Greipel and Henderson scorch Philadelphia finale

André Greipel won the 25th Philadelphia International Championship on Sunday with an unmatched burst of speed over the final 200 metres of Benjamin Franklin Parkway to beat Columbia-Highroad teammate Greg Henderson and Bissell's Kirk O'Bee. It was the second win of the day for the American ProTour, who led out Ina-Yoko Teutenberg in the women's Liberty Classic.

Columbia-Highroad's pre-race plan was to deliver Germany's Greipel to the line in a field sprint. It executed the lead-out to perfection, despite confusion from a crash within the final kilometre, near Logan Circle.

"Every race we are at we are one of the best teams but that doesn't mean that we get the win easily," Greipel told Cyclingnews. "We always have to work hard and play our tactics correctly in order to win any race.

Henderson started his sprint with 400 metres to go and Greipel went on his own in the final 200 metres. The one-two finish was an unexpected bonus.

"I caught Kirk O'Bee and passed him," Henderson told Cyclingnews. "There was no one else there and I thought, 'Well heck, I have to keep going.' One guy passed me and it was Greipel so it doesn't get much better than that."

Bissell Pro Cycling made its bid for victory and hoped to elevate sprinter Kirk O'Bee one step higher on the podium following 2008's second place.

"Frank Pipp was in front of me and things started to swarm a little so I went early around," O'Bee told Cyclingnews. "I looked up and around, and I was already off the front a little bit with 300 metres to go and so I kept going.

"We were on the outside of the crash and thankfully my teammates put me out front and got me around all that. There are crashes all the time in the last part of the race because everyone is so tired. It's better to be at the front to avoid that."

Reid Mumford (Kelly Benefit Strategy) had his team's sprinter, Alex Candelario, on his wheel within the top 10 during a right-hand turn around Logan Circle. The duo was attempting to come around the lead-out train of Planet Energy when Mumford glanced back to make sure Candelario was on his wheel. At the same time, a Planet Energy rider moved over taking out Mumford's front wheel and sent Mumford and a handful of others to the asphalt.

A long day

The longest one-day race in the United States opened nearly six and a half hours earlier with the surprising turbo-charged start line acceleration of USA National Team rider Daniel Holloway. The 22-year-old Californian, a multi-US national champion on the track in 2008, leapt off the start line as if the finish line was at the end of the opening one-mile parade lap, not the longest race of his career.

"I didn't plan to go in the first 200 metres, I went off the line like I normally would [in a criterium]," said Holloway. "I heard I had a gap so I started picking it up and then I went out for the long haul."

Another young American, 20-year-old Andrew Talansky (Amore & Vita), set off in pursuit of Holloway on the opening one-mile parade lap, but was unable to join until nearly 60 miles and three ascents of the Manayunk Wall were ridden alone by each rider.

Another aggressively-minded duo, David Guttenplan (Team Mountain Khakis) and John Ebsen (Danish National Team), escaped the peloton in pursuit of Holloway and Talansky at the end of the opening 14.4-mile large circuit. The peloton showed no sense of urgency in its pursuit of the four escapees.

The women's peloton racing concurrently in the 57.6-mile Liberty Classic chopped its five-minute starting deficit to the men's race. For the first time in race history, with approximately 21 miles left in the Liberty Classic, the women caught and passed the men's peloton, neutralising the men in the process until the women's event finished.

Probably the only man on course wishing to be neutralised was race leader Holloway, but his stint off the front was only further extended since the four leaders still had the green light to race.

"I could see that my gap was opening and that the women were so close to the men's field," said Holloway. "I didn't worry about it. I was hoping to get neutralised so I could relax and stretch but they neutralised the men's field and not me."

Holloway's lead ballooned to over 13 minutes in front of the neutralised men's peloton and the ample cushion enabled the young sprinter to weave his way up the Manayunk Wall at his leisure to the raucous applause of "USA! USA!" inspired by his US National Team kit. Elsewhere on the parcours, Holloway frequently unclipped from the pedals to stretch his legs, which were beginning to feel the effects of his lengthy sojourn in the race lead.

Holloway found some relief once Talansky finally made contact as they concluded their third lap. The duo completed another full circuit encompassing the out and back trip to Manayunk along Kelly Drive.

Once the peloton was un-neutralised, they quickly got down to the business of absorbing the two pairs of riders.

Phase two

Phase two to the men's race unfolded as a powerful trio – Daniel Oss (Liquigas), Valeriy Kobzarenko (Team Type 1)and Tom Zirbel (Bissell Pro Cycling) – attacked just prior to Holloway being absorbed at nearly 81 miles remaining.

