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Cox Charities Cycling Classic
Providence, RI, July 13, 2003
Monahan Checks McCormack to take Cox Charities Cycling Classic
By Peter Pezzelli
It was a day for Stars and Stripes in the self-proclaimed Renaissance City as the kings of U.S. Pro Cycling came out to play in the second running of the annual Cox Charities Cycling Classic.
In a race that looked at the outset to be a classic cycling chess match, reigning U.S. Pro Criterium Champion, Kevin Monahan (7-Up/Maxxis) sprinted away from a three-man break on the final lap of the race to checkmate newly crowned U.S. Pro Road Champion, Mark McCormack (Saturn) and a talent-laden field.
"I'm a mid-season guy these days," said a smiling Monahan after crossing the finish line. "I love it in July and August with the hot weather."
Indeed, at a time in the summer when many leg-weary bike racers start daydreaming about the off-season, Monahan seems to be just coming into top form. The racing and the weather on this day suited him well.
Things heated up quickly on the opening lap with the attacks coming as fast and furious as the hot summer wind whistling across Providence's Water Place Park (earlier in the day a violent gust snapped the poles supporting the banner over the start/finish line). A resurgent Amos Brumble (CCB/Volkswagen) and Doug Ziewacz (7-Up) featured prominently in the opening flurry of breakaway attempts, but none of the moves could muster the necessary steam to stay away. Five laps later, with a tentative peloton marking the movements of Saturn's Mark McCormack, Monahan slipped off the front with teammate Oscar Pineda and U.P.M.C. rider Gerardo Castro.
It proved to be the decisive move of the race.
The three breakaway companions established a fifteen-second gap that quickly swelled to thirty before any semblance of an organized chase began. With no teammates by his side and few allies in the pack, McCormack waited until the gap stood at almost a full minute before moving to the front of the peloton.
By then it was too late.
The challenging, technical course featured seven corners and a short, steep descent that delivered the riders into the teeth of a fierce headwind.. By the time the field reacted, the gap to the lead group was too large for a single rider, even one of McCormack's caliber, to cross alone. With no other cards to play, the Saturn rider could only sit and wait for a strong posse to form. A chase group of four riders eventually sped off the front of the main field, but never seriously challenged the lead of the breakaway group.
With eleven laps to go to the finish, Castro, Pineda, and Monahan reintegrated with the back of the main field. The three surged to the front of the group and remained there until just before the bell lap when they drifted off the back to sort out the race amongst themselves.
"We decided to finish the race like gentlemen," commented Monahan.
The three riders swept into the final lap with Castro at the front. Castro had ridden brilliantly all day, but the U.P.M.C. rider could not match Monahan's power when the U.S. Pro Crit Champion attacked just before the next to last corner. With his arms spread wide in a victory salute, Monahan easily cruised alone down the finishing straight to take home the win.
Sadly, Castro's superlative effort went to waste as he was relegated to twenty-first position for accepting a water bottle handed up to him during the course of the race. The relegation bumped Pineda up to second place and Dan Larson (Cycle Science), who led the chase group of four, into third. McCormack settled for seventh place.
At the finish line, Monahan was clearly pleased with the satisfying victory. After having suffered through much of the early season, he seems to be back on top of his game.
"A lot of guys don't realize that this is just the halfway point of the season," said the 7-Up rider. "There are still a lot of races left to be won."
Race promoter Pavé Productions, along with Cox Communications, are happy to announce that proceeds from the race, in the form of a $10,000 Cox Charities grant, will benefit Mayor Cicilline's Summer Job for Youth Initiative, a program aimed at helping city youth obtain career experience. Cox Charities of New England is a charitable giving initiative affiliated with the United Way of Rhode Island that supports non-profit organizations that benefit youth and education.
"The City is grateful to Cox for stepping up to the plate and supporting this program that benefits youth in the City of Providence. The program has been in jeopardy, but Cox Communications' generosity has ensured this worthwhile program will be available," said Mayor Cicilline.
