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Merced, California (March 4, 2005) - After a strong performance at the Amgen Tour of California, the Nevada Pro Cycling Team kept its momentum going in today's McLane Pacific Downtown Grand Prix, as Jackson Stewart placed second in the race that in past years served as the domestic cycling season's opening day.

Stewart was part of a nine-rider breakaway that went clear just over halfway through the 40-mile race but still managed to stick, despite the cold temperatures and the flat, fast race's tendency towards a field sprint finish.

The group included four pairs of teammates - Toyota-United's Ivan Stevic and Sean Sullivan, Jelly Belly's Nick Reistad and Caleb Mannion, Colavita-Sutter Home's Mark McCormack and Gustavo Artacho, and Health Net-Maxxis' Mike Jones and Kyle Gritters - leaving Stewart as the odd man out.

But he bided his time as the field closed in and the breakaway's pace began to sputter, and the Nevada rider launched an attack through the last two corners that secured a second-place finish behind solo winner Jones, who had attacked with one lap to go.

Behind Stewart, McCormack and Reistad were the only other members of the breakaway to hold off the field.

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