Max Van Heeswijk Rides to Wachovia Lancaster Win

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06/2/2004| 0 comments
by Thomas Valentinsen

Max Van Heeswijk Rides to Wachovia Lancaster Win

Max Van Heeswijk takes the lead in the 2004 Pro Cycling Tour.

Max Van Heeswijk (US Postal Service) outperformed an international field of over 180 pro cyclists in the 91-mile Wachovia Cycling Series - Lancaster Tuesday before more than 15,000 spectators.   Van Heeswijk won with a fast time of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>, nine seconds ahead of second place finisher Francisco Ventoso of Prodir Saunier Duval from
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The 31 year-old Belgian finished 16th in
in 2002 and took fifth place in the Wachovia USPRO Championship in 2003.   His victory came in the first event of the Wachovia Cycling Series, which continues Thursday (June 3) with the Wachovia Cycling Series -
and culminates Sunday (June 6) with the 20th annual Wachovia USPRO Championship in


?The circuit is good for me,? van Heeswijk told Roadcycling.com.   ?We were flying in the first half of the season and this is a real good start to the week for me.?


The race through the streets of downtown Lancaster started in a thunderstorm, but was contested primarily in sunshine as the nineteen cycling teams engaged in a three hour-plus battle over 13, seven-mile laps.   Multiple breakaways were reeled back in by the peloton throughout the race until Bobby Julich (Team CSC) took charge in the seventh lap.


Others at the front of the peloton through the course of the race included Olympic hopeful Chris Horner of Webcor and two-time Wachovia USPRO Champion Fred Rodriguez of Aqua e Sapone, who ended up finishing third with a time of .


With the victory in this first event, Van Heeswijk takes the lead in the 2004 Pro Cycling Tour Point Standings. Stay tuned to Roadcycling.com for the rest of the Pro Cycling Tour.


Be sure to check out Roadcycling.com's recent interview with Max Van Heeswijk.


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