August 12, 2006 — “Our plan today was to get Dom up the road and take back a minute, and that’s exactly what we did,” said Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada General Manager Robin Zellner after this evening’s fifth stage of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, a 37-mile circuit race in downtown Salt Lake City.
On the second of six laps, Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada’s Dominique Perras broke away with seven other riders – Toyota-United’s Chris Baldwin, Jacob Erker (Symmetrics), Daniel Ramsey (Successfulliving.com), Nathan Miller (BMC Racing), Andy Bajadali (KJZZ Composite), Valeriy Kobzarenko (Navigators Insurance) and Michael Creed (TIAA-CREF).
Starting the day in 8th overall at 2’46” behind race leader Jeff Louder (Health Net-Maxxis), Perras was the highest placed rider in the breakaway, which both the Health Net-Maxxis and Navigators teams were content to let go.
After reaching a maximum lead of 1’30”, the break’s gap came back to 55″ at the finish, where Baldwin won the stage and Perras took 6th.
Having added another 6 seconds in time bonuses during the stage, the Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada rider moved up to 6th place overall, leapfrogging Navigators’ Cesar Grajales and Sergey Lagutin.
“It took me a while to get going this season and I had some illness in May and June, but I feel great right now,” Perras said after the stage.
“I’m going to try to make something happen tomorrow and the stage is so selective, but I don’t think my effort tonight will hurt me since the stage was so short,” he added.
Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada’s Jesse Anthony placed 14th in the stage and remains 16th overall.
The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah concludes with tomorrow’s Snowbird Road Race, featuring 3 major climbs and over 12,000 feet of elevation gain in 85 miles.
A time zone away, Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada team members will also be gunning for the $100,000 purse at the Alexian Brothers Tour of Elk Grove in Illinois.
Stage 5 – Salt Lake City Circuit Race – 68 km
1 Chris Baldwin (USA) Toyota United 1.17.24
2 Jacob Erker (Can) Symmetrics Cycling
6 Dominique Perras (Can) Kodakgallery.Com/Sierra Nevada
8 Michael Creed (USA) Team Tiaa-Cref 0.26
9 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Navigators Insurance 0.55
10 Jeff Louder (USA) Health Net Presented By Maxxis
33 Andrew Randell (Can) Symmetrics Cycling
47 Cameron Evans (Can) Symmetrics Cycling
49 Eric Wohlberg (Can) Symmetrics Cycling
51 Brandon Crichton (Can) Symmetrics Cycling
68 Andrew Pinfold (Can) Symmetrics Cycling 3.47
GC after Stage 5
1 Jeff Louder (USA) Health Net Presented By Maxxis 11.26.53
2 Scott Moninger (USA) Health Net Presented By Maxxis 0.02
3 Glen Chadwick (Aus) Navigators Insurance 0.23
4 Burke Swindlehurst (USA) Navigators Insurance 0.52
5 Chris Wherry (USA) Toyota United 0.57
6 Dominique Perras (Can) Kodakgallery.Com/Sierra Nevada 1.45
7 Cesar Grajales (Col) Navigators Insurance 1.52
8 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Navigators Insurance 2.06
9 David Rodriguez (USA) BMC Racing 2.46
10 Jonathan Garcia (USA) Team Einstein’s Cycling 2.49
21 Eric Wohlberg (Can) Symmetrics Cycling 7.03
28 Brandon Crichton (Can) Symmetrics Cycling 8.39
30 Jacob Erker (Can) Symmetrics Cycling 8.57
45 Cameron Evans (Can) Symmetrics Cycling 18.00
66 Andrew Randell (Can) Symmetrics Cycling 29.18
68 Andrew Pinfold (Can) Symmetrics Cycling 30.50