May 28, 2013
“Fast Freddie” Rodriguez out-sprinted a select group of rivals on the streets of Chattanooga, Tennessee on Memorial Day to win his fourth US Professional Road Race Championship.
After signing with Jelly Belly Cycling just two weeks ago Rodriguez was able to survive Lookout Mountain and a late race challenge from Phil Gaimon to win the championship in a thrilling field sprint.
Rodriguez has primarily been racing around his home in Northern California and the US Pro championships was his first national level race of the year since his previous squad, Team Exergy, folded last fall.
“It’s a little nerve racking that my first race was going to be the US Pro Championships,” said Rodriguez. “I’ve always specialized in one-day races. I know how to read them, how to conserve and be smart, and it played out to where I needed it to play out, a group sprint. Once we get into the last couple of kilometers, everything just kind of clicks and I just know where to go, who to follow, where to turn.”
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Rodriguez signs with Jelly Belly for remainder of 2013 - VeloNews May 2013
Fred Rodriguez Rider Results - USA Cycling