T-Mobile International - 1.3
San Francisco, USA, September 12, 2004
Course Map Start
Complete Men's Live Report
Welcome to live coverage of the fourth
annual T-Mobile International presented by BMC software. The men are on the
start line and ready to start at 10:10.
The men will race a total of 172.8km
consisting of three start laps of 2.1km each, nine main laps of 14.8km each
and five finish laps of 8km each. The crowd is huge right now and whilst the
women's race was taking place the spectators were ten deep on Fillmore street.
It is going to be a great day of racing.
The race is underway. Lance Armstrong
fired the start gun as he decided a couple of days ago not to race due to tendonitis,
so he is here as a spectator today.
Right now as the peloton partakes
in the ceremonial laps Phonak is on the front as is Trent Klasna (Sierra Nevada)
stretching his legs. The temperature is nice and cool for the start (60 degrees).
Hincapie is even wearing his knee Warmers.
The three former winners of this race,
Hincapie, Charles Dionne (Webcor) and Chris Horner (Webcor) are in the field
and all keen to have another good race here. The two Webcor riders are especially
keen as this is a big race for their sponsor, which is local to the area.
Horner and Dionne stated that they
have two cards to play and are both feeling ready for the race. Hincapie also
said he is ready after finally being able to recover from the Tour de France.
10:24 PDT 6.5km/166.3km to go
The peloton are
all together after the three starting laps. Mike Sayers (Health Net/Maxxis)
made the first attack of the day but was quickly reeled in as the race now heads
into the first main lap and towards the first time up Fillmore.
On the first time up Fillmore the
teammate of Freddy Rodriguez, Giuseppe Palumbo (Aqua Sapone/Rabobank) attacked
solo and now has 15 seconds on the field. There is no chase per se as the rest
of the peloton are all together at this point.
Aqua Sapone have joined with Rabobank
for this race so that Levi Liepheimer can race.
Palumbo still leads, now by ten seconds
from a chase group of five riders. The peloton are at 30 seconds. There has
been a crash in the bunch. Antonio Bucciero (Saeco) went down.
is two time Junior World Champion, but will be working for Freddy today.
10:47 PDT 20km/152.8km to go
As the riders head
towards the finish line for the end of the first main lap, Palumbo has been
caught and a counter move has gone up the road. A group of six riders are in
the lead with a 30 second gap. In the group is James Mattis (Webcor), Doug Ollerenshaw
(Jelly Belly), Jason McCartney and Danny Pate (Health Net), Pavel Padrnos and
Mattis is working hard and the Health Net riders are
keeping him in check. The group has a good lead but are not working cohesively
at this point.
The race is going up Fillmore for
the second time now and Jason McCartney is driving the pace. Both McCartney
and Mattis are the workers in the small early break.
Padrnos took the points at the top
of Fillmore and now another group of ten riders are trying to bridge across
to this front group of six. The crowds are huge on Fillmore and the atmosphere
10:59 PDT 31km/141.8km to go
The bridging group
have caught the leaders and so the lead group has significantly swelled. There
are some Sierra Nevada riders up there, Health Net etc. The riders are all looking
at each other a bit and not collaberating all that well just yet.
The break is now 13 riders and consists
of the original break of James Mattis (Webcor), Doug Ollerenshaw (Jelly Belly),
Mike Sayers and Danny Pate (Health Net), Pavel Padrnos (US Postal) as well as
John Kelly Webcor), John Lieswyn and Mike Jones (Health Net), Daniel Schnider
(Phonak), Jeff Louder (Navigators), Ben Jacques-Mayne (Sierra Nevada), Massimo
Ianette and Valerio Agnoli (Domina Vacanze).
They have 40 seconds
on the field right now but are still not working totally in unison.
As the break heads up the Taylor Street
climb for the third time, the gap has come down to about 20 seconds. Health
Net, with four guys in the break, are really punching it up the hill.
A few riders are attempting to bridge
across to the break.
The typical huge crowds are lining
the streets of San Francisco on a cool and overcast day, a big day for sports
in the city with the hometown 49ers hosting the Atlanta Falcons on the NFL's
11:25 PDT 50km/122.8km to go
The break is still
out in front and have a minute lead on the pelton. In between the peloton and
the break are three riders at 30 second. They are Tyler Wren (Colavita Olive
Oil), Tim Johnson (Saunier Duval) and Jake Rosenbarger (Jittery Joes).
