Rasmussen breaks HTC duck in Philly

Sun, 05 Jun 21:48:00 2011

HTC-Highroad's Alex Rasmussen took his first win of the season as he won the TD Bank International Cycling Championship in Philadelphia.

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Rasmussen produced a long sprint near the end of the 251km to pull away from his rivals and take the victory ahead of Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) and Robert Forster (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling).

The team's sport director Allan Peiper was delighted with the victory, especially as team was low on numbers for the event.

"With only five riders to work with, we had to take control right from the start," he said.

"There were six riders out front in the beginning, and Caleb (Fairly) and Patrick [Gretsch) did a great job interchanging and controlling the pack."

"There was a maximum lead of nine and a half minutes, and Fairly and Gretsch slowly reeled them in.

"Leigh Howard's derailleur failed at Lemon hill with three kilometers to go but we had maintained a dominant presence in the peloton and the guys were able to keep the group together.

"Rasmussen was on point, and was able to make a big sprint from a ways back to take the win."

It was the Dane's first victory for HTC-Highroad since arriving from Saxo Bank in the summer.


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