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2004 Wachovia Invitational - Lancaster Report Updated
 
By Jaime Nichols
Date: 6/2/2004
2004 Wachovia Invitational - Lancaster Report Updated
 

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Wachovia Invitational: 147km (91 miles)

Report and photos by Jaime Nichols.

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, June 01, 2004 - Heavy thunder showers gave way like magic today for the kick off of the Pro Cycling Tour's Wachovia Cycling Series in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, and despite hard rain that drenched the staging and sign in for the race, sunny skies and good weather made it a great day for bike racing.


Chris Horner and star-spangled Mark McCormack at the start line.

Things kicked off fast and aggressive, leading off with Health Net boys Mike Jones and Jason McCartney kicking off an early move of 5 on the first lap, with a reshuffle coming fast to put John Lieswyn the next move. Lieswyn would be at the front of the bike race all the way up to the last lap, garnering the points prize by the end of the day; but the first real break would come at the halfway mark with Lieswyn and Horner alone together with a small gap, but that was caught pretty. With fast, aggressive racing, it was tough to get a split established. Said Liewsyn: "At one point, I drew Horner, and we took a lap together hoping a group would come up to us, but instead, 50 guys came up to us."

The next serious looking move came with 4 to go, containing Navigators David McKenzie and Chris Baldwin, Colavita Olive Oil's Ivan Dominguez, Jelly Belly's Adam Bergman, Health Net's Jason McCartney, and Monex's Kiwi terror, Gordon McCauley. That break saw the biggest gap of the day, gaining something like 35 or 40 seconds at one point, but with no representation for any of the European teams it too was short-lived, as CSC and US Postal led the chase through the start/finish area with three to go, Lars Michaelson, Jakob Piil and Bobby Julich manning the front, and looking ready to do some damage. Sure enough, the sure enough, the next lap saw an escape from Julich himself, to the delight of the crowds.


John Liewswyn.


Bobby Julich with CSC teammates.

Julich held onto that lead all the way until the last trip up the hill in the park, where he was caught by the US Postal-led peloton, by this time in very hot pursuit. His capture was countered first by Fast Freddy Rodriguez, but with Freddy suffering from an upset stomach, at one point dropping back into the caravan for medical, it would be Postal's Max Van Heeswijk who made the escape stick. Said Van Heeswijk: "I didn't plan it. I was just after the park, there's a steep climb, and then a descent, and then you have another climb there, and on that climb I was on the front when a Saeco guy attacked, so I went with him, and just tried to keep going. Normally, I would choose for the sprint, because I'm always so fast, but this is much safer."

Behind him, the US Postal boys were guarding his move with Tony Cruz, Michael Barry and Dave Zabriskie keeping tabs on the chasers. Van Heeswijk, "had the benefit of having quite a few US Postal riders still on the front going from second wheel to second wheel, meaning that anybody who tried to chase Max had another US Postal rider right behind," reported Lieswyn, "so anybody that tried to chase him down was dragging more Postals to the finish, so everyone was kind of looking at each other. Even so, we were going really, really fast, so not too many guys thought he would stay away. When the Saeco guy came back, there was only one rider out there with so far to go, I think a lot of the sprinters thought he would get caught before the finish."

Van Heeswijk's move gave him 23 seconds with 5 k to go, and he held it. Behind him, Prodir Saunier-Duval's Francisco Ventoso and Fast Freddy, toughing out his stomach trouble, battled for the field sprint with Ventoso just nipping Rodriguez on the line for second; excellent results for neo-pro Ventoso, as well as for a jet-lagged and queasy Fast Fred, while Van Heeswijk has simply been chalking 'em up this season. Asked if he's ever had a better year, the Dutchman replied, "No, this is real good."

Brief Results

1. Max van Heeswijk US Postal 3:17:27
2. Francisco Ventoso Prodir Saunier Duval :09
3. Fred Rodriguez Acqua & Sapone m.t.

Full results below. The Wachovia Cycling Series continues on Thursday with a sprinter's contest in Trenton. New Jersey.


The podium: Francisco Ventoso (right), winner Max van Heeswijk, Fast Fred Rodriguez.

The Navigators' Report - Wachovia Series: Lancaster (1.3)

Max Van Heeswijk (US Postal Service) showed the kind of form he enjoyed in February-March of this year, by taking the opening race of the 2004 Wachovia series in Lancaster, PA earlier this evening. The 91-mile downtown circuit course is always a challenge, and even more so this year as the skies opened up to drench the course as the riders prepared for their 4:30pm start. Although the rain stopped just as the race started, the roads remained wet for the first several laps of the race. Apparently the slick conditions didn't hamper the riders as the first lap was rumored to be the fastest lap ever recorded on this tough-guy course.