The peloton is now at 2:00 and seems
disinterested in forming an organized chase at this point
Only one of the three riders attempting
to bridge, Jake Rosenbarger (Jittery Joe's) made it across, Johnson and Wren
were absorbed by the peloton
11:56 PDT 67.2km/105.6km to go
The race is now
just into its fifth main lap and the break is at 1'20". The peloton are not
chasing too hard but are just making sure they keep the gap low. Health Net
are still driving the break up front.
Trent Klasna has attacked solo out
of the peloton and has a ten second gap at this point. The bunch doesn't seem
to be chasing him.
Ivan Dominguez (Colavita Olive Oil)
has bridged to Klasna and the pair are now working together. The peloton are
still fairly relaxed.
Another attack is going now out of
the peloton. It is Michael Creed (USPS), Ted Huang (Webcor) and Siro Camponagara
(Navagators) and they are bridging to Klasna and Dominguez who are sitting about
15 seconds in front of the peloton.
12:17 PDT 85km/87.8km to go
At the base of Fillmore
in the sixth main lap, the situation remains the same. The main break of 13
riders have 55 seconds on the second group of five and 1'45" on the peloton.
The crowds are growing around the course and the party atmosphere is pumping.
People are lining the hills and crowding out the restaurants through Northbeach
and the expo area by the start finish line is all happening.
The break still has 1'45" on the bunch,
but now it is only Dominguez alone trying to bridge with the others being absorbed
by the bunch.
Health Net are still taking control of the break using
their numbers. Lieswyn and Sayers are doing a lot of the work.
Iannetti and Agnoli from Domina Vacanze
are also really trying to make this work and are looking strong.
The sun is starting to break through
the clouds in San Francisco as Dominguez gets caught by the peloton. The break
sits at 1'20" and Health Net are still driving the break.
We are in the eigth lap so we have
two main laps to go and five small laps. It is likely that the chase will start
picking up a little soon as we get to the business end of the race.
12:58 PDT 115km/57.8km to go
We are on the penultimate
descent of the Fillmore street climb and the gap is still at 1'20" . Mike Jones
(Health Net) is working hard on the front for Health Net. Doug Ollerenshaw has
also been active in the break for most of the race, winning quite a few of teh
The action is picking up in the peloton
now. Jason Lokkesmoe (Health Net) has attacked on Taylor Street and the bunch
is strung out. We are heading back towards the finish line where we will hit
one main lap to go.
Through the finish line Mattis attacked
the break to try and liven things up and back in the bunch everyone is watching
Health Net and waiting for the final five laps to make their moves.
Ollerenshaw has had an awesome race
and is leading the KOM competition.
Attacks continue up in the front
group with Webcor and Health Net battling it out. Schnider (Phonak) has also
made a couple of attacks and Padrnos is marking things policing the break to
make sure it doesn't get too much time.
To recap, the riders in the break
are James Mattis and John Kelly (Webcor), Doug Ollerenshaw (Jelly Belly), Jason
McCartney, Mike Sayers, John Lieswyn, Mike Jones and Danny Pate (Health Net),
Pavel Padrnos (US Postal) (Health Net), Daniel Schnider (Phonak), Jeff Louder
(Navigators), Ben Jacques-Mayne (Sierra Nevada), Massimo Ianette and Valerio
Agnoli (Domina Vacanze).
Its all happening now. On the final
climb up Fillmore McCartney attacked with Ollerenshaw and the pair got away.
McCartney went on the attack solo and now has 15" on Ollerenshaw whilst the
rest of the break sits at 1'15 with Agnoli leading.
The bunch is really picking up behind
and catching the break.
The bunch has now caught the break
but McCartney and Ollerenshaw are still up the road with McCartney leading solo.
13:41 PDT 150km/36.6km to go
Things have exploded
in the race now. McCartney's move triggered an incredible surge. Currently McCartney
leads solo by 1'10 to Ollerenshaw and a group of six riders chase him with the
remains of the break who were still out there! In that group is Padrnos, Agnoli
and Jacques-Mayne who sit at 1'40.
