World Champion Giorgia Bronzini Wins 2011 Philadelphia Liberty Classic

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06/5/2011| 0 comments
by Gerald Churchill
Giorgia Bronzini wins the 2011 Liberty Classic.
Giorgia Bronzini wins the 2011 Liberty Classic.

World Champion Giorgia Bronzini Wins 2011 Philadelphia Liberty Classic

The women's 2011 Liberty Classic in Philadelphia had everything needed to create a great pro bike race - a long solo breakaway, a calculated chase by the field, and a dramatic field sprint seeing the current world champion Giorgia Bronzini (Team Colavita-Forno d'Asolo) winning ahead of Shelley Olds (Diadora-Pasta Zara) and Jennifer Purcell (Team Danbury-Audi) in two hours, 28 minutes, 28 seconds.

The women's 2011 Liberty Classic in Philadelphia had everything needed to create a great pro bike race - a long solo breakaway, a calculated chase by the field, and a dramatic field sprint seeing the current world champion Giorgia Bronzini (Team Colavita-Forno d'Asolo) winning ahead of Shelley Olds (Diadora-Pasta Zara) and Jennifer Purcell (Team Danbury-Audi) in two hours, 28 minutes, 28 seconds.

"I was not so good today but I must thank my team because the girls did the best work today," Bronzini told Roadcycling.com and our mobile sister site Roadcycling.mobi after the finish and added "I did not feel good on the first climb and I was trying not to spend energy in the race but save it. On the last lap, I spent a lot of power to stay up on the climb, and I tried to recover for the sprint."

Most of the race was led by Canadian Lex Albrecht (Juvederm-Specialized) who made a solo move on the first lap to go for the Queen of the Mountain competition, which she won after staying away for three of the four laps.

"I was aiming for the QOM jersey and that's what I got," Albrecht said after the finish and continued "But after the first lap I saw I was going really well so I just decided to gun it and see how long I could stay for. It's pretty special because this was only my second time doing this race and last year I crashed out early. I've been thinking about this race for a whole year. It's a great course and I love the spectators."

Team Colavita-Forno d'Asolo had two sprint cards to play in Bronzini and Philadelphia rider Theresa Cliff-Ryan. Neither rider felt in their top shape today but each had enough to get to the final kilometer where they could be a one-two punch in the sprint.

"My legs were not the greatest but I can still sprint, so I knew if I could make it to the finish I could do it," Cliff-Ryan told Roadcycling.com's reporter and added "It's such a great feeling to race here every year with all the fans. We did a lot of work and in the last 5km I told Giorgia we both make the sprint because that is our best chance. There was a lot of fighting in the sprint today but we got the win, and with the world champion too!"

Still Cliff-Ryan managed a top-10 result after working for her teammate.

This was Bronizini's first time racing the Liberty Classic, but for the world champion wearing the famed rainbow jersey the course and the Manayunk Wall were not too difficult to manage.

"Not so much," she said of the difficulty of The Wall and jokingly added "Four times is good for my legs! I took the wall in the first position, and I finished it in the middle every time."

Top five results:
1 Giorgia Bronzini (Colavita-Forno d'Asolo)
2 Shelley Olds (Diadora-Pasta Zara)
3 Jennifer Purcel (Team Danbury-Audi)
4 Joelle Numainville (Team TIBCO-To The Top)
5 Chloe

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