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Brighthouse Networks Marion Classic - NE

Marion, Indiana, USA, August 10, 2008

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Schmitt sweeps the field and cleans up for Bissell

By Paddy Kilmurray in Marion, Indiana

Morgan Schmitt (Bissell Pro Cycling) attacked on the final assent of the day and managed to hold off the remnants of a nine man breakaway which included the likes of Tom Soladay (Time Pro Cycling) and Karl Menzies (Health Net-Maxxis) to win the second day of the Marion Classic.

Schmitt crossed the line solo after the large breakaway was cut down to three before he dropped his two remaining breakaway companions on the final lap to secure a solo victory.

"The break went on a prime lap, there were about eight or nine guys in there" said Schmitt. "I had a teammate Graham Howard with me who worked whilst I sat on, I usually do well on a hilly course so I knew I was the guy for the team. With five to go Graham hit it, about six guys followed including myself. From there I attacked with four to go and was only followed by Tom Soladay and Jonathon Jacobs (MOB Squad). I just kept hitting it on the hill each time and managed to crack them on the final lap".

The riverside town of Marion, Indiana, north of Indianapolis provided a course which featured a steep uphill and a hair-raising downhill that proved selective all day. Schmitt's attack with four laps to go proved very selective for the break which sat up at a critical point of the race. This gave Bissell their second win for the weekend and a healthy purse to take back to Michigan. But this was not the only racing fans were watching. Karl Menzies completed a successful comeback to racing after making the break today.

"It was a tough course," said Menzies. "That hill was a block headwind and a crosswind up the top, I got worked over a bit and didn't have much left toward the end."

Though Menzies was a marked man in the break, and still unable to sprint with his left wrist heavily strapped, he appears to be on track for Tour of Missouri later in the year.


Elite Men
1 Morgan Schmitt (Bissell Pro Cycling)                         
2 Thomas Soloday (Time Pro Cycling)                            
3 Jonathan Jacob (MOB Squad - U Build IT)                      
4 Andrew Crater (Team Wheel & Sprocket)                        
5 David Guttenplan (Time Pro Cycling)                          
6 Karl Menzies (Dogfish Racing Team)                           
7 Graham Howard (Bissell Pro)                                  
8 Adam Bergman (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)                  
9 Robert White (ABD/Gear Grinder Cycling)                      
10 Tom Burke (Turin Bicycle/Barker+Nestor)                     
11 Kirk Albers (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)                  
12 John Puffer (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)                  
13 Chad Burdzilauskas (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)           
14 Kevin Attkisson (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)              
15 Facundo Bazzi (Aerocat/Latino Cycling Team)                 
16 Aaron Hubbell (NUVO Cultural Trail)                         
17 James Baldesare (Team Inferno Pro Cycling)                  
18 Mike Sherer (Alderfer Bergen)                               
19 Ryan Knapp (Alderfer Bergen)                                
20 Bennet Van Der Genugten (Team Inferno Pro Cycling)          
21 Derek Laan (Turin Bicycle/Barker+Nestor)                    
22 Ryan White (ABD/Gear Grinder Cycling)                       
23 Derek Graham (Priority Health Juniors U23)                  
24 Rich Harper (Team Inferno Pro Cycling)                      
25 Christopher Uberti (Turin Bicycle/Barker+Nestor)            
26 Jeffrey Schroetlin (ABD/Gear Grinder Cycling)               
27 Jeff Koch (Team Bissell)                                    
28 Scott Moro (Ohio Orthopedic-Moro Cycling)                   
29 Daniel Campbell                                             
30 Declan Doyle (NUVO Cultural Trail)                          
31 David Williams (Priority Health U23 Team)                   
32 Jeff Braumberger (Team Inferno Pro Cycling)                 
33 Mark Nagy (Dogfish Racing Team)                             
34 J Skiles Keith (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)               
35 David Stone (Lucas Oil Cycling)                             
36 Jeremy Grimm (RGF Solutions/Panther)                        
1 Jennifer Greenberg                                           
2 Kendi Thomas (Team Revolution)                               
3 Rita Klofta (Depauw U Cycling)                               
4 Pamela Loebig (Team Revolution)                              
5 Sydney Hatten                                                
6 Diana Schowe (DRT Racing)                                    
7 Elizabeth Freudenberger (Team Awesome / Jeni's Ice Cream)    
8 Natalie Carroll                                              
9 Julie Bembenista (Team Tortuga)                              
10 Jenna Johnson (Morris Trucking Velo)                        
11 Evelyn Ewing (Morris Trucking)                              
12 Anne Young                                                  
13 Kristina Heath                                              
14 Erin Whitmore                                               
15 Kristen Metherd                                             
16 Erin Axley (Iu Cycling Team)                                
Category 3 men
1 Ren-Jay Shei (Team Tortuga Cycling)                          
2 Brett Lane (Team Mack Racing Assn)                           
3 Andrew Messer (Drt Racing)                                   
4 Christopher Beck (Team Tortuga)                              
5 David Anderson (Mob Squad - U Build It)                      
6 Rob Rhodes                                                   
7 Eric Johnson (Usa Pista Elite)                               
8 Matthew Light (Alderfer Bergen)                              
9 Douglas Green (Walker Companies - Olympus Homes)             
10 Devin Hurst (Savage Hill Cycling Team)                      
11 John Moore (Team Dayton Bicycling)                          
12 Joseph Bosemer (Bolla Cycling Team)                         
13 Valentin Todorow (Black Key Bulls Cycling)                  
14 Charles Dell (Usa Pista Elite)                              
15 Richard Toler (Team Kreitler Rollers)                       
16 David Fouts                                                 
17 Joey Iuliano                                                
Category 4 men
1 Ali Camara (Major Taylor Racing)                             
2 James Heth (Redding Velo)                                    
3 Taylor Gaines (Team Tortuga)                                 
4 Matt Neibler                                                 
5 Stan Huffman (Team Abundance)                                
6 Baxter Burnworth (Alderfer Bergen Kcv)                       
7 Jason Pope                                                   
8 Zachary Steever (Team Abundance)                             
9 Stephen Sehr (Purdue Cycling)                                
10 Naveen John                                                 
11 Francisco Jimenez (Drt Racing)                              
12 Todd Steiner                                                
13 Joseph Schurger                                             
14 M. Shayne Dillinger (Team Ipro)                             
Category 5 men
1 Michael Schroeder (Mob Squad - U Build It)                   
2 Mike Flora                                                   
3 Kirk Weesner                                                 
4 Scott Myers (Team Dayton Bicycling)                          
5 Alexander Frist                                              
6 Dave Tharp                                                   
7 David Poole                                                  
8 Andrew Otte                                                  
9 Daniel Bartholomew                                           
10 Scott Gramke (Mob Squad - U Build It)                       
11 Michael Schwab                                              
1 David Stone (Lucas Oil Cycling)                              
2 John Kelly                                                   
3 Dean Peterson (Zipp Factory Team)                            
4 Robert Sharp (Mob Squad - U Build It)                        
5 Todd Bastress (Team Koehlinger)                              
6 Damianos Maggos                                              
7 David Lewis (Kelly/Koeholinger)                              
8 Gary Palmer (Tortuga)                                        
9 Gary Painter (Team Koehlinger/3Rvs)                          
10 Dan Loescher (Team Louisville)