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Philadelphia International Championship

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Sunday, June 8, 2008

Philadelphia International Championship Presented by PCT Pennsylvania, LLC Philadelphia, PA Sunday, June 08, 2008
Commerce Bank Philadelphia International Championship

CSC�s Breschel scores dramatic sprint win

PHILADELPHIA � June 8, 2008 - On paper, Team CSC looked to be an underdog at the Philadelphia International Championship. The Danish-based team has been besieged by injuries this season and only sent six of a possible eight riders to contest the 2008 Commerce Bank Triple Crown of Cycling series. But six was enough for the ProTour squad, which saw young rising star Matti Breschel score an impressive field sprint win at the end of Sunday�s 156-mile race.

The victory was CSC�s second straight at the prestigious event that this year celebrated its 24th anniversary. A year ago, team rider J.J. Haedo grabbed the top prize. A scheduling conflict kept the Argentinean in Europe this time around, but Breschel filled in admirably, bursting across the line first at the end of the hot, hard day in the saddle.

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. The previous long day was 6:13:53 set in 2006.

�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.�

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.�

Indeed, the first true East Coast heat wave of 2008 made for a brutal day of racing. It was already 79 degrees when the race started just after 9 a.m. The thermostat read 94 by the finish. Near the end of the race, one official measured the temperature of the road and got a 120-degree reading. Only 81 of the 190 starters finished the race.

�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, a contest that awarded points to the riders who were first over the Manayunk and Lemon Hill climbs during each lap.

While the race�s endgame came down to a battle of sprinters, the middle portions of this epic test of mettle was dominated by a seven-rider break that included Frattini, Ed King (Bissell), Brian Jensen (Team Successfulliving), Dan Ramsay (Time), Ben Kneller (Jittery Joe�s), Richard Geng (Rite Aid) and Tyler Hamilton (Rock Racing).

The group of escapees initially formed on the third of the 10 long laps, and rolled up an advantage that swelled above eight minutes at one point. But with temperatures on the rise all day, there was no way the move was going to stay away.

Kneller and Geng lost touch with the break with about 70 miles of racing remaining, and with the lap counter reading six to go, the five riders remaining in the breakaway passed under the start/finish banner with just a 1:10 advantage. The race was all back together midway through the next lap.

Next to take a crack at breakaway heroics were Team Type I Kiwi Glen Chadwick, Canadian Svein Tuft (Symmetrics) and Mexican Francisco Matamoros (Tecos-Trek). The threesome made their bid for glory with five laps to go. But this move failed as well. Chadwick and Matamoros were caught during the waning moments of the final long lap. Tuft stayed away for another half lap, chasing after a last handful of King of the Mountains points before being reeled in.

A handful of smaller breakaway attempts ensued, but nothing succeeded, leaving the final battle to a pack of 68 hard charging riders. Not among the group was pre-race favorite Daniele Bennati (Liquigas) who dropped out of the race early on, reportedly the victim of knee tendonitis.

Breschel, meanwhile, was proving that he�s fully recovered from a crash in February 2006 that left him with two broken vertebrae and nearly ended his career. The incident happened in a sprint not dissimilar from Sunday�s finish, except that time the baby-faced Dane was knocked unconscious.

�I hit my head very bad and was out for a couple hours,� Breschel recalled of the incident at the Belgian Three Days of West Flanders race. �I woke up in the hospital and was lying there for two weeks.�

It took a while, but the promising fourth-year pro�s injuries have healed, a fact that was on full display Sunday in Philadelphia.

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to these results.