Oss, Kobzarenko and Zirbel, sharing the work equally, found themselves 7:20 ahead of the field after the completion of the seventh of 10 large circuits, or 103.8 miles. The three riders would prove to be a challenge for the sprinters' teams to bring back, but the unrepresented ProTour squads stamped their authority on the race, capturing Oss, the last of the original trio, with six miles and two of the closing short laps to go.

"I think getting neutralised when we did just meant that we had to rethink our tactics a bit," said Henderson. "We wanted to make the group a little bit smaller at the finish so we went hard on the last time up the climb. There were too many other teams who missed the break, however. From then on it looked like it was going to be a sprint from two laps out. We just made sure that we had Greipel and myself up front."

Several other teams with sprinters – Liquigas, Fuji-Servetto, Colavita Sutter Home and Planet Energy – all attempted to counter the Columbia's effort on each of the remaining three-mile short laps, but the team's speed proved too much inside the final kilometre.

Bissell was one of the teams able to sit back in the during the chase thanks to Zirbel's presence in the break.

"Tom [Zirbel] being off the front took pressure off us," said O'Bee. "Columbia controlled the front at the end and my teammates helped try to keep me at the front behind them, but I just went a little too early."

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1Andre Greipel (Ger) Team Columbia - Highroad6:24:04
2Greg Henderson (NZl) Team Columbia - HighroadRow 1 - Cell 2
3Kirk O'bee (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling0:00:01
4Harald Starzengruber (Aut) Elk HausRow 3 - Cell 2
5David Vitoria (Swi) Rock RacingRow 4 - Cell 2
6Keven Lacombe (Can) Planet EnergyRow 5 - Cell 2
7Alejandro Borrajo (Arg) Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooking LightRow 6 - Cell 2
8Christofer Stevenson (Swe) Swedish National TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Lucas Haedo (Arg) Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooking LightRow 8 - Cell 2
10Andrew Pinfold (Can) OUCH p/b MaxxisRow 9 - Cell 2
11Alex Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit StrategiesRow 10 - Cell 2
12Soren Petersen (Den) Danish National TeamRow 11 - Cell 2
13Tony Cruz (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 12 - Cell 2
14Johnathon Cantwell (Aus) Fly V AustraliaRow 13 - Cell 2
15Evan Elken (USA) Land Rover-ORBEA0:00:02
16Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 15 - Cell 2
17Fred Rodriguez (USA) Rock RacingRow 16 - Cell 2
18David Tanner (Aus) Rock RacingRow 17 - Cell 2
19Hagen Boasson (Nor) Team Columbia - HighroadRow 18 - Cell 2
20Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team Columbia - Highroad0:00:03
21Wil Routley (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Vicente Reynes (Spa) Team Columbia - HighroadRow 21 - Cell 2
23Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) Fly V AustraliaRow 22 - Cell 2
24Chad Beyer (USA) BMC Racing Team0:00:04
25Frank Pipp (USA) Bissell Pro CyclingRow 24 - Cell 2
26Floyd Landis (USA) OUCH p/b Maxxis0:00:05
27Kenneth Hanson (USA) Team Type 1Row 26 - Cell 2
28Jonathan Garcia (USA) BMC Racing Team0:00:07
29Chris Jones (USA) Team Type 1Row 28 - Cell 2
30Karl Menzies (Aus) OUCH p/b MaxxisRow 29 - Cell 2
31Brian Vandborg DNK LiquigasRow 30 - Cell 2
32Charlas Dionne (Can) Fly V AustraliaRow 31 - Cell 2
33Peter Salon (USA) USA National Team0:00:08
34Peter Latham (NZl) Bissell Pro CyclingRow 33 - Cell 2
35Bruno Langlois (Can) Planet Energy0:00:10
36Andreas Stillfors (Swe) Swedish National TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Moises Aldape (Mex) Team Type 10:00:11
38Nic Sanderson (Aus) Rock RacingRow 37 - Cell 2
39Steve Bovay (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 38 - Cell 2
40Matthew Winstead (USA) Kenda Pro Cycling p/b SpinergyRow 39 - Cell 2
41Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1Row 40 - Cell 2
42Neil Shirley (USA) Kelly Benefit StrategiesRow 41 - Cell 2
43Martin Gilbert (Can) Planet Energy0:00:16
44John Murphy (USA) OUCH p/b Maxxis0:00:18
45Allesandro Bazzanna (Ita) Fly V AustraliaRow 44 - Cell 2
