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2004 Wachovia Classic: Trenton, New Jersey Updated!
 
By Staff
Date: 6/3/2004
2004 Wachovia Classic: Trenton, New Jersey Updated!
 

Sunny skies and warm weather greeted our heroes on Thursday afternoon in Trenton, New Jersey for the fast man's race, and the second rendezvous in America's biggest week of bike racing, the Wachovia Cycling Series. Known for high speeds and high drama over 14 laps of a 6.5 mile mostly flat circuit, it's a race for the sprinters. Fortunately for us race fans, we had a few of those on hand.

When you line up guys like Fred Rodriguez, Gord Fraser, Ivan Dominguez, Max Van Heeswijk, Jonas Carney, Charles Dionne, Lars Michaelson, and the like, sometimes the little guys feel like they need to make their own moves to get a little bit of time in the sun, and within the first laps of the race, it was exactly that sort of break that went free as Jittery Joe's Johnny Sundt, Sharper Image-Mathis Brothers' Nicklaus Kiernan and McGuire's Dave McCook struck out on their own, gaining a maximum advantage of about 30 seconds. They were joined by a group of three chasers - Ofoto's Scott Zwizanski, Health Net powerhouse Mike Sayers, and Polish team Action/ATI's Piotr Chimielewski, and three sets of fresh legs pushed the lead to better than a minute, steaming along just fine until three more riders made the bridge: Navigator Siro Componogara, Jelly Belly's Ernie Lechuga, Monex's Gordon McCauley and spelling the group's doom, Webcor's bike race eating machine, Chris Horner.

Horner's leap into the break set the pack on fire, and spectators were treated to the thrilling sight of the CSC and US Postal teams lined up on the sharp end and drilling the chase so hard that riders were struggling behind them with their tongues hanging out. The field was single file through the start/finish at about lap 6, with guys being spit out of the draft and gaps opening up all over the place. Eventually, the pace set by those two teams not only caught the break, but split the field in two, letting away a big group of about 20, with lots of dangerous men in it, but the field behind was on it within the same lap.

There's no rest for the wicked in Trenton, though, and almost immediately after that Hoop/CCC rider Rodoslaw Romanik attacked in the park, and HealthNet's John Lieswyn, who seems to have nothin' but go in him this week, followed, riding on instinct, and the gap opened up fast, and held at about a minute and a half for two laps. Predictably, though, the sprinters weren't having any, and the chase was on. When he knew the jig was up, Romanik gave up the ghost and faded back in, while Lieswyn continued to drive it, now joined by Jelly Belly's Ernie Lechuga, to pacman up more of the sprint points.

With two to go, Monex's Kiwi Killer Gordon McCauley could be seen at the front, as the Colavita Olive Oil team started to organize, mid-pack on behalf of Ivan "Cuban Missile Crisis" Dominguez, and with one to go, Fast Freddy's Acqua y Sapone/Caffe Mokambo teammates Bo Hamburger, Rinaldo Nocentini, and Alessadro Donati kept Fred in position on the last hill, as Postal and Navigators battled for pole-position with Health Net driving it for Gord Fraser, and the Jelly Belly crew setting up American speedster Jonas Carney. In other words, the field sprint was on.

With so many guys fighting for postion, it was an even rougher sprint than usual - elbows flying and tough guys battling it out at top speed, but in the end, it was Fast Freddy, who started his sprint from about 300 meters, got up to speed and powered it in just centimeters ahead of Health Net rocket Gord Fraser. CSC's Lars Michaelson had Freddy's wheel heading into the final, and he hung on for a strong third place.

A disappointed Fraser tells the story of the last moments of the race like this: "I saw that Lars had a good sprint at the CSC International, so I knew he was going quite fast. At that point, you have to choose whether to fight for position for the last 400 or 500 meters and waste some energy, or just be content with where you are. I was hoping Lars would jump on Fred a little early, thinking that might be his only chance to win, but it's a little guesswork. When Fred made his sprint, he timed it just right, had enough gas, and well, it's a long way to come around two guys riding at that level. Second place to a guy like Fred obviously isn't that bad, I mean, we've just seen him in the Giro beating the best guy in the world, so it's not that bad, but you know, you just can't really make a mistake against guys like this, and if you do, you gotta live with it."

Freddy's victory came on a day that saw him spend plenty of time in the cars and actually ride on ahead of the pack on the hill to dismount his bike not once, but twice to wrangle a mis-adjusted and crooked saddle and catch back on. "The saddle was down too far in training this morning, so I had it adjusted back up, but that didn't feel right either," said Rodriguez, "so I was trying to fix it during the race, which is really hard on such a bumpy course. I had to stop a couple times and waste a lot of energy going back and forth." Even by the end, things weren't just right - "I don't think it was straight, even in the end. I finally just gave up and left it the way it was."

