fastest legs at the finish.

Team CSC's Matti Breschel score an impressive field sprint win at the end of Sunday’s 156-mile race. Americans Kirk O’Bee (Health Net-Maxxis) and Fred Rodriguez (Rock Racing) were second and third respectively in a race that lasted a record 6 hours, 14 minutes and 47 seconds.

CSC's Matti Breschel celebrates after the line. Photo © Aaron Kobilis & Team CSC

Today's race saw temperatures rise from 79 degrees into the mid 90's with high humidity that had the organisers extending the feed zone time so the riders would be hydrated into the final two laps; the previous longest day was 6:13:53 set in 2006. The race once again had a high attrition with only 81 riders of the 190 starters able to finish.

CSC collected their second victory in the race with Breschel adding his name to the race palmares following team mate J.J. Haedo who won the race last year. The 23-year-old Breschel’s win also netted him top prize in the three-race series’ overall standings, dethroning 2007 champ Bernard Eisel, who was fourth on Sunday.“ I was too much in the wind at the end,” lamented Eisel, the Austrian High Road rider. “I just didn’t have enough left after such a long day in the heat.”

An early break burns up the road... or was that,  "the early break went up the burning road" as the asphalt scorched to over 120 degrees in the midday sun. Photo © 2008 Action Images

“I was all by myself on the last lap,” explained Breschel, who did not have the benefit of a full lead-out train like some of his competitors. “But I got myself in a good position going through [Logan Circle] and was able to make a long sprint to the finish.”

O’Bee estimated that the difference between first and second was about half a wheel, not much considering the race included 10 14.4-mile laps from the start-finish along Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Manayunk and back, plus three shorter circuits that went as far as Lemon Hill before circling back.

“It was a crazy last lap,” explained O’Bee, who was contesting his eighth Philadelphia race. “As soon as I exited the last round-about, my teammate John Murphy led me up the left side and took me all the way to the 200-meter-to-go sign. I took it from there and almost had it, but I probably went a little early and Breschel was able to come over the top of me.”

“I went through so many water bottles I lost count,” explained Davide Frattini (Colavita-Sutter Home), who won the day’s King of the Mountain title.

The race was animated by attacks from the gun with Daniel Vaillancourt (Toshiba/Santo p/b Herbalife) and Team CSC's André Steensen launched early into the first lap but by the start/finish area the two thought better than tackling the remaining 140 miles on their own. The continued with breaks large and small that couldn't gain traction as the heat continued to rise.

The break of the day came on the third lap when Ed King (Bissel) was caught by a chase group to form seven man escape that had promise: Colavita/Sutter Home's Davide Frattini  Brian Jensen (Team Successfulliving), Dan Ramsay (Time), Ben Kneller (Jittery Joe’s), Richard Geng (Rite Aid) and Tyler Hamilton (Rock Racing).

Tyler Hamilton leads the break. Photo © 2008 Action Images

The group built a gap of 3 minutes in short order and went to a max of 8:30 by the middle of the race. But with the heat and miles ahead the odds were against the early escape. Kneller and Geng lost touch with the break with about 70 miles of racing remaining; by then the group had lost its edge and with six laps to go the surviving quintet were down to 1:10. The remaining 5 were picked off in the next circuit.

A High Road rider leads the chase. Photo © 2008 Action Images

As the peloton reformed Team Type I Kiwi Glen Chadwick led an attack joined by Canadian Svein Tuft (Symmetrics) and Mexican Francisco Matamoros (Tecos-Trek). The three held the peloton at bay gaining a max advantage of over two minutes as the gap slowly faded with the peloton on their heels as they entered first of the three final shorter circuits.

Glen Chadwick leads Sven Tuft and Francisco Matamoros
Photo © 2008 Action Images

With ten miles to go the three were down to 40 seconds and then swept up by the chase led by High Road, Rock Racing and Sparkasse teams. Tuft was the last to be collected as he attacked over Lemon Hill collecting the points, but the heat and miles in his legs put paid to any chance he stay away.

Attacks and counters continued with the now diminished peloton of 70 rider spread out across the 4 lanes of the finish flying for the line. Breschel proved the fastest at the finish by a wheel with Health Net's Kirk O'Bee (USA National Criterium champion) second and Fast Freddy Rodriguez of Rock Racing a flash of lime green as he took third.