46Georg Lauscha (Aut) Elk Haus0:00:24
47Scottie Weiss (USA) Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy0:00:25
48Stefan Rucker (Aut) Elk HausRow 47 - Cell 2
49Alex Howes (USA) USA National TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Jose Benitez (Spa) Fuji-ServettoRow 49 - Cell 2
51James Camut (USA) Land Rover-ORBEA0:00:26
52Tom Soladay (USA) Team Mountain Khakis0:00:28
53Matt Wilson (Aus) Team Type 10:00:34
54Philipp Mamos (Ger) Amore & Vita Pro Racing Team Presented by Life Time Fitness0:00:35
55Darren Lill (RSA) Team Type 10:00:38
56Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Amore & Vita Pro Racing Team Presented by Life Time Fitness0:00:43
57Daniel Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:44
58Matthew Rice (Aus) Jelly Belly Cycling Team0:00:45
59Rory Sutherland (Aus) OUCH p/b Maxxis0:00:46
60Ryan Roth (Can) Planet Energy0:00:48
61Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Fuji-Servetto0:00:49
62Francois Parisien (Can) Planet Energy0:00:53
63Davide Vigano (Ita) Fuji-ServettoRow 62 - Cell 2
64Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia - Highroad0:01:03
65Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
66Cladio Corioni (Ita) Liquigas0:01:05
67Richard England (Aus) Amore & Vita Pro Racing Team Presented by Life Time Fitness0:01:10
68Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas0:01:11
69Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas0:01:12
70Gert Dockx (Bel) Team Columbia - Highroad0:01:18
71Jacob Erker (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:01:19
72Jonathan Clarke (Aus) Jelly Belly Cycling Team0:01:26
73Ben Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling0:01:29
74Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team0:01:55
75Jonathan Mccarty (USA) OUCH p/b Maxxis0:02:00
76Hilton Clarke (Aus) Fuji-Servetto0:02:15
77Reid Mumford (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:02:34
78Davide Frattini (Ita) Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light0:02:41
79Steffen Radochla (Ger) Elk Haus0:02:50
80Paolo Bailetti (Ita) Fuji-Servetto0:02:53
81Ricardo Serrano (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:03:03
82Anibal Borrajo (Arg) Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light0:03:22
83Daniel Summerhill (USA) USA National Team0:09:35
84Bobby Sweeting (USA) Land Rover-ORBEARow 83 - Cell 2
85Tomas Lofgren (Swe) Swedish National TeamRow 84 - Cell 2
86Chad Gerlach (USA) Amore & Vita Pro Racing Team Presented by Life Time FitnessRow 85 - Cell 2
87Lucas Persson (Swe) Swedish National TeamRow 86 - Cell 2
88Tom Zirbel (USA) Bissell Pro CyclingRow 87 - Cell 2
89Francesco Chicchi (Ita) LiquigasRow 88 - Cell 2
90Roman Uden (NZl) Land Rover-ORBEARow 89 - Cell 2
91Russell Stevenson (USA) Kenda Pro Cycling p/b SpinergyRow 90 - Cell 2
92Bennet Genugten (USA) Kenda Pro Cycling p/b SpinergyRow 91 - Cell 2
93Tim Henry (USA) DLP RacingRow 92 - Cell 2
94Andrew Guptill (USA) Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooking LightRow 93 - Cell 2
95Adam Myerson (USA) Team Mountain KhakisRow 94 - Cell 2
96Scott Tietzel (USA) DLP Racing0:12:38
97Taylor Tolleson (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 96 - Cell 2
98Scott Davis (Aus) Fly V AustraliaRow 97 - Cell 2
99Ben Day (Aus) Fly V AustraliaRow 98 - Cell 2
100Anthony Colby (USA) Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooking LightRow 99 - Cell 2
101Aaron Tuckerman (NZl) Land Rover-ORBEARow 100 - Cell 2
102Alexander Wetterall (Swe) Swedish National TeamRow 101 - Cell 2
103Caleb Fairly (USA) USA National TeamRow 102 - Cell 2
104Bradley White (USA) OUCH p/b MaxxisRow 103 - Cell 2
105Charles Huff (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling TeamRow 104 - Cell 2
106Nicholas Reistad (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling TeamRow 105 - Cell 2
107Tyler Stanfield (USA) Kenda Pro Cycling p/b SpinergyRow 106 - Cell 2
DNFIvan Dominguez (Cub) Fuji-ServettoRow 107 - Cell 2
DNFDaniel Oss (Ita) LiquigasRow 108 - Cell 2
DNFJackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 109 - Cell 2
DNFWolfgang Murer (Aut) Elk HausRow 110 - Cell 2
DNFJochen Summer (Aut) Elk HausRow 111 - Cell 2
