PHILADELPHIA, JUNE 14 -- Tom Schuler sprinted away from four racers with slightly more than 300 yards remaining to win the CoreStates U.S. Pro Cycling Championship today.
Schuler, 30, of Minneapolis, a member of the 7-Eleven racing team, covered the 156-mile course in 6 hours 4 minutes 43 seconds, easily beating the course record of 6:22:15 set last year by defending champion Thomas Prehn, a graduate of W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax, who started cycling with the National Capital Velo Club.
Cesare Cipollini of Team Prince was second, Roy Knickman of the Toshiba-Look team was third and Jorgen Marcussen of Team Prince was fourth.
Schuler and Knickman pulled away from the pack during the sixth lap and were alone until the 10th and final lap, when Cipollini and Marcussen caught them.
The four rode together for the last 13 miles, trading the lead. With about 300 yards to go, Knickman tried to pull away but Schuler caught and passed him to win the $20,000 first prize.
"Basically, I was watching Cipollini because he was the best sprinter," Schuler said. "Roy Knickman took an early flyer at that point and I just stuck on his right wheel and got a good fling off him while Cipollini hesitated just long enough. I knew I had it with 50 yards to go."
Knickman, who arrived in Philadelphia from France late Saturday, faded to third as Cipollini passed him down the stretch.
Prehn finished 15th in 6:07:58.