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May 18/04 6:31 am - Tour of Connecticut: Stage 1


Posted by Editoress on 05/18/04
 

Tour of Connecticut
Courtesy Tour of Connecticut

Reigning USPRO Champion Mark McCormack, Colavita Olive Oil Team, put in a stunning performance in the first stage of the Tour of Connecticut winning the 137 mile race in 5:38:16.   Shawn Milne, Fior di Frutta came in second at 28 seconds and Mark Walters, Navigators Insurance at 35 seconds behind.

The stage opened with a 117 mile opening loop around historic and scenic Litchfield County, with the start and finish in Torrington.   The day threatened rain, but instead provided beautiful sunshine for the 120 cyclists at the start.  

After just five miles, a nine man break went away and forged a 4.5 mile lead on the field by mile 20.   Olympic Champion Marty Nothstein, Navigators, won the first and second sprints of the day just before the break was caught at mile 42.  

Dominique Perras, Team Ofoto, and Todd Herriott, Colavita, broke away on the very steep climb out of Sharon, opening up a two minute gap.   The two held off the 50 strong pack that was shattered on the 4K Carter Road climb with inclines at 22%.   Perras took the King of the Mountain (KOM) in Kent, and remained away until Mike Jones, Healthnet, bridged the two minute gap alone by mile 87.

The three men kept the 2 minute lead constant into Torrington, when Perras was seized by cramps, and was forced to pull off the road, and dive into a convenience store for something to drink on the 2-mile finishing circuits.   He finished the race in 25 th and claimed the best Climber Jersey for the day.   Back in the action, Harriot and Jones, pursued by the Naviagators, having chased for over 40 miles, saw their lead drop to 20 seconds with 6 laps to go of the 10 lap finishing circuit in Torrington.

One lap later, they were caught and Colavita sent Argentinian Juan Jose Haedo on the attack.   Burke Swindlehurst followed, continuing the Navigator/Colavita battle in company with Melito Heredia, Toga Bikes. They in turn were caught by McCormack (Colavita) who made the decisive break with Mark Walters, Navigators, and Shawn Milne, Fior di Frutta, before leaving them behind with 3 laps to go for the solo win.   Milne also won the Chanler Lewis Best Amateur Jersey for the stage, repaying his teammates for all the hard work they had done for him early in the race.

The Tour of Connecticut is a 5 stage, 5 day race

May 16
Litchfield Hills- 220km road race

May 20
Lime Rock Park- 50km circuit race

May 21
New Haven- 50km criterium

May 22
Waterbury Climbers Cup- 80km circuit race

May 23
Housatonic Valley Classic- 160km road race

Stage 1 (May 16th) : Litchfield Hills - 220km
1. Mark McCormack (Colavita Olive Oil)
2. Shawn Milne (Fiordifrutta)
3. Mark Walters (Navigators Insurance)
4. Alexandre Nadeau (Volkswagen TREK)

