Liberty Classic

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Liberty Classic
Race details
Date Early June
Region Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Discipline Women's road
Type One-day race
Organiser Pro Cycling Tour
First edition 1994 (1994)
Editions 19 (as of 2012)
Final edition 2012
First winner  Marianne Berglund (SWE)
Most wins  Petra Rossner (GER)

6 times

Final winner  Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (GER)

The Liberty Classic was an annual women's bicycle race held from 1994 to 2012, simultaneously with the Philadelphia International Championship. The 57.6 mile race consisted of four laps of a 14.4 mile circuit through Philadelphia with 5 climbs up the famous Manayunk Wall. It was part of the UCI Women's Road World Cup until 2001. From 2002, it was an Elite Women's Category 1 event under UCI race classifications.

The Liberty Classic was the final leg of the inaugural 2006 Commerce Bank Triple Crown of Cycling for women. The Triple Crown was a one-week, 3-race circuit, with the three races taking place in the Eastern Pennsylvania cities of Allentown, Reading and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The opening race was the Lehigh Valley Classic, followed two days later by Reading Classic, with the Liberty Classic finale in Philadelphia three days after the Reading race.

In January 2013 the race's organisers announced that the 2013 International Championship and Liberty Classic had been cancelled,[1] with local media reporting a breakdown in the relationship between the organisers and the city authorities. However, in May of that year a group of local politicians and promoters announced the revival of the men's and women's races as The Philadelphia Cycling Classic, under the direction of Robin Morton.[2]

Past winners[edit]

Year First Second Third
1994  Marianne Berglund (SWE)  Julie Young (USA)  Dede Barry (USA)
1995  Clara Hughes (CAN)  Jeannie Golay (USA)  Jacqui Nelson (NZL)
1996  Petra Rossner (GER)  Jeannie Golay (USA)  Karen Livingston (USA)
1997  Edita Pučinskaitė (LTU)  Rasa Polikevičiūtė (LTU)  Karen Kurreck (USA)
1998  Petra Rossner (GER)  Diana Žiliūtė (LTU)  Gabriella Pregnalato (ITA)
1999  Petra Rossner (GER)  Karen Dunne (USA)  Hanka Kupfernagel (GER)
2000  Petra Rossner (GER)  Diana Žiliūtė (LTU)  Vera Hohlfeld (GER)
2001  Petra Rossner (GER)  Anna Millward (AUS)  Debby Mansveld (NED)
2002  Petra Rossner (GER)  Laura Van Gilder (USA)  Dede Barry (USA)
2003  Lyne Bessette (CAN)  Lynn Gaggioli (USA)  Judith Arndt (GER)
2004  Petra Rossner (GER)  Gina Grain (CAN)  Laura Van Gilder (USA)
2005  Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (GER)  Regina Schleicher (GER)  Laura Van Gilder (USA)
2006  Regina Schleicher (GER)  Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (GER)  Tina Pic (USA)
2007  Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (GER)  Regina Schleicher (GER)  Gina Grain (CAN)
2008  Chantal Beltman (NED)  Brooke Miller (USA)  Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (GER)
2009  Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (GER)  Joanne Kiesanowski (NZL)  Shelley Olds (USA)
2010  Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (GER)  Shelley Olds (USA)  Theresa Cliff-Ryan (USA)
2011  Giorgia Bronzini (ITA)  Shelley Olds (USA)  Jennifer Purcell (USA)
2012  Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (GER)  Rochelle Gilmore (AUS)  Giorgia Bronzini (ITA)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Philadelphia International, Liberty Classic races cancelled". 2 February 2015. Retrieved 17 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Malach, Pat (28 January 2015). "Finish atop Manayunk wall to spice up Philadelphia Classic". Retrieved 17 June 2015. 

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