Surprising Prehn Takes Pro Road Title

Thomas Prehn wins pro road race

Tom Prehn wins pro road race“This was definitely the biggest win of my career,” said Thomas Prehn after outsprinting Jorgen Marcussen of Denmark to win the CoreStates USPRO Championship in Philadelphia on June 15, 1986.

Prehn has a history of winning races with unexpected moves. During the final race of the ’84 Olympic trials, Prehn was dropped on a climb but later regained the leaders, passing them in the last kilometer to win. In the ’85 Spenco 500, Prehn latched on to some relay riders at the midway point and went on to take the $10,000 first prize.

Prehn, of Boulder, CO, and his Schwinn-Icy Hot teammates were not among the biggest of the 11 teams, but they rode smartly, orchestrating attacks and counterattacks that put the powerhouse 7-Eleven team on the defensive. Team manager Mike Farrell told Velo-news “They were the most powerful team there and everyone knew that, so every time a break went everybody just kicked back and waited for them to chase it down.”

Stay tuned for more 1986 road racing news!

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