Raleigh, NC (May 26, 2006) - Martin Gilbert of the Kodakgallery.com/Sierra
Nevada Pro Cycling Team scored the team's first National Racing Calendar
victory of the season at this evening's Leith BMW Criterium in downtown
Racing in treacherous conditions - at night and in the rain - Gilbert bridged
up to Toyota-United's Ivan Stevic midway through the 50-mile race, and they
were soon joined by Frank Travieso (AEG-Toshiba-JetNetwork).
The multinational trio - representing Canada (Gilbert), Cuba (Travieso),
and Serbia (Stevic) - stayed together until the finish, where Gilbert comfortably
took the sprint ahead of Stevic.
Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada Racing Manager Jonas Carney commented that,
"Martin was really impressive tonight - not just winning the race, but beating
a really crafty rider like Stevic who's won a ton of races, and a sprinter
like Travieso. For Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada, this is a big win and
it's exactly how we wanted to get started with this set of races."
After representing Canada on the world track cycling circuit throughout
the spring, Gilbert has hit the ground running in his road campaign with
Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada, which has high hopes for its young French
The team's East Coast road trip continues tomorrow at the Kelly Cup in Baltimore.