In the end, Freddy took advantage of the Navigator's train, and stayed cool despite the boxing in the final corners - "I was used to it from the Giro," said Fred. "I knew that if I could get to the last corner in good postion, I'd be able to give it my best shot. Gordon and Lars are fast riders, and Gord's probably one of the fastest guys in the world. He doesn't get to race in Europe enough, so maybe he doesn't see that, and he doesn't have the competition to prove that, but, as you see, I beat Petacchi, and I can tell you, these guys are up to that level. American sprinters are some of the fastest sprinters I know. Sometimes I have a tougher time winning here than I do back in Europe, so I'm really happy with the win. The competition is really just as high as it is in any other top level event I do."

Tuesday's second place with stomach cramps, and now a Trenton victory on a crooked saddle has Mr. Rodriguez looking pretty darned good for Sunday: "My legs are strong," says Freddy, "I'm confident I can do well. I'm just coming off the Giro, and it's the first time I've come off such a long event, heading into Philly, so I don't know how it's going to affect me, but so far, it's a positive thing. I've been pretty tired, but I still seem to have the legs."

In other news, Trenton saw it's fair share of crashing, as usual, with Saeco rider Antonio Bucciero taking an acrobatic tumble after breaking off his handlebars and literally sailing through the air just after the cobbled sections of the course. American rider Tim Johnson on the Spanish Prodir/Saunier Duval team had a 10km/hour crash that left him with a very swollen knee, but word is that he's back on his bike this morning, feeling sore, but not too bad. Worst off was Ofoto's Scott Zwizanski, who went face first into the bridge that leads into Cadwalader Park at speed, and left the course in an ambulance, with a possible broken cheekbone.


It's all about the attitude. Photo by Jaime Nichols.


Photo by Jaime Nichols.

