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Rochester Photo Album
Rochester, New York (June 24, 2006) - Racing after dark in front of a raucous crowd estimated at 40,000 by Mayor Robert Duffy, the Nevada Pro Cycling Team rode an impressive team race in tonight's Saturn Rochester Twilight Criterium, with five riders placing in the top 25 and Dan Schmatz finishing 2nd.

After a few days spent meeting and cycling with Kodak employees in and around Kodak's Rochester headquarters, the team's nine-rider squad got down to business shortly after sundown.

Dominique Perras (L) and Jesse Anthony in the breakaway
Confidently executing its strategy, Nevada marked each and every attack throughout the 2-hour race, with Jason Allen, Jesse Anthony, and Dominique Perras figuring in the most significant move.

Given that a break lapped the field in each of the race's first two editions, few expected a field sprint.

But as TIAA-CREF rode a strong tempo on the front in the closing laps, Nevada moved to help position sprinters Schmatz and Martin Gilbert.

Coming out of the last turn, Schmatz timed his acceleration well but was forced to come all the way around a Navigators Insurance rider who veered sharply towards the outside after finishing his leadout effort.

Having taken the long way out of the corner, Schmatz held of Colavita-Sutter Home's Sebastien Alexandre for second but was unable to catch Navigators' Hilton Clarke.

"The team rode an excellent race tonight and if Dan had a clean shot at the line, we might have won. But this kind of race is unpredictable, and I'm happy with how the team rode," said Nevada Racing Manager Jonas Carney.

Asked about the pressure of racing in front a large contingent from the team's co-title sponsor, Schmatz answered, "We always want to win and we always want to represent all of our sponsors, so in that sense there's no added pressure. But it still would have been special to win here, and I'm disappointed that we didn't. But our whole team had a great time here in Rochester and a great time at this race, so we'll definitely be back next year."

Rounding out Nevada's top finishers were Gilbert in 10th, Jackson Stewart in 15th, Pete Lopinto in 20th and Scott Zwizanski in 25th.

After Rochester, the team's next race will be the four-day Fitchburg Longsjo Classic in Massachusetts, beginning this Thursday.

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