The early action saw many attacks and the Health Net squad was particularly active in the early going. The first serious attack came at the half-way point as Navigators Insurance's David McKenzie escaped with an on-form Ivan Dominguez (Colavita). The pair of tough guys gained :40 on the field until a chasing group of 4 made it across to make it 6 away. Included in the bridging group were Chris Baldwin (Navigators Insurance), Gordon McCauley (Monex), Adam Bergman (Jelly Belly) and Jason McCartney (Healthnet). The motivation level remained high amongst the leaders, but their lead only grew to just under 1 minute, with about 30 miles remaining in the race. The US Postal squad mounted the only organized chase and brought the leaders back into the fold as the lap-counter showed 3-to-go.

The demanding and unforgiving course caused serious damage to the peloton and the group was now down to about 50 riders. As the finish loomed, it was apparent that a group sprint might be in order for the day. Bobby Julich (CSC) thought otherwise and went on the attack in a solo move that netted him a :30 advantage with just over 1-lap to go, but he too was brought back. Van Heeswijk countered and was able to hold off the chasing peloton to finish alone by :20, with Francisco Ventoso (Saunier Duval) and Fred Rodriguez (Acqua & Sapone) finishing out the podium. Navigators' Ciaran Power was 4th in the group, giving him 5th place in the race.

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The Jittery Joe's Report - Ladies and Gents, Start Your Engines

By Jeff Hopkins

Welcome race fans. Some of you may have been wondering what ever happening to that (clown) Australian guy Hoppy?? Well on a freedom fighting mission racing the track on the Caribbean islands of Trinidad, he was the leader of the world team in the West Indies vs. The World series. Knowing his ultimate power, the leader of the evil West Indian team devised a plan to take him out and succeeded. And so the result of that battle left Hopkins with 1 broken bone, 1 broken tendon, 3 screws, 2 pins and a whole lot of pain. And so with his bright orange cast Hopkins has vowed to continue to fight evil from the comfort of the team car while he awaits more surgery to remove the pins (in a few weeks). Estimated point of return is for the NYC criterium, questionable but definitely up for some elbow to elbow action at the new race to be held in charlotte the following week.

So back to the race. It was raining dogs and dogs before the start of the first of the Wachovia series races in Lancaster, widely known as the hardest 1 day race in the US. After some good performances in the crits beforehand, the boys were gee’d. It stopped raining just in time for the start, but the roads were still wet, so meant for some great 4 wheel sliding action from the team car in the convoy. Off the line it is a mad rush but away clean, only to hear a few minutes later, "Jittery Joe's service."

It is Lawler with a rear flat. Magic gets to him first get his rear wheel out and we get there just in time for the Brianator to elbow Mavic out of the way and get a new cane creek in the Klein and away he goes. Due to the nature of this race, Uncle Jesse [Lawler] was no more and so we were down to 5. Next lap we hear a crackle from the radio, "Jittery Joe's service."

This time it is Jake with a plastic bag jammed in his rear derailleur and cassette. Mavic is there first and once again elbows are flying when we rock up and the Brianator springs into action. Due to the gnarly nature of the plastic bag the convoy is long gone and another one bites the dust. And then there were 4.

A few kms later we see Chris Pic, the ever present team-mate and (and renowned Lancaster race-hater), is waiting for Jake, only to be told he will never return and then there were 3. Of course this was too good to be true and so the next lap, "Jittery Joe's service." This time it is a front puncture for Chad and with Mavic able to take care of simple tasks like that, the Brianator jumped out just in time for the 100yard dash to get the Chad back in the game. You should have seen those little legs go; I think he could have taken on Maurice Greene at that moment!!

A valiant effort from the only captain of this ship (The Chad) saw him get so close but no cigar and it was another green bottle falling from the wall with only our 2 main men, Jonny and Cesar, left in the field. With the course starting to dry out, the sliding in the team car turned into some gnarly squealing coming from the throats of all four Maxxis tyres.

A few laps later Cesar came off the back, having some minor back trouble, and so it was down to the man we like to call Sea-biscuit. And try oh did he try. Jonny hung in there for a real long time until a few laps to go when the crap really hit the fan and about 20 guys came off the back of the field and Jonny was amongst them. Although a tough day in the saddle for the boys, we are off to Philly in prep for Trenton race tomorrow. Wish us luck…..

Note: For those people who will be in the Philly area during this week/weekend, the Jittery Joe's team will be making an appearance at Cadence Cycling in Manayunk on both Friday and Saturday (4th and 5th of June) between 11am and 12 noon. You will be able to meet the team, get a few autographs and pick up some Jittery Joes jerseys, t-shirts and of course, there will be plenty of coffee to indulge in (including some free samples). See you there...

