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CSC Invitational - NE
USA, May 30, 2004
Michaelsen by a tyre in fast & furious CSC Invitational
By Jon Devich
Lars Michaelsen (CSC) won Sunday's CSC Invitational (the race formerly known as the Clarendon Cup) by the narrowest of margins, just defeating Gord Fraser (Health Net/Maxxis) and Vassili Davidenko (Navigators Insurance) in a finale that turned out to be a sprint finish for the race's survivors despite the best efforts of the escape artists.
Racing was animated from the gun with riders attacking and trying to make a break stick but it was not to be. A third of the way through the 100km race a small group powered by strongmen Chris Horner, Brice Jones and Ernie Lechuga gained 10 seconds but with several teams not represented in the break the peloton soon shut it down. Another break tried to go soon after the first group was reeled in. This second group seemed to have all of the powerhouse teams represented which meant the possibility of gaining some real time but perhaps the size of the group was its downfall.
"This is a really, really difficult criterium, it might not look like it but the corners are more than 90 degrees so we have to come into the corners and use full breaks and then full sprint out of four or five corners. It's really demanding. So if you're not used to it its even harder." explained Gord Fraser.
With the course taking its toll, a substantial number of riders watching the race now from the sidelines and only 20 laps left, Navigators rider Ciaran Powers made a move. A hard attack launched him to a five second advantage where he held on for several laps before being reeled in. As soon as Powers was swallowed up Navigators countered with another attack by David McKenzie. The field was having no part of it however and quickly brought McKenzie back then put the hammer down with eight laps to go.
Not willing to give up the fight Navigators again came to the front with several riders and strung out the field to help set up their sprinter Vassili Davidenko. But the Navigators' lead-out instead proved beneficial for Gord Fraser and Lars Michaelsen. Coming out of the last turn Davidenko was in the lead and in the wind. Michaelsen, who was on Davidenko's wheel, swung to the left with 100 meters to the line with Gord Faser hot on his wheel. On the line Lars Machaelsen raised his hand confident that he had the win although spectators and officials alike couldn't tell until the tape was reviewed. With a tire width to his advantage Michaelsen was proven the winner by the camera.
Women: Break benefits Grain
In the women's race it was the break that got away which made the day for Gina Grain. Only three laps into the 50km race a break of five made its way up the road: Shannon Hutchinson (Colavita-Bolla), Erin Carter (TDS-Schwalbe), Catherine Powers (LaGrange), Gina Grain (Victory Brewing), and Leigh Valletti (Genesis Scuba) . Since the major teams were up the road the field was nearly happy with taking it easy for the rest of the day.
With only three laps to go the break made contact with the back of the field although all riders from the break weren't entirely happy about it. "Some riders didn't want to catch the field and some did," explained Gina Grange.
"Having those two types of riders in their made it a game within a game. For myself I would have rather caught the pack - which we did - because I'd rather sprint around a lot people."
Sprint around a lot of people is exactly what Grain did as she crossed the line ahead of Shannon Hutchinson and third place Erin Carter.
Images by Jon Devich/www.epicimages.us
