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Greipel wins in Philly, Team Colmbia also wins

Andr? Greipel won the third event on the 2009 USA Cycling Professional Tour, the TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship.

With three of eight events on the USA Cycling Pro Tour complete, Levi Leipheimer leads the individual standings while the Team Columbia-High Road squad took over the top spot in the team category. The next event on the USA Cycling Professional Tour will be the USA Cycling Professional Criterium Championships in Downers Grove, Ill. on August 16.

After the Columbia-Highroad women’s team won the Liberty Classic earlier in the day, the men?s team placed first and second a few hours later in the Philadelphia International Classic on Saturday finishing a successful day for the team.

Sprinter Andre Greipel led the field to the line coming off the wheel of his teammate Greg Henderson, who held on for second place.

"It was great to win here today. The team did a really nice job,"
said Greipel. "We had a lot of cards to play with three sprinters and some good breakaway riders. In the end it came down to a sprint and Greg gave up his chances to lead me out. It was nice that he could take second place."

Team director Tristan Hoffmann gave full credit to the riders today.

"From the car we didn’t get a lot of information on what was happening in the race but the riders did a great job. We had a very good team here so we had to take responsibility for the race. The other teams were looking at us to bring back the break and make the moves. The guys tried to get a few moves going late in the race and Edvald went in a second break which looked good for a while.

"There was a break with 60km to go," said Boasson Hagen. "We had four guys in there but it was too big [30 riders] and it wasn?t working well. When it came back we tried again."

Boasson Hagen and his breakaway partner was close to catching the lead riders with 15km remaining in the race but the peloton was closing in and the bunch came back together. Columbia-Highroad set the pace for the last three laps through the finishing circuit and up Lemon Hill and finally set Greipel up for the win.

"I’m very happy with the last few weeks of racing," added Greipel. "I had quite a few months of racing so it’s nice to be able to return with the form to win for my team."

Greipel has won six races in the last month of racing.

Team Type 1’s Kobzarenko Is Philly’s King Of The Mountains

Philadelphia’s Valeriy Kobzarenko put Team Type 1 in the spotlight for nearly half of Sundays TD Bank Philadelphia International Championship, capping it off with a place on the podium by winning the races King of the Mountains crown.

The 32-year-old Ukrainian spent 70 miles in the lead as part of a three-man breakaway that led by nearly eight minutes at one point of the 156-mile (250 km) race. But a concerted chase by eventual race winner Andr Greipels Columbia-Highroad squad brought an end to the trios escape inside the final 10 miles.

"I told the guys before the race that we would have to do something out of a breakaway because there are so many great sprinters here," Team Type 1 Director Vassili Davidenko said. "Valeriy did a great job on the front today. I was hoping they could stay away to the finish but it just didn?t work out."

Kobzarenko racked up 38 points on the two King of the Mountains (KOM) locations along the 14.4-mile (23 km) course that winds its way through the streets of Philadelphia. The more challenging of the two climbs, the Manayunk Wall, is a brutal half-mile climb featuring a 17- percent grade.

On four of five trips up The Wall when Tom Zirbel (Bissell Pro Cycling), Daniel Oss (Liquigas) and Kobzarenko were in the lead, Kobzarenko was either the first or second rider to crest the leg- breaking climb where thousands of fans had gathered to cheer them on.

"I knew I had to go for the points because it could pay off later,"
Kobzarenko said.

Indeed it did. When early KOM leader Daniel Holloway (U.S. National Team) dropped out after earning 50 points during his own 70-mile breakaway, Kobarenko needed only to finish the race to win the prize.

The weekend was not entirely positive for Team Type 1, which lost both Shawn Milne and Fabio Calabria to injury. Milne was involved in a pile-up with 800 meters to go and suffered a second-degree separation of his right shoulder, while Calabria didn?t even start after colliding with a cyclist on a bike path during a training ride on Saturday. Both are expected to be out of action several weeks.

Miln’s said his crash happened while he was setting up a lead out for teammate Ken Hanson. The two were among the first 15 riders in the pack at the time.

"A guy in front of me looked over his shoulder and hit Hilton Clarke," Milne said. "I just remember seeing someone on the ground and going right over them."

Hanson wound up as Team Type 1?s best finisher in 27th place. Chris Jones was 29th, Moises Aldape 37th, Kobzarenko 41st, Matt Wilson 53rd and Darren Lill finished 55th.

Christopher Jones
Christopher Joneshttps://www.bicycles.net.au
Christopher Jones is a recreational cyclist and runs a design agency, Signale. As the driving force behind Bicycles.net.au he has one of each 'types' of bicycles.
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