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PERRAS DROPS TO 6TH IN SURPRISING CONNECTICUT FINALE

Torrington, Conn. (May 22, 2018) - A surprise ending in today's final stage of the Tour of Connecticut dropped Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada's Dominique Perras from fourth to sixth place overall, as Mark McCormack (Colavita-Sutter Home) and Todd Wells (Capital Velo Club) escaped late in the race and snatched first and second overall.

After cold and wet day on the hilly 166-mile loop through Litchfield County, a breakaway including Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada's Glen Mitchell, who started the day 55" down in 14th place, took a small lead as the pack entered the flat finishing circuits in Torrington.

Navigators Insurance rode tempo on the front, initially allowing the break a small gap while protecting Vasili Davidenko's overall lead. But then McCormack and Wells, both of whom also started the stage 55" down on Davidenko, bridged up to the break and drove the pace.

With Mitchell in the break and Perras in the field, Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada's tactics were playing out nicely. But then Mitchell was dropped from the leaders and Navigators was unable to keep the situation under control. The gap went out to 1'07" at the finish, where McCormack won the stage and the overall.

Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada Racing Manager, Robin Zellner commented after the race, "It was disappointing to see Dominique [Perras] drop from fourth to sixth, but Mark [McCormack] and Todd [Wells] did an amazing ride today."

Earlier in the stage, Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada placed Jackson Stewart and Hayden Godfrey in a group that broke away after 30 miles. But after both were dropped, Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada went to the front and brought back the breakaway, in which Navigators' Mark Walters was the highest placed rider.

However, one rider remained alone off the front, scooping up KOM points and overtaking Perras for the Climber's Jersey.

Perras said after the stage, "Obviously, I would have preferred to keep fourth place and the Climber's Jersey, but a lot of things happened today that no one would have predicted. But I'm really happy that my Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada teammates did a great job and rode really cohesively to bring back the group with Walters that could have won the race outright."

Complete results will be posted at www.tourofct.com


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