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USA, August 3, 2003

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Marty muscles to major win

Nothstein struts his stuff on the street

By Tim Maloney, European editor In New York

Marty Nothstein (Navigators)
Photo ©: Jon Devich

With a tremendous rush, 2000 Olympic Sprint Gold Medalist Marty Nothstein (Navigators) powered to his biggest road victory ever by winning the second annual New York City Cycling Championship, Presented by BMC Software in the streets of lower Manhattan Sunday. Known more for his track accomplishments, Nothstein has worked hard on the 6-Day circuits and the road the last few years and today his efforts paid off.

A delighted Nothstein, pumping his arm in jubilation after the win, told WABC-TV afterwards, "I'll tell you what, we were out there a long time waiting for the last few laps. I had great teammates around me in the break today. For the Navigators Insurance pro cycling team, this was an important race for us and we came here to win."

In another chapter of the season-long battle for dominance of the American cycling scene, today's win was the biggest moment of the season for the Navigators squad since Henk Vogels took the Yellow Jersey of race leadership in the Tour of Georgia four months ago.

Nothstein had two teammates in the break in the New York race; Italian Siro Camponogara and Irishman Ciaran Power, who explained the Navigators winning strategy today to Cyclingnews post-race. "We were riding conservatively in the break today; we were concentrating on helping Marty, obviously, but we also had Oleg (Grishkine) and Vasilli (Davidenko) behind, so the last few laps we just tried to keep it together..."

The chase is on
Photo ©: Michael Lascarides

Third Place David Clinger was pretty happy with his finish, as he and his three TIAA-CREF teammates in the day's big break dominated much of the day's racing. "I was just sitting in at first, since I've never done the race before. With about 20 laps to go, Marty went off in that one move and we thought he'd be toast for the sprint so we didn't try to get away from him. Alex led me out and with 350 meters to go, Marty came up on the left, but he just kicked it and was gone. It was unbelievable...he just pulled away from us," explained Clinger after the race.

His teammate Danny Pate was the hero of the day, as the Prime Alliance squad was sponsored for the day by NY based investment fund TIAA-CREF. Pate once again showed his incredible talent and strength by towing the break around most of the day. "Danny was great today; he and Horner made that break stick," said Clinger.

Finally fourth today, freckle faced Chris Horner (Saturn) was clearly having a good time in the New York City Cycling Championship. He and Saturn teammate Viktor Rapinski, who was runner-up to Nothstein, were the only two Saturn men in the break but they made the most of the situation. "I was going for the sprint points today," explained Horner. "I figured that the sprinters would give me some leeway and it worked out...you've got to play the odds."

"Nothstein came from 10 guys back to win today. That's where his experience as a sprinter paid off. Viktor (Rapinski) started his sprint a little too early and came out of the last turn third wheel with no sprinters in front of him. That's too far to come back into the full-on headwind on the last straight."

How it unfolded

Tyler Hamilton
Photo ©: Jon Devich

On a muggy morning among the skyscraper canyons of lower Manhattan, Tour de France hero Tyler Hamilton was the official starter for the second edition of the NYCCC. Hamilton blew the air horn and the 104 riders went at it for a 50 lap, 100km criterium.

After only 10 laps, a large group got away and put the race on the shelf. In the break were Horner and Rapinski (Saturn), Cruz and Van de Velde (USPS-Berry Floor), Camponogara, Power and Nothstein (Navigators), Candelario, Peters, Pate and Clinger (TIAA-CREF), Fisher (Jelly Belly), Cyclingnews diarist John Lieswyn (7Up), Hamby and Larkin (OFoto-Lombardi), Sayers (HealthNet), Andrew Randell ( Jetfuel Coffee) and two ONCE-Eroski men fresh from the Tour De France, Azevedo and Alvaro Gonzalez de Galdeano. Larkin made the original move to start the break and once the big break got a 20" gap, they were gone for good.

Good weather for ducks
Photo ©: Michael Lascarides

Pate powered away lap after lap on the front while Horner and Larkin battled for sprint points. At the halfway mark after 50km, the speed was supersonic. The first 50km was covered in 1:01:33 thanks to Pate and Azevedo, who where the strong men on the day. The peloton was 48" behind, almost half a lap on the tight course and the desperately chasing HealthNet men were trying to bring it back together for Canadian sprinter Gord Fraser, who was stuck behind with last year's winner Ivan Dominguez.

With 20 laps to go, crafty Tony Cruz (USPS-Berry Floor) attacked off the front looking for some company and he got it pretty quickly. As Cruz was absorbed a lap later, big Marty Nothstein made an unexpected attack and got a gap. Cruz went again and was joined by Azevedo. The trio got a gap of 15" on the break and looked like they might have cracked the NYCCC wide open, but once TIAA-CREF got powerhouse Pate pounding away and Horner joined the chase, it was curtains for the attack.

With 12 laps to go, they came back together up front and with 10 laps to go, the break still had a margin of 30" on the flagging chasers. As the skies darkened above Wall Street and the first heavy drops of an afternoon thundershower blew in from the East River, Pate pounded on, keeping the pace high to discourage any breaks. Nothstein timed his sprint perfectly and won going away. Moments later, the skies opened up with a deluge, but nothing could dampen Marty's joy.


