Dionne takes 2nd San Fran win

Charles Dionne has won the T-Mobile International in San Francisco for the second time, while Nicole

Charles Dionne has won the T-Mobile International in San Francisco for the second time, while Nicole
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE Despite the absence of Lance Armstrong due to tendinitis in a knee, the T-Mobile International in San Francisco still attracted its by now traditional crowd of half a million, who saw Webcor's Charles Dionne take his second victory in the event in three seasons. Canadian rider Dionne received huge support from team-mate Chris Horner, who helped get Dionne in position late in the 108-mile race to challenge for victory. Horner it was who led the chase of Healthnet's Jason McCartney, who broke away with five five-mile laps remaining and built a seemingly winning lead of two and a half minutes. However, Horner brought a group including Dionne up to American Olympian McCartney with just three miles remaining. Dionne used the final tough climb up Taylor Street as the platform for his victory, breaking clear of the group that also contained George Hincapie and Fred Rodriguez. "Chris sacrificed himself for me," Dionne told the San Francisco Chronicle afterwards. "When Chris said he'd chase down Jason, I say, 'Yeah, baby, just bring him to me.'" "I needed about 30 seconds more (of a lead) at bottom of the final climb," said McCartney, who finished in 12th place. "Dionne was going twice as fast as I was on that climb. And then everyone came by me..." Britain's Nicole Cooke won the 51.6-mile women's race for the second year in a row, finishing two seconds ahead of Tina Mayola-Pic after attacking on the final climb of Taylor Street. 1 Charles Dionne (Can) Webcor Cycling Team 108 miles in 4.24.32 2 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Acqua & Sapone 0.08 3 George Hincapie (USA) US Postal 0.16 4 Ben Brooks (Aus) Jelly Belly 5 Kirk O'bee (USA) Navigators 6 Massimilano Mori (Ita) Domina Vacanze 7 Uros Murn (Slo) Phonak 8 Massimo Giunti (Ita) Domina Vacanze 9 Caleb Manion (Aus) Jelly Belly 10 Johan Tschopp (Swi) Phonak
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