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The Paul Mach Blog - Survived another GC showdown

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Survived another GC showdown
Sunday, June 7, 2009 - Race Reports
Bissell Riding the front Sorry for the late post, we're staying with Dan and Julie and since it was Dan's birthday yesterday it was barbecue time.

My job for Stage 3 of the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic was to pull a Menchov and just stay glued to Chris Baldwin, number 2 on the GC. The Bissell team made that pretty easy for me.

Adam Switters was in the break and off the front till about 3k. I was pulling for him, but it was not to be. Omer and Graham rode like mosters for over 80 miles to control him. Morgan went down with about 30 miles to go. A gust of wind while he was taking a pee. We didn't know if he was going to get back in, but with a new bike and a bunch of road rash he still finished 8th.

The real action started with 10k to go. Guys started attacking, but Burke was there to cover. I just followed him as he closed stuff down.

Baldwin started attacking with about 5k left and I just tried to stay with him. He didn't have much help and was stuck riding the front. The other two guys in our group were going for the stage win.

At the finish I took the inside line and Baldwin pressed me against the barriers. Live and learn I guess. I finished 3rd, Baldwin was 2nd and Rob Britton won. Due to the time bonuses I'm now only 13 seconds ahead of Baldwin with just the Hood River Criterium remaining.

It was pretty sweet riding with a team in a situation like this. Omer and Graham did an awesome job and Burke and Morgan took care of all the big decision making. I couldn't have done it without them.

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Sunday, June 7, 2009, 7:34 pm
Paul... Early Congrats... Results are up!
Way to go, we were cheering for you all the
way. Everyone from the Dunlap TT says... HI!

PS Phil Wins!

Justin M.
Sunday, June 7, 2009, 10:33 pm
Jesus man! You are the same paul mach I ate burgers with at tour of utah right? Amazing to see how well your going this year. Congrats on an impressive victory!

Mr T
Sunday, June 7, 2009, 11:13 pm
Ha ha ha ! Thanks for including the link to Switter's new homepage! Good job out there today hommie. We raced as Cat 5's back in '06. Your climb thru the ranks is stellar. Rock on

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