04 | JAN
(June 5, 2005) - Racing today at the Wachovia USPRO Championships, the
Kodak EasyShare Gallery/Sierra Nevada Professional Cycling Team placed
Dominique Perras in an early field split of over 40 riders that simply
rode away from the field and eventually produced the winning breakaway.
On only the second of ten trips up the famed Manayunk Wall, riders like
Chris Horner (Prodir-Saunier Duval), David Clinger (Webcor Builders),
and race winner Chris Wherry (Health Net-Maxxis) forced the race's definitive
selection, which left out pre-race favorites like Bobby Julich (CSC) and
Fred Rodriguez (Davitamon Lotto).
For Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada, Perras was the only rider to make the
split. His teammate Glen Mitchell, who missed the move, said later, "I
had the legs but I was shadowing Julich and Rodriguez and they didn't
react. It was quite surprising that we never saw those 40 guys again."
For a while, Perras was content to simply sit on the break and wait for
reinforcements. But as it became clear that the field was not going to
catch the leaders, the former Canadian National Champion had to fend for
"I tried to do as little work as possible in the beginning,"
Perras explained, "but the attacks started around the 6th lap and
I had to bridge the gaps. I struggled on the last time up Manayunk but
came back on the descent."
As the temperature climbed into the mid-90's, Horner and Wherry bridged
up to Danny Pate (Jelly Belly-PoolGel), cementing the winning break, from
which Wherry would jump away on the last lap. Pate outsprinted Horner
Perras, who recovered nicely after an illness forced him to skip the Lancaster
and Trenton races earlier this week, finished as the first Canadian in
18th place. Fred Rodriguez (Davitamon Lotto) won the field sprint after
his group caught Perras' group in the closing miles.
Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada's other two finishers, Ben Jacques-Maynes
and Glen Mitchell came in 41st and 43rd.
Philadelphia native Scott Zwizanski, making his first attempt at the USPRO
Championships, withdrew from the race but commented, "I went over
in the top 10 the first time up the Wall, so I was just thinking about
the pain. But every lap after that, the noise was incredible! Hearing
my name out there was really great."
Results are available at www.wachoviacycling.com
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