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Cox Charities Cycling Classic
Kingston, Rhode Island, September 7, 2002
St-Laurent steals show at Cox Charities Cycling Classic
By Peter Pezzelli
The small print on the race flyer for the inaugural Cox Charities Cycling Classic on Saturday, September 7 contained a caveat about the threat of severe weather.
Late summer race. Height of the hurricane season. Race venue three miles as the crow flies from Rhode Islands southern shores. The possibility of a storm blowing in off the Atlantic to ruin the charity event put on by Pave` Productions was something to consider.
Come race day, however, no tropical storms loomed on the horizon. Instead, despite hot and breezy conditions, a surprising cold front in the form of amateur Martin St-Laurent (Quebec Cycling Team/Trek/Volkswagen) blew in from Canada to put the chill on a solid pro field that included the likes of Marty Nothstein , Frank and Mark McCormack, and 2002 US Pro Crit Champion Kevin Monahan..
Riding shotgun on breakaway companion Doug Ziewaczs (7-UP/NutriFig) wheel for the better part of 25 laps, St-Laurent sprinted away in the finishing straight to take the surprising win.
"I attacked and he (Ziewacz) followed," said St-Laurent of the early, but decisive move that led to the victory.
With three former Olympians, a Russian national champion, and the reigning U.S. Pro Crit champion on the starting line, no one expected the race to play out this way.
The action started immediately with a flurry of ferocious attacks on the opening laps that splintered the peloton. A select group of riders quickly established itself with a solid gap on the rest of the field. Among the lead group were Nothstein and Navigators teammates Tom Leaper and Ciarian Power, the McCormack brothers, a renascent Amos Brumble, Joseph Papp, Kevin Monahan, Ziewacz, and St-Laurent.
When St-Laurent and Ziewacz went clear six laps into the race, Nothstein and the Navigators reacted immediately. They surged to the front, looking to organize a posse. They found few takers however to help with the cause. The surprisingly technical 1.4 mile course through the University of Rhode Island campus featured a quad-stinging climb that had already dampened any enthusiasm for a concerted effort. With no one willing to take command, the chasers settled back, content it seemed to watch and wait for the steam to run out of the break.
It didnt happen.
St-Laurent could well take credit for initiating the winning move, but it was clearly Ziewacz who powered the long break. As the pair emerged onto the finishing straight of each successive lap, it was inevitably with the 7-UP/NutraFig rider leading the way. While the chase group rode tempo, Dougie Z put the hammer down and the gap steadily widened. Ziewacz kept things at full throttle until the breakaway pair managed to overtake the main field with eight laps to go.
By then the dispirited chase group had already given up the ghost and it was clear to all that they were now racing for third place. Meantime race announcers Richard Fries and Dick Ring were scratching their heads as they tried to sort out for the spectators who was where on the course.
Reintegrated into the protection of the pack, Ziewacz and St-Laurent could ease up to take a breather. A tactical game of cat and mouse ensued as the two leaders marked one another during the races final laps.
But the long effort to stay away in the break had taken its toll on Ziewacz. When the bell rang for the final lap, he had little left in the tank for the sprint. With two teammates in the lapped pack to lead him out, St-Laurent cruised across the finish line five seconds ahead of Ziewacz. A minute and fifteen seconds later, Saturns Mark McCormack came across to take third.
St-Laurent was rightfully exultant with the victory. It followed on the heels of a strong performance at the Green Mountain Stage Race. The twenty-two year old has a bright future ahead of him.
For Ziewacz, the second place prize was a bittersweet reward for the days arduous efforts.
"I should have saved some matches for the end," he sighed after the finale. "But hey, thats racing."
In the days earlier races: Jorge Bolero of Kingston, RI won the Category 5 race. Alan Antonelli of Cranston took the Category 4 race. Phillipe Lepeurien of Aramon, NY sprinted to victory in the Category 3 race. Randy Rusk of Exeter, RI rode a solo break to take the Masters 35+ race. Mark Luzio of Brooklyn, CT captured first places in the Masters 45+.
Proceeds from the race will benefit Cox Charities. Cox Charities is a charitable giving initiative created by Cox Communications in conjunction with the United Way to support local childrens causes.
