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Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

DAY #3 for Jones in the KOM

BISSELL’s Carter Jones and Chris Baldwin joined an early break of twenty three riders in pursuit of the first climb of the day. The group was packed with World Tour riders such as Jens Voigt and Andy Schleck of Radio Shack, and Tejay van Garderen and Brent Bookwalter of BMC making BISSELL’s job even more difficult. With the support of Baldwin, Jones successfully took a maximum four points on the first KOM increasing his total to 25 points. Baldwin padded his margin further by taking the runner-up points, as well. The chasing peloton was not eager to let such a powerful group go, and they were reeled in right after the KOM.

Soon after, another group of four riders escaped off the front and stayed away for most of the day. The gap never got above 5 minutes with so many sprinters having their eye on the finish line. Just as predicted, the remnants of the break were caught in the final kilometers. Peter Sagan (Cannondale) won the field sprint in front of excited crowds in Santa Clarita.

Jones safely holds the KOM jersey for another day. There are two climbs tomorrow, but the downhill and flat finish into Santa Barbara will favor the sprinters. BISSELL did have a casualty today as Phil Gaimon abandoned due to sickness, but the remaining seven BISSELL riders are ready!