June 06, 2004
Freddy 4th in Philly for 3rd US championship
Spain's Francisco Ventoso of the Prodir-Saunier Duval team took the USPRO championship in Philadelphia, ahead of Saeco's Antonio Bucciero and HealthNet-Maxxis rider Gord Fraser. He becomes the 3rd consecutive winner from outside the US.
Freddy Rodriguez, the last American to take an outright win at the race, finished 4th to earn the US Professional road championship, and wear the stars-and-stripes jersey. It's his 3rd US championship.
As for Rodriguez, the sprint didn't go exactly as planned, but things still worked out. "I was too far back with about 1km to go," said Rodriguez (Acqua & Sapone), who still managed to take his third U.S. title in five years. "I had to crank it up with about 800 meters to go, and I just didn't have 100 percent left when I needed it."
Chris Horner, who last year dominated US racing, made a move on the last full lap of the race, but was quickly rolled up.
"What else was I gonna do," he said. "I could sit in and maybe get lucky or I could go for the win. I race to win, so I tried to take destiny into my own hands."
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