Champions return to Wachovia series

Organisers of the Wachovia Cycling Series (may 31-June 5) have announced the largest roster of riders in the event's history for the three-race series which culminates in the Wachovia USPRO Championships in Philadelphia, June 5. Twenty-three teams with 200 riders will take part in this year's series.

Among the top riders signed up for Wachovia are Paris-Nice winner and 2004 Olympic medalist Bobby Julich (CSC); reigning and three-time U.S. national professional champion Freddie Rodriguez (Davitamon Lotto); 2004 Wachovia USPRO winner Francisco Ventoso (Saunier Duval Prodir); 2004 Wachovia Cycling Series Lancaster winner Max van Heeswijk (Discovery Channel); 2003 Tour de Georgia winner Chris Horner (Prodir Saunier Duval); 2004 Olympic team pursuit silver medalists and 2005 team pursuit world champions Rob Hayles and Chris Newton (MG-XPower Litespeed); current world U-23 road race champion Guiliano Figueras (Lampre); former U-23 World Time Trial Champion Danny Pate (Jelly Belly-Pool Gel); and up and coming star Tyler Farrar (Health Net/Maxxis).

With the powerful CSC team behind him, Bobby Julich is a strong favourite for the USPRO Championships. "Bobby wants to win the stars and stripes shirt to wear to this year's Tour de France! And we have a team to help him do that," said CSC team director Scott Sunderland.

The 2005 Wachovia Cycling Series will host 16 American and seven international professional teams: Discovery Channel (USA), Davitamon-Lotto (Belgium), Team CSC (Denmark), Lampre-Caffita (Italy), Liquigas-Bianchi (Italy), and Saunier Duval-Prodir (Spain); Advantage Benefits-Endeavour (USA), Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home (USA), Health Net pb Maxxis (USA) Jelly Belly-Pool Gel (USA), Jittery Joe's-Kalahari (USA), Kodak Easy Share Sierra Nevada (USA), McGuire-Langdale (USA), MG-XPower/Litespeed (Great Britain), Monex (USA), Navigators Insurance (USA), (USA), SeaSilver (USA), Subway (USA), Symmetrics (Canada), Team Snow Valley (USA), TIAA-CREF (USA), and Webcor Builders (USA).

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