The second annual Cox Charities Cycling Classic is co-sponsored by Outdoor Life Network, Motorola, American Power Conversion and Michelob Ultra. Additional sponsors include Cox Communications, City of Providence, Napa Valley Grille, Cox Media, Providence Place Mall, Mercury Print & Mail, Morse Graphics, Cox3, Arris and Endurox/Accelerade. The race is promoted by Pavé Productions and hosted by The Cox Communications Cycling Team and Squadra Castorama.
Men Pro-1-2 1 Kevin Monahan (7-UP / Maxxis) 2 Oscar Pineda (7-UP / Maxxis) 3 Dan Larson (Cycle Science) 4 Ari Dewilde (Benidern / Irentex) 5 Ken Dille (Essex County Velo) 6 Eneas Freyre (Lemond Fitness/ Captain Crazy Soap) 7 Mark McCormack (Saturn) 8 Jason Baer (Hawley-atabike.com) 9 ClaytonTBC Barron (Chiropractic/Papa Wheelies) 10 Matthew Svatek (Sportsbook.com Professional Cycling Team) 11 Ward Solar (U.P.M.C.) 12 Michael Dietrich (FiordiFrutta/Wheelworks) 13 Breeze Keller (Kissena Sports / Lemond) 14 Peter Hult (Pro Cycles/Giant) 15 Steve Roszko (NCC / BikeReg.com) 16 Shawn Mccormack (Sago Tea Cafe / Bicycle Alley) 17 F.TBCMitchellTBC'skip' Foley (Trek / VW / Goodale's) 18 Todd Yezefsky (Team Nerac.Com) 19 Frank Mccormack (Sago Tea Cafe / Bicycle Alley) 20 Jason Snow (Team Fuji) 21 Gerardo Castro (U.P.M.C.) 22 Steve Stockwell (Sunapee-Banagans Bike Club) 23 Nic Brown (Lemond Fitness/ Captain Crazy Soap) 24 Kyle Gates (Boston Bicycle Club) 25 William Skinner (Sago Tea Cafe / Bicycle Alley) 26 Amos Brumble (CCB / Volkswagen) 27 Justen Peters (Chiropractic/Papa Wheelies) 28 Adam Myerson (Sportsbook.com Professional Cycling Team) 29 Josh Gewirtz (FiordiFrutta/Wheelworks) 30 Daniel Luzier (Boston Road Club) 31 Matthew Kressy (Boston Bicycle Club/Community) 32 Rob Hult (Pro Cycles/Giant) 33 Greg Montello (Essex County Velo) 34 Colman O'Connor (NEBC / Cycle Loft) 35 Mathew Katz (Louis Garneau Racing) 36 Mateo Sasso (U.P.M.C.) 37 Dan Cassidy (Louis Garneau Racing) 38 Kevin Bouchard-hall (Hawley-atabike.com) 39 Oliver Stiler-cote (FiordiFrutta/Wheelworks) 40 Johannes Huseby (FiordiFrutta/Wheelworks) 41 Christopher Benoit (Essex County Velo) 42 Kurt Hackler (FiordiFrutta/Wheelworks) 43 Joseph Ackerman (Pro Cycles/Giant) 44 Andrew Knight (Louis Garneau Racing) 45 Scott Plante (Trek / VW / Goodale's) 46 Forest Reid (Essex County Velo) Women Pro-1-2-3-4 1 Rebecca McClintook (Calavita Bolla) 2 Marianne Stover (Gear Works/Spin Arts Cycling Team) 3 Julia Oh (IF/Wheelworks) 4 Yvonne Ilton (Verizon Wireless-Cervelo) 5 Brooke O'connor (Colavita-Bolla Racing) 6 Aucia Gensest (Richard Sadns) 7 Julie Monagle (Verizon Wireless-Cervelo) 8 Zoe Owers (NHCC/Team New Hampshire) 9 Lori Palmer (Team Florida) 10 Amanda Lawrence (CCBIVW) 11 Brenda Bahnson (IF/Wheelworks) 12 Brenda Nevins (Verizon / Cerrvelo) 13 Anna Milkowski (Gear Works/Spin