Another group of six including
Aaron Olsen (Colavita) and Juanjo Cobo Acebo (Saunier Duval) is at 3'20" and
Levi Liepheimer has attacked the peloton solo and sits at 4 minutes with the
main bunch at 4'30".
Basically Health Net have really shaken things
up and have forced Webcor to chase. The chase is currently being led by Webcor
with Horner sitting in third wheel.
McCartney is still powering away up
front solo in his second small loop. Behind, Ollerenshaw has been caught by
the chase group and Agnoli has attacked and now sits two minutes behind McCartney.
The chase group with Ollerenshaw, Padrnos etc are at three minutes and the bunch
at four minutes. Yet another amazing ride by McCartney. This is how he won the
stage of Tour de Georgia and Olympic Trial - in the solo break fashion and he
is still looking strong.
Agnoli is only 19 years old and is
a stagiare for Domina Vacanze in this race so looking to impress.
McCartney is moving further and further
away with Agnoli now at 2'23". The chase group has been caught and now Danny
Pate sits in between at 3'30.
US Postal have hit the front of the peloton
to try and up the pace but it looks as if it might be too late. McCartney is
flying and gaining time.
14:11 PDT 172km/14.6km to go
The peloton has
now just caught Agnoli as they go through the finish line with two laps to go
and McCartney is still out there at 2'45".
This is a really gutsy ride by McCartney
and things are looking really good for him. He still looks strong. The peloton
is flying too with Postal on the front, its going to be a hard battle.
14:28 PDT 183.6km/3km to go
Sorry for the delay.
Jason has cracked in the last lap and is losing time quickly!
Charles Dionne has launched an attack
out of the peloton and has caught McCartney who is going backwards. It was just
that little bit too long for him out there alone.
Dionne's attack is a beautiful move.
It looks like he is going to win this race. McCartney has not yet been caught
by the peloton, that was a misscall, but the peloton are closing in on him fast.
He is trying to hold it.
Dionne is coming to the finish now
solo to win his second T-Mobile International!!!!!!
The bunch is just behind him and readying
for the sprint.
McCartney was caught at the last minute
and the sprint is on......... and it is Freddy Rodriguez taking the sprint for
second place and Hincapie in third.
Complete Women's Live Report
Welcome to the live coverage of the
T-Mobile International presented by BMC Software. The women are racing first
up at this wee hour of the morning on a course that covers 86.2km. It will include
two start laps of 2.1km each followed by five main laps of 14.8 km each and
finally an 8km-finishing lap.
The course starts and finishes on the
Embarcadero and covers terrain through North Beach over the daunting climb of
Fillmore street and back through Russian Hill and North Beach where they hit
the second challenging climb of the day up Taylor street. The final eight kilometre
lap will take them one last time up Taylor street for a total of six times before
they head back to the embarcadero for the finish.
Currently it is
still dark as the riders get warmed up for the race. The moon sits on one side
of the sky whilst the sun rises on the other. The famous San Francisco fog is
present and its slightly chilly out, but there is a buzz is the air. The streets
are not full of spectators yet, the race set up is certainly making the street
look alive. The big screen tv is set up and is playing Austin Powers to set
the mood for the day.
Ready to start today is Nicole Cooke
(Safi Pasta Zara Manhattan) who won this race in style last year. She is one
of the most accomplished riders in the peloton in one day racing despite her
age and also proved that she can mix it with the best in the big tours this
year when she won the Giro d'Italia Femminile after having most of the season
off due to knee surgery.
She will certainly be the one to watch,
but riders such as local girl Christine Thorburn (Webcor) is in great form,
having returned from the Olympics to immediately prepare for this race. She
will be looking to better her sixth place of last year and has the help of another
former Olympian Karen Brems as well as a strong team to help her.
The T-Mobile team are also in good form with two successful Olympians on the
start line in Dede Barry and Kristin Armstrong, as well as Kim Anderson and
Kimberly Bruckner who have had good form this year.
The start of the race has been moved
back to 7:04am to correspond with the Good Morning America TV coverage and the
girls are on the start line ready to go. Depsite the hour, spectators are trinkling
in and there is already a nice vibe on the streets.
The National Anthem has just been
sung and the the race is underway. An interesting mix of riders hit the streets,
from seasoned International riders to regional American riders all ready to
tackle to steep streets of San Francisco together.
