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Saturn Takes Solano Win

March 30, 2003
Fairfield, CA – Reported By Team Saturn –

The final stage of the Men’s Pro Solano Bicycle Classic ended as it began with Saturn’s Chris Horner capturing the top spot on the podium in the final stage.

The final stage of the race was a simple circuit race that saw Horner’s Saturn teammate Ina Teutenberg win in the morning. The final 13 lap, 82 mile race saw an early break of seven clear the field. Major contenders for the stage win in the break were 7-UP’s John Lieswyn, Marty Nothstein (Navigators) and Mark McCormack (Saturn). The break looked like it might stick until five laps to go when the time gap quickly closed and all the teams wound things up for what looked to be a field sprint.

However, three corners from the final criterium course, race leader Horner sensed an opportunity and pounced. Catching all of guard, Horner put time into what was a serious chase to bring him back to the fold. In a mighty effort, the Saturn rider held off the galloping field for a win of about 50 meters in front of Greg Henderson (7-UP) and Gord Fraser in third. Saturn’s Ivan Dominguez was fourth.

Horner’s stage win only increased his lead of the overall over second place Jonathon Vaughters (Prime Alliance). Vaughters finished the race winning the King of the Mountain competition in front of Saturn’s Will Frischkorn. Saturn won the team competition and finished the weekend winning three of the four stages.

Look for the Saturn Team to compete at the Redlands Bicycle Classic, which kicks off Tuesday with a hill climb time trial outside of Redlands, CA. Horner and his Saturn Team will be bolstered by the strength of 2003 Tour of Langkawi winner Tom Danielson.

1. Chris Horner – Saturn
2. Greg Henderson – 7-Up
3. Gord Fraser – Health Net
4. Ivan Dominguez

1. Chris Horner – Saturn
2. Jonathon Vaughters – Prime Alliance

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