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Friedman, Anthony 1-2 in Korea

Americans Michael Friedman (Jelly Belly-Kenda) and Jesse Anthony (Kelly Benefit Strategies) went one-two on general classification at the Tour de Korea, which concluded Sunday.

Friedman took the 10-day stage race in 34:29:06, 17 seconds ahead of runner-up Anthony. Taiji Nishitani of Japan was third at 0:28.

Jelly Belly also won the team competition.

Ying Hon Yeung (Hong Kong) had held the overall lead since winning stage 1 before Friedman took the leader’s jersey on stage 7.

Thirty-five kilometers from the finish, Friedman attacked with teammates Kiel Reijnen and Will Routley, and they drove a 16-man break through cold, rainy weather to the line some nine and a half minutes ahead of the chase. Anthony was there, too, with teammate Neil Shirley, who said afterward that the stage “pretty much topped my list of most miserable days on a bike.”

“The guys started in rain and 40-degree temperatures and it only got colder — at the start line the commissaire said it was Korea’s coldest day in April in recorded history,” said Kelly Benefit performance manager Jacob Erker.

Friedman finished third on the day behind Koreans Gyung Gu Jang and Ki Seok Lee, while Anthony crossed ninth, three seconds later. That gave the Jelly Belly rider the 17-second margin that he would hold until the finish.

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