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Written by Monte Hamilton
Saturday, 07 April 2007

April 7: U.S. Open Championships Richmond, Virginia

The inaugural edition of the US Open Cycling Championships received national attention, thanks to two-and-a-half hours of coverage on NBC. The 113-mile race started in a snowstorm in Williamsburg, Va., and finished under sunny skies in the capital city of Richmond. Toyota-United figured prominently in the action throughout, putting riders in breakaways and leading a frantic, last-lap chase. (Missing photos will be uploaded shortly)

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Several riders used plastic wrap to insulate their socks from the bone-chilling cold. Ivan Stevic grabs a few more energy bars before heading out.
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The snow had Ivan Dominguez thinking of warmer weather in Southern California. A veteran of many European classics, Henk Vogels didn?t seem bothered by the adverse weather.
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Stevic enjoyed the ingenuity by soigneur Reed McCalvin, who used surgical gloves as an additional insulator. The snow reminded Justin England of many an off-season training ride in Boulder, Colo.
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Chris Wherry was just fine with blowing snow that delayed the start by more than an hour. More than 150 riders started the second event of the USA Cycling Professional Tour.
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Dominguez spent more than two laps in a breakaway group.
Stevic was a workhorse all day, chasing down several breakaways.
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Wherry conserved his energy in the early part of the race to be fresh at the end.
England helped shadow riders from Navigators and Slipstream Sports.
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Sullivan made several trips between the team car and the peloton to shuttle clothing, food and water.
Stevic finds himself sandwiched between a pair of Symmetrics riders.
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The climb up Libby Hill isn?t very long, but it is fairly steep.
Sean Sullivan slowed the peloton as it reached the base of Libby Hill while Dominguez?s group was up the road.
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Stevic and sponsor Toyota-United get some face time from the TV coverage.
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Manion was bundled to ward off the wind chill, which plunged into the 20s thanks to nearly 30 mph wind gusts.
After more than four hours of racing, Vogels sprinted to a 12th place finish.
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Dominguez was already replaying the race in his head as he crossed the finish line.
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