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Jackson leading Shawn Milne (Navigators) and Rahsaan Bahati (TIAA-CREF) with 2 laps to go

Charlotte, NC (August 5, 2006) - Racing for one of the season's largest purses, Nevada's Jackson Stewart nearly pulled off his second major victory of 2006, finishing second in tonight's Bank of America Invitational in Charlotte.

Stewart, winner at the Commerce Bank Lancaster Classic on June 4, bridged up to Rahsaan Bahati (TIAA-CREF) near the halfway point of the 50-mile criterium.

With around 15 laps of the 1.2 mile course remaining, Shawn Milne (Navigators Insurance) came across and break began to increase its lead, although the field remained within striking distance.

But over the last eight laps, rain and crashes slowed the pack's chase and after Bahati - likely the best sprinter in the break - was dropped, Stewart and Milne were left to battle for the winner's $25,000 payday.

"Shawn gapped me coming out of a turn on the last lap and he held it all the way to the line. I was out there a long time in the break and I just didn't have much left, and he was really strong," Stewart said.

With only around 25 riders left in the main field, Juan Jose Haedo (Toyota-United) took the sprint for third, nearly catching Stewart on the finish line.

In the first half of the race, Stewart, Ben Jaques-Maynes and Jesse Anthony represented Nevada in the early breakaways, leading Racing Manager Jonas Carney to say, "We were the most aggressive team of the day. We had someone off the front pretty much the entire race."

Next weekend brings another $100,000 prize list at the Alexian Brothers Tour of Elk Grove in Illinois, where Nevada will bring Ben Jacques-Maynes, Jackson Stewart, Pete Lopinto, Martin Gilbert and Dan Schmatz.

Starting on Monday, Dominique Perras, Mike Dietrich, Jesse Anthony, Jason Allen, David Robinson and Scott Zwizanski will be racing at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah.

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