World Championships: Howes leads US finishers with 12th place

The home team rose to the occasion Sunday in Richmond for the World Championship road race, with US riders infiltrating most of the major breakaways and road captain Tyler Farrar throwing a late hail Mary that animated most of the last lap.

In the end, Alex Howes grabbed the top US result with a 12th place finish in front of the partisan and boisterous US crowd.

"It was absolutely unbelievable," Howes said of the six-hour day in the saddle. "Once in a lifetime."

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Growing up in Missoula, Montana, Pat competed in his first bike race in 1985 at Flathead Lake. He studied English and journalism at the University of Oregon and has covered North American cycling extensively since 2009, as well as racing and teams in Europe and South America. Pat currently lives in the US outside of Portland, Oregon, with his imaginary dog Rusty.