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Altoona, Penn. (July 27, 2005) - As expected, Ben Jacques-Maynes and Dominique Perras of the Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada Professional Cycling Team were among the strongest climbers in the Tour de Toona.
But as the field dwindled to fewer than 40 riders on the climb of Blue Knob, roughly 20 miles from the finish of the 95-mile stage, Perras and Jacques-Maynes were unable to make the decisive split of eight riders.
Despite the presence of three Health Net-Maxxis riders including Chris Wherry, who would go on to win the stage and assume the overall lead, the front group's advantage was only 26 seconds at the finish, owing mainly to the work of Perras and the Colavita-Sutter Home squad, which had five riders in the 29-rider second group.
Jacques-Maynes is now 11th, but only 43 seconds behind Wherry in the general
classification. And with other stong teams like Colavita-Sutter Home, Jittery
Joe's-Kalahari, Webcor Builders, and others still motivated to shake up
the standings, the Tour de Toona is far from over for Kodak Gallery/Sierra