September 23, 2005 – The Canadian Cycling Association announced today that Dominique Perras of the Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada Professional Cycling Team will take part in Sunday’s Elite Men’s Road Race at the UCI Road World Championships, filling in for Michael Barry (Discovery Channel).
Originally selected as the first reserve, Perras will travel tonight to Madrid, Spain to join Francois Parisien and Ryder Hesjedal (Discovery Channel) now that Barry has withdrawn due to illness.
This will be the third World’s appearance as a professional for Perras, who represented Canada in Plouay, France in 2000 and Hamilton, Ontario in 2003.
“It’s not really my course, but a lot of guys who’ve ridden it say it’s harder than it looks,” Perras said of the flat Madrid course, adding that “there’s always a chance that a group could go early, so I’ll try to be aggressive in the early moves. I’m excited.”
The 2003 Canadian National Champion, Perras was the highest-placed Canadian in 2005 at the three biggest races in the U.S. – the Dodge Tour de Georgia (28th overall), the Wachovia USPRO Championships in Philadelphia (18th), and the Barclays Global Investors Grand Prix SF (10th).
Dominique’s trip to Spain will have be a brief one, however, with his wedding coming up October 1.