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Written by Monte Hamilton
Sunday, 25 March 2007

March 25: 23rd Annual Redlands Bicycle Classic

Toyota-United closed out the Redlands Classic with a fourth place overall by Chris Wherry, who finished third on Sunday?s final stage. A flurry of attacks from the gun led to the escape of 13 riders, who changed the complexion of the overall standings by gaining more than four minutes on the shattered peloton.

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Chris Baldwin (left) and teammate Chris Wherry attacked in the hopes of splintering the field and putting overall race leader Scott Moninger (BMC Racing Team) in trouble. Behind, Justin England waited to make his move to bridge to the breakaway in hopes of gaining enough time to move into the overall lead.
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Burke Swindlehurst (left) did what he could to help England make the decisive breakaway.
Henk Vogels also tried in vain to help England bridge up to a 13-man group.
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As he did during the previous three stages, Ivan Stevic played the role of aggressor. He finished 22nd overall. At the finish, Wherry was outsprinted for the stage win, but still managed a podium finish.
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Wherry took some satisfaction in having moved from 11th place to fourth overall on the final stage. Sean Sullivan was part of a group that lost more than 15 minutes after the peloton shattered.
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The podium for the final stage (from left): second-place finisher Ben Brooks (Navigators Insurance), winner Rory Sutherland (Health Net presented by Maxxis) and Wherry.
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