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Tour of Utah 2006 — Stage 6 Final

August 12, 2006 (Snowbird, Utah) – With over 12,000 feet of high-altitude climbing, today’s final stage of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah lived up to its billing as the domestic cycling season’s hardest day of racing.

Dominique Perras once again led the Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada Pro Cycling Team, finishing 16th unofficially in the stage, which Blake Caldwell (TIAA-CREF) won as one of five riders who survived from a 15-rider early breakaway.

Mike Dietrich at the finish
Initially, that break also included Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada’s Mike Dietrich, who crested the first major climb of Alpine Loop just behind the six leaders but crashed on the descent and had to wait for the remnants of the field.

“It was my job to get in the early break and I felt pretty good, but I guess I was going a little too fast trying to catch back on,” he explained.

After getting up and over Alpine Loop and the smaller Suncrest climb, Perras was in good position at the base of the 7-mile final climb up Little Cottonwood Canyon to Snowbird at over 8,200 feet.

“I was in a group of five on the final climb and I tried to stay with Chris Wherry, Scott Moninger, Jeff Louder and Glen Chadwick but with about 5km to go, I couldn’t breathe any more and I blew up,” he recalled.

“The whole team rode well this week but with the altitude, it’s tough for us. I was happy to be back at the level that I think I’m normally at.”

Indeed, Perras showed his best form of the season in Utah, finishing unofficially in 9th overall and climbing comfortably with the race’s elite throughout the week, leading Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada General Manager Robin Zellner to remark that “Dom is back.”

David Robinson was Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada’s next finisher after Perras, followed by Dietrich and Scott Zwizanski. Jesse Anthony suffered back problems during today’s stage and withdrew.


1 Blake Caldwell (USA) Team Tiaa-Cref 3.29.34
2 Neil Shirley (USA) KJZZ – Pro Composite Team 0.11
3 Phil Zajicek (USA) Navigators Insurance 0.21
4 Chris Lieto (USA) California Giant Strawberries 0.30
5 Stefano Barberi (Bra) Toyota United 0.57
6 Scott Moninger (USA) Health Net Presented By Maxxis 1.21
7 Glen Chadwick (Aus) Navigators Insurance
8 Burke Swindlehurst (USA) Navigators Insurance 1.47
9 Thomas Peterson (USA) Team Tiaa-Cref 2.22
10 Jeff Louder (USA) Health Net Presented By Maxxis

16 Dominique Perras (Can) Kodakgallery.Com/Sierra Nevada 4.43
31 Eric Wohlberg (Can) Symmetrics Cycling 14.29
32 Jacob Erker (Can) Symmetrics Cycling 14.45
DNF Andrew Pinfold (Can) Symmetrics Cycling
DNF Cameron Evans (Can) Symmetrics Cycling
DNF Brandon Crichton (Can) Symmetrics Cycling
DNF Andrew Randell (Can) Symmetrics Cycling

GC after Stage 6

1 Scott Moninger (USA) Health Net Presented By Maxxis 14.57.50
2 Glen Chadwick (Aus) Navigators Insurance 0.21
3 Jeff Louder (USA) Health Net Presented By Maxxis 0.59
4 Burke Swindlehurst (USA) Navigators Insurance 1.16
5 Blake Caldwell (USA) Team Tiaa-Cref 1.29
6 Chris Wherry (USA) Toyota United 2.04
7 Cesar Grajales (Col) Navigators Insurance 4.11
8 Thomas Peterson (USA) Team Tiaa-Cref 4.33
9 Dominique Perras (Can) Kodakgallery.Com/Sierra Nevada 5.05
10 Neil Shirley (USA) KJZZ – Pro Composite Team 5.13
11 Chris Lieto (USA) California Giant Strawberries 5.32

26 Eric Wohlberg (Can) Symmetrics Cycling 20.08
27 Jacob Erker (Can) Symmetrics Cycling 22.19

Points classification

1 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Navigators Insurance 27 pts
2 Michael Friedman (USA) Team Tiaa-Cref 22
3 Michael Sayers (USA) Health Net Presented By Maxxis 19
4 Chris Wherry (USA) Toyota United 19
5 Jeff Louder (USA) Health Net Presented By Maxxis 19
6 Andrew Pinfold (Can) Symmetrics Cycling 19
7 Dominique Perras (Can) Kodakgallery.Com/Sierra Nevada 18

8 Chris Baldwin (USA) Toyota United 18
9 Jacob Erker (Can) Symmetrics Cycling 15
10 Daniel Ramsey (USA) Team Successful Living 14

23 Cameron Evans (Can) Symmetrics Cycling 3
27 Eric Wohlberg (Can) Symmetrics Cycling 1
28 Brandon Crichton (Can) Symmetrics Cycling 1

Mountains classification

1 Neil Shirley (USA) KJZZ – Pro Composite Team 24 pts
2 Scott Moninger (USA) Health Net Presented By Maxxis 20
3 Blake Caldwell (USA) Team Tiaa-Cref 19
4 Steven Cozza (USA) Team Tiaa-Cref 16
5 Glen Chadwick (Aus) Navigators Insurance 16
6 Stefano Barberi (Bra) Toyota United 14
7 Phil Zajicek (USA) Navigators Insurance 13
8 Timmy Duggan (USA) Team Tiaa-Cref 13
9 Jeff Louder (USA) Health Net Presented By Maxxis 11
10 Burke Swindlehurst (USA) Navigators Insurance 10

12 Dominique Perras (Can) Kodakgallery.Com/Sierra Nevada 6

Teams classification

1 Navigators 44.54.31
2 TIAA CREF 13.20
3 Health Net 23.27
4 BMC Racing 30.36
5 Toyota United 35.10
6 Team Einstein’s Cycling 40.51
7 KJZZ – Composite Team 45.57
8 Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada 54.28

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