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  • Bicycles were everywhere in the vicinity of Water St.
  • The undercard for the headline race was the super-entertaining Bike Messenger Relay. This is, predictably, the last-place entry.
  • An ONCE rider leads an early lap.
  • Early breakaway action.
  • Close to the action.
  • An ONCE and a Saturn up front.
  • Right about here, a break of 25 riders got away and stayed away for the rest of the afternoon.
  • John Lieswyn of 7up, larger than life.
  • Danny Pate of Prime Alliance/TIAA-CREF moves to the fore. Pate was an absolute monster today, powering the break for laps at a time.
  • The break dives into the corner off the back straightaway.
  • A colorful bunch corners hard.
  • Danny Pate again, hammering.
  • OK, the action is starting to heat up. The peloton strings out, chasing the break.
  • Pate, once again.
  • A 7up leads a Sierra Nevada and a Jelly Belly. Ironic that all three of these teams are sponsored by things that professional cyclists can't eat or drink during the season.
  • With about 10 laps to go, Olympic track cycling gold medalist Marty Nothstein took off on a solo break.
  • US Postal's Tony Cruz bridged up to Nothstein with ONCE's Jose Azevedo and the three looked to have a nice gap...
  • ...but the chase group got closer on the next lap...
  • ...and the next. The 20-something chasers would duel it out in a sprint. Storm clouds were beginning to gather (the literal kind, as well as the figurative ones).
  • The pace quickened for the final laps.
  • The riders go faster still.
  • With about 5 laps to go, a huge gust of wind howled though the concrete canyon, toppling a 100-foot section of barricade, just missing the riders. Course marshals jumped out to right the barricade as the race sped on.
  • With raindrops beginning to fall, the sprint is on!
  • As the racers crossed the finish line, the skies just unleashed, sending fans scurrying into the cover of office buildings' porticoes.
  • Nothstein, after a DNF here last year, won the group sprint to take the race. His postrace interviews had to be conducted from the safety of an umbrella.

Images by Michael Doupe, working for RedRoseRaces.com

Images by Stephen Chang/www.metrosanchezracing.com


1 Marty Nothstein (USA) Navigators Cycling Team          2.05.42
2 Victor Rapinski (Blr) Saturn Cycling Team                     
3 David Clinger (USA) TIAA-CREF                                 
4 Chris Horner (USA) Saturn Cycling Team                        
5 Antonio Cruz (USA) US Postal presented by Berry Floor         
6 Siro Camponogara (Ita) Navigators Cycling Team                
7 Andrew Randell (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee                          
8 Alex Candelario (USA) TIAA-CREF                               
9 Russell Hamby (USA) Ofoto-Lombardi Sports                     
10 Michael Sayers (USA) Health Net Pro Cycling                  
11 Alvaro Gonzalez De Galdeano (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                
12 John Lieswyn (USA) 7UP-NutraFig                              
13 Adam Bergman (USA) Jelly Belly                               
14 Tim Larkin (USA) Ofoto-Lombardi Sports                   0.09
15 Danny Pate (USA) TIAA-CREF                               0.13
16 Jose Azevedo (Por) ONCE-Eroski                               
17 Ciaran Power (Irl) Navigators Cycling Team               0.45
18 Gordon Fraser (Can) Health Net Pro Cycling               1.01
19 Jonas Carney (USA) TIAA-CREF                                 
20 Ivan Dominguez (Cub) Saturn Cycling Team                     
21 Isidro Nozal (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                               
22 Nieko Biskner (USA) Sierra Nevada-Cannondale Cycling Team    
23 Tim Lefebvre (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee                           
24 Mark McCormack (USA) Saturn Cycling Team                     
25 Gustavo Artacho (Arg) Colavita Bolla                         
26 Phil Zajicek (USA) Saturn Cycling Team                       
27 Kevin Monahan (USA) 7UP-NutraFig                             
28 Chad Hartley (USA) Jittery Joe's Coffee                      
29 Robbie Ventura (USA) US Postal presented by Berry Floor      
30 Eneas Freyre (USA) Lemond Fitness-Cra-Z Soap                 
31 Cameron Hughes (Aus) Lemond Fitness-Cra-Z Soap               
32 Jackson Stewart (USA) Ofoto-Lombardi Sports              1.20
33 Ben Brooks (Aus) Jelly Belly                                 
34 Erik Saunders (USA) Ofoto-Lombardi Sports                    
35 Charles Dionne (Can) Saturn Cycling Team                     
36 Paul Martin (USA) West Virginia Cycling Team                 
37 Joe Guiliano (USA) Italy                                     
38 Gregory Wolf (USA) Colavita Bolla                        1.35
39 Vassili Davidenko (Rus) Navigators Cycling Team              
40 Uros Murn (Slo) Formaggi Trentini                        1.46
41 Damon Kluck (USA) US Postal presented by Berry Floor     1.50
42 Peter Lopinto (USA) Ofoto-Lombardi Sports                2.24
Series standings after 4 races
1 Julian Dean (NZl) CSC                              130 pts
2 Uros Murn (Slo) Fromaggi Pinzolo                    94
3 Stefano Zanini (Ita) Saeco                          83
4 Mark McCormack (USA) Saturn                         76
5 Victor Rapinski (Blr) Saturn                        76
6 David Clinger (USA) Prime Alliance/TIAA-CREF        64
7 Jacob Piil (Den) CSC                                60
8 Marty Nothstein (USA) Navigators                    60
9 Chris Horner (USA) Saturn                           53
10 Oleg Grishkine (Rus) Navigators                    50
11 Max Van Heeswijk (Bel) US Postal                   39
12 John Lieswyn (USA) 7-UP Maxxis                     37
13 Henk Vogels (Aus) Navigators                       32
14 Matthew White (Aus) US Postal                      30
15 Antonio Cruz (USA) US Postal                       29
16 Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Fromaggi Pinzolo           28
17 Mike Sayers (Can) Health Net                       28
18 Alex Candelario (USA) Prime Alliance /TIAA-CREF    28
19 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Vini Caldirola                26
20 Kevin Monahan (USA) 7-UP Maxxis                    26