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Wachovia Cycling Series

USA, June 1-6, 2004

Results     Past winners

Wachovia Classic - June 3: Trenton, NJ, 146km - 14 laps of 6.5 miles, 91 miles/147 km

Rodriguez makes it two in Trenton, Fraser just misses

By Mark Zalewski in Trenton, NJ

Freddy Rodriguez (Aqua & Sapone)
Photo ©: Jon Devich

Fred Rodriguez (Acqua y Sapone - Caffe Mokambo) kept his sprinting form on track today on the other side of the Atlantic, beating Canadian Gord Fraser (Health Net/Maxxis) in a powerful field sprint to take the second race in the 2004 Wachovia Cycling Series.

Rodriguez hasn't had the easiest time so far in this year's series. In Tuesday's race in Lancaster, he suffered from stomach problems. "We just had some food poisoning," said Rodriguez. "I'm so used to eating pasta! It was just hotel food -- but combined with the flight and a fast race -- it caused some stomach cramps. " Then in today's race, his seat gave him more problems. "My seat height was too low on the trainer, so we set it higher. Then it was too high, so I was trying to fix it in the race." Rodriguez spent the first laps of the race either hanging on to the team car with a mechanic making adjustments, or Rodriguez getting off the bike completely (twice) on top of the feed climb and then chasing back on to the field.

But in the end, nothing was going to stop Fast Freddy from taking a field sprint, not even a hard charging Gord Fraser. "He obviously has good form -- he's sick on Tuesday and has problems today but still finds a way to win," Fraser said about the final sprint. "That's the mark of a true champion and true sprinter. He doesn't let adversity get to him, and his team did a good job for him too."

How it Unfolded

The race gets under way.
Photo ©: Jon Devich

On a flat and fast course that many call the fastest circuit they have ever seen, people joke about breakaways. But for smaller domestic teams that are trying to make their presence known on the racing scene, a breakaway is about the only way to do it. So on the first lap of the 6.5 mile course, Jonny Sundt (Jittery Joe's Coffee), Nicklaus Kiernan (Shaper Image/Mathis Brothers) and David McCook (McGuire) took off. The trio held nearly thirty seconds on the field at one point, until a chase group of three more riders formed, consisting of Piotr Chmielewski (Action/ATI), Scott Zwizanski (Ofoto) and Mike Sayers (Health Net/Maxxis).

The leading trio waited for the fresh legs to join them and continued on, while the field sat content. The group of six gained more than a minute on the field when three more riders made a jump. Ernesto Lechuga (Jelly Belly-Aramark), Siro Camponogara (Navigators) and Chris Horner (Webcor). However, having Chris Horner anywhere up the road is like a signal flare to the peloton to turn on the juice -- just as CSC and Health Net proceeded to do -- dooming the breakaway.

After a short time on the front, CSC and US Postal made it one happy family again. Only the speed was so high that the field strung out... and strung out some more... until a group of more than twenty riders came around the bend seemingly as another break -- when in fact it was just the high speed causing the field to shatter into pieces. It took another half-lap for the pieces to come back together.

Michael Barry (USPS)
Photo ©: Jon Devich

On the field hill, Hoop/ CCC Polstat rider Rodoslaw Romanik attacked and longtime American rider John Lieswyn went with him second nature. "The Polish guy went off on the feed hill and I just kind of instinctually went with it," explained Lieswyn. "When I looked back we had a huge gap. I was almost like, 'This is a loooong way to go for just two guys,' but I was like maybe if it gets to three minutes... because the gap went up quick."

The pair stayed away for the majority of the remaining laps, with Lieswyn racking up points in the sprint category. Then the gap began to fall when CSC got on the front. "But when it held at a minute and a half I knew we were done for. When CSC started, that is when the race started and it was very hard and very fast."

Lieswyn and Romanik were being sucked back into the field when the Health Net rider surged ahead to gain a few more sprint points -- and Jelly Belly's Ernesto Lechuga went with him. "I just went to the front, and got a little gap -- caught up to Lieswyn and I thought, 'What am I doing up here!' The field just let up and we got away."

"I was trying to stay away for the points," said Lieswyn. "I'm not sure if Ernesto knew what I was trying to do. I certainly wasn't trying to say, 'Never say die!' because I knew they were coming back. But if I stayed away a little longer I could ensure the sprint points." The unlikely duo managed to breath a little more life into the break -- just enough to get a few more points.

Mark McCormack (Colavita Olive Oil)
Photo ©: Jon Devich

Into Caldawader Park on one of the ensuing laps, American Tim Johnson, Suanier-Duval's leader for Sunday's USPRO Championship, ended up on the ground. "It was just a 10/kph crash," Johnson explained. But serious enough to end his day -- and a foreshadow of problems to come.

Entering the final lap, the stage was set for the usual Trenton field sprint. Into the park for the last time, the much quicker-moving peloton suffered another crash, this time involving Ofoto's Scott Zwizanski. But the head of the pack, containing the sprinters, remained unaffected.

