Barclay's Global Investors Grand Prix - 1.HC
USA, September 4, 2005
Commentary by Kristy Scrymgeour, with additional reporting from Mark Zalewski
Welcome to the Live Coverage of the
Barclay's Global Investors Grand Prix, formerly known as the San Francisco Grand
Prix or the T-Mobile International. This year there is no women's race so racing
begins at 10am with the men. 24 teams are on the start list, four of those teams
are from across the pond in Europe including CSC, Gerolsteiner, Saunier Duval,
Two time champion of the race Charles Dionne (Webcor)
is back to defend his title and the two other former winners of this race Chris
Horner (Saunier Duval) and George Hincapie (Discovery) are also present.
The race course has not changed since last year. Riders will complete three
start laps of 6.3km(3.9miles) each, followed by nine main laps of 14.2km (8.8miles)
each with takes in the two serious climbs of the race Fillmore and Taylor st.
To finish off they'll do five finish laps of 8km each which goes over Taylor
Street. The only difference this year is that coming into the finish line riders
will come straight in from the last lap and sprint directly to the finish line
rather than pass the finish and loop around the finish in the opposite direction.
We have 15 minutes now until the start.
Nine riders will be called to the line in this order: Mark McCormack (Colavita
Sutter Homes), US Pro Champion Chris Wherry (Health Net), Dave Zabriskie (CSC).
Zabriskie has a broken hand right now so may not race the whole race, but he's
definitely lining up to start. Next to be called up will be Levi Leipheimer
(Gerolsteiner), Fred Rodriguez (Davitamon Lotto). Rodriguez is riding on the
US National Team today. Ivan Basso is next from CSC, followed by Chris Horner,
George Hincapie and Charles Dionne. The rest of the riders will be called to
the line in teams in the race caravan order.
Its a bit overcast as usual in San
Francisco this morning and the temperature is 55 degrees. The clouds are supposed
to lift later today and the sun supposed to come out. Already quite a few spectators
are down on on the Embarcadero to watch the start of the race and up on the
The riders are on the start line and
have just had a minutes silence for the people in New Orleans. Mo Powers, a
Vietnam Veteran is now performing the National Anthem and we are just about
set to roll.
Still being a little chilly, most
riders are wearing arm warmers and vests for the beginning of the race. And
they're off. A Monex rider, Roberto Gaggioli is attacking already!
He has a 20 second gap already. The
field is sitting wide on the road. There is no chase.
10:09 PDT 5km/169.1km to go
The gap is dropping.
Roberto obviously just wanted to stretch his legs a little. We are two laps
into the race. Its now single file as they go through the finish. Devon Vigus
and Nathan O'Neill are off the front.
They are joined by Jake Rytleewski
(Advantage Benefits), Kirk Albers (Jelly Belly) and Jonathan Page (Colavita
10:10 PDT 6km/168.1km to go
Its all comes back
together as they cross the finish line for the third time and head out onto
the first main lap.
Frank Pipp (Advantage Benefits - Endeavour)
has countered and has a slight lead on the peloton which is strung out.
Pipp is fading a little, but there
is a TIAA CREF coming up to him. They are now working together and they have
a small gap.
Roberto Gaggioli is off the back now!
The field is going up the first little incline now and the lead pair, Stefano
Barberi (TIAA CREF) and Pipp still have a small gap.
Pipp and Barberi have been caught
and Manuel Quinziato (Saunier Duval) has countered them and has about 25 meters.
It looks like Discovery chasing. Its Michael Creed on the front and its single
file as they turn onto Polk Street, which will be the feed zone later in the
Now Quinziato has been caught and
Colavita and Navigators are up at the front of the bunch as we head towards
Curtis Gunn from Seasilver had a mechanical
but is now back in the field. Its all together as they get closer to the first
climb. A Subway rider has a bit of a gap. Its single file with Subway on the
front followed by Jittery Joe's.
They make a right onto Fillmore. There's
about a block before it gets steep, and then its kicks up to about 8% the second
block and then it kicks up to about 20% in parts on the last block.
A couple of riders are slightly off
the front on the climb. They are just getting to the top of the climb. A Seasilver
rider turns first.
A small group of about 12 riders have
150m on the field.
10:27 PDT 18km/156.1km to go
Its single file
and this group. Two Navigators riders are on the front of the break. They are
now on the second hard climb - Taylor Street, which is a similar climb to Fillmore.
The are coming down the hill now.