PLACE  NAME                         TEAM                                 TIME
1      BRESCHEL, Matti              Team CSC                             6:14:47
2      O'BEE, Kirk                  Health NEt p/b Maxxis                6:14:47
3      RODRIGUEZ, Fred              Rock Racing                          6:14:47
4      EISEL, Bernhard              Team High Road                       6:14:47
5      CANDELARIO, Alex             Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medif       6:14:47
6      FARRAR, Tyler                Slipstream/Chipotie p/b H3O          6:14:47
7      ALDAPE, Moises               Team Type 1                          6:14:47
8      ROLLIN, Dominique            Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team       6:14:47
9      FALCON, Yosvany              Toshiba - Santo p/b Herbalife        6:14:47
10     POWER, Ciaran                Pezula Racing                        6:14:47
11     SAYERS, Michael              BMC Racing                           6:14:47
12     MARTINEZ, Miguel             Amore & Vita-McDonalds Pro Cyc       6:14:47
13     ERKER, Jacob                 Symmetrics Professional Cyclin       6:14:47
14     BOASSON HAGEN, Edvald        Team High Road                       6:14:47
15     BROOKS, Ben                  Team Type 1                          6:14:47
16     FRIEDMAN, Michael            Slipstream/Chipotie p/b H3O          6:14:47
17     CRUZ, Antonio                BMC Racing                           6:14:47
18     ESCUELA, Ricardo             Team Successfulliving                6:14:47
19     BAUMANN, Eric                Team Sparkasse                       6:14:47
20     STEVENSON, Cody              Jittery Joe's                        6:14:47
21     METLUSHENKO, Yuri            Amore & Vita-McDonalds Pro Cyc       6:14:47
22     SEVILLA, Oscar               Rock Racing                          6:14:47
23     BORRAJO, Alejandro           Colavita-Sutter Home                 6:14:47
24     MAMOS, Philipp               Team Sparkasse                       6:14:47
25     FREY , Sebastian             Team Sparkasse                       6:14:47
26     PARRA, John Fredy            Toshiba - Santo p/b Herbalife        6:14:47
27     WYSS, Danilo                 BMC Racing                           6:14:47
28     HUFF, Brad                   Jelly Belly                          6:14:47
29     PARISIEN, Franois            Team RACE Pro                        6:14:47
30     TOLLESON, Taylor             BMC Racing                           6:14:47
31     MAASKANT, Martijn            Slipstream/Chipotie p/b H3O          6:14:47
32     DIONNE, Charles              Team Successfulliving                6:14:47
33     LILL, Darren                 BMC Racing                           6:14:47
34     KOBZARENKO, Valeriy          Team Type 1                          6:14:47
35     GRABINGER, Micheal           Team Successfulliving                6:14:47
36     ENGLAND, Richard             Bissell Pro Cycling Team             6:14:47
37     WOHLBERG, Eric               Symmetrics Professional Cyclin       6:14:47
38     MURPHY, Jonn                 Health NEt p/b Maxxis                6:14:47
39     SCHILLINGER , Andreas        Team Sparkasse                       6:14:47
40     WHERRY, Christopher          Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team       6:14:47
41     GUPTILL, Andrew              Colavita-Sutter Home                 6:14:47
42     MATAMOROS, Francisco         Tecos - Trek                         6:14:47
43     LADINO, Gregorio             Tecos - Trek                         6:14:47
44     RICE, Matthew                Jelly Belly                          6:14:47
45     REYNES MIMO, Vincente        Team High Road                       6:14:47
46     MANION, Caleb                Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team       6:14:47
47     WREN, Tyler                  Colavita-Sutter Home                 6:14:47
48     CORIONI, Claudio             Liquigas                             6:14:47
49     DEVINE, John                 Team High Road                       6:14:47
50     HAMMOND, Roger               Team High Road                       6:14:47
51     O'LOUGHLIN, David            Pezula Racing                        6:14:47
52     FRISCHKORN, William          Slipstream/Chipotie p/b H3O          6:14:47
