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International Cycling Classic/Superweek - NE

Eastern Wisconsin, USA, July 11-27, 2003

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Day 4 - July 14: Festina Tour Alpine Valley Road Race

The Festina Tour Alpine Valley Road Race came down to a three-way contest with Belgian Danny In’t Ven riding away from race leader Viktor Rapinski (Belarus) and American Adam Bergman to take the win. The race was dominated by a select group of twelve riders which rode away from the field on the fourth lap of this grueling ten-lap, 100 mile race. The riders in the break eventually built a lead of seven minutes over the main field until In’t Ven, Rapinski, and Bergman pulled away with more than 10 miles remaining.

The Alpine Valley race course features several steep climbs which, combined with the hot temperatures, tested the willpower of the riders by the latter stages of the race and attrition amongst the field was predictably high. But it was In’t Ven who looked fresh and strong as he crossed the finish line, besting the effort of Rapinski who won here in similar fashion in 2002. Bergman continued his impressive showing after being plucked from the amateur ranks in mid-season this year to ride for the Jelly Belly/Carlsbad Clothing professional squad.

Rapinski is well on his way to defending his overall title at the International Cycling Classic and it will take a determined effort to claim the yellow jersey from his back. It remains to be seen whether a team will be able to mount a challenge for him as the racing continues. Tomorrow, the race moves to the MGA Proving Grounds near Burlington for another 100-mile affair.


1 Danny In't Ven (Bel) ICSA
2 Viktor Rapinski (Blr) Saturn
3 Adam Bergman (USA) Jelly Belly/Carlsbad Clothing
4 Emile Abraham (USA) Aerospace Engineering
5 Paul Martin (USA) Gomart
6 Jacob Nielsen (Den) Glud & Marstrand Horsens
7 Jeremy Sartain Bianchi/Grand Performance
8 Brian Shanning (USA) Saturn Development
9 Hans Henrik Jørgensen (Den) Glud & Marstrand Horsens
10 Uwe Nepp (Ger) BP Köln
11 TBC
12 Marc Weisshaupt (Ger) CCC-Polsat
13 TBC
14 TBC
15 Jeffrey Courter (USA) GS Ciao
16 Gustavo Carillo (USA) Bianchi/Grand Performance
17 Lionel Syne (USA) Webcor
18 TBC
19 Kasper Larsen (Den) Glud & Marstrand Horsens
20 Ian Stuart (USA) Saturn Development
21 Nick Reistad (USA) IS Corp
22 Carlos Vargas Col Saturn Development
23 Chad Cagle (USA) CTE
24 Tristan Schouten (USA) Saturn Development
25 TBC
26 TBC
27 Jeffrey Hartman (USA) Big Shark
28 Dale Sedgewick (USA) Bianchi/Grand Performance
29 TBC
30 Matthew Bonin (USA) Suburban Homes
1 Brandon Crichton (Can) McMaster High Performance 
2 Steven Cozza (USA) Team Swift 
3 Zak Grabowski (USA) Hot Tubes 
4 David Guttenplan (USA) Atomic Race Team 
5 Josh Devine (USA) IS Corp 
6 John Michael Stevens (USA) RTRT 
7 Jesse Anthony (USA) Hot Tubes 
8 Brad Armstrong (USA) Mathis Bros. 
9 Michael Wolf (USA) Trek/VW/Freeflite 
10 Craig Lewis (USA) Fairway 
11 David Nelson (USA) Landis/Trek-VW 
12 Chris Deluise (USA) Aerospace Engineering 
13 Kacey Chamberlin (USA) Saturn for Seattle 
14 Bradley Viera (USA) Hot Tubes 
15 Chad Beyer (USA) Giant/Domenics 
16 Mark Gustafson (USA) Echelon Santa Barbara 
17 Todd Elenz (USA) IS Corp 
18 Jason Wagner (USA) Team Apache 
19 Scott Veggeberg (USA) Violet Crown Sports 
20 Ulric de Young (USA) Trek-VW Midwest 
21 Sam Brower (USA) Athletes By Design 
22 Joshua Nagode (USA) PCW