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Serebryakov speeds to Philadelphia victory

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Aleksandr Serebryakov (Team Type 1-Sanofi) gets the win in Philadelphia

Aleksandr Serebryakov (Team Type 1-Sanofi) gets the win in Philadelphia
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Leading the last valiant break is Andres Miguel Diaz Corrales (Team Exergy). At one point their lead on the peloton was over three minutes.

Leading the last valiant break is Andres Miguel Diaz Corrales (Team Exergy). At one point their lead on the peloton was over three minutes.
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Jazzed from his win Thursday night at Base Camp Int., Clinton Avery (Champion System Pro Cycling Team) takes his turn at the front of that very exciting final break.

Jazzed from his win Thursday night at Base Camp Int., Clinton Avery (Champion System Pro Cycling Team) takes his turn at the front of that very exciting final break.
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Bissell Cycling rider Benjamin Jacques-Maynes looks ahead to a long day in the saddle.

Bissell Cycling rider Benjamin Jacques-Maynes looks ahead to a long day in the saddle.
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Fred Rodriguez (Team Exergy) contemplates if he can pull another win in a race that's been so good to him over the years.

Fred Rodriguez (Team Exergy) contemplates if he can pull another win in a race that's been so good to him over the years.
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Team Type 1 punches in and goes to work with one lap to go- reeling in the break

Team Type 1 punches in and goes to work with one lap to go- reeling in the break
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Aleksandr Serebryakov (Team Type 1-Sanofi) celebrates his victory in the TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship

Aleksandr Serebryakov (Team Type 1-Sanofi) celebrates his victory in the TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship
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The podium: Fred Rodriguez (Team Exergy), 3rd, Aleksandr Serebryakov (Team Type 1-Sanofi), 1st; Aldo Ino Ilesic (Team Type 1-Sanofi), 2nd

The podium: Fred Rodriguez (Team Exergy), 3rd, Aleksandr Serebryakov (Team Type 1-Sanofi), 1st; Aldo Ino Ilesic (Team Type 1-Sanofi), 2nd
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The pace quickens as the pack rides through the cobblestones at the bottom of the Manayunk Wall.

The pace quickens as the pack rides through the cobblestones at the bottom of the Manayunk Wall.
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The men's peloton begins their ascent of the Manayunk Wall.

The men's peloton begins their ascent of the Manayunk Wall.
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Andres Diaz (Team Exergy) drove the late race break, enabling teammate Fred Rodriguez to sit tight in the field and wait for the sprint.

Andres Diaz (Team Exergy) drove the late race break, enabling teammate Fred Rodriguez to sit tight in the field and wait for the sprint.
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Despite the exhaustion Thomas Rabou (Competitive Cyclist Racing Team) makes every effort to hold onto that final three-man break.

Despite the exhaustion Thomas Rabou (Competitive Cyclist Racing Team) makes every effort to hold onto that final three-man break.
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It's easy to see why Philly plays host to America's biggest, longest running single day pro race. If you squint down the parkway you may just imagine for a minute you're standing on the Champs-Elysees.

It's easy to see why Philly plays host to America's biggest, longest running single day pro race. If you squint down the parkway you may just imagine for a minute you're standing on the Champs-Elysees.
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The men's peloton lined up and had a moment of silence to remember Jerry Casale, a co-founder of the TD Bank Philadelphia International Championship who passed away in March.

The men's peloton lined up and had a moment of silence to remember Jerry Casale, a co-founder of the TD Bank Philadelphia International Championship who passed away in March.
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It was a beautiful day in always sunny Philadelphia as the color guard marched out Old Glory for the start of this year's championship.

It was a beautiful day in always sunny Philadelphia as the color guard marched out Old Glory for the start of this year's championship.
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With the City of Brotherly Love as the backdrop, the race begins.

With the City of Brotherly Love as the backdrop, the race begins.
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Joe Eldridge (Team Type 1-Sanofi) works hard to keep the field together.

Joe Eldridge (Team Type 1-Sanofi) works hard to keep the field together.
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Giorgia Bronzini (Diadora-Pasta Zara) knows what wheel to sit on-Ina Teutenberg (Team Specialized lululemon) still looks relaxed.

