June 05, 2005
New US champ? Chris Wherry!
HealthNet's Chris Wherry got in the break that mattered in Philadelphia today, and rode it right to the Stars & Stripes US champion's jersey. Saunier Duval-Prodir's Chris Horner and Jelly Belly's Danny Pate were in the break with Wherry, but the HealthNet rider just flat outsmarted them both, finally racing away from Horner with less than 3 miles to ride, and making the gap hold up.
The last few years, it's typically been a Euro-pro who wins the overall race, with the champ's jersey being awarded to the highest-placed American (last year, Freddie Rodriguez took the jersey with a 4th place). It's good to see an all-American podium in the US championships. Discovery's Max van Heeswijk was the top-placed international rider, in 6th.
Rodriguez was 4th again today, 44 seconds back.
Philadelphia's own Bobby Julich finished 36th on the day.
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Viewing from Lemon Hill was excellent. Here's a good race summary with links to photos:
Posted by: chrisb at Jun 6, 2005 5:47:28 PM