New York City Cycling Championship - NE
USA, August 1, 2004
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Commentary by Kristy Scrymgeour, with additional reporting from Mark Zalewski
Complete live report
Live coverage starts: 12:30 EDT
Estimated finish time: 14:45 EDT
12:27 EDT 0km/100km to go
Racing in downtown NYC
Photo ©: Jon Devich/CN
Welcome to the live coverage of the BMC New York City Cycling Championship.It
had been raining hard all morning for all the lead up races but now the rain
has stopped and the sun is out. The roads will probably dry up totally mid way
through the race.
The race is 100 kilometres and takes place in Lower Manhattan with the start
finish on Wall St. The course is 1.2 miles/1.9km in length and it a dog bone
shape, with the main street being Water street. At each end there is a turn
around loop that circles two small blocks.
12:32 EDT 2km/98km to go
The race is underway. Right from the fun and to the surprise of nobody, Ofoto
are on the attack. Peter Lopinto made the move which was covered by Ben Brooks
of Jelly Belly and Colby Pearce (US National Team).
12:34 EDT 4km/96km to go
As they come through the finish line after two laps Brooks and Lopinto are sitting
200m in front of the peloton.
Pearce is preparing for the Points race on the track at the Olympic Games. His
races start in about three weeks.
Lopinto and Brooks are still in the lead. They now have about a 400m gap. TIAA
Cref have a couple of riders on the front of the peloton. Fred Rodriguez is
also sitting safely up near the front as they now see 46 laps to go
12:43 EDT 16km/84km to go
The leading pair maintain their lead. Back in the bunch, Ivan Dominguez has
just made a huge jump to move up from the back of the bunch. As a former winner
of this race, he will be out to win this again and knows he needs to be up near
The roads are getting somewhat dry. There are still large puddles on the corners.
There is one particularly large puddle just after a small cobbled section on
a corner that the riders have been avoiding.
12:50 EDT 23km/77km to go
Brooks and Lopinto have been caught, so it's all back together. Chris Horner
has pulled into the Mavic service tent with a flat tyre. He had a fall but is
back in the bunch now and is attacking.
Horner has just come straight from Tour de Toona where he was leading right
up until the last day when he was attacked by Health Net. Eventually John Lieswyn
got the gap and won the tour. Horner placed third.
Horner didn't get far because it was a prime lap. Sebastian Alexandre from Colavita
took the $200 prime. He is one of the three Argentinean riders in the Colavita
There is now another break going with about nine riders. Most of the major teams
have someone in the group. Back in the bunch Robbie Ventura is leading the chase.
Ventura recently won two stages of Superweek.
13:01 EDT 30km/70km to go
There are ten riders in the break, which has a good gap now. Mark Walters (Navigators)
in up there, along with Jesse Lawler (Jittery Joes), Mariano Friedick (Jelly
Belly), Chris Wherry (Health Net) and Lopinto again.
The break has now been caught, but Lopinto is trying to go again. He's not getting
anywhere right now but he is driving the pace at the front.
Defending champion Marty Nothstein is back here this year to defend his title.
He will join Pearce at the Olympic Games in a few week.
The riders have just completed another prime. With a lap to from the prime Ofoto
attacked again, this time it was Jackson Stewart. He held the lead until 250m
from the line, but it was TIAA Cref rider Timmy Duggan, riding for the US National
Team taking the sprint.
Ofoto are being very persistent today. Now Eric Saunders has attacked and has
opened up a 400m gap.
13:11 EDT 39km/61km to go
A few riders are trying to bridge but the pace is picking up in the bunch because
they are on another prime lap. If Saunders holds on, he will take the $300.
Freddy Rodriguez was involved in a crash near the back of the field, but is
back in the field now and moving back towards the front.
Saunders held onto the lead and took the prime. Just as he was crossing the
line Vassili Davidenko (Navigators) was bridging to him. He waited for him and
the pair took off together. The bunch are sitting up.
The bunch is spread out across the road, not chasing the break. Davidenko and
Saunders now have 15 seconds on the field.
13:20 EDT 45km/55km to go
The gap is coming down now as the bunch starts to get organized. Davidenko and
Saunders now have 12 seconds.
13:25 EDT 49km/51km to go
The field is chasing hard but Davidenko and Saunders still have 11 seconds.
They just rolled through the finish line of a prime lap. They didn't sprint,
but at they rolled through Davidenko picked up $300.
The crowd is building up now as the weather is getting better. The promoters
expected crowds of 150,000. When the race started the crowds were only about
10,000, probably due to the weather.
