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MITCHELL TAKES THIRD IN KELLY CUP TO PREVENT COLAVITA-SUTTER HOME SWEEP

Baltimore (May 28, 2005) - The downpour began minutes before the start of today's Kelly Cup, presenting an opportunity for Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada's Glen Mitchell and Jackson Stewart to escape with Mark McCormack and Aaron Olson, both of Colavita-Sutter Home, on the second of 40 1-mile laps through Baltimore's Patterson Park.

Aided by the weather conditions and the narrow, technical sections of the course, the quartet gained a quick advantage on the main field. Stewart was dropped in the early going, leaving Mitchell, McCormack, and Olson to work together for most of the race.

"We kept rolling through the whole time, making sure that we went hard enough to say away," Mitchell explained, "and no team really got organized to chase."

Midway through the race, the break's gap began shrinking but the trend was soon reversed and - despite the weather clearing up - the trio was well over a minute clear by the time McCormack attacked with 4 laps to go.

"I was surprised that they started working me over that early," said Mitchell, "and it took me about a lap to catch Mark. Then Olson went and I just let him go and decided to try for second."

After nearly coming to a standstill in the final stretch, Mitchell was slightly overgeared for McCormack's jump and couldn't outsprint the Colavita-Sutter Home rider.

While the leaders were hammering away, the pack dwindled to under 40 riders out of 125 starters and - with five riders in the main bunch - Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada was in a good spot to lead out sprinter Hayden Godfrey to try for fourth place. But Godfrey's untimely puncture after the end of free laps scuttled the team's plan, and fourth place went to Colavita-Sutter Home's Juan Jose Haedo.

In his first National Racing Calendar event after overcoming a chest ailment that plagued him this spring, Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada's Russell Hamby placed 9th. Ben Jacques-Maynes in 21st, Jackson Stewart in 28th, and Scott Zwizanski in 29th rounded out the Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada finishers.

Complete results will be posted at www.bikejam.org

Bike Jam/Kelly Cup unofficial results:
1. Aaron Olson (Colavita-Sutter Home)
2. Mark McCormack (Colavita-Sutter Home)
3. Glen Mitchell (Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada)
4. Juan Jose Haedo (Colavita-Sutter Home)



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