Passing the start/finish in the opposite direction for the final time, many teams were present at the front, including Navigators, Health Net, Jelly Belly and Rodriguez's Aqua & Sapone/Caffe Mokambo team. Coming back into the setting sun, the field swept around the bending course at 500 meters. "[My team] tried to keep the speed up on the last couple of laps for me," Rodriguez said.

"I was on Lars' wheel and I was hoping he would jump [Rodriguez]," said second place Gord Fraser. "But by the time I started I had left it too late, just like in Arlington [Clarendon Cup]. I had a lot of speed on him, but just left it too late -- same ($%#^) thing."

Fast Freddy raised his arms in victory just ahead of the line at forty-plus miles per hour, knowing he had the win (even if by mere inches.)

Even though Fraser had less of a lead-out than ususal, with Lieswyn spent from a long breakaway, he summed up his feelings over the last couple of races. "I've got to make my own luck. I've been relying on the other sprinters in the last two races, and when you do that sometimes you lose. And I've been losing way too close -- it's really frustrating. When I make mistakes against a guy like that, I'm going to pay for it."

Fast Freddy
Photo ©: Jon Devich

Rodriguez summed up his chances this weekend, "I believe that my legs are strong [ for Sunday]."


Images by Jon Devich/www.epicimages.us

Images by Mark Zalewski/Cyclingnews.com

Results, 91 miles/147 km

1 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Acqua e Sapone - Caffe Mokambo     3.00.03
2 Gordon Fraser (Can) Health Netpresented by Maxxis
3 Lars Michaelsen (Den) Team CSC
4 Alberto Loddo (Ita) Prodir Saunier Duval
5 Benjamin Brooks (Aus) Jelly Belly / Aramark
6 Michael Barry (Can) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor
7 Jonas Carney (USA) Jelly Belly / Aramark
8 Antonio Cruz (USA) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor
9 Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Colavita Olive Oil
10 Joroslaw Zarebski (Pol) Hoop CCC - Polsat
11 Plamen Stoyanov (Bul) Hoop CCC - Polsat
12 Adam Wadecki (Pol) Action ATI
13 Dennis Kraft (Ger) Action ATI
14 Charles Dionne (Can) Webcor Cycling Team
15 Francisco Jose Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Prodir Saunier Duval
16 Dan Schmatz (USA) Health Netpresented by Maxxis
17 Chad Hartley (USA) Jittery Joe's Coffee
18 Kazimierz Stafiej (Pol) Action ATI
19 Denis Bertolini (Ita) Acqua e Sapone - Caffe Mokambo
20 Jason Waddell (USA) Sharper Image-Mathis Bros.
21 Russell Hamby (USA) Sierra Nevada Cycling
22 Caleb Manion (Aus) Jelly Belly / Aramark
23 Chris Horner (USA) Webcor Cycling Team
24 Max van Heeswijk (Ned) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor
25 David McCook (USA) McGuire Pro Cycling
26 Alex Candelario (USA) Jelly Belly / Aramark
27 Damon Kluck (USA) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor
28 Jakob Erker (Can) Team Seasilver
29 Marty Nothstein (USA) Navigators Insurance
30 Brice Jones (USA) Health Netpresented by Maxxis
31 Jonathan Page (USA) Hoop CCC - Polsat
32 Jason Bausch (USA) Ofoto
33 Thomas Bruun Eriksen (Den) Team CSC
34 Mark McCormack (USA) Colavita Olive Oil
35 Dominique Perras (Can) Ofoto
36 Gordon McCauley (NZl) Team Monex
37 Peter LoPinto (USA) Ofoto
38 Tim Larkin (USA) Ofoto
39 Jimmi Madsen (Den) Team CSC
40 Chris Wherry (USA) Health Netpresented by Maxxis
41 Matt Dubberley (USA) Sierra Nevada Cycling
42 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC
43 Frank Hoj (Den) Team CSC
44 Josh Goodwin (USA) Team Monex
45 Ivan Dominguez (Cub) Colavita Olive Oil
46 Jonathan Sundt (USA) Jittery Joe's Coffee
47 Imanol Ayestaran Odriozola (Spa) Webcor Cycling Team
48 Geuennadi Mikhailov (Rus) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor
49 Viktor Rapinski (Blr) Navigators Insurance
50 Arkadiuisz Wojtas (Pol) Hoop CCC - Polsat
51 Eric Wohlberg (Can) Sierra Nevada Cycling
52 Kyle Gritters (USA) Team Monex
53 Ben Jaques-Maynes (USA) Sierra Nevada Cycling
54 Mike Sayers (USA) Health Netpresented by Maxxis
55 Henk Vogels (Aus) Navigators Insurance
56 Piotr Chimielewski (Pol) Action ATI
57 Robbie Ventura (USA) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor
58 Cameron Huges (Aus) Subway Express