Results

1 Max van Heeswijk NED US Postal Service 3:17:27
2 Francisco Jose Ventoso Alberdi ESP Prodir Saunier Duval ESP :09
3 Fred Rodriguez USA Acqua y Sapone Caffe Mokambo m.t.
4 Lars Michaelsen DEN Team CSC DEN m.t.
5 Ciaran Power IRL Navigators Insurance USA m.t.
6 Ruggero Marzoli ITA Acqua y Sapone Caffe Mokambo m.t.
7 Gordon McCauley NZL Team Monex USA m.t.
8 Michael Barry CAN US Postal Service m.t.
9 Guennadi Mikhailov RUS US Postal Service m.t.
10 Jakob Piil DEN Team CSC DEN m.t.
11 Tristen Hoffman NED Team CSC DEN m.t.
12 Denis Bertolini ITA Acqua y Sapone Caffe Mokambo m.t.
13 Ivan Dominguez CUB Colavita Bolla USA m.t.
14 Ben Brooks AUS Jelly Belly / Aramark USA m.t.
15 Charles Dionne CAN Webcor Cycling Team USA m.t.
16 Gordon Fraser CAN Health Net Maxxis USA m.t.
17 Kirk O'Bee USA Navigators Insurance USA m.t.
18 Brian Sheedy USA Team Seasilver USA m.t.
19 Caleb Manion AUS Jelly Belly / Aramark USA m.t.
20 John Lieswyn USA Health Net Maxxis USA m.t.
21 Dennis Kraft GER Action ATI POL m.t.
22 Kyle Gritters USA Team Monex USA m.t.
23 Davide Frattini ITA Team Monex USA m.t.
24 Damon Kluck USA US Postal Service m.t.
25 Brice Jones USA Health Net Maxxis USA m.t.
26 Kazimierz Stafiej POL Action ATI POL m.t.
27 Lawrence Perera USA Sharper Image-Mathis Bros. USA m.t.
28 Eric Wohlberg CAN Sierra Nevada Cycling USA m.t.
29 Jeff Louder USA Navigators Insurance USA m.t.
30 Antonio Cruz USA US Postal Service m.t.
31 Kirk Albers USA Jelly Belly / Aramark USA m.t.
32 Jakob Erker CAN Team Seasilver USA m.t.
33 Scottie Weiss USA Subway Express USA m.t.
34 Juan Fuentes Angullo ESP Saeco ITA m.t.
35 David Mc Kenzie AUS Navigators Insurance USA m.t.
36 Ernesto Lechuga MEX Jelly Belly / Aramark USA m.t.
37 Bobby Julich USA Team CSC DEN m.t.
38 Chris Wherry USA Health Net Maxxis USA m.t.
39 Jimmi Madsen DEN Team CSC DEN m.t.
40 Christopher Baldwin USA Navigators Insurance USA m.t.
41 John Hygelund USA Sierra Nevada Cycling USA m.t.
42 Thomas Bruun Eriksen DEN Team CSC DEN m.t.
43 Mark McCormack USA Colavita Bolla USA m.t.
44 Chris Horner USA Webcor Cycling Team USA m.t.
45 Nathan O'Neill AUS Colavita Bolla USA m.t.
46 Frank Hoj DEN Team CSC DEN m.t.
47 David Zabriskie USA US Postal Service m.t.
48 Cameron Hughes AUS Subway Express USA :54
49 Tim Johnson USA Prodir Saunier Duval ESP m.t.
50 Alessandro Donati ITA Acqua y Sapone Caffe Mokambo 1:21
51 David Richter USA Subway Express USA 1:59
52 Andrew Bajadali USA Ofoto USA m.t.
53 Jason McCartney USA Health Net Maxxis USA 3:12
54 Michael Creed USA US Postal Service 3:58
55 Danny Pate USA Health Net Maxxis USA m.t.
56 David Loosli SUI Saeco ITA m.t.
DNF Emil Abraham TRI Team Monex USA
DNF Gustavo Artacho ARG Colavita Bolla USA
DNF Imanol Ayestaran Odriozola ESP Webcor Cycling Team USA
DNF Gabriele Balducci ITA Saeco ITA
DNF Jason Bausch USA Ofoto USA
DNF Adam Bergman USA Jelly Belly / Aramark USA
DNF Rubens Bertogliati SUI Prodir Saunier Duval ESP
DNF Giosue Bonomi ITA Saeco ITA
DNF Karl Bordine USA Team Monex USA
DNF Antonio Bucciero ITA Saeco ITA
DNF Alex Candelario USA Jelly Belly / Aramark USA
DNF Pat Carro USA Team Monex USA
