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ENCOURAGING PERFORMANCES IN FRESNO

Fresno, California (March 13, 2005) - The Kodak EasyShare Gallery/Sierra Nevada Professional Cycling Team finished the two-day Central Valley Classic with encouraging performances in Saturday's Kearney Park Circuit Race and Sunday's Tower District Criterium.

In Saturday's race, Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada's Tim Larkin rode in most dangerous breakaway during the flat 105-mile race. In the end, Jackson Stewart, Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada's young sprinter, finished eighth in the sprint finish won by Colavita-Sutter Home's Juan Jose Haedo.

During Sunday's criterium, Larkin again featured in an early move, but it was Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada's Glen Mitchell who made it into a six-man break that stayed away for most of the 90-minute race. With the teams of the top sprinters chasing, the group worked well together and held a gap of around 30 seconds for almost an hour. But nearing the finish, their pace began to sputter as riders attacked the break. Despite Mitchell's efforts to keep the breakaway going, it was caught on the last lap.

Earning his third top-ten finish in the last two weekends, Stewart finished tenth in the field sprint after being caught in a near crash in the final meters.

Of Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada's performance for the weekend, Mitchell said, "We were in all the moves that mattered, and Jackson really showed that his form is coming along. It was another encouraging weekend."



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