Giorgia Bronzini (Diadora-Pasta Zara) knows what wheel to sit on-Ina Teutenberg (Team Specialized lululemon) still looks relaxed.
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Team UnitedHealthcare soldiers on.

Team UnitedHealthcare soldiers on.
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Olympian and Pennsylvania boy Bobby Lea (Team CykelCity.se p/b PureEnergy Cycling-ProAir HFA) did an amazing job to make the late race break.

Olympian and Pennsylvania boy Bobby Lea (Team CykelCity.se p/b PureEnergy Cycling-ProAir HFA) did an amazing job to make the late race break.
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Right before the last long lap the skies opened up for a brief downpour and Team UnitedHealthcare and Team Type 1-SANOFI pushed through it.

Right before the last long lap the skies opened up for a brief downpour and Team UnitedHealthcare and Team Type 1-SANOFI pushed through it.
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A unique moment on the streets of Philadelphia:: the men's and women's fields pass each other in opposite directions on Kelly Drive.

A unique moment on the streets of Philadelphia:: the men's and women's fields pass each other in opposite directions on Kelly Drive.
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Team Diadora-Pasta Zara did a great job of protecting their World Champion, Giorgia Bronzini.

Team Diadora-Pasta Zara did a great job of protecting their World Champion, Giorgia Bronzini.
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Kate Veronneau (Pure Energy Cycling ProAri-HFA) gets her burst on and chases to catch the field right off the top of the wall.

Kate Veronneau (Pure Energy Cycling ProAri-HFA) gets her burst on and chases to catch the field right off the top of the wall.
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Anders Christiansen (Danish National Team) makes it look like a ride in the park.

Anders Christiansen (Danish National Team) makes it look like a ride in the park.
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Mexican national champion Luis Enrique Davila (Jelly Belly Cycling Team) holds his own on his first trip to Manayunk.

Mexican national champion Luis Enrique Davila (Jelly Belly Cycling Team) holds his own on his first trip to Manayunk.
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The men's peloton rolls along on Benjamin Franklin Parkway

The men's peloton rolls along on Benjamin Franklin Parkway
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The bunch starts to go after the break.

The bunch starts to go after the break.
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Jesse Anthony (Optum) leads a coup up the wall.

Jesse Anthony (Optum) leads a coup up the wall.
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Team Type 1 worked hard for today

Team Type 1 worked hard for today
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Scott Zwizanski (Optum) gets stuck between the break and the field.

Scott Zwizanski (Optum) gets stuck between the break and the field.
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The break comes up Lemon Hill with Clinton Avery (Champion System) leading Andres Diaz (Team Exergy)

The break comes up Lemon Hill with Clinton Avery (Champion System) leading Andres Diaz (Team Exergy)
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The men roll through the finish before bringing back the break.

The men roll through the finish before bringing back the break.
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Adrian Hegyvary (UnitedHealthcare) gets on the front to bring back the break.

Adrian Hegyvary (UnitedHealthcare) gets on the front to bring back the break.
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The men roll past the art museum.

The men roll past the art museum.
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The men head through the finish line for another lap.

The men head through the finish line for another lap.
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Riders wait for the start.

Riders wait for the start.
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Fans cheer riders on Lemon Hill.

Fans cheer riders on Lemon Hill.
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Fred Rodriguez, Aleksandr Serebryakov and Aldo Ino Ilesic on the podium in Philadelphia

Fred Rodriguez, Aleksandr Serebryakov and Aldo Ino Ilesic on the podium in Philadelphia
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For the first time in the race's history rain fell in Philadelphia

For the first time in the race's history rain fell in Philadelphia
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UnitedHealthcare's Adrian Hegyvary, right, and Davide Frattini work for their team's sprinters.

UnitedHealthcare's Adrian Hegyvary, right, and Davide Frattini work for their team's sprinters.
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Rodriguez marks Serebryakov on the final lap in Mayanunk

Rodriguez marks Serebryakov on the final lap in Mayanunk
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Fred Rodriguez (Exergy) went on to finish third

Fred Rodriguez (Exergy) went on to finish third
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The peloton ascends Lemon Hill.