59 Matthew Gilbert (NZl) Team Monex
60 David Richter (USA) Subway Express
61 Giosue Bonomi (Ita) Saeco                                 0.23
62 Gabriele Balducci (Ita) Saeco
63 Jacob Rosenbarger (USA) Jittery Joe's Coffee
64 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Acqua e Sapone - Caffe Mokambo
65 Adam Bergman (USA) Jelly Belly / Aramark
66 Eugen Wacker (Kgz) Action ATI
67 David Loosli (Swi) Saeco
68 Jason Klikna (USA) Sierra Nevada Cycling
69 Jon Erdeyli (USA) Ofoto
70 John Lieswyn (USA) Health Netpresented by Maxxis
71 Neil Shirley (USA) Team Seasilver
72 James Mattis (USA) Webcor Cycling Team
73 Michael Creed (USA) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor
74 Vassili Davidenko (Rus) Navigators Insurance
75 Omer KEM (USA) Subway Express
76 John Hygelund (USA) Sierra Nevada Cycling
77 Michael Jones (NZl) Health Netpresented by Maxxis
78 Glen Mitchell (NZl) Sierra Nevada Cycling
79 Siro Camponogara (Ita) Navigators Insurance
80 Adam Hodges Myerson (USA) Sharper Image-Mathis Bros.
81 Christopher Pic (USA) Jittery Joe's Coffee
82 Tristan Hoffman (Ned) Team CSC
83 Alessandro Donati (Ita) Acqua e Sapone - Caffe Mokambo    0.35
84 Manuele Mori (Ita) Prodir Saunier Duval
85 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Prodir Saunier Duval
86 Paul Ellis (USA) Jelly Belly / Aramark                    0.41
87 Mike Taylor (USA) McGuire Pro Cycling
88 Davide Frattini (Ita) Team Monex
89 David Zabriskie (USA) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor
90 Gustavo Artacho (Arg) Colavita Olive Oil
91 Jakob Piil (Den) Team CSC
92 Kirk Albers (USA) Jelly Belly / Aramark                   0.46
93 Ciaran Power (Irl) Navigators Insurance                   0.51
94 Bo Hamburger (Den) Acqua e Sapone - Caffe Mokambo         1.03
95 David Mc Kenzie (Aus) Navigators Insurance                1.42
96 Devon Vigus (USA) McGuire Pro Cycling                     1.57
97 Justin England (USA) Webcor Cycling Team
98 John Kelly (USA) Webcor Cycling Team
99 Karl Bordine (USA) Team Monex                             2.59
DNF Emil Abraham (Tri) Team Monex
DNF Andy Bajadali (USA) Ofoto
DNF Colin Beardsley (USA) McGuire Pro Cycling
DNF Antonio Bucciero (Ita) Saeco
DNF Patrick CARRO (USA) Team Monex
DNF Steven Cate (USA) Sharper Image-Mathis Bros.
DNF Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Prodir Saunier Duval
DNF Nathaniel Cornelius (USA) Subway Express
DNF Jamiel Danesh (USA) McGuire Pro Cycling
DNF Drew Deters (USA) Team Seasilver
DNF Patrick Dunaway (USA) McGuire Pro Cycling
DNF Chris Foster (USA) Subway Express
DNF Will Frischkorn (USA) Colavita Olive Oil
DNF Juan Fuentes Angullo (Spa) Saeco
DNF Angel Gomez (Spa) Prodir Saunier Duval
DNF Juan Gomis Lopez (Spa) Prodir Saunier Duval
DNF Cesar Augusto Grajales (Col) Jittery Joe's Coffee
DNF Ben Haldeman (USA) Webcor Cycling Team
DNF Greg Henderson (NZl) Health Netpresented by Maxxis
DNF Todd Herriott (Arg) Colavita Olive Oil
DNF Mike House (USA) Sharper Image-Mathis Bros.
DNF Tim Johnson (USA) Prodir Saunier Duval
DNF Michael Kehrberg (USA) Subway Express
DNF Michael Kehrberg (USA) Subway Express
DNF Nicklaus Kiernan (USA) Sharper Image-Mathis Bros.
DNF Roman Kilun (USA) McGuire Pro Cycling
DNF Trent Klasna (USA) Sierra Nevada Cycling
DNF Peter Knudsen (USA) Team Seasilver
DNF Seweryn Kohut (Pol) Hoop CCC - Polsat
DNF Michael Lange (USA) Sharper Image-Mathis Bros.
DNF Jesse Lawler (USA) Jittery Joe's Coffee
DNF Ernesto Lechuga (Mex) Jelly Belly / Aramark
DNF Adam Livingston (USA) Team Seasilver
DNF Ruggero Marzoli (Ita) Acqua e Sapone - Caffe Mokambo
DNF Remi McManus (USA) Subway Express
DNF Kirk O'Bee (USA) Navigators Insurance
DNF Daniel Ramsey (USA) Team Seasilver
DNF Rodoslaw Romanik (Pol) Hoop CCC - Polsat
DNF Matt Sadauckas (USA) Team Seasilver
DNF Erik Saunders (USA) Ofoto
DNF Brian Sheedy (USA) Team Seasilver
DNF Benn Stafford (USA) Webcor Cycling Team
DNF Matthew Svatek (USA) Sharper Image-Mathis Bros.
DNF David Wenger (USA) Sharper Image-Mathis Bros.
DNF Robbie Yost (USA) Subway Express
DNF Scott Zwizanski (USA) Ofoto

Past Winners

2003 Julian Dean (NZl) Team CSC             146.0 kms in 2.55.49 (49.82 km/h)
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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