The gap is holding at eight seconds. The pace is still fast but the bunch are
just letting the break sit out there at this point. Health Net are leading the
chase. There are a few guys getting shelled at the back because of the consistently
13:37 EDT 57km/43km to go
The gap is falling. Colavita are chasing hard now and it looks like Davidenko
and Saunders will get caught very soon
The break is still out there and the gap is going up again. Colavita are trying
to get the chase working, but Davidenko and Saunders are persistent.
In the women's race this morning, Mari Holden took the win in a solo break away.
Taking the sprint for second place was Gina Grain (Victory Brewing), followed
by Shannon Hutchinson (Colavita), Lara Kroepsch (T-Mobile), Brenda Lyons (Velobella)
and Sarah Uhl (Quark).
Cyclingnews correspondent Mark Zalewski caught up with the Jelly Belly team
this morning who are obviously very disappointed with the recent doping incident
of Adam Bergman. Kirk Albers commented that most of all "it is sad for the sport
that anything like this happens." He also said that he was glad the director
Danny Van Haute made the decision to fire Bergman from the team, agreeing with
The break is still holding and this time it's Jelly Belly on the front chasing.
Ernie Lechuga is leading the chase. Colavita are helping and the gap is now
13:54 EDT 70km/30km to go
The break has now been caught and Navigators are sitting at the front of the
bunch. Cyclingnews reporter Zalewski is standing next to the Director of Navigators
Ed Beamon who is instructing the team over the radio. He just told them to "get
ready for the push."
Peter Lopinto (Ofoto) has attacked for about the fifth time today. He is slightly
off the front with a Health Net rider in tow. They are working together.
The break didn't go anywhere and as the field comes through the start finish
the pace is very slow. Nothstein is sitting at the very front of the pack.
Aaron Olsen (Colavita) is now attacking and is covered by Siro Camponogara (Navigators)
covers the move. It is a prime lap and the field are chasing and strung out
at the front.
The pair made it around the lap to take the prime. Olsen took it after a game
of cat and mouse with Camponogara. They still have a gap.
Much to the dismay of some of our readers, there have been no cows spotted on
Wall Street today!
14:05 EDT 79km/21km to go
Davide Frattini (Monex) has bridged to the leaders, Olsen and Camponogara and
the gap is about six seconds.
It's all back together now and Navigators are back on the front waiting for
the next move. Beamon is telling them to be patient.
Andrew Randell (Jet Fuel) just took a sprint for sprint points.
Horner has attacked down the back straight and has taken four guys with him.
Mark Walters covered it from Navigators. Health Net are also in there and Colavita
as well as Scottie Weiss from Subway-Express. They have about 400m on the bunch
Weiss was National Elite Champion in 2001 and this past week had great legs
in Altoona. He was in a long break on the penultimate day which nearly stayed
14:12 EDT 87km/13km to go
The break has been caught as we reach the business end of the race. Rodriguez
in sitting in good position near the front.
Colby Pearce went down at some point during the race and has hurt his wrist.
This is not good timing for him with only a few weeks until the Games start.
He is currently in the medical tent getting it checked out.
Cameron Hughes (Subway-Express) just attacked and Nothstein followed him, but
it didn't go anywhere. Nothstein staying very attentive at the front.
14:19 EDT 92km/8km to go
Only four laps to go now. Scottie Weiss (Subway) just took the final prime of
$500 and crossed the line with a big smile on his face.
Speaking of Olympic athletes in the field, the Health Net team have three riders
in the race going to the Games. Gordon Fraser for Canada, and Greg Henderson
and Hayden Godfrey from New Zealand.
14:25 EDT 94km/6km to go
The race is still all together with three laps to go and the sprinters teams
are all trying to find position.
Zalewski just caught up with Pearce who is icing his wrist. He said "I just
got really tired out there and tried to go through a gap that wasn't there."
He hit his wrist on a barrier. Now it hurts but he is now sure how bad it is.
The pace is really fast in the bunch now. Colavita and Jelly Belly are dominant
at the front working for Ivan Dominguez who won this race in 2002 and Jonas
14:29 EDT 98km/2km to go
One lap to go now. Kirk Albers (Jelly Belly) is on the front and has two Navigators
riders on his wheel. Carney is right up there as is Henk Vogels for Navigators.
Health Net are moving to the front and have a good lead out going.
The sprint is fast, it looks like Health Net are going to get it. Henderson
is there and Gord, both great sprinters.
14:32 EDT 100km/0km to go
..........and it is Henderson taking the win!
Taking second place is Fraser, so Health Net One, two. In third place was Ivan
Dominguez in a very close sprint.
Thanks for tuning in to our live coverage. Check back later for a full report.
1 Greg Henderson (Health Net)
2 Gord Fraser (Health Net)
3 Ivan Dominguez (Colavita Olive Oil)
the commentary team