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May 24/99 11:54 am - Atlantic Classic, Report From Italy, Mazur Wins


Posted by Editor on 05/24/99
 

Atlantic Cup Classic, Massachusetts
(courtesy Doug Pogue)

Stage 5 - Somerville MA

1Monahan, KevinBreakaway Courier Systems1:15:03
2Paul MartinNavigators Cycling Team
3Gerlach, ChadMerlin/Hind-1 lap
4Ventura, RobbieSaturn
5Dionne, CharlesTeam Degree/Radio Energie
6Page, JonathanWheelworks/Cannondale
7McCormack, MarkSaturn
8Sanchez, RayTeam Extreme
9Frey, JohnNorthampton CC
10Beauchamp, SylvainShaklee
12Harris, JohnItalPasta
13Giuliano, GiusseppiJet Fuel Coffee
17Walters, MarkNavigators Cycling Teamall s.t.


Stage 6, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA

PlaceRACER NAMETEAMTime
1McCormack, MarkSaturn1:18:26
2Ventura, RobbieSaturn
3Dionne, CharlesTeam Degree Radio Energie
4Page, JonathanWheelworks/Cannondale
5Beauchamp, SylvainShaklee
6Mercer, ScottNavigators Cycling Team
7Monahan, KevinBreakaway Courier Systems
8Sanchez, RayTeam Extreme
9Willard, ShawnBreakaway Courier Systems
10Browne, ZackNCVC/Metropolis
11Cojan, YannickKissena Cycling Club
13Neuman, GeorgeItalPasta
14Giuliano, GiusseppiJet Fuel Coffee
19Varghese, AntoineKissena Cycling Club
22Lukascewicz, CzeslawKissena Cycling Club
29Walters, MarkNavigators Cycling Teamall s.t.
Final Overall Standings
PlaceRACER NAMETEAMTtl Points
1Monahan, KevinBreakaway Courier Systems126
2Beauchamp, SylvainShaklee119
3McCormack, MarkSaturn112
4Ventura, RobbieSaturn105
5Page, JonathanWheelworks/Cannondale103
6Gerlach, ChadMerlin/Hind98
7Dionne, CharlesTeam Degree Radio Energie80
8Sanchez, RayTeam Extreme70
9Littlehales, ToddNavigators Cycling Team57
10Giuliano, GiusseppiJet Fuel Coffee55
11Walters, MarkNavigators Cycling Team50
12Varghese, AntoineKissena Cycling Club41
13Neuman, GeorgeItalPasta41
23Randell, AndrewJet Fuel Coffee20
30Cojan, YannickKissena Cycling Club13
34Pinsonneault, Jean ChasTeam Degree Radio Energie11
36Lukascewicz, CzeslawKissena Cycling Club9
50Wedge, PeterTeam Degree Radio Energie4



Report From Italy

No Reda-Baggioni wins this week I'm afraid. At the Tropheo Matteoti, in Marcialla (near Florence) our best placed rider, Mirko Biondi finished 4th, Eliseo Dal Re 12th, and myself 14th. It was a beautiful day -sunny and 30 degrees, and a great course -156km of continuously undulating terrain with four major climbs. Sammuele Vecchi of the Italifine Podenzano team won the race (he won a race in the area on Saturday as well). I felt great all race, and was able to finish well despite working quite a bit for my teammates during the event.

Today's editorial:

I've been in Italy for 4 months now, and have been racing for 3 months. It is a point in the season when those who were really meant to be bike racers continue to improve and excel, and those have wrecked their liver, or don't have the mental or physical capacity to handle the European workload will start to fade. Many riders here have begun this degression, and it worries me. Italian bike racers have been uniquely bike racers since high school, and have no work skills, or practical education to fall back on. This dependance on sport creates an extreme pressure to succeed....a pressure that often leads riders into the trap of using harmful substances in the hope of gaining a competitive edge. It is terrible to see previously healthy athletes plagued by illness and injury as their connective tissues and immune systems are beaten down by so-called performance enhancing substances

As non-Europeans, we have the benefit of a more holistic development - helped by the fact that teams and events are a little less professional, and take the sport less seriously. Sport is more or less a hobby, until one finishes school and proves that they have the talent to pursue the activity as a legitimate international career. Though this may not be the best way to harvest the great athletic potential of our country, I believe that it has helped tremendously to allow people to benefit from bicycle racing, rather than be consumed by it. Recent moves towards a more European system, particularly in the Quebec and Ontario in road racing, and in western Canada for Mountain Bike racing, will bring with it all of the positive and negative aspects that such changes entail -but lets not forget the benefits of our current system.

Paul Kelly.


Hartford Downtown Crit, CT
(courtesy Doug Pogue)

1 PETER MAZUR - DUNDAS ONT - KISSENA
2 TIM UNKERT - TOLLAND CT - EUROTEK
3 GREOFF HAMILTON - MARBLEHEAD MA - CCB
4 PETER BAKER - BROOKFIELD CT - CHRONOS
5 DANIEL MAGGIACOMO - HAMILTON, ONTARIO - JET FUEL COFFEE
6 NOAH ELBERS - EAST ALSTEAD NH - NECSA ESPOIRE
7 REID VAN RENESSE - BROOKLYN NY - CENTURY ROAD
8 MATT HANSEN - KING CITY, ONTARIO - JET FUEL COFFEE
9 PAUL REGO - OAKVILLE, ON - SAECO CANADA

10 KEVIN MOLLOY - LISBON CT - CAPITAL VELO CLUB

 


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