In the break is Andy Jacques Mayne (Webcor), Fumiyyuki Beppu (Discovery), Chris
Wherry and Doug Ollerenshaw (Health Net), Cesar Grejales and Nathan O'Neill
(Navigators), Tyler Wren (Colavita), Glen Mitchell, Ben Jacques Maynes and Dominique
Perras (Kodak Sierra Nevada), Chad Hartley (TIAA CREF), Neil Shirley and Adam
Livingston (Seasilver) and Tim Johnson (Jittery Joe's).
10:33 PDT 21km/153.1km to go
The race has gone
through the finish line after the first main lap. The break has 39 seconds on
There has been a small crash. Zach
Walker and Geoff Rapoport (McGuire) went down but they're ok.
The gap for
the break is down to 20 seconds now as they head towards the Fillmore climb
for the second time. Roberto Gaggioli has been pulled from the race.
The Colavita riders are on the front
of the break now.
The field is curb to curb, no real
chase but the gap is gradually coming down as they hit Fillmore.
The gap is 15 seconds. Health Net,
Navigators and Discovery are on the front of the break on the steepest part
of the climb.
They go over the top. Grejales looks like he went over the
The break split up a bit of that climb.
John Lieswyn (Health Net) and Ryder Hesjedal (Discovery) are bridging to the
break. But the gap is down to 12 seconds.
Hesjedal and Lieswyn made it to the
break as they hit the Taylor Street climb. Grejales took the KOM points on Fillmore
St, followed by Ollernenshaw and Beppu.
The break is on the steep part of
Taylor. The field can see them from the bottom. Its looks like Grejales went
over this climb first as well followed by Ollerenshaw again. The pair have a
little gap on the rest of the break and its single file trying to make it back
10:51 PDT 34.7km/139.4km to go
(Discovery) and Mark Walters (Navigators) have also bridged to the break now
but the gap is only 15 seconds to the field now. We are on the straight away
to the finish. That lap took 23'53".
The field is strung out in the chase
as they get closer to catching this break.
The number is riders in the break
has increased as quite a few riders have been able to bridge up. The front group
is about 34 riders and the gap has gone back up to 20 seconds.
The race is now on Columbus Ave in
Riders keep bridging to the break.
This time its Jason McCartney (Discovery) and Alex Candelario (Jelly Belly).
The break just keeps getting bigger. If this keeps happening, the break will
become the peloton!
There is an attack out of the break
by Michael Creed (Discovery). He has 150m to the rest of the break. A Kodak
rider is chasing.
Samuele Marzoli (Lampre) is now trying
to bridge up to Creed. Creed now has 20 seconds on Marzoli and 32 seconds to
Creed is on the middle section of
Fillmore heading towards the very steep section. The crowds are pretty good
along the side of the climb. The field is at 1'30" to Creed.
Creed's lead is increasing. He has
50" to the break. There is now a group of three guys chasing him. They are in
between the break and Creed. Creed is just turning onto Taylor Street for the
third time in the race.
Creed is on the steep part of Taylor.
The two chasers are Doug Ollerenshaw (Health Net) and Frank Pipp (Advantage
Benefits Endeavour). Marzoli no longer there.
The break of 30 riders is now being
caught by the field!
11:12 PDT 48.9 km/125.2km to go
Creed has just
gone through the finish line after three main laps. He leads solo with Ollerenshaw
and Pipp chasing. The rest of the field is all together.
Its now 25" from Creed to the two
chasers. A group of six is now attacking out of the peloton.
The peloton has split up slightly
and a group of 40 riders are ten seconds ahead of them. Another solo rider has
gone ahead to chase. It is Ben Jacques-Maynes (Kodak Sierra Nevada). The group
of 40 riders are behind him, 1'35 behind Creed and the peloton are ten seconds
Moletta has caught Ollerenshaw and
Pipp. Behind them is a group of six riders. Creed is on Fillmore for the fourth
time. The crowds are about 5 deep half way up and 7 deep near the top. He is
out of the saddle. He is laboring but looks ok.
Creed goes over Fillmore and gets
back down into the drops as he goes across the top and heads towards Taylor.
The three chasers are at 25 second. Jacques-Mayne has been caught by the next
group, who are 40 seconds down.
John Lieswyn (Health Net) has just
bridged to the Ollerenshaw group.
Creed is climbing really well. He's
on the steepest part of Taylor St now and looks good.
The group of five riders has bridge
to the group of four, so now Creed is being directly chased by a group of nine
11:34 PDT 63.1km/111km to go
We are at the end
of the fourth main lap, just over 60km into the race.