DNFVolodymyr Starchyk (Ukr) Amore & Vita Pro Racing Team Presented by Life Time FitnessRow 112 - Cell 2
DNFAndrew Talansky (USA) Amore & Vita Pro Racing Team Presented by Life Time FitnessRow 113 - Cell 2
DNFAndy Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro CyclingRow 114 - Cell 2
DNFCody O'reilly (USA) Bissell Pro CyclingRow 115 - Cell 2
DNFJeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Pro CyclingRow 116 - Cell 2
DNFLuca Damiani (Ita) Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooking LightRow 117 - Cell 2
DNFDaniel Vaillancourt (USA) Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooking LightRow 118 - Cell 2
DNFSteven Gordon (USA) DLP RacingRow 119 - Cell 2
DNFBoyd Johnson (USA) DLP RacingRow 120 - Cell 2
DNFPhillip Martz (USA) DLP RacingRow 121 - Cell 2
DNFAndrew Olson (USA) DLP RacingRow 122 - Cell 2
DNFTiagao Depaula (Bra) DLP RacingRow 123 - Cell 2
DNFCurtis Gunn (USA) Fly V AustraliaRow 124 - Cell 2
DNFDavid Kemp (Aus) Fly V AustraliaRow 125 - Cell 2
DNFMatthew Crane (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling TeamRow 126 - Cell 2
DNFKiel Reijnen (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling TeamRow 127 - Cell 2
DNFAndrew Bajadali (USA) Kelly Benefit StrategiesRow 128 - Cell 2
DNFZach Bell (Can) Kelly Benefit StrategiesRow 129 - Cell 2
DNFScott Zwizanski (USA) Kelly Benefit StrategiesRow 130 - Cell 2
DNFChad Burdzilauskas (USA) Kenda Pro Cycling p/b SpinergyRow 131 - Cell 2
DNFJaime Gandara (USA) Kenda Pro Cycling p/b SpinergyRow 132 - Cell 2
DNFJonathan Parrish (USA) Kenda Pro Cycling p/b SpinergyRow 133 - Cell 2
DNFJosh Bartlett (USA) Land Rover-ORBEARow 134 - Cell 2
DNFLogan Hunn (NZl) Land Rover-ORBEARow 135 - Cell 2
DNFMike Northey (NZl) Land Rover-ORBEARow 136 - Cell 2
DNFTim Johnson (USA) OUCH p/b MaxxisRow 137 - Cell 2
DNFMark Batty (Can) Planet EnergyRow 138 - Cell 2
DNFEric Boily (Can) Planet EnergyRow 139 - Cell 2
DNFAndrew Randell (Can) Planet EnergyRow 140 - Cell 2
DNFJamey Driscoll (USA) Rock RacingRow 141 - Cell 2
DNFSpencer Beamer (USA) Team Mountain KhakisRow 142 - Cell 2
DNFDavid Guttenplan (USA) Team Mountain KhakisRow 143 - Cell 2
DNFMark Hekman (USA) Team Mountain KhakisRow 144 - Cell 2
DNFWill Hoffarth (USA) Team Mountain KhakisRow 145 - Cell 2
DNFCharles Marzot (USA) Team Mountain KhakisRow 146 - Cell 2
DNFDan Ramsey (USA) Team Mountain KhakisRow 147 - Cell 2
DNFShawn Milne (USA) Team Type 1Row 148 - Cell 2
DNFRasmus Damm (Den) Danish National TeamRow 149 - Cell 2
DNFJohn Ebsen (Den) Danish National TeamRow 150 - Cell 2
DNFKasper Malmkjaer (Den) Danish National TeamRow 151 - Cell 2
DNFAnders Sibast (Den) Danish National TeamRow 152 - Cell 2
DNFMartin Halvarsson (Swe) Swedish National TeamRow 153 - Cell 2
DNFDaniel Holloway (USA) USA National TeamRow 154 - Cell 2
DNFWalker Savidge (USA) USA National TeamRow 155 - Cell 2
DNFTaylor Shelden (USA) USA National TeamRow 156 - Cell 2
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King of the Mountain
1Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 138pts
2Tom Zirbel (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling34Row 1 - Cell 3
3Vicente Reynes (Spa) Team Columbia - Highroad14Row 2 - Cell 3
4Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia - Highroad10Row 3 - Cell 3
5Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team Columbia - Highroad2Row 4 - Cell 3
6Matthew Rice (Aus) Jelly Belly Cycling Team2Row 5 - Cell 3
7Matthew Rice (Aus) Jelly Belly Cycling Team1Row 6 - Cell 3
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1Team Columbia - Highroad19:12:14
2Rock Racing0:00:03
3BMC Racing Team0:00:05
4Fly V Australia0:00:09
5Bissell Pro Cycling0:00:11
6OUCH p/b MaxxisRow 5 - Cell 2
7Team Type 10:00:21
8Planet Energy0:00:25
9Elk Haus0:00:48
10Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:54
12Jelly Belly Cycling Team0:02:12
14Amore & Vita Pro Racing Team Presented by Life Time Fitness0:02:26
15Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light0:02:41
16Swedish National Team0:09:44
17Land Rover-ORBEA0:10:01
18USA National Team0:10:06
19Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy0:10:09

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