Commerce Bank Triple Crown
USA, June 4-11, 2006
Results & report
Race 1 - June 4: Tom Bamford Lancaster Classic, 91 miles
Commentary by Kristy Scrymgeour with additional reporting from Mark Zalewski
Complete live report
Welcome back across the Atlantic to
the Commerce Bank Triple Crown series. The Philadelphia week racing hasnít been
known as the triple crown since 1993 when Lance Armstrong won and became USPRO
champion at the same time. This year, the Stars and Stripes are not up for grabs,
but the racing goes on starting with the Tom Bamford Lancaster Classic.
The women have just finished their race which was a 25 mile criterium starting
where the menís race is just about to start. The menís course is 13 laps of
an 11.3km circuit for a total of 147km. Itís relatively flat but on the back
side, it goes over a small narrow climb as they traverse Central Park. The climb
is not long but does hurt the legs after so many laps. The descent from the
climb is very fast with a sharp 90 degree turn at the bottom.
this race is fast from the start and very much a sprinters course. Last year
we saw a breakaway stay out there but the group was primarily made up of sprinters.
Kiwi Greg Henderson (Health Net pb Maxxis) won the sprint from Freddie Rodriguez
out of the 13 person break to set Health Net up for a week of victory. Henderson
is not on the start list this year but Health has a strong showing. Karl Menzies
in particular has been riding well. The man to watch though today is very likely
to be Toyota Unitedís Juan Jose Haedo who has proven to be Americaís fast man
There is no neutral start and the
race has just got underway. The Targetraining team gets straight on the front
as they head into the park. Already there is a crash in the field.
They are just over the climb for the
first time today. Two riders are slightly off the front but they are caught
on the descent and it's all back together as they take the sharp turn at the
15:07 EDT 5.5km/140.1km to go
The riders involved
in the crash are on back in the field now. We have attacks already and it's
single file but it's all still together at this point.
15:11 EDT 8km/137.6km to go
We have a group of
about seven riders slightly off the front at the moment but its not going anywhere.
They are going over some small rollers.
We have a break now of what looks
like about ten riders. We can see Health Net in there, Navigators. Chris Wherry
is in there and is currently on the front pushing the pace.
15:14 EDT 11km/134.6km to go
TIAA Cref also has
someone in the break. They've got about ten seconds now as they head through
the start finish line for the first time.
They're not totally organised in there
yet. A couple of guys look around to make sure everyone comes through to help
out up front. The field is curb to curb on this wide street. They're not really
chasing too hard at this point.
In the break is Valeriy Kobzarenko
(Navigators), along with Chris Wherry (Toyota United), Victor Rapinski (Colavita
Sutter Homes), Mike Sayers and Jeff Louder (Health Net), Dustin MacBurnie (Targetraining).
We have some riders bridging out of the field over this climb but it all looks
like it's going to come back together.
Now it's all back together as they
go over the bridge across a river and we have a counter attack immediately.
15:23 EDT 17km/128.6km to go
A group of eight
guys are up front now over these rollers coming out of the park. It's going
to be attack after attack until all the majority of the teams are satisfied
with the break.
The group is six strong with another
four riders bridging ten seconds behind them with another few seconds to the
They are working well on this downhill
section towards the finish now. In the lead group is Valeriy Kobzarenko from
Navigators again, as well as Aleajandro Acton (Targetraining), Robbie King (Priority
Health), Todd Herriott (Colavita Sutter Homes), Kirk O'Bee (Health Net) and
JJ Haedo (Toyota United).
15:30 EDT 22km/123.6km to go
Ivan Dominguez (Health
Net) has just bridged across. Another break with a few good sprinters. The gap
is 15 seconds as they go through the finish line after two laps.
They are in the park again now. There
is no KOM on the climb this year as there has been in previous years. There
feed zone is still here though and it's definitely the best place to watch the
race because of the narrow climb and technical descent.
The break looks like it's going to
get caught again here at the bottom of the descent. Perhaps there were too many
sprinters in the group.
And it has been caught.