The riders is that second group are:
Doug Ollerenshaw (Health Net p/b Maxxis), John Lieswyn (Health Net), Frank Pipp
(Advantage Benefits Endeavour), Andrea Moletta (Gerolsteiner), Aaron Olsen and
Todd Herriott (Colavita Sutter Homes), Caleb Manion (Jelly Belly PoolGel), and
Ben Jacques-Maynes (Kodak Sierra Nevada).
Andy Jacques-Maynes (Webcor) has also
made it back up to that group.
Creed is still down on the drops working
away. He now has 53 seconds to the first chase group of nine riders as he heads
towards Fillmore again. The rest of the field are all together now 2 minutes
This is probably John Lieswyn's last
major race as he is retiring at the end of this season. He definitely still
has some great form.
Creed just keeps opening up time on
the chase groups. He is now over a minute ahead of the group of nine. He is
at the bottom of Fillmore now, about to go through the pain again.
This hill is just unbelievably steep.
Creed looked like he was going a little bit sideways on that middle section
there. The last bit just becomes the part of the race where you are just turning
the legs over. After nine laps with two of these steep climbs per lap, the riders
legs are just dead, and then they still have to do five shorter laps meaning
they go over Taylor another five times.
Andy Jacques-Maynes (Webcor)
has just been dropped from the group of nine and is alone now.
Creed is back to Taylor St again.
He is out of the saddle on the steep part of the climb. He looks to be going
pretty straight. The group of eight riders are now 50 seconds behind him. Creed
is over the top and on the descent. Its a pretty fast descent with a flat bit
in the middle. When he hits the finish line this time, it will be the end of
the 5th main lap.
11:56 PDT 75km/99.1km to go
The gap is down to
42 seconds now between Creed and the chase group.
11:59 PDT 77.3km/96.8km to go
Creed had a bit
of a low spot in his season earlier in the year and had to recover from a virus.
One good thing about that was that he was able to concentrate on the second
part of the season and today he is certainly showing some form.
He is heading back out into the course for the sixth main lap.
is leading the peloton right now for Jittery Joe's. They are still two minutes
Another group has now bridged up to
the first chase group, making that group 17 riders now.
That first chase group is now up to
about 40 riders. The commisaire's just told Creed that he has 40 chasers at
45 seconds. He said "What? 40 guys and they can't catch me?". So, he is obviously
in good spirits right now. The riders know when they go in these early breaks
that they are totally sacrificing themselves for their team. Being out there
solo is a tough gig, but it sets up his team and they are able to sit back and
relax and put other teams on the defensive.
Todd Herriott (Colavita Sutter Homes)
is now attacking out of the chase group adn going after Creed alone. He is very
Back on the Fillmore climb now. The
crowds are starting to get bigger. Creed is looking to be doing a bit of Zig-Zagging
on this climb now. He is definitely hurting now, but he still has 1'08" on the
chase group. The peloton are way back.
Todd Herriott has been caught
again by the rest of the chase group.
Creed is getting some food from
his team car as he descends down Broadway.
The peloton is now 4'44 seconds behind
Creed. With still about 90km left in the race there is no need for them to chase
too hard just yet. It is just a matter of keeping the break groups at a safe
Creed is on the Taylor Street climb
now. He hits the steep part. Not zig-zagging this time. The chase group has
just made the turn onto the climb as Creed makes it to the top of the climb.
There is a huge crowd up the top of this climb. He throwing his fist in the
air each time he gets to the top of a climb, basically saying. "Hey, I made
it to the top of another of these climbs." He has 40 seconds on the chase group
He just threw a water bottle ahead of his at a big group of pigeons
that were in his way.
He's heading to the finish line now at the end of
the sixth main lap. Each lap has been slightly slower than the previous.
12:24 PDT 95km/79.1km to go
The peloton is completely
strung out at the moment as they head towards the embarcadero. Each time they
go up Fillmore and Taylor, things split up and now the peloton is a series of
small groups. The first chase group has also split into groups, the front chase
group now down to about 20 riders.
Creed now has one minute to the first
chase group of 20 riders. He's looking good and really toughing it out keeping
his gap around the minute mark.
Creed going up Fillmore once again.
Zig-zagging again! It looks like pain! The group of 20 reach the bottom of the
climb. They are 1'04" behind him.
The gap at the top of Fillmore was
38" but its now back up to 45" at the bottom of Taylor. Jason McCartney has
been taking second place each time in the KOM sprints. By doing that he is protecting
Creed is at the top of Taylor now
and throws his fist in the air again!
