Nicole Freedman (USA, RONA) finished in tenth place at the First Union Liberty Classic held today in Philadelphia.
This classic, the most richly endowed one-day race on the women’s North American circuit, was won by Petra Rossner (GER, Saturn Timex) who celebrated her sixth victory here. Laura Van Gilder (USA, Trek VW), recent winner of the Tour of Greater Montreal, came in second, followed by Dede Demet-Barry, winner of the Montral World Cup last week.
The 90.5 km long race gave the riders the “opportunity” to climb four times the infamous Manayunk Wall, a short but steep (17%) hill.
“The race was played in the last climb”, said Freedman after the race. “Up to then, the field stayed pretty much together, but the last time, seven girls managed to create a gap when they toppled over the hill.”
In the group of seven, Rossner was backed by two treammates, Anna Millward (AUS) and Judith Arndt (ALL). Rossner outsprinted Van Gilder and Demet Barryt.
Freedman was not unhappy with her result, given that she was the only RONA starter in the race and that she arrived in Philadelphia late during the night preceding the race, because of delayed flights. “I got very little sleep and I had to start on caffeine this morning, she joked. In the circumstances, I am very happy with my strong finish.”