No immediate counter attacks this
time and the pace is slow over the rollers with the bunch spread across the
Now we have another attack. Two riders
are up the road. One of them is Danny Pate (TIAA Cref). Another four riders
are briding but the field is not far behind.
15:42 EDT 33km/112.6km to go
A small group of
three has caught the front two and they still have a slight lead but it's getting
They've just gone under the start
finish banner for the third time. Another counter now with about seven guys
but the peloton is right on it. They don't like this one. Targetraining are
in this again. They're being very active today.
It's all back together and it has
slowed down. Health Net is on the front. It's not an easy course. Although it
is relatively flat, there are small rollers all day.
seem to be as many people out to watch this year which is surprising as it's
a Sunday and last year the race was on a Tuesday. Probably because it wasn't
until couple of months ago that the race was announced to be definitely happening.
As they go along the river after the
descent we have two riders off the front. There is a Toyota United guy and a
Navigators rider. They only have a small gap and the field is coming back up
to them now.
Another two riders go up the road.
Health Net attacked and a Navigator's rider is sitting on as they go up a 500m
hill between two cemetaries.
But they've been caught and the bunch
sits up a little bit on this downhill. Now a counter goes. A TIAA Cref rider
goes with it and a Jelly Belly rider. A CSC rider is on the front of the peloton
as they go up a small rise and the break gets caught.
We don't have all that many international
riders here this year as compared with years past. CSC is here, mainly because
they hosted the CSC Invitational in Arlington yesterday. Bobby Julich is going
back to Europe after today's race for a pre Tour de France training camp. Other
than that, we have a Dutch National Team, a Columbian team, the Barloworld team
and the German Sparkasse team. The other 13 teams are all North American.
15:57 EDT 44km/101.6km to go
A solo attack now
from Targetraining. He has ten seconds on the field and he'll be hoping that
some riders bridge to him as it's too fast a race to be out there solo. He goes
under the start finish banner at the end of the fourth lap.
The solo rider is Frank Pipp (Targetraining).
He is a very strong rider but he'll still need some help out here.
16:04 EDT 47km/98.6km to go
Pipp is about to
get caught as they reach the park again. The entrance to the park is interesting.
There is a narrow off-camber turn and you go through two big stone gates. A
Navigator rider is on the front as they go over climb and it's all together
as they cross the Conestoga River. A Navigator guy is still on the front. Everyone
just seems to be looking around wondering where the next attack is going to
Health Net now has three guys on the
front. A Colavita rider launched an attack but it was immediately covered. A
Toyota rider is countering that move as they crest another small climb. He has
about five riders with him trying to form a group.
In the group we have Health Net, Kodak
Gallery, Colavita, Toyota United and TIAA CREF. There is another group dangling
in the middle trying to bridge up and they look like they will make it making
the group about 11 riders with a six second gap to the field.
The peloton is moving quickly though
and it doesn't look like this group will make it either.
Chris Wherry was in that group and
as it got caught he looked around a bit frustrated that the group didn't work
well to get established. It's single file with Health Net on the front and still
really fast. No counters from that last move yet.
It's really fast and little gaps have
formed in the field. We have an attack from Jelly Belly but Toyota United jumped
on that pretty quickly and it didn't go anywhere.
16:12 EDT 56km/89.6km to go
TIAA CREF is active
at the front again as they go through the finish and see 8 laps to go.
The pace has slowed and the bunch
is spread across the road again as they head into the park.
It's still all together. A bit of
a quiet lap this one.
No I spoke to soon. We now have a
split in the field and a large group has gone off the front.
This has come back together too and
another counter goes. Seven riders have a small gap on the field. An eighth
rider is bridging.
16:26 EDT 62km/83.6km to go
The gap is ten seconds
and the bridging rider has been caught as they go through the finish line for
the sixth time. Seven laps to go.
Kirk O'Bee (Health Net) is up there
again with Tony Cruz (Toyota United), Jonathan Page (Colavita Sutter Homes),
Caleb Manion (Jelly Belly), Scott Zwizanski (Kodak Gallery Sierra Nevada), Mark
Walters (Navigators) and Mike Friedman (TIAA CREF). They're gap is growing as
they enter the park.
