Wachovia Cycling Series
USA, May 31-June 5, 2005
Results & report
Lancaster - May 31: Lancaster, PA, 147km
Complete live report
Commentary by Kristy Scrymgeour, with additional reporting from Mark Zalewski
Welcome to the live coverage of the
first race the Wachovia Cycling Series. Today’s race is called the Wachovia
Invitational. It will be raced through the streets and Central Park of Lancaster,
Pennsylvania and covers 13 laps of a 7-mile circuit for a total of 91 miles/147km.
The course begins on Queen Street before heading onto Duke Street, continuing
along Williamson and Rockford Road, passing the "Feed Zone" in Central Park
before returning to the start/finish on Queen Street. The challenging course
is deceptively tricky as it winds through Lancaster with many short sharp hills
and tight turns.
Defending Champion, Max Vanheeswijk (Discovery)
is on the start list. He won last year in a late move with half a lap to go
in the race. He caught and passed Bobby Julich who looked set to win solo. He
made it to the line nine seconds ahead of the chasing bunch.
Riders are on the start line now as
they do the call up. The race will start in a minute or so. Its a nice day,
perhaps a little warm for a bike race, especially for the Euro's. Right now
the temperature is in the low 80's but it may drop as the evening goes on. No
chance of a thunder storm like last year, by the look of it. The crowds are
already big here. Usually the race attracts about 15,000 people.
16:33 EDT 2km/143.6km to go
The race is underway
and right from the gun Bobby Julich stretched his legs and made a bit of an
attack. He took a few riders with him. A Subway rider, Health Net and McGuire.
They have 20 meters on the bunch.
The bunch is strung out now and the
break has been caught. Was just a little move from Bobby to warm up his legs.
The riders are going through a park
right now. The roads are very windy and technical and the KOM sprint is within
the Park. Over the KOM the descent is also technical and at the bottom there
is a hard turn. If you overshoot the turn there is a convenient river that you
can land in. In the past a few riders have overshot this turn and almost taken
a dive into the water. The field is strung out now on the twisty roads.
Each time they go through the park
they have a KOM sprint. Also within the park is the feed zone.
16:40 EDT 6km/139.6km to go
Stefano Barberi (TIAA
CREF) has attacked on the flat section and has a ten second gap. He contends
with a few tight turns through the neighbourhoods where the kids have their
chairs out in the front yards watching the race go by.
Barberi has been caught and another
TIAA CREF rider attacks. He is quickly caught and Monex counters. He takes a
few riders with him including CSC, Discovery, and Advantage Benefits/Endeavour.
The bunch is strung out though, not
wanting to let this go and they are quickly caught as they descend a short hill.
Another counter now with 11 riders
off the front. TIAA Cref is up there, Kodak Gallery...
Alot of turns now
and its all back together as they near the start finish line. Its single file
as they go around a small round-a-bout.
16:49 EDT 11km/134.6km to go
Three riders are
attacking through the start/finish line. 12 laps to go now.
up with John Lieswyn before the race who has done this many times. He said its
usually a bit of a race of attrition but this year a lot of older riders are
here who have raced this before and he's hoping that they might be able to get
a larger group up the road early.
The three riders now have ten seconds
on the field. They are Russell Downing (MG-Power-Litespeed), Doug Ollerenshaw
(Health Net/Maxxis) and Richard England (Advantage Benefits/Endeavour). They
are heading out on the flat straight section of road leading up to the climb.
16:53 EDT 16km/129.6km to go
On the KOM they
have increased their gap to 20 seconds. They are now just crossing the river
after the descent, 10 miles into the race.
Other former winners of this race
are Frankie Andreiu, Jakob Piil, Chris Horner, David Clinger and Trent Klasna
to name a few. Of those Chris Horner is on the start line for his first race
back after breaking his hip in Europe. Cyclingnews caught up with him on the
start line. After having three weeks off the bike, he says he feels a lot better
that his first race back is in the US.
CSC and Colavita are on the front
of the peloton now. There is a bit of a climb after the descent which took the
spring out of the break a little. Their gap is now down to 15 seconds, but holding
for the moment.
Downing took the KOM points from Ollerenshaw and
There is an attack out of the field
now. It is Ruben Lobato (Saunier Duval/Prodir). He has ten seconds on the bunch
and trails the break by ten.
