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First Union Series news for May 14, 2002

20 teams entered for First Union Classic

The 14th First Union Classic in Trenton, NJ on June 6 will feature a record 20 professional cycling teams on the starting roster. Three Belgian, three Italian, one Polish, one Australian, one Canadian and eleven American teams with riders from 22 different nationalities will compete in this truly international race.

"Previously, the First Union Classic had fielded 17 teams so expanding to 20 shows tremendous growth for the race," said Robin Morton, First Union Cycling Series Technical Director.

The 2000 and 1999 First Union Classic champs, Fred Rodriguez and George Hincapie, are expected to race. If either wins it would mark the first time in race history that a rider has been a repeat winner. Julian Dean, the 2001 defending champion, is unable to ride this year after a crash during a race earlier in the year ended his 2002 season.

The First Union Classic is the second of the four professional races in the 2002 First Union Cycling Series. The First Union Invitational in Lancaster, PA is on June 4, the First Union Liberty Classic in Philadelphia (for women) and the First Union USPRO Championship (the national road cycling championship for men) in Philadelphia are both held on June 9.