53     JENNINGS, Cameron            Pezula Racing                        6:14:47
54     KLOSTERGAARD, Kasper         Team CSC                             6:14:47
55     OLSON, Aaron                 Bissell Pro Cycling Team             6:14:47
56     MACIAS, Luis                 Tecos - Trek                         6:14:47
57     CHADWICK, Glen               Team Type 1                          6:14:47
58     SPINELLI, Justin             Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medif       6:14:47
59     REISTAD, Nicholas            Jelly Belly                          6:15:02
60     JENSEN, Brian                Team Successfulliving                6:15:21
61     HAMILTON, Tyler              Rock Racing                          6:15:21
62     MEIER, Christian             Symmetrics Professional Cyclin       6:15:21
63     BOWMAN, Dan                  Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medif       6:15:21
64     PIPP, Frank                  Health NEt p/b Maxxis                6:15:21
65     ROTH, Ryan                   Team RACE Pro                        6:15:21
66     BAJADALI, Andrew             Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medif       6:15:21
67     STEVIC, Ivan                 Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team       6:15:41
68     FRANZOI, Enrico              Liquigas                             6:15:48
69     LAPTHORNE, Darren            Team Sparkasse                       6:16:14
70     JONES, Christopher           Team Type 1                          6:16:37
71     TUFT, Svein                  Symmetrics Professional Cyclin       6:16:51
72     SUTHERLAND, Rory             Health NEt p/b Maxxis                6:17:43
73     FRATTINI, Davide             Colavita-Sutter Home                 6:17:43
74     PROKIC, Predrag              Toshiba - Santo p/b Herbalife        6:17:43
75     CLARKE, Jonny                Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team       6:17:43
76     LOUDER, Jeffry               BMC Racing                           6:17:59
77     OLLERENSHAW, Doug            Rock Racing                          6:18:02
78     DULIN, Thaddeus              DLP Racing                           6:18:37
79     STEVENSON, Michael           Amore & Vita-McDonalds Pro Cyc       6:20:50
80     TALANSKY, Andrew             Toshiba - Santo p/b Herbalife        6:29:28
81     GUTTENPLAN, David            TIME Pro Cycling                     6:29:28
DNF    BOCHMAN, Lasse               Team CSC
DNF    STEENSEN, Andr               Team CSC
DNF    GOSS, Matthew                Team CSC
DNF    MCCARTNEY, Jason             Team CSC
DNF    HENDERSON, Greg              Team High Road
DNF    KNAVEN, Servais              Team High Road
DNF    BENNATI, Daniele             Liquigas
DNF    BODNAR, Maciej               Liquigas
DNF    CURTOLO, Alberto             Liquigas
DNF    SANTAROMITA, Ivan            Liquigas
DNF    KOHLER, Martin               BMC Racing
DNF    STEWART, Jackson             BMC Racing
DNF    BACKSTEDT, Magnus            Slipstream/Chipotie p/b H3O
DNF    COZZA, Steven                Slipstream/Chipotie p/b H3O
DNF    DONALD, Jason                Slipstream/Chipotie p/b H3O
DNF    CALDWELL, Blake              Slipstream/Chipotie p/b H3O
DNF    CORTES, Phil                 Amore & Vita-McDonalds Pro Cyc
DNF    GASPARRE, Graziano           Amore & Vita-McDonalds Pro Cyc
DNF    NISSEN, Sren                 Amore & Vita-McDonalds Pro Cyc
DNF    JACQUES-MAYNES, Ben          Bissell Pro Cycling Team
DNF    PELTONEN, Garrett            Bissell Pro Cycling Team
DNF    ZWIZANSKI, Scott             Bissell Pro Cycling Team
DNF    VENNELL, Jeremy              Bissell Pro Cycling Team
DNF    KING, Edward                 Bissell Pro Cycling Team
DNF    CORREIA, Joao                Bissell Pro Cycling Team
DNF    BORRAJO, Anibal              Colavita-Sutter Home
DNF    HAEDO, Lucas                 Colavita-Sutter Home
DNF    ROMERO, Luis Amaran          Colavita-Sutter Home
DNF    WAMSLEY, Kyle                Colavita-Sutter Home
DNF    BEAMER, Spencer              DLP Racing
DNF    NIELSEN, Owen                DLP Racing
DNF    PENDRY, Charles              DLP Racing
DNF    NANKERVIS, Tommy             DLP Racing
DNF    JACKSON, Scott               DLP Racing