16:32 EDT 65km/80.6km to go
The gap is 17 seconds
as they ride along the river after the climb. Zwizanski is on the front of the
break doing a turn. They're working well together.
The gap is increasing. Tony Cruz has
just done a turn. They're all out of the saddle working well over a small climb.
It's about 40" now.
It's mostly downhill to the finish
line now. It's a residential area and people are sitting out the front of their
houses watching the race.
16:41 EDT 71.8km/73.8km to go
Six laps to go
now as they head through the start finish with a 45" second lead. Friedman from
TIAA CREF rolls through for his turn. The working in the break is pretty even.
Heading down towards the park again
now where they cross the river, take a sharp turn through the stone gates into
the park. The guys in the break are out of the saddle over the climb. It's not
all that steep and it's short. It goes up and then dips down again because kicking
up slightly again. It's about a kilometer of climbing in total.
Notably missing from this break which
now has 50 seconds on the field, is the Targetraining team who have been so
active in the first part of the race. Three riders from the peloton have just
attacked in an attempt to bridge to the break.
16:55 EDT 80.9km/52.1km to go
(Toyota United) and Sergey Lagutin (Navigators) are both part of that trio with
one other rider that we haven't yet identified. Meanwhile the gap between the
break and the peloton is 1'10". As it's over a minute, the team cars will be
able to move up in between the gap to be there for their breakaway riders if
16:57 EDT 84km/49km to go
We go through the start
finish again now and the riders see 5 laps to go.
Back into the park and out of the
saddle on these inclines. There are quite a few vocal spectators yelling out
something about Penn State. Perhaps one of the riders in the break is from around
here and goes to Penn State University.
17:01 EDT 87km/46km to go
Caleb Manion goes over
top of the climb first.
After the descent TIAA CREF Director Jonathan
Vaughters moved up to speak to his rider in the break. All of the riders are
still taking very even pulls.
The three bridging riders didn't make
it anywhere and have been absorbed by the peloton. The Health Net team car now
moves up to talk to O'Bee. The break is single file now taking longer pulls
now that it's all been established and they've settle into a rhythm.
17:10 EDT 92.6km/40.4km to go
A couple of readers
have written in to inform us that it's actually Mike Friedman in the break who
went or still in fact goes to Penn State and did a lot of track racing with
the University team.
The break has gone through the start/finish
line and see four laps to go. Back in the field, a few CSC riders are on the
front but they're not chasing too hard just yet. The gap is holding 1'10".
Another chase group of nine riders
has formed and has 15 seconds on the main field. Kasper Klostergaard (CSC) is
one of them. Five riders have joined them to make the chase group 14 riders
Ben Brooks (Navigators) and Robbie
King (Priority Health) are both also in that chase group.
break Tony Cruz leads on a descent. Jonathan Page is shaking his legs a bit,
perhaps he was cramping a bit.
17:17 EDT 98km/35km to go
The chase group has
been caught by the field and the gap between the break and the peloton has increased
slightly to 1'20".
Well, it seems that time check was
wrong. The latest check from the officials is 45". It's unlikely that this break
is going to stay out here.
17:22 EDT 100km/33km to go
The field can see
the break ahead of them now on this long stretch. So by the time they reach
the start/finish at the end of this lap the break will be pretty much over.
The gap is down to 24 seconds now
with a 2km to the start/finish. The bunch will be gearing up for the counter
attacks and the sprinters teams will be looking to keep it together from here
17:26 EDT 103km/30km to go
As they go through
the finish line the gap is 15 seconds. The guys in the break know it's all over
and they're sitting up.
The field looks really small. It seems
a lot of riders have been dropped and a laughing bunch has formed. Most of the
riders in the Dutch National team pulled out. They are all younger riders.
The break has been caught on the climb.
We'll be looking for some counter attacks now with less than 30km to go.
Here comes the counter. It's a solo
riders but it's not getting anywhere. On the front of the peloton are a few
Toyota riders. They'll be wanting to control this for Haedo at the finish.
