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Bank of America Criterium
Dominquez edges 2 others in sprint - Wins invitational by less than wheel length


Special Correspondent
Reprinted from the Charlotte Observer

Ivan Dominquez beat out three riders in a sprint to win the Bank of America Invitational Criterium Saturday night.

Dominquez, of the Colavita Bolla-Cuba team, won by less than half the length of a wheel to beat out Gord Fraser and Henk Vogels at the finish of the 60-mile race through uptown Charlotte.

All top three finishers came in with a time of 2 hours, 51.3 seconds.

"The weather was one of the biggest factors in the race," said Dominquez of the unseasonably cool temperatures for early August. "Today the weather was perfect for the race. It was fun."

Dominquez almost crashed in the last straightaway. He corrected and moved left to beat out the field in a 200-meter sprint.

Dominquez received $25,000 for his first-place finish. The event was promoted as the world's riches race of it's kind, with a total purse of $125,000.

Race officials announced that an estimated crowd of 25,000 people came to watch. The crowd lined both sides of Tryon Street for the length of the course, standing as many as 10 deep at the finish line, at the intersection of Trade and Tryon.

Saturday's Results

Top 10

1. Ivan Dominquez, Colavita Bolla-Cuba, 2 hours, 0:51.3 seconds

2. Gord Fraser, Health Net, 2:00.51.3

3. Henk Vogels, Navigator's Insurance-Queensland, 2:00.51.3

4. Vassili Davidenko, Navigator's Insurance-Tbilissi-R, 2:00.51.4

5. Zoran Klemencic, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives-L, 2:00.51.6

6. David McCook, McGuire Cycling, U.S., 2:00.51.9

7. Jonas Carney, Jelly Belly, 2:00.51.9

8. Robbie Ventura, USPS Wildwood, NC, US, 2:00.52.0

9. Chris Horner, Webcor Builders, U.S., 2:00.52.0

10. Charles Dionne, Webcor Builders, Canada, 2:00.52.2

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