June 4, 2003 (Lancaster, PA) – Jakob Piil (DEN) of the CSC pro cycling team won the 2003 Wachovia Cycling Series-Lancaster today in front of approximately 8,000 rain drenched fans in a time of 3:23:42. Ironically, Piil, whose middle name is Storm, also captured the Lancaster title in 1999, the last time it rained throughout the race.
Mark McCormack (USA) riding for Saturn finished second and CSC's Julian Dean (NZL) was third. In the largest men's professional field in the 12-year history of the Lancaster race, an internationally diverse field of 163 pro riders from 20 teams started the race and a drenched 23 athletes crossed the finish line after riding for over 3 Ã‚Â½ hours.
With two laps to go of the 91-mile race, Piil put his stamp on the Wachovia Cycling Series-Lancaster by attacking, then dropping the group of nine which had been out front for most of the day by opening a 29 second gap. When Saturn's counter-attack cut Piil's advantage to 18 seconds, Piil's three teammates put a stop to any other attempts. Following a final surge from Piil, his lead increased to 1:05 and with seven miles (one lap) left, he had a 1:10 gap and finally won with a 1:18 lead.
“Racing here in the United States is always special,” said Piil. “It's not everywhere where the people are so supportive, especially on a day like today.”
Piil now leads the 2003 Pro Cycling Tour point standings. Next up on the four-race Wachovia Cycling Series, America's Elite Week of Cycling, is Thursday at 4:30p.m. in Trenton followed by June 8th in Philadelphia for the Wachovia USPRO Championship and Wachovia Liberty Classic. The four-race Wachovia Cycling Series is the key sequence of events within the seven-race nationwide Pro Cycling Tour (PCT). The PCT is managed by Threshold Sports and sanctioned by USA Cycling.
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June 3, 2003 (Lancaster, PA)146 K
1. Jakob Piil (Den) Team CSC, 3.23.42
2. Mark McCormack (USA) Saturn Cycling Team, at 1.18
3. Julian Dean (NZl) Team CSC
4. Matthew White (Aus) US Postal presented by Berry Floor
5. John Lieswyn (USA) 7UP / Maxxis
6. Uros Murn (Slo) Formaggi Pinzolo Fiav?
7. Geert Van Brondt (Bel) Team CSC, all s.t.
8. David Clinger (USA) Prime Alliance Cycling Team, 3.19
9. Chris Horner (USA) Saturn Cycling Team
10. Jimmi Madsen (Den) Team CSC, 3.53
11. Oleg Grishkine (Rus) Navigators Cycling Team
12. Michael Barry (Can) US Postal presented by Berry Floor
13. Danny Pate (USA) Prime Alliance Cycling Team
14. Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) US Postal presented by Berry Floor, all s.t.
15. Viktor Rapikski (Blr) Saturn Cycling Team, 5.49
16. Charles Dionne (Can) Saturn Cycling Team, s.t.
17. Adam Livingston (USA) Schroeder Iron Cycling Team , 7.13
18. Matt Dubberley (USA) Sierra Nevada-Clif Bar, 10.16
19. Alan Iacuone (Aus) Flanders-IteamNova.com , 10.21
20. Jeff Louder (USA) Navigators Cycling Team