Serebryakov sprints to win in Philly

Mon, 04 Jun 07:50:00 2012

Aleksandr Serebryakov won the biggest race of his burgeoning career as he sprinted to victory in the Philadelphia International Championship.

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The 25-year-old Team Type 1-Sanofi rider finished ahead of lead-out man Aldo Ino Ilesic to take the victory in his first year as a professional on the tour.

"This was my third race in America, and it was a victory on a great American team in a great American city," said Russian Serebryakov.

"I can't thank my team-mates and the staff enough, everything worked today like clockwork."

Team Exergy’s Fred Rodriguez, champion in 2001, finished third to deny Team Type1 a 1-2-3 with Daniele Colli instead having to settle for fourth.

“I got stuck a little in the wind and when they came by they came by fast,” the 38-year-old American said.

“I picked the left side and I just came up to a wall of Team Type 1 guys. I had nowhere to pass so I basically snuck my bike in between them. I thought I might be able to get third or second but that’s all I could do.”

Despite a number of attacks in the early stages of the race, Andres Miguel Diaz Corrales (Team Exergy), Thomas Rabou (Competitive Cyclist Racing Team), Clinton Avery (Champion System), Scott Zwizanski (Optum Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) and Bobby Lea (Team p/b Pure Energy Cycling-ProAir HFA) were the first group to form a breakaway, waiting until the fifth lap of seven to make their move.

The break built up a lead in excess of three minutes but first Lea and the Zwizanski were dropped off the back of the group on the final two ascents of the Manayunk Wall.

Avery, Rabou and Diaz still had a two minute and 10 second advantage heading into the final lap, but with just two kilometres remaining the peloton, led by the Team Type 1-Sanofi and UnitedHealthcare riders, caught the three-man break before the final sprint ended in Serebryakov’s triumph.


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