Podium: Kirk O'Bee (Health Net p/b Maxxis), Matti Breschel (Team CSC), and Freddie Rodriguez (Rock Racing) Photo © 2008 Action Images

Philadelphia International Classic 2008 Results
1 BRESCHEL, Matti Team CSC 5 6:14:47.0
2 O'BEE, Kirk Health NEt p/b Maxxis 98 6:14:47.0
3 RODRIGUEZ, Fred Rock Racing 156 6:14:47.0

Winner Matti Breschel with his check. Photo © 2008 Action Images

4 EISEL, Bernhard Team High Road 12 6:14:47.0
5 CANDELARIO, Alex Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medif 123 6:14:47.0
6 FARRAR, Tyler Slipstream/Chipotie p/b H3O 44 6:14:47.0
7 ALDAPE, Moises Team Type 1 201 6:14:47.0
8 ROLLIN, Dominique Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team 245 6:14:47.0
9 FALCON, Yosvany Toshiba - Santo p/b Herbalife 232 6:14:47.0
10 POWER, Ciaran Pezula Racing 132 6:14:47.0

11 SAYERS, Michael BMC Racing 35 6:14:47.0
12 MARTINEZ, Miguel Amore & Vita-McDonalds Pro Cyc 52 6:14:47.0
13 ERKER, Jacob Symmetrics Professional Cyclin 168 6:14:47.0
14 BOASSON HAGEN, Edvald Team High Road 11 6:14:47.0
15 BROOKS, Ben Team Type 1 202 6:14:47.0
16 FRIEDMAN, Michael Slipstream/Chipotie p/b H3O 45 6:14:47.0
17 CRUZ, Antonio BMC Racing 31 6:14:47.0
18 ESCUELA, Ricardo Team Successfulliving 197 6:14:47.0
19 BAUMANN, Eric Team Sparkasse 181 6:14:47.0

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20 STEVENSON, Cody Jittery Joe's 115 6:14:47.0
21 METLUSHENKO, Yuri Amore & Vita-McDonalds Pro Cyc 53 6:14:47.0
22 SEVILLA, Oscar Rock Racing 157 6:14:47.0
23 BORRAJO, Alejandro Colavita-Sutter Home 71 6:14:47.0
24 MAMOS, Philipp Team Sparkasse 183 6:14:47.0
25 FREY , Sebastian Team Sparkasse 188 6:14:47.0
26 PARRA, John Fredy Toshiba - Santo p/b Herbalife 234 6:14:47.0
27 WYSS, Danilo BMC Racing 32 6:14:47.0
28 HUFF, Brad Jelly Belly 106 6:14:47.0
29 PARISIEN, Franois Team RACE Pro 176 6:14:47.0

30 TOLLESON, Taylor BMC Racing 36 6:14:47.0
31 MAASKANT, Martijn Slipstream/Chipotie p/b H3O 47 6:14:47.0
32 DIONNE, Charles Team Successfulliving 191 6:14:47.0
33 LILL, Darren BMC Racing 34 6:14:47.0
34 KOBZARENKO, Valeriy Team Type 1 206 6:14:47.0
35 GRABINGER, Micheal Team Successfulliving 195 6:14:47.0
36 ENGLAND, Richard Bissell Pro Cycling Team 66 6:14:47.0
37 WOHLBERG, Eric Symmetrics Professional Cyclin 162 6:14:47.0
38 MURPHY, Jonn Health NEt p/b Maxxis 97 6:14:47.0
39 SCHILLINGER , Andreas Team Sparkasse 185 6:14:47.0

40 WHERRY, Christopher Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team 248 6:14:47.0
41 GUPTILL, Andrew Colavita-Sutter Home 74 6:14:47.0
42 MATAMOROS, Francisco Tecos - Trek 213 6:14:47.0
43 LADINO, Gregorio Tecos - Trek 217 6:14:47.0
44 RICE, Matthew Jelly Belly 102 6:14:47.0
45 REYNES MIMO, Vincente Team High Road 17 6:14:47.0
46 MANION, Caleb Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team 244 6:14:47.0
47 WREN, Tyler Colavita-Sutter Home 76 6:14:47.0
48 CORIONI, Claudio Liquigas 23 6:14:47.0
49 DEVINE, John Team High Road 18 6:14:47.0

50 HAMMOND, Roger Team High Road 13 6:14:47.0
51 O'LOUGHLIN, David Pezula Racing 131 6:14:47.0
52 FRISCHKORN, William Slipstream/Chipotie p/b H3O 46 6:14:47.0
53 JENNINGS, Cameron Pezula Racing 133 6:14:47.0
54 KLOSTERGAARD, Kasper Team CSC 1 6:14:47.0
55 OLSON, Aaron Bissell Pro Cycling Team 62 6:14:47.0
56 MACIAS, Luis Tecos - Trek 211 6:14:47.0
57 CHADWICK, Glen Team Type 1 204 6:14:47.0
58 SPINELLI, Justin Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medif 127 6:14:47.0