The peloton ascends Lemon Hill.
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Scott Zwizanski had fans on Lemon Hill

Scott Zwizanski had fans on Lemon Hill
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UnitedHealthcare controls the race in Philadelphia

UnitedHealthcare controls the race in Philadelphia
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Team Type 1-Sanofi stamped their authority on the 28th edition of the TD Bank Philadelphia International Championship as first year professional Aleksandr Serebryakov claimed the biggest victory of his young career, while teammate and lead-out man Aldo Ino Ilesic completed the 1-2 finish for the US-based Pro Continental squad in the premier one-day race on the US calendar.

Fred Rodriguez (Team Exergy), the Philadelphia race's 2001 champion and only former winner to start today, finished in third place in the sprint finale to round out the podium.

Team Type 1's Daniele Colli placed fourth followed by John Murphy (Kenda-5 Hour Energy) in fifth place.

"This was my third race in America, and it was a victory on a great American team in a great American city," said Serebryakov, a 25-year-old Russian. "I can't thank my teammates and the staff enough, everything worked today like clockwork."

"It was a nervous finish, but it's all about the teamwork today," said Team Type 1-Sanofi General Manager Vassili Davidenko. "Serebryakov had a good lead-out in Aldo, who has good experience in this race. When everybody went to the left, they went to the right. It was the right time and that's how they found themselves at the front in the right spot."

Fred Rodriguez is also a rider with a great amount of experience on the streets of Philadelphia, and after returning to the professional ranks at the TD Bank Philadelphia International Championship last year following a 1.5 year hiatus from the sport the 38-year-old American sprinter has showcased lately a rich vein of form.

"I got stuck a little in the wind and when they came by they came by fast," said Rodriguez of the Team Type 1-Sanofi surge. "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.

"My goal is I'm trying to make a bid for the Olympic team. I have great legs and I feel I could support Tyler [Farrar]. He's one of maybe 10 guys in the world who can maybe outsprint [Mark] Cavendish. That was one of my main jobs with Robbie McEwen for many years so it would be cool to go to London."

In addition to placing three riders in the top-four at the finish, Team Type 1-Sanofi's Kiel Reijnen claimed the KOM prize after arriving first atop the Manayunk Wall the first four ascents plus the Pro Continental squad claimed the race's first-ever team prize.

"On Saturday we talked at the team meeting about the KOM competition, how it was just up there, open, waiting to be claimed," said Davidenko. "Kiel had great form at the US Nationals last week, and so from the start in Philly today he made sure to write his name on Manayunk Wall every time we came through.

"When we saw that he had the KOM jersey today all sewn up in the middle of the race, that gave us the confidence to go to the front and chase down a breakaway as a team. Joe Eldridge, Aleksandr Efimkin, Joey Rosskopf and Martijn Verschoor all worked all day to keep those three sprinters (Serebryakov, Ilesic and Colli) fresh for the finish."

For the second straight year a three-man break made it to the final, 5-kilometre long short lap only to be swept up inside the final two kilometres. Andres Miguel Diaz Corrales (Team Exergy), also in the late break in 2011, plus Thomas Rabou (Competitive Cyclist Racing Team) were the final survivors of what initially was a five-man escape which formed on the fifth of seven large, 23.6km laps, just past the midway point of the 200km race.

Diaz, Rabou and Clinton Avery (Champion System) began their first of five finishing laps between Lemon Hill and Logan Square with a 2:10 advantage over the peloton, but spirited chasing by UnitedHealthcare and Team Type 1-Sanofi, with Spidertech powered by C10 and Bissell later supplying support, cut the break's advantage to a slender 20 seconds as the bell rang for the final circuit.

Avery dropped off the pace as the final short circuit began, but Diaz and Rabou still held a 15-second lead at the top of Lemon Hill, but were caught soon after returning to Kelly Drive near the Philadelphia Museum of Art to set up the sprint finale.

Changes to a tried-and-true race format

For the first time in the history of the men's professional race, extending back to 1985 when Eric Heiden won the inaugural event, the distance was reduced from 250 kilometres to 199.8 kilometres. The route for the race remains the same, but for 2012 a change was instituted in the amount of main laps and finishing circuits.

