Downers Grove, IL (August 18, 2007) The Kodak Gallery Pro Cycling Team, presented by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. opened the USPRO Criterium Championship weekend with Dominique Rollin taking second in a wet and wild ride at the Suzuki Pro-Am Challenge.
Following an afternoon of heavy downpours, the pro/amateur men’s field took the line to battle it out on the still rain slicked roads of Downers Grove. The .6-kilometer course is the same upon which riders will compete on Sunday in the USPRO Criterium Championships. On Sunday, the top American rider earns the right to wear the Stars-and Stripes national champion’s jersey in criteriums for the next year.
Shortly into the race, a six man breakaway formed and gained a solid 30-second advantage on the field. As riders took risks and suffered crashes behind, the breakaway worked well together for much of the race. As the 60-minute race drew to a close, the breakaway was almost absorbed by the field. In the final meters, the race became a sprint between Ken Hanson of BMC and Kodak Gallery’s Rollin with Hanson taking the win.
After the race, Team director Kurt Stockton shared his views on the race, “Dom was definitely looking strong today. The rest of the team rode really well – all in all, it was a good warm up for Sunday’s race.”
The racing action heats up with the 3:00PM Central Time start of the USPRO Championships.