DNF Piotr Chimielewski POL Action ATI POL
DNF Juan Jose Cobo Acebo ESP Prodir Saunier Duval ESP
DNF Nathaniel Cornelius USA Subway Express USA
DNF Drew Deters USA Team Seasilver USA
DNF Matt Dubberley USA Sierra Nevada Cycling USA
DNF Paul Ellis USA Jelly Belly / Aramark USA
DNF Justin England USA Webcor Cycling Team USA
DNF Jon Erdelyli USA Ofoto USA
DNF Chris Foster USA Subway Express USA
DNF Will Frischkorn USA Colavita Bolla USA
DNF Matt Gilbert NZL Team Monex USA
DNF Angel Gomez ESP Prodir Saunier Duval ESP
DNF Juan Gomis Lopez ESP Prodir Saunier Duval ESP
DNF Josh Goodwin USA Team Monex USA
DNF Cesar Augusto Grajales COL Jittery Joe's Coffee USA
DNF Ben Haldeman USA Webcor Cycling Team USA
DNF Bo Hamburger DEN Acqua y Sapone Caffe Mokambo
DNF Russell Hamby USA Sierra Nevada Cycling USA
DNF Chad Hartley USA Jittery Joe's Coffee USA
DNF Todd Herriott USA Colavita Bolla USA
DNF Michael House USA Sharper Image-Mathis Bros. USA
DNF Ben Jaques-Maynes USA Sierra Nevada Cycling USA
DNF Michael Jones USA Health Net Maxxis USA
DNF Michael Kehrberg USA Subway Express USA
DNF Omer Kem USA Subway Express USA
DNF Nicklaus Kiernan USA Sharper Image-Mathis Bros. USA
DNF Trent Klasna USA Sierra Nevada Cycling USA
DNF Peter Knudsen USA Team Seasilver USA
DNF Seweryn Kohut POL Hoop CCC Polsat POL
DNF Michael Lange USA Sharper Image-Mathis Bros. USA
DNF Tim Larkin USA Ofoto USA
DNF Jessie Lawler USA Jittery Joe's Coffee USA
DNF Adam Livingston USA Team Seasilver USA
DNF Alberto Loddo ITA Prodir Saunier Duval ESP
DNF James Mattis USA Webcor Cycling Team USA
DNF Patrick McCarty USA US Postal Service
DNF Glen Mitchell NZL Sierra Nevada Cycling USA
DNF Manuele Mori ITA Prodir Saunier Duval ESP
DNF Rinaldo Nocentini ITA Acqua y Sapone Caffe Mokambo
DNF Doug Ollerenshaw USA Jelly Belly / Aramark USA
DNF Aaron Olson USA Colavita Bolla USA
DNF Dominique Perras CAN Ofoto USA
DNF Christopher Pic USA Jittery Joe's Coffee USA
DNF Rodoslaw Romanik POL Hoop CCC Polsat POL
DNF Jake Rosenbarger USA Jittery Joe's Coffee USA
DNF Daniel Rumsey USA Team Seasilver USA
DNF Matt Sadauckas USA Team Seasilver USA
DNF Erik Saunders USA Ofoto USA
DNF Mike Sayers USA Health Net Maxxis USA
DNF Neil Shirley USA Team Seasilver USA
DNF Aaron Smathers USA Sharper Image-Mathis Bros. USA
DNF Ben Stafford USA Webcor Cycling Team USA
DNF Jackson Stewart USA Ofoto USA
DNF Plamen Stoyanov BUL Hoop CCC Polsat POL
DNF Jonny Sundt USA Jittery Joe's Coffee USA
DNF Matthew Svatek USA Sharper Image-Mathis Bros. USA
DNF Burke Swindlehurst USA Navigators Insurance USA
DNF Henk Vogels AUS Navigators Insurance USA
DNF Eugen Wacker KGZ Action ATI POL
DNF Jason Waddell USA Sharper Image-Mathis Bros. USA
DNF Adam Wadecki POL Action ATI POL
DNF Mark Walters CAN Navigators Insurance USA
DNF David Wenger USA Sharper Image-Mathis Bros. USA
DNF Troy White USA Sierra Nevada Cycling USA
DNF Arkadiuisz Wojtas POL Hoop CCC Polsat POL
DNF Tyler Wren USA Colavita Bolla USA
DNF Robbie Yost USA Subway Express USA
DNF Joroslaw Zarebski POL Hoop CCC Polsat POL
DNF Scott Zwizanski USA Ofoto USA

 
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