By Mark Zalewski in Philadelphia
The Honorable John Street spoke at the official Commerce Bank Triple Crown press conference today, expressing his support for the return of the annual race in his city. "World class cities are home to world class events," Mayor Street said. "This event has become more than an event. The event touches the nerves of so many people in so many ways. We look forward to years and years of this events and its contribution to the city."
The Mayor also acknowledged the support of the new title sponsor, which stepped up in time to make the entire event possible. "We are very grateful to Commerce Bank. In our community we expect more than just good financial support. We also want responsible corporate leadership that allows them to give back to the community, and I believe this is a four year commitment."
"[The race] is great for those of us amateurs who try to maintain our health through bike riding. It gives us inspiration, seeing these great athletes perform in ways that we can only imagine. It is great for the thousands of people who line the sides of the roads and enjoy their community."