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Written by Monte Hamilton
Monday, 05 March 2007

March 3-4: Merco Cycling Classic Downtown and Foothills Races Merced, CA



Toyota-United Roars Through the First Two Events on the NRC Calendar:
  • First Place at the Merco Cycling Classic?s Downtown Grand Prix
  • Third Place Finish at the Merco Cycling Foothills Road Race


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Caleb Manion and Chepe Garcia sign autographs at the Merced Mall Burk Swindlehurst gives his bike a final assessment before the start of the Downtown Grand Prix; this was Burke?s first race of the season.

Photo Kathleen Poulos

photo Kathleen Poulos
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Stefano Barberi poses with a fan before the start of the race.
Is Sean Sullivan going to be trying a new bike during the upcoming races?
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Ivan Dominguez is acknowledged at the start of the Downtown Grand Prix; Henk Vogels and Ivan Stevic were also recognized during the starting ceremony.

Toyota-United races past through downtown Merced.
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Stefano Barberi and Henk Vogels take a corner. Chepe Garcia

Photo Kathleen Poulos

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Caleb Manion Ivan Stevic
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Henk Vogels throws up his arm as Ivan Dominguez crosses the finish line first.
Ivan Dominguez races across the line to finish first in the Downtown Grand Prix.

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Dominguez sails past after his victory.
During the Foothills Road Race the breakaway and peloton find themselves riding between fields of almond trees.

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Ivan Stevic is part of the initial breakaway. Henk Vogels roars after the breakaway.
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Toyota-United comes to the front of the peloton and chases hard for the final lap of the Foothill Road Race and succeeds in brining back the breakaway.
Ivan Dominguez spent time on the podium both Saturday and Sunday. Ivan finished the race first on Saturday and placed third on Sunday.
photo Kathleen Poulos photo Kathleen Poulos

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