Philadelphia - Team Exergy rider Fred Rodriguez continued his amazing comeback with a podium finish at Sunday’s TD Bank Philadelphia International Championship, the highest-ranked one-day road race in America. Rodriguez, a three-time US Pro Champion who came out of retirement last year, last won the Philadelphia race back in 2001. Eleven years later, Fast Freddie nearly did it again, sprinting to second place on his Felt F1 team bike.
The Exergy team rode a solid tactical race, putting men in all the early breaks. After several larger early breaks, Andres Miguel Diaz was one of three survivors at the front as the race entered the final finishing circuits between Lemon Hill and Logan Hill. The 2012 edition of the race, which has been going since 1985, was shortened to 199.8km.
Diaz and two others made it to the last of the finishing circuits before the main field finally caught them. Rodriguez, who is 38 this year and trying to make the U.S. team for the London Olympics, put himself in position to win but was just edged out by Russian Aleksandr Serebryakov.
“I picked the left side and I just came up to a wall of Team Type 1 guys,” Rodriguez told Cyclingnews.com. “I had nowhere to pass so I basically snuck by bike in between them.”
For Rodriguez, the only previous winner of the race, the podium finish was another remarkable result in his return to pro racing.