5. Jon Erdeyli (Team Ofoto)
6. Melito Heredia (Toga Bikes)
7. Stu Gillespie (TIAA-Cref/5280 Magazine)
8. Bruno Langlois (Volkswagen TREK)
9. Scott Swizanski (Team Ofoto)
10. Tyler Wren (Colavita Olive Oil)
11. Gustavo Artacho (Colavita Olive Oil)
12. Peter Baker (Team Snow Valley)
13. Craig Upton (Stelvio TEAMWEAR-Orbis Properties)
14. Eneas Freyre (Team Holland)
15. Burke Swindlehurst (Navigators Insurance)
16. Wim Botman (Team Holland)
17. Alec Donahue (Louis Garneau Racing)
18. Joe Papp (Team Holland)
19. Chris Rozdilsky (CRCA/Sakonnet Technology)
20. Waclaw Godycki (Team Ideal Tile/Briell Cyclery)
21. Pete Lopinto (Team Ofoto)
22. Todd Herriott (Colavita Olive Oil)
23. Joshua Dillon (Louis Garneau Racing)
24. Ian MacGregor (TIAA-Cref/5280 Magazine)
25. Dominique Perras (Team Ofoto)
26. Josh Gewirtz (Fiordifrutta)
27. Michael Henson (Stelvio TEAMWEAR-Orbis Properties)
28. Marty Nothstein (Navigators Insurance)
29. Jason Bremer (GS Mengoni)
30. Greg Montello (Essex County Velo)
31. Sebastian Alexandre (Colavita Olive Oil)
32. John Loehner (CRCA/Sakonnet Technology)
33. Rob Gianni (CRCA/Sakonnet Technology)
34. Jeremy Powers (Sharper Image - Jelly Belly)
35. Sheldon Deeny (TIAA-Cref/5280 Magazine)
36. Andrew Manart (TIAA-Cref/5280 Magazine)
37. Colin Sandberg (ESSM/GPOA)
38. Matt Sadauckas (Team Seasilver)
39. Ang Sheldrake (TIAA-Cref/5280 Magazine)
40. Nate Kokinda (Essex County Velo)
41. Robbie King (Louis Garneau Racing)
42. Eugene Boronow (GS Mengoni)
43. Zak Grabowski (TIAA-Cref/5280 Magazine)
44. Mike Dietrich (Fiordifrutta)
45. Bjorn Cornelissen (Team Holland)
46. John Funk (Team Snow Valley)
47. Jason Baer (Louis Garneau Racing)
48. Andrew Knight (Louis Garneau Racing)
49. Ian Beilby (Louis Garneau Racing)
DNF . Aiden Charles (GS Mengoni)
DNF . Alain Ferry (GS Mengoni)
DNF. Alexandre Lavallee (Volkswagen TREK)
DNF . Anthony Alessio (ReMax)
DNF . Boyd Johnson (ESSM/GPOA)
DNF . Charles Dionne (Webcor Builders)
DNF . Chris Peck (Fiordifrutta)
DNF . Chris Pile (ReMax)
DNF . Curt Davis (Fiordifrutta)
DNF . Dave Somerville (Team Ideal Tile/Briell Cyclery)
DNF . David McKenzie (Navigators Insurance)
DNF . Drew Deters (Team Seasilver)
DNF . Eric Sakalowsky (Essex County Velo)
DNF . Eric Sheagley (Essex County Velo)
DNF . Florian Smits (Team Holland)
DNF . Gavi Epstein (Stelvio TEAMWEAR-Orbis Properties)
DNF . Greg Wolf (Stelvio TEAMWEAR-Orbis Properties)
DNF . Ian Dille (Team Snow Valley)
DNF . J.P. Partland (Kissena)
DNF . Jared Bunde (Team Ideal Tile/Briell Cyclery)
DNF . Jay Ku (TIAA-Cref/5280 Magazine)
DNF . John Conroy (Stelvio TEAMWEAR-Orbis Properties)
DNF . Jon Bravman (Team Ideal Tile/Briell Cyclery)
DNF . Jon Bruno (Essex County Velo)
DNF . Jon Hamblen (Fiordifrutta)
DNF . Juan Jose Haedo (Colavita Olive Oil)
DNF . Juan Pablo Castro (Team Ideal Tile/Briell Cyclery)
DNF . Justen Peters (GS Mengoni)
DNF . Kevin Lacombe (Volkswagen TREK)
DNF . Kurt Hackler (Ibex)
DNF . Louis Secreto (ESSM/GPOA)
DNF . Marc Bertucco (Athletes by Design)
DNF . Martin St-Laurent (Volkswagen TREK)
DNF . Mike Friedman (ESSM/GPOA)
DNF . Mike Jones (Health Net presented by Maxxis)
DNF . Mike McGinnley (ReMax)
DNF . Mukunda Feldman (Louis Garneau Racing)
DNF . Oscar Pineda (Stelvio TEAMWEAR-Orbis Properties)
DNF . Patrick Sullivan (Ibex)
DNF . Peter Hult (Fiordifrutta)
DNF . Philip Wong (Fiordifrutta)
DNF . Roland Stenekes (Team Holland)
DNF . Ron Fantano (ReMax)
DNF . Ryan Dewald (Team Snow Valley)
DNF . Samuel Acevado (Toga Bikes)
DNF . Sergio Rolando (Toga Bikes)
DNF . Siro Camponogara (Navigators Insurance)
DNF . Stephen Badger (CRCA/Sakonnet Technology)
DNF . Tim Unkert (Ibex)
DNF . Vassili Davidenko (Navigators Insurance)

