Larry Warbasse wins US National Pro Road Race
Warbasse outsprints breakaway companions Powless and Vermeulen
110 miles of racing in Knoxville, Tennessee, in the heat, the Men's road race was brutal.
Larry Warbasse sprinted to a win in Knoxville, just days after a win at the Tour De Suisse. Powless took silver and Vermeulen took bronze.
The course really came down to the last lap as larry Warbasse, Alexey Vermeulen and Neilson Powless powered away.
“I don’t think I was the strongest today, but I think I was the smartest,” said Warbasse after completing the course. “I am so shocked and I am going to be so honored to wear that jersey for a year.”
Early on there were several attacks and eventually a breakaway consisting of Daniel Eaton, Ian Garrison and Sean Bennett built up a lead 2 mins lead over peloton.
Holwesko Citadel went on the offensive to keep the break in check.
With six laps to go, the breakaway started to lose time, as Rally Cycling started to chase.
Eventually, Eaton, Garrison and Bennet were reeled in by the nervous peloton.
A touch of wheels saw Jelly Belly Cycling’s Joshua Berry race over.
The last half of the race saw huge attacks as riders tried to break away.
With 60 miles remaining, a large group broke away. Warbass pulled out into the front of the group. Vermeulen and Powless joined Warbass in the breakaway.
The breakaway had a lead of 35 seconds as they started the final lap.
With 3 miles to go Warbasse, Vermeulen and Powless stayed together, but it came down to a three-man sprint to the finish line in the final kilometre.
Link to full resorts: http://livelynxresults.com/viewrace.php?eventid=3596