12:42 PDT 102km/72.1km to go
The chase group
is at the top of Taylor now and made up some time again. At the top the time
gap between the chase and Creed is 33".
They're heading back towards the
finish line again. Only two big laps left now and then five smaller laps. But
that does mean two more times up Fillmore and seven more times up Taylor!
12:44 PDT 105.7km/68.4km to go
A group of four
riders are within 15 meters of Creed now. It looks like McCartney is in that
group, so at least he has a teammate there.
Creed is caught and now we have a
group of five in the lead. The group has three discovery riders. Creed, Hesjedal
and McCartney. Also in the group are Glen Mitchell (Kodak Sierra Nevada) and
John Lieswyn (Health Net).
Creed just sat up. He is done but
he did his job for the team.
We have a group of five chasers, a few solo
riders and then the field.
That first chase group now has Creed
in it as well as Todd Herriott (Colavita Sutter Homes), Rubens Bertogliati (Saunier
Duval), Caleb Manion (Jelly Belly) and Tim Johnson (Jittery Joe's).
Andrea Moletta has just joined the
first chase group making it six riders.
The lead group is being led by
McCartney as they head towards Fillmore. Lieswyn takes over to drive the break.
The gap is 25" between the lead group of 4 and the chase group of 5. Its now
1'20 to the field, which is not that big anymore.
The lead group is just about to make
the right turn onto the Fillmore climb. They have opened up their gap to 40"
to the first chase group right now.
McCartney is leading up the climb.
Hesjedal looks like he's suffering a bit up this climb. They reach the top and
turn the corner. Lieswyn still looking strong too.
Over the top of the climb the gap
remained at 40". There is only one more time up this torturous climb in the
race. They head to Taylor now.
Lieswyn led onto Taylor and McCartney
took over on the climb. Hesjedal suffering again. Glen Mitchell looks good.
McCartney is slowing it down a bit to wait for Hesjedal, who is just off the
They are over the climb, Hesjedal
about 8" off the back of the other three. It doesn't look like he's going to
make it back on. The chase group of five has split up into two groups. Bertogliati
and Moletta are ahead of the other three. They are 45" behind the lead group.
13:05 PDT 119.9km/54.2km to go
The leaders have
just crossed the finish line after the eighth main lap and head onto their final
large lap. They have 45 seconds on the first chasers and 1'20" to what is left
of the peloton.
Hesjedal didn't get back on. So the
lead group is down to three. Back in the field, things are still very strung
out as they head to the finish line.
Creed has been caught and dropped
by the main field. He has the KOM competition wrapped up but he does have to
finish the race to take home that title. That means he has to find a small group
or he'll be riding the remaining 50km alone.
The lead group are working well together
and still have a good gap. They are heading towards Fillmore again.
Lieswyn's leading the break now. Their
Health Net, Kodak and Discovery Team cars have come up to sit behind the break.
Making a right hand turn onto Fillmore now. Mitchell is leading the way.
They have really opened up the gap
now. The chase group has been caught by the main field, which is now1'50" behind
There is a car stalled on the steepest
part of the climb. It is fine for this small group of three, but might cause
a problem for the bunch.
McCartney led over the top of the
climb. They all looked very solid going over and they are right back in their
rhythm over the top.
Liewswyn leads the descent down Broadway.
Back to Taylor with Fillmore over
and done with for this year. McCartney leads with Mitchell in second and Lieswyn
in third. They are all out of the saddle for the final steep section of the
climb. They all still look very strong.
The gap to the bunch is still over
13:29 PDT 136km/38.1km to go
The riders have
now completed all of the nine main laps and are heading out for their first
of five 8km finish laps. The gap 1'45".
One rider, Davide Frattini
(Colavita) has broken away from the main field and is trying to bridge solo.
The three leaders are still working
very well together and hold their lead at 1'50".
1'50" is to Frattini and the gap to
the field is 2'05".
Frattini is getting caught by the
field now and a group is countering his move now. The leaders have hit Taylor
St again and are on the steep part.
Ryder Hesjedal has pulled out of the
race after his break away move before. Frank Pipp is also off the back. There
are probably about 40 riders left in the main bunch at this point.
13:38 PDT 142.1km/32km to go
We are going through
the start finish line at the end of the first finish lap. Four laps to go.
The few rides who tried to get away
from the peloton a few minutes ago have been reeled in. The gap between the
lead trio and peloton is still 1'55".
