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Written by Monte Hamilton   
Sunday, 19 August 2007
USPRO Criterium Championship

It was clear from the start that Sunday?s USPRO Criterium Championship was going to be a wet one. Rain began falling right from the start and continued throughout the 62-mile race. The wet conditions led to numerous crashes ? one involving Toyota-United?s Sean Sullivan. In the end, four Toyota-United riders made it to the end, led by Bobby Lea?s eighth-place finish.

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Ivan Dominguez was one of the favorites, having won three times in the past four weekends. Team Director Harm Jansen helps Jose Manuel ?Chepe? Garcia adjust his radio.
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Dominguez looked good in the opening laps? ?but began to ride cautiously as soon as the rain began falling. 
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Photos ŠKurt Jambretz, Action Images
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Stefano Barberi went with the unzipped jersey look despite rather unseasonably cool temperatures at race time. Garcia leads the peloton on the descent portion of the one-mile, figure-eight course. 
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Chris Wherry positioned himself near the front to stay out of danger.  Burke Swindlehurst (left) and Barberi (center) escorted Dominguez to keep him out of danger. 
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Ryan Miller rode cautiously after crashing hard the day before.  Dominguez called it a day before the 62-mile race reached its halfway point. 
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Jansen and Team Mechanic Shane Fedon watched the action from the service pit.  Sean Sullivan soldiered on despite a violent crash with the pavement that shredded his shorts. 
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Photos ŠKurt Jambretz, Action Images
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Toyota-United bus driver Paul Davi tried to stay dry while helping cheer on the guys.  Bobby Lea stayed clear of several last-lap crashes to finish in eighth place. 
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Heath Blackgrove toughed it out and was one of only four Toyota-United riders to finish the race.   
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