DNF    CODDINGTON, Joseph           DLP Racing
DNF    JUDY, Christopher            DLP Racing
DNF    JOHNSON, Tim                 Health NEt p/b Maxxis
DNF    ZAJICEK, Phil                Health NEt p/b Maxxis
DNF    CRANE, Matt                  Health NEt p/b Maxxis
DNF    GRITTERS, Kyle               Health NEt p/b Maxxis
DNF    SANDERSON, Nicholas          Jelly Belly
DNF    TUCKERMAN, Aaron             Jelly Belly
DNF    LANGE, Michael               Jelly Belly
DNF    POWERS, Jeremy               Jelly Belly
DNF    VAN ULDEN, Bernard           Jelly Belly
DNF    KNELLER, Benjamin            Jittery Joe's
DNF    SHIRLEY, Neil                Jittery Joe's
DNF    ELKEN, Evan                  Jittery Joe's
DNF    CANTWELL, Jonathan           Jittery Joe's
DNF    SHRIVER, Matt                Jittery Joe's
DNF    HARTLEY, Chad                Jittery Joe's
DNF    SULLIVAN, Ryan               Jittery Joe's
DNF    GILBERT, Martin              Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medif
DNF    LACOMBE, Kevin               Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medif
DNF    MUMFORD, Reid                Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medif
DNF    SUNDT, Jonathan              Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medif
DNF    FOX, Morgan                  Pezula Racing
DNF    IRVINE, Martyn               Pezula Racing
DNF    CONNOLLY, William            Pezula Racing
DNF    BARROWS, Clayton             Rite Aid Pro Cycling p/b Shebe
DNF    ELLISTON, William            Rite Aid Pro Cycling p/b Shebe
DNF    ERDELYI, Jonathan            Rite Aid Pro Cycling p/b Shebe
DNF    GENG, Richard                Rite Aid Pro Cycling p/b Shebe
DNF    KING, Robbie                 Rite Aid Pro Cycling p/b Shebe
DNF    KINCAID, Stephen             Rite Aid Pro Cycling p/b Shebe
DNF    LEA, Bobby                   Rite Aid Pro Cycling p/b Shebe
DNF    RYTLEWSKI, Jake              Rite Aid Pro Cycling p/b Shebe
DNF    BAHATI, Rahsaan              Rock Racing
DNF    CREED, Michael               Rock Racing
DNF    PENA, Victor Hugo            Rock Racing
DNF    WISCOVITCH, Jeremiah         Rock Racing
DNF    BELL, Zachary                Symmetrics Professional Cyclin
DNF    RANDELL, Andrew              Symmetrics Professional Cyclin
DNF    PINFOLD, Andrew              Symmetrics Professional Cyclin
DNF    EVANS, Cameron               Symmetrics Professional Cyclin
DNF    WALTERS, Mark                Team RACE Pro
DNF    TIMMERMAN, Dan               Team RACE Pro
DNF    MILLER, Kevin Buck           Team RACE Pro
DNF    MACBURNIE, Dustin            Team RACE Pro
DNF    BATTY, Mark                  Team RACE Pro
DNF    ROBERTSON, Eric              Team RACE Pro
DNF    WACKERNAGEL , Lars           Team Sparkasse
DNF    SCHLER , Tilo                Team Sparkasse
DNF    GUNN, Curtis                 Team Successfulliving
DNF    BAZZANA, Alessandro          Team Successfulliving
DNF    WHITE, Brad                  Team Successfulliving
DNF    VALENZUELA, Christian        Team Successfulliving
DNF    CALABRIA, Fabio              Team Type 1
DNF    ELDRIDGE, Joe                Team Type 1
DNF    WILSON, Matt                 Team Type 1
DNF    COLEX, Bernardo              Tecos - Trek
DNF    CERVANTES, Omar              Tecos - Trek
DNF    GUITIERREZ, Lui              Tecos - Trek
DNF    OYARZUN, Carlos              Tecos - Trek
DNF    RAMOS TORRES, Florencio      Tecos - Trek
DNF    BAKER, Andy                  TIME Pro Cycling
DNF    SOLADAY, Thomas              TIME Pro Cycling
DNF    STOOP, Michael               TIME Pro Cycling
DNF    SIMES, Jackie                TIME Pro Cycling
DNF    RAMSAY, Daniel               TIME Pro Cycling
DNF    MYERSON, Adam                TIME Pro Cycling
DNF    FREY, Nick                   TIME Pro Cycling
DNF    SWEETING, Bobby              Toshiba - Santo p/b Herbalife
DNF    HEKMAN, Mark                 Toshiba - Santo p/b Herbalife
DNF    TRAVIESO, Frank              Toshiba - Santo p/b Herbalife
DNF    VAILLANCOURT, Daniel         Toshiba - Santo p/b Herbalife
DNF    BLACKGROVE, Heath            Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
DNF    DOMINGUEZ, Ivan              Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
DNF    VOGELS, Hendricus            Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team