Rodriguez Sprints to Fourth US Pro Road Race Champion Title
Surging out of a final bunch sprint to the line, "Fast Freddie" Rodriguez crossed the line less than a wheel’s width ahead of BMC Racing Team's Brent Bookwalter and UnitedHealthCare's Kiel Reijnan.
trial. Gaimon’s time off the front earned him the Erlanger Children’s Hospital Most Courageous Rider award following the race.
"I'm always really motivated for this event and I came here with the goal of being on the top step of the podium, so I'm a little frustrated to miss it twice," Bookwalter said.
Bookwalter explained he got gapped a bit with 500 meters to go when third-place finisher Reijnen dropped his chain near the front of the group of 17 riders that came to the finish together. "So I lost those guys a little bit there," Bookwalter explained. "I was telling myself to go into the sprint in front of Freddie because I knew it would be really hard to come around him. But to hold him off is something else. I got out of the last corner and started my sprint about the same time as him. I was coming up along side him, but didn't quite have enough road."
The course showcased downtown Chattanooga along with the tough climb up Lookout Mountain.
Both the men’s and women’s races started with a 5.1-mile start circuit, which had to be contested one time by the women and three times by the men. The same circuit would be used for three final circuits for each group at the finish of each race.
The course then took the riders on a relatively flat run along Broad Street to begin the climb up Ochs Highway, a climb of approximately three miles, which gained 1,150 feet of elevation on each lap. The race topped out at the summit of Lookout Mountain and descended on Scenic Highway to return to downtown via Broad Street. The men completed four laps up the climb, while the women did two laps. The “long lap” spanned 16.1 miles in distance.
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