Results

1 Fred Rodriguez USA Acqua y Sapone - Caffe Mokambo 3:00:03
2 Gordon Fraser CAN Health Net Maxxis USA m.t.
3 Lars Michaelsen DEN Team CSC DEN m.t.
4 Alberto Loddo ITA Prodir Saunier Duval ESP m.t.
5 Benjamin Brooks AUS Jelly Belly / Aramark USA m.t.
6 Michael Barry CAN US Postal Service m.t.
7 Jonas Carney USA Jelly Belly / Aramark USA m.t.
8 Antonio Cruz USA US Postal Service m.t.
9 Juan Jose Haedo ARG Colavita - Bolla USA m.t.
10 Joroslaw Zarebski POL Hoop CCC - Polsat POL m.t.
11 Plamen Stoyanov BUL Hoop CCC - Polsat POL m.t.
12 Adam Wadecki POL Action ATI POL m.t.
13 Dennis Kraft GER Action ATI POL m.t.
14 Charles Dionne CAN Webcor Cycling Team USA m.t.
15 Francisco Jose Ventoso Alberdi ESP Prodir Saunier Duval ESP m.t.
16 Dan Schmatz USA Health Net Maxxis USA m.t.
17 Chad Hartley USA Jittery Joe's Coffee USA m.t.
18 Kazimierz Stafiej POL Action ATI POL m.t.
19 Denis Bertolini ITA Acqua y Sapone - Caffe Mokambo m.t.
20 Jason Waddell USA Sharper Image-Mathis Bros. USA m.t.
21 Russell Hamby USA Sierra Nevada Cycling USA m.t.
22 Caleb Manion AUS Jelly Belly / Aramark USA m.t.
23 Chris Horner USA Webcor Cycling Team USA m.t.
24 Max van Heeswijk NED US Postal Service m.t.
25 David McCook USA McGuire Pro Cycling USA m.t.
26 Alex Candelario USA Jelly Belly / Aramark USA m.t.
27 Damon Kluck USA US Postal Service m.t.
28 Jakob Erker CAN Team Seasilver USA m.t.
29 Marty Nothstein USA Navigators Insurance USA m.t.
30 Brice Jones USA Health Net Maxxis USA m.t.
31 Jonathan Page USA Hoop CCC - Polsat POL m.t.
32 Jason Bausch USA Ofoto USA m.t.
33 Thomas Bruun Eriksen DEN Team CSC DEN m.t.
34 Mark McCormack USA Colavita - Bolla USA m.t.
35 Dominique Perras CAN Ofoto USA m.t.
36 Gordon McCauley NZL Team Monex USA m.t.
37 Peter LoPinto USA Ofoto USA m.t.
38 Tim Larkin USA Ofoto USA m.t.
39 Jimmi Madsen DEN Team CSC DEN m.t.
40 Chris Wherry USA Health Net Maxxis USA m.t.
41 Matt Dubberley USA Sierra Nevada Cycling USA m.t.
42 Bobby Julich USA Team CSC DEN m.t.
43 Frank Hoj DEN Team CSC DEN m.t.
44 Josh Goodwin USA Team Monex USA m.t.
45 Ivan Dominguez CUB Colavita - Bolla USA m.t.
46 Jonathan Sundt USA Jittery Joe's Coffee USA m.t.
47 Imanol Ayestaran Odriozola ESP Webcor Cycling Team USA m.t.
48 Geuennadi Mikhailov RUS US Postal Service m.t.
49 Viktor Rapinski BLR Navigators Insurance USA m.t.
50 Arkadiuisz Wojtas POL Hoop CCC - Polsat POL m.t.
51 Eric Wohlberg CAN Sierra Nevada Cycling USA m.t.
52 Kyle Gritters USA Team Monex USA m.t.
53 Ben Jaques-Maynes USA Sierra Nevada Cycling USA m.t.
54 Mike Sayers USA Health Net Maxxis USA m.t.
55 Henk Vogels AUS Navigators Insurance USA m.t.
56 Piotr Chimielewski POL Action ATI POL m.t.
57 Robbie Ventura USA US Postal Service m.t.
58 Cameron Huges AUS Subway Express USA m.t.
59 Matthew Gilbert NZL Team Monex USA m.t.
60 David Richter USA Subway Express USA m.t.
61 Giosue Bonomi ITA Saeco ITA 23
62 Gabriele Balducci ITA Saeco ITA m.t.
63 Jacob Rosenbarger USA Jittery Joe's Coffee USA m.t.
64 Rinaldo Nocentini ITA Acqua y Sapone - Caffe Mokambo m.t.
65 Adam Bergman USA Jelly Belly / Aramark USA m.t.
66 Eugen Wacker KGZ Action ATI POL m.t.
67 David Loosli SUI Saeco ITA m.t.
68 Jason Klikna USA Sierra Nevada Cycling USA m.t.
69 Jon Erdeyli USA Ofoto USA m.t.
70 John Lieswyn USA Health Net Maxxis USA m.t.
71 Neil Shirley USA Team Seasilver USA m.t.
72 James Mattis USA Webcor Cycling Team USA m.t.
73 Michael Creed USA US Postal Service USUSA m.t.
74 Vassili Davidenko RUS Navigators Insurance USA m.t.
75 Omer KEM USA Subway Express USA m.t.
76 John Hygelund USA Sierra Nevada Cycling USA m.t.
77 Michael Jones NZL Health Net Maxxis USA m.t.
78 Glen Mitchell NZL Sierra Nevada Cycling USA m.t.
79 Siro Camponogara ITA Navigators Insurance USA m.t.
80 Adam Hodges Myerson USA Sharper Image-Mathis Bros. USA m.t.
81 Christopher Pic USA Jittery Joe's Coffee USA m.t.
82 Tristan Hoffman NED Team CSC DEN m.t.
83 Alessandro Donati ITA Acqua y Sapone - Caffe Mokambo 35
84 Manuele Mori ITA Prodir Saunier Duval ESP m.t.
85 Rubens Bertogliati SUI Prodir Saunier Duval ESP m.t.
86 Paul Ellis USA Jelly Belly / Aramark USA 41
87 Mike Taylor USA McGuire Pro Cycling USA m.t.
88 Davide Frattini ITA Team Monex USA m.t.
89 David Zabriskie USA US Postal Service m.t.
90 Gustavo Artacho ARG Colavita - Bolla USA m.t.
91 Jakob Piil DEN Team CSC DEN m.t.
92 Kirk Albers USA Jelly Belly / Aramark USA 46
93 Ciaran Power IRL Navigators Insurance USA 51
94 Bo Hamburger DEN Acqua y Sapone - Caffe Mokambo 1:03
95 David Mc Kenzie AUS Navigators Insurance USA 1:42
96 Devon Vigus USA McGuire Pro Cycling USA 1:57
97 Justin England USA Webcor Cycling Team USA m.t.
98 John Kelly USA Webcor Cycling Team USA m.t.
99 Karl Bordine USA Team Monex USA 2:59
DNF Emil Abraham TRI Team Monex USA -
DNF Andy Bajadali USA Ofoto USA -
DNF Colin Beardsley USA McGuire Pro Cycling USA -
DNF Antonio Bucciero ITA Saeco ITA -
DNF Patrick CARRO USA Team Monex USA -
DNF Steven Cate USA Sharper Image-Mathis Bros. USA -
DNF Juan Jose Cobo Acebo ESP Prodir Saunier Duval ESP -
DNF Nathaniel Cornelius USA Subway Express USA -
DNF Jamiel Danesh USA McGuire Pro Cycling USA -
DNF Drew Deters USA Team Seasilver USA -
DNF Patrick Dunaway USA McGuire Pro Cycling USA -
DNF Chris Foster USA Subway Express USA -
DNF Will Frischkorn USA Colavita - Bolla USA -
DNF Juan Fuentes Angullo ESP Saeco ITA -
DNF Angel Gomez ESP Prodir Saunier Duval ESP -
DNF Juan Gomis Lopez ESP Prodir Saunier Duval ESP -
DNF Cesar Augusto Grajales COL Jittery Joe's Coffee USA -
DNF Ben Haldeman USA Webcor Cycling Team USA -
DNF Greg Henderson NZL Health Net Maxxis USA -
DNF Todd Herriott ARG Colavita - Bolla USA -
DNF Mike House USA Sharper Image-Mathis Bros. USA -
DNF Tim Johnson USA Prodir Saunier Duval ESP -
DNF Michael Kehrberg USA Subway Express USA -
DNF Michael Kehrberg USA Subway Express USA -
DNF Nicklaus Kiernan USA Sharper Image-Mathis Bros. USA -
DNF Roman Kilun USA McGuire Pro Cycling 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 Jesse Lawler USA Jittery Joe's Coffee USA -
DNF Ernesto Lechuga MEX Jelly Belly / Aramark USA -
DNF Adam Livingston USA Team Seasilver USA -
DNF Ruggero Marzoli ITA Acqua y Sapone - Caffe Mokambo -
DNF Remi McManus USA Subway Express USA -
DNF Kirk O'Bee USA Navigators Insurance USA -
DNF Daniel Ramsey USA Team Seasilver USA -
DNF Rodoslaw Romanik POL Hoop CCC - Polsat POL -
DNF Matt Sadauckas USA Team Seasilver USA -
DNF Erik Saunders USA Ofoto USA -
DNF Brian Sheedy USA Team Seasilver USA -
DNF Benn Stafford USA Webcor Cycling Team USA -
DNF Matthew Svatek USA Sharper Image-Mathis Bros. USA -
DNF David Wenger USA Sharper Image-Mathis Bros. USA -
DNF Robbie Yost USA Subway Express USA -
DNF Scott Zwizanski USA Ofoto USA -

