May 21, 2005 (Waterbury, Conn.) – “Today went according to plan,” said Kodak EasyShare Gallery/Sierra Nevada Racing Manager Robin Zellner after Dominique Perras made the winning break in Stage 2 of the Tour of Connecticut, placing fourth on the stage and taking the Climber’s Jersey.
After the first few laps of the very difficult Waterbury Climbers’ Cup circuit race shattered the field, a lead group of roughly thirty riders emerged, including Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada’s Glen Mitchell and Ben Jacques-Maynes in addition to Perras.
With four 4.1-mile laps remaining, Perras and overall leader Vasilli Davidenko (Navigators Insurance) – who followed his win in the criterium with a stage win today – bridged up to Davide Frattini (Colavita-Sutter Home) and Davidenko’s teammate, Chris Baldwin.
With strongman Baldwin driving the pace, the quartet’s lead grew to 31 seconds at the finish, where Davidenko took an easy win from Frattini and Baldwin. Perras finished fourth, but took the Climber’s Jersey after winning the final KOM sprint and placing second in the previous one.
Meanwhile, only sixteen riders made the final selection behind the breakaway including Jacques-Maynes and Mitchell, who placed ninth and fourteenth in the stage.
“I felt pretty good today and I’ll try to be aggressive tomorrow,” Perras commented after the race, “but Navigators is pretty well in control.”
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