04 | JAN
New Jersey (June 2, 2005) - The Kodak EasyShare Gallery/Sierra Nevada
Professional Cycling Team started attacking early in today's Wachovia
Cycling Series race in Trenton, and continued their activity near the
front of the race until the closing miles, where sprinters Jackson Stewart
and Russell Hamby finished in the top 25.
Gord Fraser (Health Net-Maxxis) won a field sprint finish in front of
Fred Rodriguez (Davitamon-Lotto), after over 90 miles of racing on Trenton's
dogbone-shaped course, which runs in both directions across the finish
line on West Main Street.
Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada's Tim Larkin was the day's first aggressor,
going off the front with Seasilver's Jason Bausch in the opening miles.
A larger group containing Ben Jacques-Maynes soon bridged up, but the
break was reabsorbed by the third lap.
A lap later, Jacques-Maynes escaped again, in a group of four that pursued
and caught Discovery Channel's Jurgen VanDenBroek. Ben's early efforts
would eventually land him in third place overall in the sprint points
On the sixth of fourteen laps, Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada's Glen Mitchell
helped spark a 15-rider break whose gap quickly grew out to 1'30"
and eventually well over two minutes.
With powerhouses like Bobby Julich (CSC) and Mark McCormack (Colavita-Sutter
Home) - who would eventually escape on their own and hang on until the
final lap - the large breakaway had the potential to simply roll away
from the pack. But as Mitchell said, "Everyone says they want to
work, but everyone wants the free ride, too."
With the field together on the last lap, Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada's
Hayden Godfrey pulled teammate Russell Hamby to the front of the field
with half a lap remaining, as a Lampre-Caffita rider raised his arms in
a mistaken celebration.
As the pack approached the finish, Hamby was a great position but slipped
back. "I felt great and I was chomping at the bit on the last lap.
But then Vasilli [Davidenko of Navigators Insurance] locked up his back
wheel and chopped me in the turn and there was nowhere to go but backwards."
Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada's Scott Zwizanski, who suffered a terrible
crash in Trenton race in 2004, looked comfortable the entire day - even
attacking with one lap to go - and finished safely in the field.