August 25/05 8:38 am - Mississauga Midweek, San Francisco GP
Posted by Editor on 08/25/05
Mississauga Midweek Criterium
Heshey Centre, Mississauga
Aug. 24, 2005
Conditions were warm and clear for the fourth from last Wednesday Night race of the season. Thanks to Craig Fagan for setting out the course and marshalling and to Midweek's Dan Rothnie for marshalling and Kirith Borsato for help with registration. See you all next week.
30 laps 46.5 km 43.1 km/h average speed.
1. Dan Lefevre (Gearsracing) 1:04:42
2. Jason Valenti (CoachChris.ca) st.
3. Heath Cockburn (La Bicicletta) st.
4. Peter Morse (Chain Reaction) st.
5. Marian Arnold (Harvestehider RSV) st.
6. Gerard Yates (Sportswap) st.
7. Ed Makarchuk (KHS) st.
8. Greg Cavanaugh (Ind.) st.
9. Garnett Abbey (D'Ornellas) st.
10.Darren English (Midweek CC) st.
San Francisco Grand Prix
Barclays Global Investors Grand Prix will feature one of the most accomplished rosters of professional bike racers in the United States and internationally when it kicks off on Sunday, September 4 at 10:00 am in San Francisco. A number of competitors made strong showings at this year's Tour de France in July and at the Wachovia USPRO Championship in Philadelphia in June.
George Hincapie of the Discovery Channel team, and the only bike racer to ride with Lance Armstrong in each of Armstrong's seven Tour de France victories, will lead the field. Hincapie, who won the inaugural SF race in 2001, finished 14th overall in this year's Tour while winning Stage 15, the Tour's toughest mountain stage.
Ivan Basso, who has finished second to Lance Armstrong in the 2005 Tour de France, and third in 2004 will lead Team CSC. Teammate David Zabriskie will also compete after wearing the yellow jersey in the early stages of this year's Tour. Zabriskie is the 2004 U.S. National Time Trial Champion and a rising young star in international cycling.
The Canadian superstar Charles Dionne and only two-time winner of the San Francisco race, will be back in full force to lead team Webcor Builders, which is headquartered in the San Francisco area.
Chris Horner, another 2005 Tour de France competitor (finishing 33rd) and winner of the 2003 San Francisco Grand Prix, will represent Saunier Duval Prodir. Horner placed third in the Wachovia USPRO Championship in Philadelphia in June.
California will be represented by two of America's finest: Levi Leipheimer of Santa Rosa finished sixth in the Tour de France and will ride for his German-based Gerolsteiner team, and "Fast Freddy" Rodriguez of Emeryvile, CA, three-time USA National Champion and Tour de France finisher, will also be on the start line as a key member of the United States National Team.
"These are seven of the top bike racers in the world right now," said David Chauner, president of Threshold Sports, which is managing the Barclays Global Investors Grand Prix, "and with the exception of Ivan Basso (Editor's Note: and Charles Dionne!), they are all Americans who have proven that our country produces some of the finest athletic talent in the world. To see them race in San Francisco on a world class course is truly awe-inspiring."