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(July 24, 2006) - Having finished 15 straight days
of racing at the International Cycling Classic - otherwise known as "Superweek"
- the Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada Pro Cycling Team can look back at a
number of excellent rides as it looks forward to an August schedule packed
with four major races.
Lopinto (L) and Stewart atop the Superweek podium
Highlighting Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada's Milwaukee-based
campaign were Pete
Lopinto's win in the Bensenville Criterium on July 16 - one of five
Superweek stages that will count towards the National Racing Calendar standings
- and Jackson Stewart's victory three days later in the Bellin Health Village
of Howard Cycling Classic in Green Bay.
Having already lapped the field in a larger breakaway, Stewart bridged up
to a small chase group while the rest of the Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada
team lined up at the front of main field, feigning a leadout for Lopinto.
Stewart's group stayed away, and he outsprinted Reid Mumford (ABD Cycling
Team) for the win.
The day before, Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada's Dan Schmatz placed second
to Karl Menzies (Health Net-Maxxis) in the Cedarburg Classic on July 18,
a result that Schmatz repeated on July 21 in Kenosha, where he and Martin
Gilbert were first and second in the field sprint behind solo winner Robert
Wagner (Team Milram).
The following night at the popular Downer Avenue race in downtown Milwaukee,
Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada's Jesse Anthony lit up the race with a strong
solo attack, although the finish was decided by a field sprint in which
Schmatz placed 7th. In the final day's action in Whitefish Bay, Anthony
was aggressive again, this time netting third place from the winning breakaway.
"We weren't shooting for the overall," said Racing Manager Jonas Carney.
"We came here to win some stages and practice our leadouts - and we won
a couple stages and did a couple excellent leadouts.
"Everyone improved over the course of the two weeks, but Pete Lopinto and
Dan Schmatz were really impressive. Pete has the best form of his career,
he won his first NRC race, and did some great leadouts. Dan won several
field sprints, and definitely showed that he'll be a rider to watch in next
Indeed, the month of August includes three of the biggest criteriums of
the season: the Bank of America Invitational in Charlotte on the 5th, followed
by back-to-back weekends in Illinois at the Alexian Brothers Tour of Elk
Grove (August 12-13) and the USPRO Criterium Championships in Downer's Grove
(August 19-20). Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada will also field six riders
for the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, August 7-12.
But in the meantime, three team members in racing this week at the Tour
de Toona in Pennsylvania. Scott Zwizanski and David Robinson have been joined
under the Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada banner by guest riders Stephan
Kincaid and Joe Whitman, while Dominique Perras is representing the Quebec