07:11 PDT 4.5km/81.7km to go
The women have just
completed their two parade laps of 2.1km each and are heading into their first
big lap now. The Safi Pasta team were on the front during the parade laps to
string things out and keep it safer. One rider from McGuire has already unfortunately
crashed and is out of the race.
Another crash has occured in the bunch.
Lauren Franges of Victory Brewing went down but is now back in the bunch and
is okay. The bunch is all together, the pace looks relatively fast already,
but not crazy yet.
The riders are cresting Fillmore street
for the first time. There was yet another crash at the base of the climb and
about 15 riders had to walk their bikes up the hill. Kate Maher (Team Basis)
broke her chain and looks like she will be pretty much out of the race because
Lyne Bessette (Quark) has shown her
form early by winning the first KOM sprint. Dede Barry (T-Mobile) took second
and Thorburn (Webcor) third. The bunch was blown apart due to the sprint but
it will likely come back together on the long down hill back down towards the
It is still split up a little and
a break of seven riders is off the front including Bessette, Thorburn and Barry.
Bessette has just taken out the second
KOM, the one at the top of Taylor Street. Nicole Cooke took second followed
by Kori Kelly (Genesis Scuba). The break of seven is still out in front. Bessette,
Thorburn, Barry, Kelly and Cooke are five on them. The rest of the bunch are
split up into three to four groups as we head back towards the finish line.
07:37 PDT 19km/67.2km to go
Kori Kelly flatted
and needed a service. She went back to the main group but now the break has
also been caught and a bunch of about 60 riders are heading into lap two.
The pace is pretty slow right now.
It looks like they are just coasting along to recover from the early surge and
preparing for the next time up Fillmore which is coming up in about three more
minutes. There are a confirmed 57 riders in the bunch.
The riders are heading up Fillmore
and people are needing wheel changes left right and center. Both Tina Pic and
Rook Campbell from Genesis Scuba needed new wheels as well as Kim Anderson (T-Mobile)
and Lauren Franges (Victory Brewing). Quite a lot of people are also dropping
their chains on these steep hills.
A break of 14 riders crested Fillmore
together but have now been absorbed and a T-Mobile rider is attacking the bunch
as the race hits Taylor Street for the second time today.
07:55 PDT 33km/53.2km to go
Kim Anderson (T-Mobile)
and Lyne Bessette (Quark) have a ten second lead on the bunch after the Taylor
Street climb. They are looking strong but the bunch is chasing hard as they
go along the flats before the finish line.
07:57 PDT 33.9km/52.3km to go
The riders have
just gone through the start finish line after two main laps of racing and Anderson
and Bessette are being caught. Counter attacks are being launched, but nothing
is holding at this point.
The points for the KOM in the second
lap were taken by Bessette on both Fillmore and Taylor Street. Thorburn was
second up Fillmore and Barry third, with Cooke taking second place up Taylor
followed by Anderson.
The bunch is still together right now as we
head towards Fillmore for the third time.
08:07 PDT 36km/50.2km to go
It is still foggy
outside but the temperature is nice for racing sitting at 59 degrees F. The
bunch is stil together waiting for the next big climb up Fillmore. According
to the Victory Brewing Team DS Mike Tamayo and their mechanic Mark, everything
is perfect for racing, except for the fact that they still haven't had a coffee
Linda Jackson had a small gap leading
into Fillmore but was caught half way up the hill by a charging Nicole Cooke
with a tail of riders behind her.
Bessette and Cooke have a small gap
as they crest Fillmore and the bunch is strung out behind them. They are really
flying up these climbs.
Bessette won yet another KOM sprint
followed closely by Cooke. Thorburn took third. There is now a group of ten
riders with a ten second advantage on the field.
In the group are Cooke, Modesta Vzesniauskaite
(Safi Pasta), Barry, Kristin Armstrong, Neben and Anderson (T-Mobile), Kori
Kelly, Thorburn and Karen Brems (Webcor). As they crest Taylor street they have
a gap of ten seconds.
08:23 PDT 48.6km/37.6km to go
The bunch are now
coming through the start finish area at the end of lap three. The break is now
getting caught and the riders are spread across the road.
Manon Jutras (Quark) has attacked
and has a small gap.
Jutras has a gap of seven seconds
and the bunch is not reacting. They are spread out across the road recovering
from the efforts of the climbs.
