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CSC & Kodak Gallery.com/Sierra Nevada Rosters
 
By Vaughn Trevi
Date: 2/15/2006
CSC & Kodak Gallery.com/Sierra Nevada Rosters
 

CSC & Kodak Gallery.com/Sierra Nevada Rosters
Kodak Gallery.Com/Sierra Nevada and CSC Announce Amgen Tour of California Rosters.
Countdown to the Tour 4 days...

Kodak Gallery.Com/Sierra Nevada
Team Roster for Amgen Tour of California

Having concluded its training camp and notched its first race win of 2006, the Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada Pro Cycling Team has named its eight-rider squad for the Amgen Tour of California, starting this Sunday, February 19, in San Francisco.

Representing the team in the eight-day, 600-mile race will be Mike Dietrich, Martin Gilbert, Ben Jacques-Maynes, Pete Lopinto, Dominique Perras, David Robinson, Jackson Stewart, and Scott Zwizanski.

Jonas Carney, who will make his debut as Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada’s Racing Manager at the Amgen Tour of California following 15 years as a pro cyclist, commented, “We have confidence in Ben and Dominique to perform as our team leaders, and in all our other riders to represent us in the breakaways and help Ben and Dom against a very competitive field.”

Jacques-Maynes, who will play the role of local favorite for the two stage finishes in San Jose, added, “Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada is one of the smaller teams in the race and we need to pick our battles, but Jonas has done a great job of outlining the battles that we can win. If we perform to our potential, this will be a great race for us.”

In addition to reconnoitering several stages and adjusting to new bikes and equipment, Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada’s camp also included the team’s season debut at two local events over the weekend – the Apple Pie Criterium in Santa Rosa and the Cherry Pie Criterium in Napa.

In Saturday’s Apple Pie race, Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada’s Dan Schmatz and Gilbert went 1-2 in a field sprint finish, beating out Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner), among others. “It’s always good to win the first race out of the blocks,” said Carney.

In Sunday’s Cherry Pie race -contested by a number of teams preparing for the Amgen Tour of California -Gilbert again took second, this time to Health Net p.b. Maxxis’ Karl Menzies.

“We brought our whole team to these races and we were able to control things pretty well. We also won some pies, which is always nice,” said General Manager Robin Zellner. “I’m happy with how our camp turned out and we’re ready to race.”

Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada roster for the Amgen Tour of California:
Mike Dietrich  (Tucson, Arizona)
Martin Gilbert  (Chateauguay, Quebec)
Ben Jacques-Maynes (San Jose, California)
Pete Lopinto  (Boulder, Colorado)
Dominique Perras  (St-Lambert, Quebec)
David Robinson  (Bend, Oregon)
Jackson Stewart  (Los Gatos, California)
Scott Zwizanski  (Downingtown, Pennsylvania)

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CSC Announces Tour of California Riders
On Tuesday, at the training camp in Solvang, California, Team CSC announced the names of the eight riders who will compete in the inaugural Amgen Tour of California.

The international squad includes:
Lars Bak (Denmark)
Fabian Cancellera (Switzerland)
Bobby Julich (USA)
Karsten Kroon (Holland)
Stuart O'Grady (Australia)
Christian Vande Velde (USA)
Jens Voigt (Germany)
David Zabriskie (USA).

“I'm sending a very motivated group of riders who can win the Tour of California,” said Bjarne Riis, owner and manager of Team CSC. “And since the race finishes in Southern California, near the headquarters of CSC, our title sponsor, it's a race we'd clearly love to win.”

 

 
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