04 | JAN
Altoona, Penn. (July 30, 2005) - Today's difficult 93-mile road race was bound to decide the general classification in the seven-day Tour de Toona, and the Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada Professional Cycling Team used the opportunity to move up from 8th to 4th on team G.C. as Ben Jacques-Maynes, Dominique Perras, and Tim Larkin made the day's major selection on the Blue Knob climb.
Health Net-Maxxis' Scott Moninger took the stage and the overall lead with a solo attack from a four-man break that included his teammate Justin England, Colavita-Sutter Home's Mark McCormack, and Aerospace Engineering's Hugh Moran.
After a strong chase from Perras and Larkin shrunk the gap to the breakaway in the closing miles, Jacques-Maynes finished seventh in the stage, as Health Net-Maxxis' Greg Henderson took the sprint for fifth ahead of the roughly twenty riders remaining in the group.
Early on in the race, Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada's Jackson Stewart, Russell Hamby, Scott Zwizanski and Dan Schmatz did an excellent job of driving the pace to the foot of Blue Knob to set up the team's climbers.
Jacques-Maynes said after the stage, ¿Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada hung tough on a very sharp climbing day. We've had a team plan every day, and everyone has done their part to execute it.î
Perras added, ¿We chased as hard as we could in the end and it turned out ok, as we moved up on team G.C.î
Despite his best efforts, Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada's Glen Mitchell couldn't find the legs for the steeper climbs of today's stage and did not retain the King of the Mountains lead.