17:04 EDT 23km/122.6km to go
Lobato didn't make
it and has been caught by the bunch. The three leaders have increased their
gap to 35 seconds as they go through the start/finish line with 11 laps to go.
The average speed so far is 25m/h (40km/h).
As the break goes up the climb, which
is very narrow and twisty, they have increased their lead to 40seconds. Behind
the field is curb to curb, not in too much of a hurry.
We talked to Kirk Albers (Jelly Belly)
on the start line, who says his team thinks this race is one of the hardest
of the season.
17:09 EDT 26km/119.6km to go
As the riders exit
the park, the gap is down slightly to 35". Downing took the KOM again as they
went over in the same order as last time.
Ollerenshaw taking his turn on the
front now. The three are working well together as they go over the short rise
on Hershey Ave. They have increased their lead again to 52 seconds.
17:21 EDT 34km/111.6km to go
We have passed the
finish line with the lap board reading 10 laps to go. The gap in increaing slightly
and the Health Net team car is requesting permission to go up to the break.
Back in the field Lampre and Webcor are on the front but there is no urgent
chase at the moment.
Deniele Colli (Liquigas) has attacked
out of the peloton on the climb and has about ten seconds on the field. The
three riders went over the KOM in the same order again. They must have made
some sort of agreement there. Downing followed by Ollerenshaw and England. The
gap is coming down a bit. Its now 40 second and Colli has been caught.
17:28 EDT 37km/108.6km to go
Break has gone up
to 50 seconds again.
Columbian Carlos Vargas (Monex) has
attacked off the front and has a ten second gap, 40 seconds behind the break,
who are still working together. Vargas rode very well last year at Super Week
battling it out with Harm Jansen. This year he rides for Monex.
17:38 EDT 48km/97.6km to go
Ryan Dewald (Snow
Valley) has attacked out of the bunch now. Vargas still hanging out there. The
gap from the break to the main field is 52 seconds. The last time they went
through the finish line they saw nine laps to go.
Snow Valley has one of their biggest
results yesterday at the Tour of Somerville, with Kyle Wamsley taking his first
ever NRC win.
So far Richard England (Advantage
Benefits/Endeavour) is winning the sprint competition and Russell Downing (MG-Power-Litespeed)
is winning the KOM comp.
Dewald has been caught already but
Vargas is still out there 20 seconds behind the leading trio. The bunch is at
17:48 EDT 51km/94.6km to go
The riders in the
field are out of the saddle right now, going up a few small rises as they head
back towards town. The break is still working very well and the gaps are holding.
Vargas is also powering away solo, not making that much of an impression on
the break but also not losing any time to the peloton at this point.
We spoke to Roger Hammond (Discovery)
on the start line who has had a "disappointing" spring. He is recovering from
a crash where he hurt his ankle. He has decided that he can now concentrate
on the second half of the season now with his eye on the World Championships.
17:53 EDT 53km/92.6km to go
We are going through
the finish line with eight laps to go. So far the riders have been doing 16
minute laps. The break has a 1 minute lead now and Vargas is falling behind
a little, now sitting 30 seconds back.
Vargas has all of a sudden made up
some time on the break and is getting close to them as they approach the climb
in the park. He is 15" off them now. There is another 45" to the field now.
Back in the caravan, the Aerospace Engineering team car had to pull out of the
caravan to go and get gas! Perhaps they'll pick up some slurpies for the rest
of the team DS's whilst they're there.
The break looks behind to see Vargas
coming and they sit up a little to wait for him. The more man power the better
at this point.
For those of you wondering how we
got "Hindenberg IV" across the Atlantic so quickly after the Giro? Yes, we did
get our hands on an unusually large supply of CO2 and water vapor and were able
to launch ourselves over here in record time.
Vargas has been sitting on the break
for a while now recovering from his solo effort. The other three are now looking
around at his now signalling that its now time for him to come through and do
Ollerenshaw took the KOM points last time up the hill.
18:05 EDT 62km/83.6km to go
The gap has increased
its lead to 1'15" as the Advantage Benefits/Endeavour team move in behind the
break. Former Postal rider Robbie Ventura sits in the drivers seat as DS for
18:08 EDT 64km/81.6km to go
1'25" is the gap
now as they pass through the finish line with 7 laps to go. Just under half
way through the race.