Andrea Moletta is attacking again.
He has been very persistent this race. He is joined by his Gerolsteiner teammate
Not far from the Taylor St climb again.
The gap is 1'50" from the lead group to the two Gerolsteiner pair. The gap to
the peloton is just over two minutes.
Mitchell leads the Taylor St climb.
They are half way up heading onto the steep part. The two chasers are also on
the climb now and look to be making ground.
Coming up to three small laps to go.
The main bunch has split up into a couple of groups now.
Mitchell and McCartney have 33" to the Gerolsteiner riders now. Another chase
group has formed after them.
The peloton is really splitting up
now. Chasing the Gerolsteiner pair is another group of two riders - Mike Sayers
(Health Net) and Luke Roberts (CSC), and behind them are more assorted groups!!!!
Mark McCormack and Davide Frattini
from Colavita have made it up to Sayers and Roberts to make a group of four.
McCartney, Mitchell and Lieswyn are
still keeping very good rhythm working together. The Gerolsteiner pair have
stopped making up ground on them and still sit at 33 seconds. This next group
looks good though.
Mitchell has been droppped from Lieswyn
and McCartney on Taylor St. Moletta and Wegmann are now 20" behind.
14:03 PDT 158.1km/16km to go
Turning onto the
finishing straight. They will see two laps to go now.
Wegmann and Moletta have caught Mitchell
and they are now 20" behind Lieswyn and McCartney.
The chase group of four are 1'45"
Behind the group of four, the main
peloton is only 12 riders now, 2'30" down.
McCartney and Lieswyn are old teammates
and are certainly showing that today. They are working very well together holding
the gap to the Gerolsteiner riders at 33".
McCartney has his usual tongue hanging
out facial expression. He knows how to suffer!
Glen Mitchell has been dropped from
the Gerolsteiner pair. Moletta and Wegmann can see the leaders at the top of
Taylor St. McCartney looking behind to see what the situation is. One of the
Gerolsteiner riders is going ahead now. Its Wegmann. He looks good.
On the descent Wegmann and Moletta
come back together. They are still 40 seconds behind McCartney and Lieswyn.
14:16 PDT 166.1km/8km to go
The leaders go through
the finish line now and will hear the bell for 1 lap to go. Thats only 8km and
they are really holding their gap.
What an amazing ride by these two.
If they can hold this it will be very cool.
Creed is still hanging in there. So
he will still be in the running for the mountains jersey. Thats if his teammate
doesn't overtake him in points.
McCartney is leading up the small climb
on Columbus. The gap is still 31".
Its dropping a little now to 27 seconds.
We'll see what Wegmann does over this next climb.
The group of four are still a way
back and it doesn't look they will be able to catch.
The front pair are doing short 15-20second
turns. The Gerolsteiner riders can see them again now as they go through the
feed zone on Polk St. McCartney is leading and takes a quick peak back to see
whats happening. The gap is falling. Its only 22 seconds now and falling..
14:24 PDT 170.1km/4km to go
Coming up to Taylor
St climb for the last time. McCartney still leading here.
Lieswyn is leading going into the
climb. They keep looking at each other but they also have to watch out for Wegmann
and Moletta who are closing in. Wegmann has attacked and is catching them on
the steep part of the climb.
14:26 PDT 171.1km/3km to go
He has caught them
and come around them. Wegmann, Lieswyn and McCartney are all together at the
top of the climb!
Great ride by Moletta to bring his
teammate up to the leaders.
McCartney leads the descent. He looks over
Wegmann has jumped!
Lieswyn reacts. McCartney hops on
Lieswyn's wheel. Lieswyn catches Wegmann. He goes around.
Lieswyn leads with 350m to go. McCartney
on his wheel. Wegmann attacks again.
McCartney jumps on his wheel. Lieswyn
tries to come around but he can't. Wegmann takes it.
Liewsyn takes second and McCartney
Moletta is finishing now in fourth
What a great win by Wegmann!! He's
Creed goes through the finish line
a lap down.
Basso comes through - but he had already
abandonned. Had his backpack on.
Mike Sayers finishes solo in fifth
place. Mark McCormack comes in with Luke Roberts to take sixth. Roberts 7th.
1 Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner)
2 John Lieswyn (Health Net p/b Maxxis)
3 Jason McCartney (Discovery)
4 Andrea Moletta (Gerolsteiner)
5 Mike Sayers (Health Net p/b Maxxis)
6 Mark McCormack (Colavita Sutter Homes)
7 Luke Roberts (CSC)