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Sonoma, Calif. (September 10, 2005) - The Kodak
Gallery/Sierra Nevada Professional Cycling Team dominated today's Cougar
Mountain Classic held at Infineon Raceway, placing first, third and fourth
in a very difficult circuit race.
Glen Mitchell followed up his fifth place in last weekend's Barclays Global
Investors Grand Prix SF with his second straight win in this event at Cougar
Mountain, while Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevadas's Scott Zwizanski and Jackson
Stewart took third and fourth.
The race featured a small but very strong field, with pro riders from Health
Net-Maxxis, Webcor Builders, Subway, Seasilver, McGuire-Langdale and Symmetrics
also taking part in the two-and-a-half hour race around Infineon Raceway's
2.5-mile circuit with one steep climb and lots of wind.
Late in the race, a 15-rider lead group emerged, with Mitchell, Zwizanski,
Stewart, and Pete Lopinto representing Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada.
With one lap remaining, the trio of Mitchell, Mike Sayers (Health Net-Maxxis),
and Neil Shirley (Seasilver) looked like the final selection, until Shirley
touched wheels with Mitchell and crashed out of the lead group at the top
of the climb.
Seeing Shirley's misfortune, his teammate Daniel Ramsey made a desperate
attempt to bridge up to Mitchell and Sayers, but succeeded only in towing
Zwizanski close enough that the Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada rider closed
the gap on his own.
With his teammate at the front to lead out the sprint, Mitchell took the
win cleanly from Sayers, followed by Zwizanski and Kodak Gallery/Sierra
Nevada's Stewart, who took the sprint for fourth ahead of Ramsey.
Today also marked the final pro race for Kodak Gallery/Sierra
Nevada's Tim Larkin. With his wife, Sandy, and five-month-old son, Colin,
in attendance, Larkin, 34, ended a cycling career that began almost 20 years
Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada Operations Manager, Kurt Stockton said, ñIt
was great to see Glen win a hard race like this and see the whole team ride
so well, but it's always sad to say goodbye to someone who's as strong a
bike racer and as great a person as Tim Larkin.î