Another counter attack goes know. It look like Mark McCormack (Colavita) who
won the CSC Invitational yesterday and Richard Faltus (Sparkasse). A few riders
are trying to bridge to up on this small climb. But it looks like they're all
going to get caught.
17:35 EDT 109km/24km to go
Yep, they've all been
caught and a Navigators rider counters He has about eight seconds on the bunch.
It's Valeriy Kobzarenko again. He's been in a lot of break attempts today.
A Barloworld rider tried to bridge
but he is caught and Kobzarenko is just about to get caught too. The field is
really small. It's only about 40 riders. Kobzarenko doesn't like the idea of
getting caught and notches it up a little to open up the gap again. He already
have ten seconds and he's working hard on a slight uphill.
17:42 EDT 112.5km/20.5km to go
the start finish line for two laps to go. Kobzarenko is sitting up now realising
that he's not getting very far and it's going to be too hard alone. Cyclingnews
correspondent Chris Baldwin has just let me know that Konzarenko's nickname
or "klichka" (in Russian) is Kobza. The obvious one for his name is "Koba",
but that's what Stalin used to be called, so Valeriy goes by "Kobza" instead.
17:43 EDT 116km/17km to go
Anyway, he's been
caught. On the front of the peloton the CSC has a few riders setting the pace.
Jelly Belly also has riders up there. A Toyota United rider has just launched
an attack but he has been covered straight away by Navigators They are on the
climb now in the park.
A columbian National team rider has
attacked and has a five second gap as he heads towards the bridge. There is
no reaction as of yet from the field.
It's Diego Montoya up the road. He
has three riders joining him. Sergey Lagutin (Navigators) is one of them, with
Davide Frattini (Colavita) and Justin England (Toyota United). They actually
caught and dropped him.
Three riders bridged and one of them
was Mark Walters, which made two Navigators riders. The others saw this and
sat up so Lagutin attacked solo and is still away.
17:54 EDT 121km/12km to go
Riders are attacking
out of the field but no-one is going anywhere at the moment. It's just Lagutin
out there solo with 12 seconds on the field. There is not a lot of organisation
in the field to chase just yet. As he goes under the start/finish riders he
has 16 seconds on the field.
So that was the bell lap. Only one
lap to go now. Lagutin is not looking back. He's down in the drops and going
over these rollers. The peloton really doesn't seem to be chasing very hard
yet. They'll have to start soon to bring this back. The sprinters teams would
be looking at each other to start the chase.
He's on the downhill towards
the river and he has 28".
17:58 EDT 126km/7km to go
He's out of the saddle
now climbing the hill. There's no feeding this lap. He gets to the top and sits
down again for the descent.
The chase has started and the gap
has come down to 9 seconds with two riders bridging up to him.
Three riders have caught Lagutin as
they hit another small climb. They have eight seconds to the field. The field
is strung out and it looks like this small break will get caught pretty soon.
Caleb Manion is one of the riders who bridged and he is now leading the break.
Four other riders have bridged up
but the field is not far behind. Another Navigators rider has attacked out of
the break. He was one of the riders who bridged across but they are on him.
It's actually Kobzarenko again who
was away solo before, but he has been caught by a group of five. The Toyota
rider, Ivan Stevic, in the break has attacked. He was covered by Manion and
we have five riders left in the break.
The Health Net rider has attacked
but the field has caught the rest of the break and he will get caught too.
He has been caught with Kodak Gallery on the front with 1km to go!
The sprint is on and a Kodak rider
goes early and opened up a good gap. It's Jackson Stewart and nobody can come
around him. It looks like he's going to take it! And he does Jackson Stewart
takes the win.
It looks like a Toyota rider took
Haedo took second and Sergey Lagutin
third. Great lead out from the Kodak Team.
Thanks for tuning in.
We'll be back on Thursday for the Reading Classic.
1 Jackson Stewart (USA) Kodak Gallery Sierra Nevada
2 Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Toyota United
3 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Navigators
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