59 REISTAD, Nicholas Jelly Belly 108 6:15:02.0
60 JENSEN, Brian Team Successfulliving 193 6:15:21.0
61 HAMILTON, Tyler Rock Racing 153 6:15:21.0
62 MEIER, Christian Symmetrics Professional Cyclin 166 6:15:21.0
63 BOWMAN, Dan Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medif 122 6:15:21.0
64 PIPP, Frank Health NEt p/b Maxxis 94 6:15:21.0
65 ROTH, Ryan Team RACE Pro 172 6:15:21.0
66 BAJADALI, Andrew Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medif 121 6:15:21.0
67 STEVIC, Ivan Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team 246 6:15:41.0
68 FRANZOI, Enrico Liquigas 25 6:15:48.0
69 LAPTHORNE, Darren Team Sparkasse 182 6:16:14.0
70 JONES, Christopher Team Type 1 205 6:16:37.0
71 TUFT, Svein Symmetrics Professional Cyclin 161 6:16:51.0
72 SUTHERLAND, Rory Health NEt p/b Maxxis 91 6:17:43.0
73 FRATTINI, Davide Colavita-Sutter Home 78 6:17:43.0
74 PROKIC, Predrag Toshiba - Santo p/b Herbalife 238 6:17:43.0
75 CLARKE, Jonny Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team 242 6:17:43.0
76 LOUDER, Jeffry BMC Racing 38 6:17:59.0
77 OLLERENSHAW, Doug Rock Racing 154 6:18:02.0
78 DULIN, Thaddeus DLP Racing 88 6:18:37.0
79 STEVENSON, Michael Amore & Vita-McDonalds Pro Cyc 56 6:20:50.0
80 TALANSKY, Andrew Toshiba - Santo p/b Herbalife 237 6:29:28.0
81 GUTTENPLAN, David TIME Pro Cycling 224 6:29:28.0

