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Altoona, Penn. (July 28, 2005) - The Kodak Gallery/Sierra
Nevada Professional Cycling Team went on the offensive in today's fourth
stage of the Tour de Toona, a 60-mile circuit race in the nearby town of
Hollidaysburg, with Glen Mitchell regaining the KOM lead and Ben Jacques-Maynes
spending most of the race off the front.
At the first KOM today, Mitchell, Jacques-Maynes,
and Aerospace Engineering's Hugh Moran, who yesterday took the KOM lead
from Mitchell by one point, reached the top of Chimney Rocks Road in that
order, returning the KOM jersey to Mitchell with a two point lead.
¿We went out aggressively today and we're going to stay aggressive and try
to make something happen over the next couple days,î Mitchell said. ¿There's
three climbs left on Saturday with KOM points, and keeping the jersey is
a goal for Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada.î
The trio gained a 30 second lead on the descent, but the break soon reshuffled,
with Mitchell and Moran falling back to the pack and Jacques-Maynes being
joined by Snow Valley-SealOn's Matthew Crane, Jittery Joe's-Kalahari's Tim
Johnson, and Colavita-Sutter Home's Davide Frattini and Aaron Olson.
This was a breakaway group of five very strong riders, and their lead reached
But Health Net p.b. Maxxis missed the break and had to defend Chris Wherry's
overall lead, so they chased hard, aided by Webcor Builders and Targetraining.
Jacques-Maynes and his four companions were caught at the foot of the final
climb, just a few miles from the finish.
Colavita-Sutter Home's Juan Jose Haedo won the stage in a field sprint,
with Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada's Jackson Stewart taking sixth.
After spending most of the race off the front, Jacques-Maynes lost time
on the final climb and fell from 11th to 32nd in the overall standings.
But as Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada Operations Manager Kurt Stockton pointed
out, ¿Ben rode really aggressively today and made a serious attempt to win
the stage, and that's how we want to race.î