Jutras has increased her gap to the
bunch and now sits as 19 seconds. A Safi Pasta rider, Gessica Turato is bridging
to her. Turato has been having a great season and was involved in the two major
breaks in last weeks World Cup round in Rotterdam.
Jutras now has 40" on the bunch as
she heads towards Fillmore for the fourth time. The bunch are still not chasing
but there is movement as riders move up towards the front ready for the climb.
Jutras has 50 seconds at the bottom
of the climb and the pace is stretched out as they head up the climb. Jutras
Audrey Lemieux (Quark) has a flat
tyre. At the front Cooke is charging up the left hand side and Bessette is on
the right hand side of the road. They are catching Jutras.
There are a lot of spectators on the
side of the road on this very very steep climb. Some of the girls are using
36 tooth chain rings on the front!
Jutras managed to go over the top
of the climb ahead to take the KOM points. Bessette and Cooke were together
behind her with Bessette taking second for the points and Cooke third.
Across the Atlantic, Petra Rossner
took out the final round of the World Cup in Nurnberg, with Australian Oenone
Wood taking third place to win the overall World Cup Series.
At the top of Taylor Street Jutras
still has the lead and it is now ten seconds to a chase group of 15 riders.
Behind by another 20 seconds is another group of 15 riders. The riders are heading
back towards the finish line and will have one main lap to complete and a finish
lap of 8km before the finish of the race.
08:49 PDT 63.4km/22.8km to go
The riders have
just crossed the finish line and Jutras has increased her gap to 15 seconds
again. The group of fifteen behind has all the major players involved and has
25 seconds on the rest of the bunch.
In the group are Cooke (Safi Pasta),
Armstrong, Barry, Neben, Bruckner from (T-Mobile), Bessette (Quark), Kori Kelly,
Laura Van Gilder and Sue Palmer Komar (Genesis Scuba), Thorburn and Brems (Webcor)
and Michelle Beltran (Paramount Racing).
Victory Brewing were on the front
of the main group chasing down the break as they had no riders in it. They have
managed to catch the group. The bunch is now 45 riders and Jutras is still out
ahead and her lead is 45 seconds. This is an amazing ride by her.
Jutras is holding her lead and a Basis
rider is trying to bridge to her. Fillmore is coming up for the last time.
At the bottom of Fillmore Jutras has
30 seconds. The basis rider Chrissy Ruiter has been caught.
The pace up Fillmore is fast and Jutras
has been caught by three riders with riders strung out on their wheels.
LOTS of people are on the sidelines
now ringing their cow bells. This is a nasty hill!
The riders are cresting the hill,
it has been split apart into many small groups as the riders descend from Fillmore
for the last time and head towards Taylor street.
After the Taylor street climb there
is a group of 17 riders in the lead including all of the major climbers. They
have 15 seconds on another group of 11.
Some of the riders in this group of
17 are Cooke, Barry, Anderson, Bruckner, Neben, Gina Grain (Victory Brewing),
Palmer Komar, Van Gilder, Kelly, Thorburn, and Brems.
09:16 PDT 78.2km/8km to go
The riders are coming
through the finish line now after their final main lap and have only an 8km
finishing lap to go. The lap does go over Taylor street one last time.
The riders are at the top of Taylor
and its fast. Cooke is really driving it and has crested the hill in the lead.
Bessette is on her wheel and Vzesniauskaite too.
09:25 PDT 83km/3.2km to go
As they go down the
hill, the three have a gap of about five seconds to another group of eight riders
that includes a few T-Mobile riders and Thorburn. Gina Grain (Vic Brewing) and
Anderson are together another 10 seconds back.
Cooke managed to get away to solo
to the finish to take her second consecutive win.
It was a very close sprint to the
line behind Cooke and it was in fact Tina Pic who won the bunch sprint to take
1 Nicole Cooke (Safi Pasta Sara Manhattan)
2 Tina Pic (Genesis Scuba)
3 Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Safi Pasta Sara Manhattan)
4 Christine Thorburn (Webcor)
5 Kristin Armstrong (T-Mobile)
6 Amber Neben (T-Mobile)
7 Lyne Bessette (Quark)
8 Kori Kelly (Genesis Scuba)
9 Dede Barry (T-Mobile)
10 Laura Van Gilder (Genesis Scuba)
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