2004 Wachovia Cycling Series Overall Standings

1 Fred Rodriguez USA Acqua y Sapone - Caffe Modambo 90
2 Max van Heeswijk NED US Postal Service 60
3 Lars Michaelsen DEN Team CSC DEN 56
4 Francisco Jose Ventoso Alberdi ESP Prodir Saunier Duval ESP 46
5 Gordon Fraser CAN Health Net Maxxis USA 45
6 Michael Barry CAN US Postal Service 36
7 Benjamin Brooks AUS Jelly Belly / Aramark USA 29
8 Alberto Loddo ITA Prodir Saunier Duval ESP 26
9 Ciaran Power IRL Navigators Insurance USA 22
10 Bo Hamburger DEN Acqua y Sapone - Caffe Modambo 20
11 Gordon McCauley NZL Team Monex USA 18
12 Jonas Carney USA Jelly Belly / Aramark USA 18
13 Antonio Cruz USA US Postal Service 16
14 Juan Jose Haedo ARG Colavita - Bolla USA 14
15 Geuennadi Mikhailov RUS US Postal Service 14
16 Charles Dionne CAN Webcor Cycling Team USA 13
17 Jakob Piil DEN Team CSC DEN 12
18 Joroslaw Zarebski POL Hoop CCC - Polsat POL 12
19 Denis Bertolini ITA Acqua y Sapone - Caffe Modambo 11
20 Plamen Stoyanov BUL Hoop CCC - Polsat POL 10
21 Tristan Hoffman NED Team CSC DEN 10
22 Adam Wadecki POL Action ATI POL 9
23 Ivan Dominguez CUB Colavita - Bolla USA 8
24 Dennis Kraft GER Action ATI POL 8
25 Dan Schmatz USA Health Net Maxxis USA 5
26 Kirk O'Bee USA Navigators Insurance USA 4
27 Chad Hartley USA Jittery Joe's Coffee USA 4
28 Kazimierz Stafiej POL Action ATI POL 3
29 Brian Sheedy USA Team Seasilver USA 3
30 Caleb Manion AUS Jelly Belly / Aramark USA 2
31 John Lieswyn USA Health Net Maxxis USA 1
32 Jason Waddell USA Sharper Image-Mathis Bros 1


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