The Advantage Benefits car had to pull off
the road momentarily to tighten up a bike that was flying about up there.
A hard right and a hard left and back
into the park on the way to the KOM again. They are at the feed zone now. We
have a Paris Hilton sighting in the feed zone. At the top of this small climb
where the feed zone is, they go down a little before climbing back up to the
actual KOM sprint. We also have a couple of BBQ's going on with the spectators
on the side of the course. The scent of cooking sausages would probably not
be turning on the riders, but I'm guessing the DS' and the mechanics in the
caravan would be starting to get hungry now.
The gap is back down to a minute now.
Robbie Ventura just went back to Com 2 car to get an update on the sprint points
so far. Advantage Benefits are obviously hoping to win the sprint category.
The break is really coming down now
with CSC and Jittery Joe's doing the chasing back in the bunch. They now only
have 25 seconds. The break seem to realise this and they are looking back.
Its all CSC on the front now.
Lars Bak (CSC) is doing the work on
the front right now.
Bobby Julich has an almost-win here last year.
He was away solo, right up until the very last moment when Vanheeswijk made
the winning move.
Attacks are coming out of the bunch.
Patrick McCarty (Discovery), Danny Pate (Jelly Belly) and Alessandro Ballan
(Lampre) are briding tot he front guys. Ballan attacked and McCarty covered.
In that shuffling Vargas was dropped
and came back to the field and now the three original break members have been
joined by Lars Bak (CSC) and Danny Pate (Jelly Belly) and the break of five
riders have 30 seconds on the field.
The new life in the break has sparked
things up and the gap has increased to 40" now as they head on the long straight
back to the park. When they went through the finish line they had six laps to
18:27 EDT 78km/67.6km to go
The gap is increasing.
Now at 45" as they hit the climb again.
Deniele Colli (Liquigas) is trying
again. He has attacked and taken John Lieswyn (Health Net/Maxxis) with him.
Davide Frattini (Colavita Olive Oil - Sutter Home) is bridging to them.
18:33 EDT 81km/64.6km to go
Lieswyn and Colli
have made it to the break. Lieswyn went straight to the front. He is pushing
the break really hard and even has a gap on them at this point.
Discovery hit the front of the peloton
and have really brought the gap down. Lieswyn still trying to push it hard but
its only 5 seconds. Finally Lieswyn gave a wave of his hand in disgust and sat
up. The break has been caught. Gruppo Compatto!!!
CSC have countered. Its Matti Breschel.
He has about 250m on the field. Discovery is reacting.
Three riders have a small gap in chase
of Breschel. But the bunch is moving up on them.
18:39 EDT 86.4km/59.2km to go
They have all been
caught again now as they head to the finish. Five laps to go. A Prodir is on
the front and a small group of five have a small gap.
Its Horner on the front. The bunch
is strung out single file. The CSC riders take over keeping the pace high.
Another break now. Eight riders have
about 9 seconds on the field.
Chris Horner (Prodir) was in that
as well as Patrick McCarty (Discovery). Its all back together now though as
they hit the base of the climb again.
CSC have a rider launching out of
the peloton. It is Andy Schleck from Luxemberg. Another couple are bridging
Looks like Jelly Belly and a Health
Net rider. It Lieswsyn again with Australian Caleb Mannion. Manion trying to
drive it but nobody going with him and it looks like they'll get caught.
Another counter. Two Health Net riders
are up there, CSC, Navigators, a Jelly Belly and a Lampre. Its all strung out
snaking along Hershey road.
Only four laps to go when they hit
the start/finish this time.
The break is ten riders. Health Net
are driving the break. Horner is in there and moves to the front.
They have a good gap now. Its about
18:52 EDT 96km/49.6km to go
Making a left onto
the final straight of Queen street. Horner still on the front. There's two Prodir
riders in that group. The gap goes up to 20 seconds.
In the break: Fred Rodriguez (Davitamon
Lotto), Ivan Ravaioli and Chris Horner (Saunier Duval), Marco Marzano (Lampre),
Allen Johansen (CSC), Ivan Dominguez, Greg Henderson, John Lieswyn and Chris
Wherry (Health Net), Karl Menzies and Frank Pipp (Advantage Benefits/Endeavour)
and Danny Pate and Caleb Mannion (Jelly Belly).
