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Jacques-Maynes in todays' race
Redlands, Calif. (March 24, 2006) - Placing 6th in the 5km uphill time trial that kicked off this year's Redlands Bicycle Classic, Ben Jacques-Maynes of the Nevada Pro Cycling Team once again showed that he deserves to be recognized among the strongest riders in U.S. cycling.

"There's no strategy in a race like this, you just ride as hard as you can," Jacques-Maynes said afterwards. "That's what I did and I was the sixth-fastest today."

Near the top of the leaderboard, Jacques-Maynes' time of 9'43.43" was in the company of domestic racing's best time trialists and climbers: stage winner Nathan O'Neill (Health Net p.b. Maxxis), U.S. time trial champion Chris Baldwin (Toyota-United), 2005 National Racing Calendar champion Scott Moninger (Health Net p.b. Maxxis), and Toyota-United's Heath Blackgrove and Justin England, who rounded out the top five. Nevada's second-fastest ride today came from rookie pro Mike Dietrich, who placed 26th in a time of 10'13.55".

"We're really excited to see Mike on this kind of form," said Racing Manager Jonas Carney. "It's clear that he's done some really hard training since the Tour of California."

Looking ahead to tomorrow's criterium and Sunday's Sunset Loop circuit race, Jacques-Maynes added, " Nevada is in a really good position to animate this race over the next two days."

Jackson Stewart going hard
Not present with Nevada in Redlands are Dominique Perras and Martin Gilbert, both of whom will represent Canada in Sunday's Commonwealth Games road race in Australia.

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