Posted by Editoress on 08/12/03
Jeff Hansen has sent in a report
Seeing as I was there I can say exactly what happened:
Steve Rover, Czeslaw Lukaszewicz and I had formed a break of around 30 seconds (reported correctly) and we were together at the tracks.
Rover (i.e. not me) led the charge over the tracks - while Czeslaw and I slowed down a bit. But we both eventually followed.
The remaining 4 riders who were disqualified came across after we passed -- one of which (Peter Morse) made it across to our group of 3.
We then continued for 3 or 4 kms before we were told to stop by one of the lead motos and then utimately DQed 15 minutes later ....
Note: that this situation was a little exceptional in the fact that our break was told nothing of a train crossing before we got to it. It was at the bottom of a hill and we did not even see it until several hundred metres because of the curve of the road and the hill. Seeing as there was a commissaire **right** beside us on a moto the sitution could have been handled a lot better if he gave us some direct instructions to avoid all the confusion.
All we saw was a bunch of policemen with their arms outstretched saying 'stop'. After 5 hours of racing in the rain it takes a little while to process that.
Anyway -- the only other thing I can say about the situation was that after 15 years of racing it was a pretty dumb move to cross the tracks in this situation -- especially since I was feeling pretty good with just over 50km to go -- and I probablly cost the team some prize money and UCI points.
It was also the first time I have ever been disqualified while at the front of a race....
Pan Am Games Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
|Women's Individual Time Trial|
|1. Kimberly Bruckner (USA)||41:11|
|2. Clara Hughes (CAN)||at 0:38|
|3. Kristin Amstrong (USA)||1:32|
|4. Paola Madrinan (COL)||2:01|
|5. Joanka Gonzalez (CUB)||2:30|
|6. Rosane Kirsh (BRA)||2:49|
|7. Yudemis Dominguez (CUB)||3:05|
|8. Janildes Silva (BRA)||3:08|
|9. Evelyn Garcia (ESA)||3:20|
|10. Sandra Gomez (COL)||3:21|
|11. Marie Rosado (PUR)||4:31|
|12. Ines Eppers (BOL)||4:33|
|13. Anrossy Paruta (VEN)||4:35|
|14. Amelia Blanco (DOM)||4:42|
|15. Julia Hawley (BER)||4:54|
|16. Maria Dolores Molina (GUA)||5:05|
|17. Patricia Palencia (MEX)||7:29|
|17. Maria Castaneda (GUA)||7:29|
|Men's Individual Time Trial|
|1. Jose Serpa (COL)||1:04:45|
|2. Chris Baldwin (USA)||at 0:39|
|3. Raul Chacon (VEN)||0:55|
|4. Jose Medina (CHI)||1:25|
|5. Domingo Gonzalez (MEX)||1:45|
|6. Marcio May (BRA)||2:14|
|7. Christopher Hedges (BER)||2:26|
|8. Hernan Bonilla (COL)||2:39|
|9. Alexandre Cloutier (CAN)||2:55|
|10. Fischer Morillo (BRA)||3:17|
|11. Luis Romero (CUB)||3:28|
|12. Wendy Palacios (DOM)||5:23|
|13. Colby Pearce (USA)||5:25|
|14. Juan Pablo Araya (CRC)||5:33|
|15. Jean-Francois Laroche (CAN)||6:17|
|16. Abel Jochola (GUA)||7:47|
|17. Ignacio Sarabia (MEX)||7:52|
|18. Geri Mewett (BER)||8:49|
|19. Charles Fabian (ANT)||12:00|
|DNF. Cid Michael Martinez (BOL)|
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