Pro/1/2 50 Miles   1 Martin St-Laurent (Team Volkswagen Trek) 1.58.20 2 Doug Ziewacz (7-UP/NutraFig) 0.05 3 Mark Mccormack (Saturn ) 1.15 4 Bruno Langlois (VOLKSWAGEN TREK) 5 Joseph Papp (UPMC Fuji Cycling) 6 Kevin Monohan (7-UP/NutraFig) 7 Frank Mccormack (Saturn ) 8 Alex Lavallee (Volkswagen-Trek) 9 Tom Leaper (Navigators Cycling Team) 10 Kirk L Albers (Jelly Belly) 11 Oliver Stiler-Cote (saturn development) 12 Todd Herriott (Think Racing/CRCA) 13 Marty Nothstein (Navigators Cycling Team) 14 Jon Hamblen (Wheelworks - Cannondale) 15 Eneas Fregne (Kissena Cycling Team) 16 Ciaran Power (Navigators Cycling Team) 17 Peter Baker (GoMart - West Virginia) 18 Amos Brumble (CCB/VW) 19 Lawrence Perera (CCB/VW) 20 Timothy Unkert (Capital Velo Club) 21 Josh Huseby (CCB/VW) 22 Scott Plante (Trek VW East Coast Factory Team) 23 Jason Baer (GS Mengoni) 24 Alex Cloutier (VolksWagen/TREK) 25 Alec Donahue (NCC / BikeReg.com) 26 Mike Dietrich (Fuji/UPMC) 27 Adam Hodges Myerson (GS Mengoni USA) 28 Edward Beamon (Navigators Cycling Team) 29 Shawn Mccormack (Trek/Volkwagon/Goodale's) 30 Jesse Anthony (Saturn Development & Cycling Team) 31 Matt Svatek (Cannondale/Wheelworks) 32 Jonathan Page (Cannondale/Wheelworks)   Category 3 25 Miles   1 Phillipe Lepeurien (perpignan) 59.07 2 Andrew Knight (GMBC / Invensys) 3 Geordie Probert (avranches) 0.17 4 Art Rand (CCB International) 0.22 5 Ben Harper (Bontrager) 6 Justin Maderios (AFD/OSVC) 0.25 7 Mark Nathe (NHCC) 0.27 8 Joshua Bardige (Boston Road Club/ATA Cycles) 9 Todd Berger (Big Shark Racing) 10 Jonathan Bruno (B2C/Comunity) 11 Conor Coffey (CCB/Volkswagon) 12 Logan Hodson (BRC/ATA cycles) 0.30 13 Curtis Boivin (Providence Velo Club) 0.34 14 Joshua F. Dillon (Unattached) 0.36 15 Michael Cavros (AFD/OSVC) 0.50 16 Jeremy Krupat (Ciclismo Sportivo Ardagna) 0.57 17 Michael Shireman (BOB Racing Team) 1.14 18 Orion Berryman (Redhook) 1.26 19 Roger Nichols (Providence Velo Club) 2.05 20 Justen Peters (Redhook) 21 Craig Kennedy (Benidorm) 22 Richard Battaglia (Southern Maine CC)   Category 4 20 Miles   1 Alan Antonelli (Team Casterama) 49.38 2 Eric Kenney (boston bicycling club) 0.05 3 David Potter (AFD/OSVC) 0.08 4 David F. Keefe (Boston Bicycle Club) 5 Mitchell Medeiros (OSVC/AFD) 6 Jeff Schwab (Arc en Ciel) 7 Matt Demeis 8 Bradley Moran (Mystic Velo Club) 9 Kyler Eastman (Boston Road Club) 10 Samuel Pickman (team castarama) 11 Mike Maloney (AFD/OSVC) 13 Scott Fleckenstein (Unattached) 14 Michael Passetto (BCA/Tosk) 15 Brian Bigelow (B.O.B) 16 Charles Marzot (Corner Cycle Cycling Club) 17 Brendan O'Neil 18 Peter Rumsey (arc-en-ciel) 19 Jay Busse (Team IBC) 20 Edgardo Torres (Northeast Bicycles) 21 Vincent Graziano 22 Gene Garneau (Mercy Cycling Team) 23 Kenneth Hamel (AFD/OSVC) 24 Matt Bodziony (Team Casterama) 25 Michael Cramer (Tioga Velo Club) 26 Raymond Dewitt (Powder Ridge