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Wachovia Classic - June 5: Trenton, NJ, 146km - 14 laps of 10.5km

Dean dashes to Trenton win

CSC goes two for two at Wachovia Cycling Series

By Tim Maloney in Trenton, New Jersey

Julian Dean gets another for CSC
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CSC's Julian Dean sprinted to a brilliant win at the Wachovia Series Trenton race today while the Kiwi and his powerful CSC squad continued to dominate the second round of the three race series.

It's been a long road back for the talented 28 year old Dean, who won at Trenton while on USPS in 2001. After changing teams over the winter in 2001, Dean broke his leg in a training crash early in 2002 and today's breakthrough win was the welcome end of a long road back for the New Zealand sprinter. "It was a good effort by the team", Dean told Cyclingnews on the way to the podium. "They pulled back the breakaway at the end and I then took my responsibility and could reward them for their effort with a win. It's been a pretty dry spell, you know. I've been a quite while without a victory; a lot of top threes but now I've cracked a victory," said the delighted Dean.

Top three
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"I felt good all day today; I had good form and felt good on Tuesday (Dean was third at Wachovia-Lancaster)…I knew I was strong and was going to be good in the sprint." Dean played his cards perfectly in Trenton, as an aggressive Chris Horner led out of the last right hand corner onto State Street, but CSC positioned Dean perfectly on the wheel of big Lars Michaelsen for the win.

Dean's CSC teammate Geert Van Bondt told Cyclingnews, "We put our seven guys on the front and we thought we were very good today. After Tuesday, we also knew Julian was very good and now he's showed he's the best sprinter here." Van Bondt, a winner of Gent-Wevelgem explained CSC's strategy, saying, "This race is a matter of attacking, attacking and you have to either have someone in the break or with the last break, we had no one so to take the responsibility to chase them down."

With two out of two now at Wachovia Cycling Series and with team boss Bjarne Riis in town to show off his CSC powerhouse squad to the home office of Computer Services Corporation, Van Bondt was positive. "So far so good and since Sunday is the most important race, let's hope we can make it three for three."

CSC in control
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Navigator's Russian champ Oleg Grishkine, runner up today seemed perplexed by Dean's turn of speed in the last 200 meters. "I went first but he was really strong! He passed me easy. Maybe I don't have enough speed. I'm on the podium again so I can just try again next year."

Grishkine's teammate Henk Vogels told Cyclingnews, "I had bronchitis on the plane over here from Australia last week. I was hacking and coughing and just felt lousy the last two races. It's always hard here. I reckon that Trenton is even harder than Philly because you're always on the pedals; Philly's just one hill ten times. But our guy was second today so we're pretty happy and Julian Dean is just flying now. Sunday's the big one and two days rest can do me wonders."

Fast Freddy Rodriguez was positive even though he finished just off the podium. "Today was nice for me," the Vini Caldirola rider said. "One thing was that my legs felt really good today. Trenton is a race that's usually won by a fast man with a little luck and a good team. CSC did the job perfectly today. I was trying to play off CSC and just got caught in the wrong spot at the wrong time in the last 300 meters. There was a crash in the last 2km that my teammates got caught behind so had to fend for myself at the end, but all in all, I'm happy that my legs are good since this is only my second race since Georgia in April." With his fourth place today, Rodriguez showed he has the legs to capture his third USPRO title on Sunday.

Late break
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Rodriguez's main competition for the stars and stripes pro jersey could be from Chris Horner (Saturn), who animated the day's only escape with two and a half laps to go. "Tactically CSC rode a good race and they won today; they have an incredibly strong team. We had some communication gaps happening there with some of our guys and it may or many not have cost us the race. But my form is getting a little bit better; not fantastic. I'm doing it on experience now, just knowing where to be."

With the pace of today's race around 50km/hr, few breaks stood a chance, until two-and-a-half laps to go, when Massimiliano Mori (Formaggi Pinzolo Fiave' ) attacked through the feed zone in Cadwallader Park and was joined by six others, including Saeco's Astarloa, USPS powerhouse Benoit Joachim, Horner and Prime Alliance's Dave Clinger. Although the break got a 30 second gap with two laps to go, Navigator's newly crowned US TT champ Chris Baldwin wasn't working and this, combined with huge pulls by CSC's Andrea Tafi behind doomed the move to oblivion with a little more than one lap to go.

When the others sat up, Horner kept going and his arch-rival Clinger covered the move, but the red and white CSC train was just too much. It was a special delivery sprint for CSC, who put the right man Dean in the right place again. "I've won Trenton the last two times I've been here so maybe it is the perfect race for me," said Dean. "It has been a very rewarding week so far for CSC and we really want to show America what a great team we are."


