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Downers Grove, Illinois (August 20, 2006) - Continuing
his strong summer, Kodakgallery.com/Sierra 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 Kodakgallery.com/Sierra
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 Kodakgallery.com/Sierra 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,
Kodakgallery.com/Sierra 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."
Kodakgallery.com/Sierra 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.