May 2, 2005 (Roswell, GA) “” No one has won more criteriums in North America than Gord Fraser of the Health Net Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis. The Canadian sprinter added another win to his palmares Sunday evening, taking the Nalley Lexus Historic Roswell Criterium.
“This was definitely a team win,” said Jeff Corbett, directeur sportif of Health Net Presented by Maxxis. With just a handful of laps remaining, and Advantage Benefits/Endeavour on the front trying to the control the race, AB/E’s Karl Menzies attacked off the front, taking the ever dangerous “” and seemingly ageless “” Eric Wohlberg (Symmetrix) with him.
“Up until that point, we were content to let Advantage do as much work as they wanted on the front,” Corbett said. “But when Menzies and Wohlberg went, we had to shut it down.” When they went with three laps to go, it was Mike Sayers of Health Net Presented by Maxxis shutting it down. “Mike basically blew himself up to get the break back,” Corbett added.
From there, John Lieswyn took over the pacemaking duties for a lap, followed by Kiwi Greg Henderson, who was coming off his win of the points competition at the Dodge Tour de Georgia. Dominguez followed Henderson and delivered Fraser to the last 200 meters and the reliable veteran proved he’s still the top finisher in North America. Behind Fraser, Dominguez held on after his lead-out to take 3rd place, with Henderson also able to crack the top 10 at 9th place.
Dominguez second in Athens Twilight Criterium
The evening before the Roswell Criterium, Ivan Dominguez came second in the prestigious Athens Twilight Criterium. Dominguez won the bunch sprint for second, after Navigators Insurance’s Vassili Davidenko pulled off an improbable solo victory.
Davidenko launched a solo attack early in the rain-soaked race and amazingly stayed away the entire race. “It’s hard to say how he was able to stay away,” Health Net Presented by Maxxis team director Jeff Corbett said. “The weather conditions were pretty miserable. It was raining hard, and I think our guys were still a bit tired from the Tour de Georgia.”
Only 36 riders finished the race.
1. Vassili Davidenko (RUS) Navigators
2. Ivan Dominguez (USA) Health Net
3. Alejandro Action (SBR)
4. Richard England (USA) Advantage Benefits/Endeavor
5. Kyle Gritters (USA) Team Seasilver
6. John Murphy (USA) Krystal/SCV
7. John Lieswyn (USA) Health Net
8. Danny Pate (USA) Jelly Belly-PoolGel
9. Gord Fraser (CAN) Health Net
10. Dave McCook (USA) Jelly Belly-PoolGel