Arts Cycling Team) 14 Hiroko Shimada (NA) 15 Lisa Maxwell (IF/Wheelworks) 16 Sheba Farrin (LSV / Trek / VW) 17 Leah Toffolon (Richard Sacks) 18 Katrina Davis (Richard Sachs Women's Team) 19 Leslie Ludtke (NHCC/Team New Hampshire) 20 Susan Maclean (Gear Works/Spin Arts Cycling Team) 21 Karena Paukulis (NEBC/Cycle Loft) 22 Mackenzie Dickey () 23 Dorothy Held (Dansko Wheelworks) 24 Michele Smith (IF/Wheelworks) 25 Katherine Farago (NEBC/Cycle Loft) Men Category 3 1 Chris Pile (Tokeneke Road Club) 2 David Rusnak (Gear Works/Spin Arts Cycling Team) 3 Michael Norton (Cyclonauts Racers) 4 Eric Marro (B.O.B. Skofield Builders) 5 Barry Greenberg (NEBC / Cycleloft) 6 Rhys Gibson (Quad Cycling/ABC) 7 Kirk Carlson (HNECC / Peerless) 8 John Gadron (Sepadra Cascaam) 9 Tim Clement (Dartmouth College) 10 Reid Savid (Team Florida) 11 William Dillon (Louis Garneau Racing) 12 Bradley Moran (Arc-en-Ciel Racing Team) 13 Michael Root (NCC / BikeReg.com) 14 Steven Hobson (Boston Bicycle Club/Community) 15 Jeffrey Lafrance (Bethel Cycle Sport) 16 Tom Coupe (Necsa / Upmc - Fuji) 17 Michael Cavros (AFD/OSVC) 18 Jeff Murray (Exposition Wheelmen) 19 Pete Petrillo (Bikeworks ) 20 Jonathan Ring (G.S. Velocite Bicycle Sport) 21 Oscar Purwin (NHCC/Team New Hampshire) 22 Ryan Fleming (NHCC/Team New Hampshire) 23 Ted Orofron (Benidorm / Createx) 24 EthanTBC Parsons (N.C.C) 25 Jonathan Baxendale (Bethel Cycle Sport) 26 Craig Labadie (Quad Cycling/ABC) 27 Richard Battaglia (Boston Road Club/ATA Cycles) 28 Mark Merolli (Team Bicycle Alley) 29 David Connery (Boston Bicycle Club/Community) 30 Massimiliano Accaputo (Exposition Wheelmen) 31 Matthew Domnarski (Cyclonauts Racers) 32 Gregory Hutchinson (Portland Velo Club) 33 Casey MacNiven (UPMC / NECSA) 34 Brian Plouffe (Powder Ridge Cycling Club) 35 Jake Hollenbach (UVM Cycling / Raleigh America) 36 David Potter (Bikeworks / Swansea Velo Club) 37 Ryan Larocque (Team Bicycle Alley) 38 Cameron Ciccone (U.P.M.C./NECSA/Fraysse) 39 TBC 40 Mitch Mendeires (A-F-D O-S-U-C) 41 Joe Rodrigues (Team Bicycle Alley) 42 Damien Colfer (NHCC/Team New Hampshire) 43 Chris Kueter (Boston Road Club/ATA Cycles) 44 Orion Berryman (Chiropractic/Papa Wheelies) Men Category 4 1 Jason Sears (Essex County Velo) 2 Shane Mulrooney 3 David Lapio (Providence Velo Club) 4 Malcolm Cooper (RISD cycling club (1)) 5 Kevin Yarde (N.C.C.) 6 Timothy Guilbeault (Providence Velo Club) 7 Brad Sheehan (NHCC/Team New Hampshire) 8 Corey Enck (unattached) 9 Sam Pickman (Castrma) 10 Christopher Brown (Cornner Cycle Club) 11 Charles Goldman (Portland Velo Club) 12 Jon Durham (Capital Velo Club/Pig Iron) 13 Matt Demeis 14 David Morse (Dartmouth Cycling) 15 Gregory Abbott (National Capital Velo Club/Edge Technologies) 16 Michael Passetto (BCA/Tosk) 17 Michael Hagans (Capital Velo Club/Pig Iron) 