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DNF GOSS, Matthew Team CSC 4
DNF HENDERSON, Greg Team High Road 14
DNF KNAVEN, Servais Team High Road 15
DNF BENNATI, Daniele Liquigas 21
DNF BODNAR, Maciej Liquigas 22
DNF CURTOLO, Alberto Liquigas 24
DNF SANTAROMITA, Ivan Liquigas 26
DNF KOHLER, Martin BMC Racing 33
DNF STEWART, Jackson BMC Racing 37
DNF BACKSTEDT, Magnus Slipstream/Chipotie p/b H3O 41
DNF COZZA, Steven Slipstream/Chipotie p/b H3O 42
DNF DONALD, Jason Slipstream/Chipotie p/b H3O 43
DNF CALDWELL, Blake Slipstream/Chipotie p/b H3O 48
DNF CORTES, Phil Amore & Vita-McDonalds Pro Cyc 51
DNF GASPARRE, Graziano Amore & Vita-McDonalds Pro Cyc 54
DNF NISSEN, Sren Amore & Vita-McDonalds Pro Cyc 55
DNF JACQUES-MAYNES, Ben Bissell Pro Cycling Team 61
DNF PELTONEN, Garrett Bissell Pro Cycling Team 63
DNF ZWIZANSKI, Scott Bissell Pro Cycling Team 64
DNF VENNELL, Jeremy Bissell Pro Cycling Team 65
DNF KING, Edward Bissell Pro Cycling Team 67
DNF CORREIA, Joao Bissell Pro Cycling Team 68
DNF BORRAJO, Anibal Colavita-Sutter Home 72
DNF HAEDO, Lucas Colavita-Sutter Home 73
DNF ROMERO, Luis Amaran Colavita-Sutter Home 75
DNF WAMSLEY, Kyle Colavita-Sutter Home 77
DNF BEAMER, Spencer DLP Racing 81
DNF NIELSEN, Owen DLP Racing 82
DNF PENDRY, Charles DLP Racing 83
DNF NANKERVIS, Tommy DLP Racing 84
DNF JACKSON, Scott DLP Racing 85
DNF CODDINGTON, Joseph DLP Racing 86
DNF JUDY, Christopher DLP Racing 87
DNF JOHNSON, Tim Health NEt p/b Maxxis 92
DNF ZAJICEK, Phil Health NEt p/b Maxxis 93
DNF CRANE, Matt Health NEt p/b Maxxis 95
DNF GRITTERS, Kyle Health NEt p/b Maxxis 96
DNF SANDERSON, Nicholas Jelly Belly 101
DNF TUCKERMAN, Aaron Jelly Belly 103
DNF LANGE, Michael Jelly Belly 104
DNF POWERS, Jeremy Jelly Belly 105
DNF VAN ULDEN, Bernard Jelly Belly 107
DNF KNELLER, Benjamin Jittery Joe's 111
DNF SHIRLEY, Neil Jittery Joe's 112
DNF ELKEN, Evan Jittery Joe's 113
DNF CANTWELL, Jonathan Jittery Joe's 114
DNF SHRIVER, Matt Jittery Joe's 116
DNF HARTLEY, Chad Jittery Joe's 117
DNF SULLIVAN, Ryan Jittery Joe's 118
DNF GILBERT, Martin Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medif 124
DNF LACOMBE, Kevin Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medif 125
DNF MUMFORD, Reid Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medif 126
DNF SUNDT, Jonathan Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medif 128
DNF FOX, Morgan Pezula Racing 134
DNF IRVINE, Martyn Pezula Racing 135
DNF CONNOLLY, William Pezula Racing 136
DNF BARROWS, Clayton Rite Aid Pro Cycling p/b Shebe 141
DNF ELLISTON, William Rite Aid Pro Cycling p/b Shebe 142
DNF ERDELYI, Jonathan Rite Aid Pro Cycling p/b Shebe 143
DNF GENG, Richard Rite Aid Pro Cycling p/b Shebe 144
DNF KING, Robbie Rite Aid Pro Cycling p/b Shebe 145
DNF KINCAID, Stephen Rite Aid Pro Cycling p/b Shebe 146
DNF LEA, Bobby Rite Aid Pro Cycling p/b Shebe 147
DNF RYTLEWSKI, Jake Rite Aid Pro Cycling p/b Shebe 148
DNF BAHATI, Rahsaan Rock Racing 151
DNF CREED, Michael Rock Racing 152
DNF PENA, Victor Hugo Rock Racing 155
DNF WISCOVITCH, Jeremiah Rock Racing 158
DNF BELL, Zachary Symmetrics Professional Cyclin 163
DNF RANDELL, Andrew Symmetrics Professional Cyclin 164
DNF PINFOLD, Andrew Symmetrics Professional Cyclin 165
DNF EVANS, Cameron Symmetrics Professional Cyclin 167
DNF WALTERS, Mark Team RACE Pro 171
DNF MILLER, Kevin Buck Team RACE Pro 174
DNF MACBURNIE, Dustin Team RACE Pro 175
DNF BATTY, Mark Team RACE Pro 177
DNF WACKERNAGEL , Lars Team Sparkasse 186
DNF SCHLER , Tilo Team Sparkasse 187
DNF GUNN, Curtis Team Successfulliving 192
DNF BAZZANA, Alessandro Team Successfulliving 194
DNF WHITE, Brad Team Successfulliving 196
DNF VALENZUELA, Christian Team Successfulliving 198
DNF CALABRIA, Fabio Team Type 1 203
DNF ELDRIDGE, Joe Team Type 1 207
DNF WILSON, Matt Team Type 1 208
DNF COLEX, Bernardo Tecos - Trek 212
DNF CERVANTES, Omar Tecos - Trek 214
DNF GUITIERREZ, Lui Tecos - Trek 215
DNF OYARZUN, Carlos Tecos - Trek 216
DNF RAMOS TORRES, Florencio Tecos - Trek 218
DNF BAKER, Andy TIME Pro Cycling 221
DNF SOLADAY, Thomas TIME Pro Cycling 222
DNF STOOP, Michael TIME Pro Cycling 223
DNF SIMES, Jackie TIME Pro Cycling 225
DNF RAMSAY, Daniel TIME Pro Cycling 226
DNF MYERSON, Adam TIME Pro Cycling 227
DNF FREY, Nick TIME Pro Cycling 228
DNF SWEETING, Bobby Toshiba - Santo p/b Herbalife 231
DNF HEKMAN, Mark Toshiba - Santo p/b Herbalife 233
DNF TRAVIESO, Frank Toshiba - Santo p/b Herbalife 235
DNF VAILLANCOURT, Daniel Toshiba - Santo p/b Herbalife 236
DNF BLACKGROVE, Heath Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team 241
DNF DOMINGUEZ, Ivan Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team 243
DNF VOGELS, Hendricus Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team 247

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