As in previous editions, the men's race opened with parade laps on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway around Logan Circle, near the Philadelphia Museum of Art, before tackling the 23.6-kilometre main circuit that heads north on Kelly Drive along the Schuylkill River toward the Manayunk district.

In Manayunk awaits the race's signature feature, a steep, 800-metre hill known as "The Wall", followed by a descent back onto Kelly Drive for a return trip along the Schuylkill, with detours for the climbs of Strawberry Mansion and Lemon Hill, before rounding back onto the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

The men's race concludes with short, 5.4-kilometre laps around Lemon Hill and Logan Circle.

In this year's 28th edition, the amount of main circuits has been reduced from 10 to seven while the number of finishing circuits has been increased from three to five resulting in a new race distance of 199.8 kilometres. Shorter, yes, but still one of the longest races the peloton will face all season on US soil.

Despite a slew of attacks during the early phase of the race, nothing significant stuck until a large group separated from the peloton midway through the third of seven big laps. This escape by approximately 30 riders held a 40-second advantage over the peloton at the end of the lap, 79 kilometres into the race. With riders from 12 of the 17 teams in the break, including six of Optum Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies' eight starters, there was potentially plenty of horsepower to push the pace, but after stretching the lead to one minute half way through the following lap, a spirited chase in the peloton slashed the break's lead to just 19 seconds at the conclusion of the fourth large lap, with just over one half of the race completed.

As the peloton neared Manayunk for the fifth time it was gruppo compatto at the head of the race, but a new, smaller escape would form later in the lap and would nearly steal the race. Five riders went out on the attack, including Clinton Avery (Champion System Pro Cycling Team), Thomas Rabou (Competitive Cyclist Racing Team), Andres Miguel Diaz Corrales (Team Exergy) plus a pair of riders with strong ties to Pennsylvania in Scott Zwizanski (Optum Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) and Bobby Lea (Team CykelCity.se p/b Pure Energy Cycling-ProAir HFA).

On the penultimate main lap the break's advantage topped three minutes but on each of the final two ascents of the Manayunk Wall the group's horsepower decreased by one rider as first Lea was dropped on the sixth ascent while Zwizanski came off on the seventh and final trip up the Wall.

In another first for the TD Bank Philadelphia International Championship's 28-year history, on the final main lap a storm cell blew through the course, briefly dousing the peloton in rain for the first time ever on race day in Philadelphia as the skies turned black and the wind kicked up substantially.

Blue skies and sunshine soon returned, however, as the seven main circuits were completed leaving the new, lengthier endgame to complete: five laps of the finishing circuit. Avery, Rabou and Diaz entered the short laps with a 2:10 advantage over the peloton, but a perfectly timed chase spearheaded principally by Team Type 1-Sanofi and UnitedHealthcare would ultimately doom the break's bid to upset the sprinters only two kilometres from the race's conclusion.

