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Reading, Penn. (June 8, 2006) - After Jackson Stewart's stunning win on Sunday at the opener of the Commerce Bank Triple Crown in Lancaster, the Nevada Pro Cycling Team had high hopes for today's first-ever running of the Reading Classic.

Unfortunately, a repeat performance was not in the cards as bad luck plagued the team at a crucial moment late in the race.

After nine laps of a nearly 7-mile loop with only one short hill, the race was decided on the final circuit, where an additional mile of steep, twisting climbing was added at the top of the course for the last lap only.

On the slope leading up to the all-important climb, Nevada's Scott Zwizanski, Ben Jacques-Maynes, and Stewart were just about to slot into an ideal spot near the front of the field to cover the attacks that would were about to come.

"We were on our way into great position, and then two guys hooked each other's bars and crashed right in front of us. Scott squeezed through but I almost had to put my foot down. I accelerated hard but it was pretty much just damage control, since the gas was really wide open at that point," recalled Jacques-Maynes.

With only a short, technical descent between the summit and the finish line, there were no opportunities for Nevada to catch back on.

Health Net-Maxxis' Greg Henderson won the final sprint out of a small group, while Sergey Lagutin (Navigators Insurance) finished second and assumed the Triple Crown's overall lead, having placed third in Lancaster.

The series wraps up on Sunday with the Philadelphia International Championship, formerly the USPRO Championships.

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