June 6, 2005 — In our 2005 Wachovia USPRO Championships Report we neglected to mention and include in our standings that Canada’s Dominique Perras (Kodak Sierra Nevada) placed 18th and was the top Canadian. We have since added this to our Report that appeared on June 5, 2005 and apologize to Dom and his team for this oversight.
The Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada Team Report follows”¦
Perras Part of Early Split That Surprisingly Sticks
Philadelphia (June 5, 2005) – Racing today at the Wachovia USPRO Championships, the Kodak EasyShare Gallery/Sierra Nevada Professional Cycling Team placed Dominique Perras in an early field split of over 40 riders that simply rode away from the field and eventually produced the winning breakaway.
On only the second of ten trips up the famed Manayunk Wall, riders like Chris Horner (Prodir-Saunier Duval), David Clinger (Webcor Builders), and race winner Chris Wherry (Health Net-Maxxis) forced the race’s definitive selection, which left out pre-race favorites like Bobby Julich (CSC) and Fred Rodriguez (Davitamon Lotto).
For Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada, Perras was the only rider to make the split. His teammate Glen Mitchell, who missed the move, said later, “I had the legs but I was shadowing Julich and Rodriguez and they didn’t react. It was quite surprising that we never saw those 40 guys again.”
For a while, Perras was content to simply sit on the break and wait for reinforcements. But as it became clear that the field was not going to catch the leaders, the former Canadian National Champion had to fend for himself.
“I tried to do as little work as possible in the beginning,” Perras explained, “but the attacks started around the 6th lap and I had to bridge the gaps. I struggled on the last time up Manayunk but came back on the descent.”
As the temperature climbed into the mid-90’s , Horner and Wherry bridged up to Danny Pate (Jelly Belly-PoolGel), cementing the winning break, from which Wherry would jump away on the last lap. Pate outsprinted Horner for second.
Perras, who recovered nicely after an illness forced him to skip the Lancaster and Trenton races earlier this week, finished as the first Canadian in 18th place. Fred Rodriguez (Davitamon Lotto) won the field sprint after his group caught Perras’ group in the closing miles.
Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada’s other two finishers, Ben Jacques-Maynes and Glen Mitchell came in 41st and 43rd.
Philadelphia native Scott Zwizanski, making his first attempt at the USPRO Championships, withdrew from the race but commented, “I went over in the top 10 the first time up the Wall, so I was just thinking about the pain. But every lap after that, the noise was incredible! Hearing my name out there was really great.”