Full Results
1Aleksandr Serebryakov (Rus) Team Type 1 - Sanofi4:32:06
2Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi
3Fred Rodriguez (USA) Team Exergy
4Daniele Colli (Ita) Team Type 1 - Sanofi
5John Murphy (USA) Kenda - 5 Hour Energy
6Alexander Candelario (USA) Optum Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
7Jose Fernando Antogna (Arg) Jamis-Sutter Home
8Robert Förster (Ger) Team UnitedHealthcare
9Aaron Kemps (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
10Luca Damiani (Ita) Kenda - 5 Hour Energy
11Frank Pipp (USA) Bissell Cycling
12Andy Jacques-Maynes (USA) Kenda - 5 Hour Energy
13Eric Young (USA) Bissell Cycling
14Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
15Muhamad Adiq Othman (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
16Zachary Bell (Can) Spidertech Powered By C10
17Tyler Magner (USA) BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Development Cycling Team
18Cole House (USA) Competitive Cyclist Racing Team
19Cesar Grajales (Col) Competitive Cyclist Racing Team
20William Clarke (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
21Kyle Wamsley (USA) Jamis-Sutter Home
22Henrik Abom (Swe) Team Cykelcity.se p/b Pure Energy Cycling-ProAir HFA
23Thomas Brown (USA) Team Mountain Khakis/SmartStop
24Alder Martz (USA) BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Development Cycling Team
25Charles Bradley Huff (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team
26Logan Loader (USA) Team Exergy
27Clay Murfet (Aus) Team Mountain Khakis/SmartStop
28Karl Menzies (Aus) Team UnitedHealthcare
29Adam Myerson (USA) Team Mountain Khakis/SmartStop
30Carlos Alzate Escobar (Col) Team Exergy
31Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
32Chris Monteleone (USA) Team Mountain Khakis/SmartStop
33Jesper Hansen (Den) Danish National Team
34Shawn Milne (USA) Kenda - 5 Hour Energy
35Tom Zirbel (USA) Optum Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
36Andrew Bajadali (USA) Optum Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
37Christiaan Kriek (RSA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team
38Taylor Sheldon (USA) Competitive Cyclist Racing Team
39Mike Stone (USA) BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Development Cycling Team
40Ryan Roth (Can) Spidertech Powered By C10
41Luis Romero Amaran (Cub) Jamis-Sutter Home
42Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Team UnitedHealthcare
43Chad Beyer (USA) Competitive Cyclist Racing Team
44Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Cycling
45Tommy Nankervis (Aus) Competitive Cyclist Racing Team
46Travis Livermon (USA) Team Mountain Khakis/SmartStop
47Paul Mach (USA) Kenda - 5 Hour Energy
48Antoine Matteau (Can) Ekoï.Com - Gaspesien
49Jordan Brochu (Can) Ekoï.Com - Gaspesien
50Roman Kilun (USA) Kenda - 5 Hour Energy
51Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Competitive Cyclist Racing Team
52Joris Boillat (Swi) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
53Philip Lindau (Swe) Team Cykelcity.se p/b Pure Energy Cycling-ProAir HFA
54Joseph Rosskopf (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi
55Andrès Miguel Diaz Corrales (Col) Team Exergy
56Alexander Hagman (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team
57Flavio De Luna (Mex) Spidertech Powered By C10
58Benjamin Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Cycling0:02:03
59Andrew Dahlheim (USA) Bissell Cycling
60Thomas Rabou (Ned) Competitive Cyclist Racing Team0:02:20
61Marsh Cooper (Can) Optum Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
62Davide Frattini (Ita) Team UnitedHealthcare0:02:30
63Luis Enrique Davila (Mex) Jelly Belly Cycling Team0:02:34
64Jay Thomson (RSA) Team UnitedHealthcare0:02:44
65James Driscoll (USA) Jamis-Sutter Home
66Petrus Van Dijk (Ned) Jamis-Sutter Home0:02:54
67Clinton Robert Avery (NZl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
68Jesse Anthony (USA) Optum Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:03:00
69Philip Mooney (USA) Jamis-Sutter Home
70Michael Jasinski (USA) Wonderful Pistachios Cycling
71Edwin Wilson (Swe) Team Cykelcity.se p/b Pure Energy Cycling-ProAir HFA
72Michael Olsson (Swe) Team Cykelcity.se p/b Pure Energy Cycling-ProAir HFA
73Anders Christiansen (Den) Danish National Team
74Jacob Keough (USA) Team UnitedHealthcare
75Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Type 1 - Sanofi
76Ken Hanson (USA) Optum Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
77Alexander Efimkin (Rus) Team Type 1 - Sanofi
78Kiel Reijnen (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi
79Michael Smith Larsen (Den) Danish National Team
80Francois Parisien (Can) Spidertech Powered By C10
81Neil Bezdek (USA) Team Mountain Khakis/SmartStop
82David Williams (USA) Competitive Cyclist Racing Team
83Andrew Baker (USA) Bissell Cycling
84Michael Chauner (USA) Team Cykelcity.se p/b Pure Energy Cycling-ProAir HFA
85Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
86Kevin Mullervy (USA) Team Exergy
87Nic Hamlton (Can) Jelly Belly Cycling Team
88Martin Gilbert (Can) Spidertech Powered By C10

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