Cycling Team) 27 Shawn Doran (Cox Communications Cycling Team) 28 Michael Zocchi (Boston Road Club) 29 David Connery (Boston Bicycle Club) 30 Will Mays (arc-en-ciel) 31 Paul Nyberg (Eastern Bloc Cycling Club/ Benidorm Bikes) 32 Amanda Lawrence (Yale University) 33 Marc Fournier (NECSA/FRAYSSE'S SPORTS RESORT) 34 Andrew Hudon (Bicycle Alley) 35 Michael Nilsson (Union Velo) 36 Chuck Nguyen (Providence Velo Club)   Category 5 15 Miles   1 Jorge Botero 39.45 2 Chris Gagne (Belmont Wheelworks) 3 Clayton Dennis 0.03 4 Zachary Rice (Cox Communications Cycling Team) 5 Stephen Marchioro (Team Ikehara) 6 Arthur Blackwood 7 Steve Alger (k2 grassroots) 8 Daniel Vernon (Team Casterama) 9 Walter Lane 0.20 10 Scott Post 11 James Boyd (Cox Communications Cycling Team) 0.28 12 Bob Posey 0.58 13 Pat Convery (NEBC/Cycle Loft) 2.05 14 Bucky Brennan 15 Alan Hamilton (Minuteman Road Club) 16 Michael Arciero (Army Cycling Team) 17 Michael Cook 18 Geoff Martin (NEBC/Cycle Loft) 19 Christopher Parent (NCC/BikeReg.com) 20 Mike Provost 21 Scott Roy (Bicycle Link MLBC) 2.15 22 Jeff Bousfield (Thread City Cyclers) 23 Mark Wysocki 2.40 24 Michael Obara 25 Bob Kidd (Cox Communications) 3.45 26 Gary Stafford (Union Velo) 27 Bob Meikle 28 Marino Anderson 29 Lawrence King (Providence Velo) 30 Robert Swan 31 John Marran (Berkshire Cycling Association) 32 Ethan Tieger (Essex County Velo) 33 Aldo Villani 34 Bill Doonan 35 Dino Fiscaletti 36 Seth Davis (Traffic Co.) 37 Alex Dolphin 38 Bill Talbot 39 Edmund Cornwell (Citizen racer only) 40 Jay Mongillo (Nautilus Velo Club)   Master 35+ 25 Miles   1 Randy Rusk (arc-en-ciel) 1.00.19 2 Colman O'Connor (NEBC/Cycle Loft) 0.03 3 William Yabroudy (AFD) 1.21 4 Todd Buckley (Arc-en-Ciel Racing Team) 5 Stephen Gray (bethelcycle) 6 Tyler Munroe (CCB) 7 Sam Morse (Mass Bay Road Club) 8 John Macleod (Arc en Ciel) 1.47 9 Michael Sullivan (BOB) 1.51 10 James Walsh (Cox Communications) 1.55 11 Brett Rutledge (Arc-En-Ceil) 12 Derek Zisk (AFD/OSVC) 13 Jim Buckley (Southern Elite) 14 Michael Bernard (Arc en Ciel) 15 Tom Mannion (CCB - International) 16 Jonathan Turbitt 17 Bill Gros (PEERLESS/HNECC) 18 Eric Marro (Team BOB/Skofield Builders) 19 Bob Bisson (SRP Gearworks) 20 Michael Dameron (Cox Communications) 2.15 21 Wade Scott (Gearworks) 2.35 22 Arnold T. Kalmbach (Team - IBC) 23 Jorge Ramirez (Team Bicycle Alley) 24 Mike Cramer (Tioge Velo) 25 Peter Pezzelli (Cox Communications Cycling Team)   Master 45+ 25 Miles   1 Mark Luzio (Arc-en-ciel) 1.01.40 2 Paul Curley (TEAM Gearworks) 0.30 3 James Veliskakis (CCB/Volkswagen) 4 John Corriveau (BOB) 0.34 5 Jody Dean (Minuteman Road Club) 6 Bruce Mccowan (Providence Velo Club) 7 Graydon Stevens (Portland Velo) 8 Dixon W. Wilde (Colavita-MBS) 9 Mark Hagen (CCB) 10 Stephen Sirico (laurel) 11 Robert Faltus (Boston Road Club/ ATA Cycles) 12 David Alger (Missing Link)