published Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Freddie Rodriguez wins the men's road race in Chattanooga

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    Surging to the #USPRO win is @fastfreddie1973! @brentbookwalter 2nd and @Kielreijnen 3rd
    Photo by usacycling USA Cycling

Freddie Rodriguez of Jelly Belly Cycling won the USA Cycling Professional Men's Road Race on Monday in Chattanooga.

The 39-year-old veteran cyclist won his fourth national title in a bunch spring to the line, narrowly edging BMC Racing's Brent Bookwalter, who also was runner up in the time trial championships on Saturday the the Volkswagen Chattanooga Plant.

Heading into the final circuit through downtown, Bissell Cycling's Phillip Gaimon led a pack of about nine riders by more than 30 seconds, but the group reeled him back, catching him on McCallie Avenue, about a mile from the finish line.

That set up a bunch sprint for the finish, a situation tailor made for the rider known as "Fast Freddie."

about Jim Tanner...

Jim Tanner has worked as assistant sports editor at the Times Free Press since late 2006. He started at the Times Free Press in 2001 and worked as a news copy/design editor from 2001 through 2006. In addition to working as a night and weekend editor producing local and national sports coverage for print and online readers, Jim occasionally writes local sports and outdoors stories. Jim grew up in Ringgold, Ga., and is a graduate ...

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