Men - 100 km 1 Lars Michaelsen (Den) CSC 2.13.00 2 Gord Fraser (Can) Health Net/Maxxis 3 Vassili Davidenko (Rus) Navigators Insurance 4 Alex Candelario (USA) Jelly Belly-Aramark 5 Jonas Carney (USA) Jelly Belly-Aramark 6 Sebastian Alexandre (Arg) Colavita Olive Oil 7 Robbie Ventura (USA) US Postal Service-Berry Floors 8 Chris Horner (USA) Webcor Builders 9 Dave Mc Cook (USA) McGuire 10 Ivan Dominiguez (Cub) Colavita Olive Oil 11 Charles Dionne (Can) Webcor Builders 12 Chad Hartley (USA) Jittery Joes Coffee 13 Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Colavita Olive Oil 14 Marty Nothstein (USA) Navigators Insurance 15 Ian Dille (USA) Team Snow Valley 16 John Lieswyn (USA) Health Net/Maxxis 17 Kirk Albers (USA) Jelly Belly-Aramark 18 Jacob Erker (Can) Team Seasilver 19 Gustavo Artacho (Arg) Colavita Olive Oil 20 Jesse Lawler (USA) Jittery Joes Coffee 21 Devon Vigus (USA) McGuire 22 Brian Sheedy (USA) Team Seasilver 23 Frank Hoj (Den) CSC 24 Roman Kilun (USA) McGuire 25 Peter Baker (USA) Team Snow Valley 26 Neil Shirley (USA) Team Seasilver 27 Tristian Hoffman (Ned) CSC 28 Kyle Gritters (USA) Team Monex 29 Thomas Bruun Eriksen (Den) CSC 30 Omer Kem (USA) Subway-Express 31 Bobby Julich (USA) CSC 32 Brice Jones (USA) Health Net/Maxxis 33 Jimmi Madsen (Den) CSC 34 Chris Pic (USA) Jittery Joes Coffee 35 Davide Frattini (Ita) Team Monex 36 Chris Wherry (USA) Health Net/Maxxis 37 Mike Jones (USA) Health Net/Maxxis 38 Matt Sadauckas (USA) Team Seasilver 39 Siro Camponogara (Ita) Navigators Insurance 40 Cesar Grajales (Col) Jittery Joes Coffee 41 Todd Herriott (USA) Colavita Olive Oil 42 Roberto Gaggioli (Ita) Team Monex 43 Ben Brooks (Aus) Jelly Belly-Aramark 44 Adam Livingston (USA) Team Seasilver 45 Caleb Manion (Aus) Jelly Belly-Aramark 46 Gordon Mc Cauley (NZl) Team Monex 51 Henk Vogels (Aus) Navigators Insurance 52 Thomas Bruun Eriksen (Den) CSC 53 Drew Deters (USA) Team Seasilver 54 Ryan Mckinney (USA) Team Snow Valley 51 Jakob Piil (Den) CSC 52 ??Davide Frattini (Ita) Team Monex 53 Earnie Lechuga (USA) Jelly Belly-Aramark 54 Emile Abraham (Tri) Team Monex Women - 45 km 1 Gina Grain (Victory Brewing Company) 1.06.00 2 Shannon Hutchison (Colavita Olive Oil/Bolla Wines) 3 Carter Erin (Tds-Schwalbe) 4 Catherine Powers (La Grange) 5 Leigh Valletti (Genesis Scuba/Ffcc) 6 Sarah Uhl (Team Quark) 7 Becky Conzelman (Frisco Cycling) 8 Joanne Kiesanowski (Colavita Olive Oil/Bolla Wines) 9 Charm Breon (Colavita Olive Oil/Bolla Wines) 10 Melissa Sanborn (Wells Fargo/Ragatz) 11 Sandy Espeseth (Victory Brewing Company) 12 Tracy Spoule (Colavita Olive Oil/Bolla Wines) 13 Gloeckner Emily (Tds-Schwalbe) 14 Lauren Franges (Victory Brewing Company) 15 Megan Esmonde (Lake Mary Cycles/Orc) 16 Shawn Heidgen (Tds-Schwalbe) 17 Meshy Holt (Tds-Schwalbe) 18 Nancy Jadatz (Team Snow Valley) 19 Kathryn Wilder (Bicycle John's Serious Cycling) 20 Sandra Kolb (Bicycle John's Serious Cycling) 21 Brooke O'connor (Colavita Olive Oil/Bolla Wines) 22 Marianne Stover (Independent Fabrication/Smrt Inc.) 23 Sheba Farrin (Hub Racing) 24 Sue Hefler (Lsv/Kelly) 25 Liza Rachetto (Team Dobbiaco) 26 Maggie Shirley (Genesis Scuba/Ffcc) 27 Michelle Kiesanowski (Team Hornby) 28 Allie Warfel (Integrity Rides) 29 Jenette Williams (Lsv/Kelley) 30 Heidi Goldberg (Team Snow Valley) 31 Nicole Raspa (Artemis) 32 Betsy Sellers (Revolution Cycles/Rock Creek Racers) 33 Marni Harker (Revolution Cycles/Rock Creek Racers) 34 Soraci Kerry (Tds-Schwalbe) 35 Deidre Winfield (Charlottesville Racing Club) 36 Alexis Brown (Genesis Scuba/Ffcc) 37 Beth Leisure (Team Spirit) 38 Andrea Dvora (Sportsbook.Com) 39 Lara Griffith (Squadra Coppi) 40 Jessica Hill (Artemis) 41 Kristy Scheffenacker (Colavita Olive Oil/Bolla Wines)
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