Overall
1. Mark McCormack (Colavita Olive Oil), 40pts
2. Shawn Milne (Fiordifrutta), 30
3. Mark Walters (Navigators Insurance), 24
4. Alexandre Nadeau (Volkswagen TREK), 22

5. Jon Erdeyli (Team Ofoto), 20
6. Melito Heredia (Toga Bikes), 18
7. Stu Gillespie (TIAA-Cref/5280 Magazine), 16
8. Bruno Langlois (Volkswagen TREK), 14
9. Scott Swizanski (Team Ofoto), 12
10. Tyler Wren (Colavita Olive Oil), 11
11. Gustavo Artacho (Colavita Olive Oil), 10
12. Peter Baker (Team Snow Valley), 9
13. Craig Upton (Stelvio TEAMWEAR-Orbis Properties), 8
14. Eneas Freyre (Team Holland), 7
15. Burke Swindlehurst (Navigators Insurance), 6
16. Wim Botman (Team Holland), 5
17. Alec Donahue (Louis Garneau Racing), 4
18. Joe Papp (Team Holland), 3
19. Chris Rozdilsky (CRCA/Sakonnet Technology), 2
20. Waclaw Godycki (Team Ideal Tile/Briell Cyclery), 1
21. Pete Lopinto (Team Ofoto)
22. Todd Herriott (Colavita Olive Oil)
23. Joshua Dillon (Louis Garneau Racing)
24. Ian MacGregor (TIAA-Cref/5280 Magazine)
25. Dominique Perras (Team Ofoto)
26. Josh Gewirtz (Fiordifrutta)
27. Michael Henson (Stelvio TEAMWEAR-Orbis Properties)
28. Marty Nothstein (Navigators Insurance)
29. Jason Bremer (GS Mengoni)
30. Greg Montello (Essex County Velo)
31. Sebastian Alexandre (Colavita Olive Oil)
32. John Loehner (CRCA/Sakonnet Technology)
33. Rob Gianni (CRCA/Sakonnet Technology)
34. Jeremy Powers (Sharper Image - Jelly Belly)
35. Sheldon Deeny (TIAA-Cref/5280 Magazine)
36. Andrew Manart (TIAA-Cref/5280 Magazine)
37. Colin Sandberg (ESSM/GPOA)
38. Matt Sadauckas (Team Seasilver)
39. Ang Sheldrake (TIAA-Cref/5280 Magazine)
40. Nate Kokinda (Essex County Velo)
41. Robbie King (Louis Garneau Racing)
42. Eugene Boronow (GS Mengoni)
43. Zak Grabowski (TIAA-Cref/5280 Magazine)
44. Mike Dietrich (Fiordifrutta)
45. Bjorn Cornelissen (Team Holland)
46. John Funk (Team Snow Valley)
47. Jason Baer (Louis Garneau Racing)
48. Andrew Knight (Louis Garneau Racing)
49. Ian Beilby (Louis Garneau Racing)

KOM
1. Dominique Perras (Team Ofoto), 6pts
2. Todd Herriott (Colavita Olive Oil), 4
3. Mike Jones (Health Net), 2

Best Sprinter
1. Marty Nothstein (Navigators Insurance), 2pts
2. Todd Herriott (Colavita Olive Oil), 1

Best Amateur
1. Shawn Milne (Fiordifrutta), 30pts
2. Alexandre Nadeau (Volkswagen TREK), 22
3. Melito Heredia (Toga Bikes), 18
4. Stu Gillespie (TIAA-Cref/5280 Magazine), 16
5. Bruno Langlois (Volkswagen TREK), 14
6. Peter Baker (Team Snow Valley), 9
7. Craig Upton (Stelvio TEAMWEAR-Orbis Properties), 8
8. Eneas Freyre (Team Holland), 7
9. Wim Botman (Team Holland), 5
10. Alec Donahue (Louis Garneau Racing), 4
11. Joe Papp (Team Holland), 3
12. Chris Rozdilsky (CRCA/Sakonnet Technology), 2
13. Waclaw Godycki (Team Ideal Tile/Briell Cyclery), 1

Best Young Rider
1. Stu Gillespie (TIAA-Cref/5280 Magazine), 16pts
2. Wim Botman (Team Holland), 5
3. Ian MacGregor (TIAA-Cref/5280 Magazine),  

 


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