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Dan Schmatz
Downers Grove, Illinois (August 20, 2006) - Continuing his strong summer, Nevada's Dan Schmatz finished fourth for the second year in a row at the USPRO Criterium Championships in the Chicago suburb of Downers Grove.

"Dan rode a good race and I'm happy with his performance," said Nevada Racing Manager Jonas Carney, a two-time former winner in Downers Grove, "but this is a race where you can do everything right and still lose the bike race."

Despite constant aggression from riders like Nevada's Ben Jacques-Maynes and Dominique Perras, no dangerous attacks materialized - unlike last year, when Jacques-Maynes was part of a three-rider breakaway that was caught inside the last three miles.

Australian Hilton Clarke (Navigators Insurance) won the 62-mile race in a field sprint, beating out the top American finisher and new USPRO champion Brad Huff (TIAA-CREF), 1999 title winner Tony Cruz (Toyota-United) and Schmatz.

Schmatz' other results in recent weeks include winning the final stage of the Fitchburg-Longsjo Classic, finishing second in the Rochester Twilight, and numerous high stage placings at Superweek in Wisconsin.

After a crash in last night's traditional warm-up race on the same course, Nevada's Jackson Stewart, who placed second in the Bank of America Invitational in Charlotte two weeks ago, finished today's championships but - in Carney's words - "wasn't himself." Nevada will spend next weekend in Binghamton, New York for the Chris Thater Memorial, followed by two events over Labor Day weekend: the new USA Cycling Professional Championships time trial and road race in Greenville, South Carolina and the four-race Gateway Cup in Schmatz' hometown, St. Louis.

The team wishes to thank SRAM Corporation for its support during the last two weekends of racing in the Chicago area.

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