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Merced, Calif. (March 5, 2006) - The 120-mile McLane Pacific Foothills Road Race is one in which the weather conditions often have a greater impact on the racing than does the course itself.

So while calm conditions led to field sprint finishes in 2004 and 2005, fierce winds in this year's edition pared the field down to about a dozen riders who battled it out for the win.

After a long day in the saddle, Nevada's Ben Jacques-Maynes was fifth across the line behind race winner Hayden Roulston (Health Net p.b. Maxxis).

"There were about 30 guys in the front group with a lap to go and with half-a-lap to go there were about 12 guys left," recalled Jacques-Maynes. "But I was riding comfortably and had a good position thanks to my teammates, and I survived the crosswind onslaught."

Filling in the top five were Ivan Dominguez (Toyota-United) in second, Mark McCormack (Colavita-Sutter Home) in third, and Karl Menzies (Health Net p.b. Maxxis) in fourth.

After finishing second in yesterday's criterium, Nevada's Jackson Stewart was 13th today, while teammate Pete Lopinto came in 17th, earning his second top-20 finish of the weekend.

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