Images by Jonathan Devich/www.wachoviacycling.com

Image by Kristy Scrymgeour/Cyclingnews.com

  • The podium (L-R): Oleg Grishkine (Navigators, 2nd), Julian Dean (CSC, 1st) and Victor Rapinski (Saturn, 3rd)

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Results - 146 km

1 Julian Dean (NZl) Team CSC                                    2.55.49 (49.82 km/h)
2 Oleg Grishkine (Rus) Navigators Cycling Team 
3 Viktor Rapinski (Blr) Saturn Cycling Team
4 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Sidermec
5 Lars Michaelsen (Den) Team CSC
6 Charles Dionne (Can) Saturn Cycling Team
7 Mariano Friedick (USA) Jelly Belly
8 Oscar Pineda (Gua) 7UP / Maxxis
9 Uros Murn (Slo) Formaggi Pinzolo Fiavé
10 Henk Vogels (Aus) Navigators Cycling Team 
11 Gregory Henderson (NZl) 7UP / Maxxis
12 Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Sidermec
13 Antonio Bucciero (Ita) Team Saeco
14 Antonio Cruz (USA) US Postal presented by Berry Floor
15 Jackson Stewart (USA) Ofoto-Lombardi Sports
16 Chris Horner (USA) Saturn Cycling Team
17 Russell Hamby (USA) Ofoto-Lombardi Sports
18 Stefano Zanini (Ita) Team Saeco
19 Kevin Monahan (USA) 7UP / Maxxis
20 Nathan Russell (Aus) Colavita Bolla
21 John Lieswyn (USA) 7UP / Maxxis
22 Kazimierz Stafiej (Pol) Mroz
23 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Flanders-IteamNova.com 
24 Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Formaggi Pinzolo Fiavé
25 Todd Littlehales (USA) Sierra Nevada-Clif Bar
26 Christopher Pic (USA) 7UP / Maxxis
27 Marco Gili (Ita) Sidermec
28 Jonathon Page (USA) Prime Alliance Cycling Team
29 Chann McRae (USA) Schroeder Iron Cycling Team
30 Mark McCormack (USA) Saturn Cycling Team
31 Michael Barry (Can) US Postal presented by Berry Floor
32 David Clinger (USA) Prime Alliance Cycling Team
33 Simon Kessler (RSA) Sportsbook.com                              0.05
34 Kirk Albers (USA) Jelly Belly
35 Simone Masciarelli (Ita) Sidermec
36 Paul Martin (USA) West Virginia
37 Erik Saunders (USA) Ofoto-Lombardi Sports
38 Tristan Hoffman (Ned) Team CSC
39 Pietro Zucconi (Swi) Sidermec
40 Jacob Erker (Can) Schroeder Iron Cycling Team
41 Brent Dawson (Aus) Jelly Belly
42 Martin Wayne Nothstein (USA) Navigators Cycling Team 
43 Cameron Hughes (Aus) Schroeder iron
44 Chris Wherry (USA) Navigators Cycling Team 
45 Robbie Ventura (USA) US Postal presented by Berry Floor
46 Andrew Crater (USA) Lemond Fitness-Blender
47 Christian Vandevelde (USA) US Postal presented by Berry Floor
48 Trent Klasna (USA) Saturn Cycling Team
49 Keith Horowitz (USA) Ofoto
50 Jonathan Sundt (USA) Jittery Joe's Cycling Team
51 Brice Jones (USA) 7UP / Maxxis                 0.16
52 Peter Lopinto (USA) Ofoto-Lombardi Sports
53 Kenny Labbe (USA) US Postal presented by Berry Floor
54 Gustavo Artacho (Arg) Colavita Bolla
55 Andrea Tafi (Ita) Team CSC
56 Eric Wohlberg (Can) Saturn Cycling Team
57 Dominique Perras (Can) Flanders-IteamNova.com 
58 Matt Dubberley (USA) Sierra Nevada-Clif Bar
59 Juan Fuentes Angullo (Spa) Team Saeco                           0.24
60 John Kelly (USA) Webcor Cycling Team
61 David Wenger (USA) West Virginia Cycling Team
62 David Wyandt (USA) Webcor Cycling Team
63 Andrea Masciarelli (Ita) Sidermec
64 Chris Fisher (USA) Jelly Belly
65 Jeff Louder (USA) Navigators Cycling Team 
66 Benoît Joachim (Lux) US Postal presented by Berry Floor
67 Domenico Gualdi (Ita) Formaggi Pinzolo Fiavé
68 Adam Livingston (USA) Schroeder Iron Cycling Team
69 Ivan Dominguez (Cub) Saturn Cycling Team
70 Jimmi Madsen (Den) Team CSC

Past Winners

2002 Gord Fraser (Can) Mercury                           1.45.08
2001 Julian Dean (NZl) US Postal Service
2000 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Mapei-Quick Step  147.5 kms in 3.04.16 (47.00 km/h)
1999 George Hincapie (USA) US Postal        146.5 kms in 3.07.07
1998 Jan Svorada (Cze) Mapei-Bricobi        150.0 kms in 2.50.14
1999 Jay Sweet (Aus) ZVVZ-Giant-AIS

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