Lancaster Classic

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The Tom Bamford Lancaster Classic was a professional road bicycle race held in late May or early June between 1992 and 2007 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA. With the exception of the first race, which was 57.6 miles (92.7 km), the Lancaster Classic covered about 91 miles (146 km).[1][2][3][4] Due to the "short, winding hills," it had a very low attrition rate, with 37% of starters finishing the race on average.[5][6] 2003's 14% attrition was lower than that of the 2021 Tour de France, in which 23% of starters finished.[7]

Tom Bamford Lancaster Classic
Jakob Piil, CSC-HEW-Cyclassics-2005a.jpg
Jakob Piil, the racer with the most wins at Lancaster (2)
Race details
RegionLancaster, Pennsylvania
DisciplineRoad bicycle racing
CompetitionICP Tour of America (1993-1996)
First Union Cycling Series (1998-2002)
Wachovia Cycling Series (2003-2005)
UCI America (2006)
US Cycling Pro Tour (2007)
History
First edition1992 (1992)
Final edition2007 (2007)
First winnerRoberto Pelliconi (1992)
Most winsJakob Piil (1999, 2003)
Final winnerDavid Clinger (2007)

HistoryEdit

The race was established in part by Lancaster mayor Janice Stork, along with sponsor CoreStates Financial Corporation (and its acquisitions, Hamilton Bank, First Union, and Wachovia National Bank), in an attempt to revitalize the downtown area.[8]

The race underwent several name changes:

It was part of the following tours:

In 2006, two additional races were added: the women's and elite amateur men's race lasted for 25 miles (40 km) and 30 miles (48 km), respectively, around a 0.68 miles (1.09 km) circuit in downtown Lancaster.[1][18][34]

The Lancaster Classic ended abruptly after the 2007 event and was replaced by the Lehigh Valley Classic in nearby Allentown.[35]

WinnersEdit

Men'sEdit

Year Winner Time Team Starters Finishers Refs
1992   Roberto Pelliconi 2:04:05 Mercatone Uno [36][3]
1993   Arvis Piziks 3:13:14 Latvian National Cycling Team 130 42 [36][10][37]
1994   Andrea Peron 3:13:13 Team Polti 133 50 [36][6]
1995   Fred Rodriguez 3:07:12 USA Cycling 127 50 [36][19][38]
1996   Chris Horner 3:28:25 Nutra Fig Cycling Team 120 44 [36][39]
1997   Chann McRae 3:22:15 Saturn [36][11]
1998   Frankie Andreu 3:23:17 US Postal Service 150 [36][21]
1999   Jakob Piil 3:19:42 Acceptcard 120 45 [36][13][40]
2000   Trent Klasna 3:21:04 Saturn 140 [36][41][42]
2001   Léon van Bon 3:20:13 Mercury Viatel 150 65 [36][43]
2002   David Clinger 3:18:52 US Postal Service [36]
2003   Jakob Piil 3:23:42 CSC Denmark 163 23 [36][44]
2004   Max van Heeswijk 3:17:27 US Postal Service 200 57 [45]
2005   Greg Henderson 3:21:28 Health Net - Maxxis 166 76 [27]
2006   Jackson Stewart 3:09:20 Kodakgallery.com-Sierra Nevada 106 51 [5][46][18][16]
2007   Bernhard Eisel 3:18:41 T-Mobile Team 215 84 [1][47][48]

Women'sEdit

Year Winner Time Team Starters Finishers Refs
2006   Ina Teutenberg 54:21 T-Mobile [49][50]
2007   Ina-Yoko Teutenberg 55:10 T-Mobile [51][48]


Amateur men'sEdit

Year Winner Time Team Starters Finishers Refs
2006   Jamie Carney [49]
2007 [52]

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