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(September 19, 2005) - With the book nearly closed on the 2005 season, the Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada Professional Cycling Team sent a contingent of four riders to the final event on the National Racing Calendar, the Univest Grand Prix in Pennsylvania.

Dominique Perras, Pete Lopinto, Jackson Stewart and Scott Zwizanski represented Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada in Saturday's 100-mile road race in Souderton and in Sunday's 50-mile criterium in Doylestown.

In the road race, which covers a hilly 60-mile loop followed by 13 tough 3-mile circuits, Perras and Lopinto were part of a 13-rider group that went clear of the field at the first KOM, 17 miles in.

Although the hills took their toll on Lopinto and other members of the breakaway, Perras' strength was evident as he led the chase after solo leader Melito Heredia (GS Gotham-Toga). But Perras' day would come to an abrupt end, as he crashed out of the race while negotiating a sharp corner.

Dom was riding really well and was pretty much the only one chasing Heredia, noted Ian Dille, who was on hand to cover the race for VeloNews magazine after a chronic knee injury cut short his first pro season with Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada.

After Perras' crash, Zwizanski made a series of unsuccessful attempts to bridge up to the breakaway on the finishing circuits, although he did roll in ahead of the main field in 19th place.

Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada's Pennsylvania native was on the attack again in Sunday's criterium, where he was part of a four-man breakaway with Dan Bowman (TIAA-CREF) and Advantage Benefits-Endeavour's Frank Pipp and Garrett Peltonen.

The quartet held a lead of around 30 seconds for almost the entire race, but were caught inside the last ten laps before the winning break of three riders went clear. Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada's Pete Lopinto finished ninth.

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Chase Orion Jacques-Maynes was born on Friday evening at 7:18 pm, weighing in at 8 lbs. 9 oz. Ben reports that "He's healthy, happy, has ten very big toes and sleeps like a baby." Congratulations to Ben and Goldi!

Buoyed by strong performances in the Barclays Global Investors Grand Prix SF and the Cougar Mountain Classic, Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada moved into sixth place in the National Racing Calendar standings released this morning, with a 20-point lead over Discovery Channel.

For the final races on the Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada schedule, Pete Lopinto, Jackson Stewart and Scott Zwizanski will contest the Bermuda Grand Prix starting on Thursday, while Glen Mitchell, Russell Hamby and Dan Schmatz will head to Ft. Smith, Arkansas for the Mercy Celebrity Classic next weekend.

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