18 Geoffrey San Antonio (G.S. Velocite Bicycle Sport) 19 Matt Bodziony (Team Casterama) 20 Ian Everord (B2C) 21 Stan Jurga (Essex County Velo) 22 Robert Menendez (Squadra Casterama) 23 Zack Rice (Cox Communications Cycling Team) 24 David Parrillo (Providence Velo Clubs) 25 David Schachte (Providence Velo Club) 26 TBC 27 Stanley Lezon (Capital Velo Club/Pig Iron) 28 TBC 29 Christopher Adam (DreamBikes Cycling Club) 30 Benjamin Anderson (U.P.M.C./NECSA/Fraysse) 31 TBC 32 Neil Gussman (MainLine Cycling) 33 TBC 34 Owen Pope (UVM Cycling / Raleigh America) 35 Alan Antonelli (Squadra Casterama) 36 Stephen Weller (Mass Bay Road Club) 37 Richard Loring (AFD/OSVC) DQ Richard Geng (Berlin TOS) DQ Patrick Boster (Berlin TOS) Men Category 5 1 Thad Lavallee (Boston Road Club/ATA Cycles) 2 Charles Leach (Housatonic Wheel Club) 3 Christopher Parent (NCC / BikeReg.com) 4 Hunter Pronovost (Grouppo Sportivo Europeo) 5 Prire Gervez (NA) 6 Paolo Mion (CCB/Volkswagen) 7 TBC 8 Brad Buckley (NEBC/Cycle Loft) 9 Nathan Larkin (NCC / BikeReg.com) 10 Ian Gordon 11 Robert Oakes (NEBC/Cycle Loft) 12 Nicolas Avril (Unattached) 13 Jeffrey Darche (AFD/OSVC) 14 Bannon Williamson 15 Brian Wilson (NA) 16 Sean Capizzo (Squadra Casterama) 17 Bob Posey (Housatonic Wheel Club) 18 Adam Sullivan (Squadra Casterama) 19 Walter Lane (Cox Communications Cycling Team) 20 David Baxter (Providence Velo Club) 21 David Miller (NA) 22 Jay Mongillo (Durango Wheel Club) 23 Jason Cerullo (Squadra Casterama) 24 John Henebury, Jr. (Quad Cycling/ABC) 25 Seth Davis 26 Jeff Bousfield (Thread City Cyclers) Men Master 35+ 1 Bill Yabroudy (AFD/OSVC) 2 Todd Buckley (Arc-en-Ciel Racing Team) 3 Gene Petrella (Lite Bites/CCCF) 4 Michael Sullivan (B.O.B. Skofield Builders) 5 Mark Luzio (Arc-en-Ciel Racing Team) 6 Alan Potter (AFD/OSVC) 7 Robert Kramer (Mass Bay Road Club) 8 John Morgan (Belhel Cycle Sport) 9 Phil Hepburn (BBC) 10 William Holmes (Boston Road Club) 11 Stephen Gray (Bethal Cycle Sport) 12 Tyler Munroe (CCB/Volkswagen) 13 Michael Dameron (Cox Communications Cycling Team) 14 Randy Rusk (Arc-en-Ciel Racing Team) 15 Edward Richard (Boston Road Club/ATA Cycles) 16 Sam Morse (Mass Bay Road Club) 17 Rich Foley (Laurel Bicycle Club) 18 Tom Manion (CCB/Volkswagen) 19 Matthew Domnarski (Cyclonauts Racers) 20 Roman Paezka (Kissena) 21 Jonathan Babington (AFD/OSVC) 22 John Macleod (Arc-en-Ciel Racing Team) 23 James Walsh (Cox Communications Cycling Team) 24 David Taylor (Team Bicycle Alley) 25 Mark Doherty (Sunapee-Banagans Bike Club) 26 Paul Curley (Gear Works/Spin Arts Cycling Team) 27 Gary Culpepper 28 James Veliskakis (CCB/Volkswagen) 29 Derek Zisk (AFD/OSVC) 30 Steven Bonadio (NEBC/Cycle Loft) 31 David Uchenick (Arc-en-Ciel Racing Team) 32 Daune Skofield (B.O.B. Skofield Builders) 33 Bill Mark (Providence Velo Club)