The break is really
moving. Health Net obviously driving it with eight riders present. THey are
up over a minute on the field now.
Evan Oliphant and Russell Downing
(MGPower-Litespeed) are also in that break. One minute is the gap. Its a good
gap because the break is out of site of the peloton. Out of sight, out of mind.
19:04 EDT 97km/48km to go
Dominguez is sitting
on the back at this stage, resting his legs for the next sprint prime. He comes
off a big win at the CSC invitational at Arlington on the weekend. Brilliant
Another update to the break. Ivan
Stevic (Aerospace Engineering) is also in the group. This guy in on fire this
So we have 16 riders in the group
in total. Back in the peloton, Discovery, Navigators and CSC are chasing. There
are just too many Health Net riders in the break for their liking.
The gap is growing to 1'20" now. A
bit of a break just went off the front of the peloton but that was absorbed.
Health Net are manning the front of the peloton to keep things under control.
They are hitting the KOM now.
19:14 EDT 111km/34.6km to go
goes over the climb in last wheel of the break. He's holding his hip a little.
Not sure what that means. Health lead the way over the top.
Chris Wherry took the KOM points for
this lap. They are now riding through the suburbian streets again on the way
back to the finish line. When they cross the line this time they'll have two
Still going up, this gap. It is at
1'35". A few bridging attempts from the peloton but everything getting absorbed
Now a couple of riders are trying
to bridge. Its Chris Baldwin (Navigators) and a Jelly Belly rider.
Correction to the break. Pate was
not in the break. It is him now bridging to the break with Baldwin.
19:25 EDT 119km/26.6km to go
Baldwin and Pate
have been caught by the bunch.
Navigators now setting the pace in
the peloton having missed the break. We are now on the climb again. The gap
is still 1'35" at this point with only a lap and a half remaining.
19:31 EDT 123km/22.6km to go
The break has dropped
slightly to 1'20" as the sun starts to go down and the temperature drops.
John Lieswyn took the last sprint
points and Chris Wherry took the KOM points. The break is working well together
but behind Navigators are chasing and the gap has come down to 1'10".
19:36 EDT 127km/18.6km to go
Navigators are doing
their time trial on the front of the peloton and Health Net do their time trial
on the front of the break. Dominguez sitting on in the break for Health Net.
We are going to see one lap to go when we go through the finish line this time.
Mannion leading the break now, doing
his turn. Left turn onto Queen street through the round-a-bout past the monument
and onto the straight. There goes the bell. One lap to go.
1'05" is the latest split. Health
Net still setting the pace. Freddy tightening up his shoe now getting ready
for the sprint. He won this race back in 2000.
19:42 EDT 131km/14.6km to go
Horner's gone back
to his team car to speak to his DS. 1km to the final KOM now.
Everybody out of the saddle. CSC driving
it. Frank Pipp falling off a little bit on the climb but he makes it over and
catch up on the descent.
There's bound to be some attacks now as there
are a few good sprinters in this group and the non sprinters will not want to
wait till the end.
Johansen took the KOM points. He is
now soft pedaling waiting for something to happen. Wherry on the front followed
by Horner is second wheel. Rodriguez sitting comfortably in fourth wheel as
they go over this small rise. Pipp struggling to hang on again.
Just coasting along now. The gap is
1'20" still. It doesn't look like this is going to get caught, but the bunch
are starting to watch each other.
Attack on the left. Its Horner.
Health Net on the front again with
Johansen right on him. Horner was quickly reeled in. All the Health Net riders
are taking their turn. Dominguez is sitting on Horner's wheel though.
The big sprinters in this: Rodriguez,
Dominguez, Henderson are all excellent.
The Lampre rider, Marzano,
attacked but he didn't go anywhere. Health Net shutting everything down. Health
Net have their train going already, keeping the pace high and everything under
Ivan Ravaioli from Prodir trying to
move up a little with Horner.
Inside 1km to go now. Health leading
out. One of them rolled off. Rodriguez trying to come around Health Net but
he can't make it. Henderson takes the win, followed by Rodriguez and it looks
like Dominguez in third.
1 Greg Henderson (Health Net/Maxxis)
2 Freddy Rodriguez (Davitamon Lotto)
3 Ivan Dominguez (Health Net/Maxxis)
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