JACQUES-MAYNES MOVES UP ON G.C., SCHMATZ 4TH IN REDLANDS STAGE 2
Calif. (March 25, 2006) - The Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada Pro Cycling
Team did its best to take advantage of all available opportunities in today's
second stage of the Redlands Bicycle Classic, and succeeded in moving Ben
Jacques-Maynes from sixth to fifth overall and placing Dan Schmatz fourth
in the stage.
Although the Health Net presented by Maxxis team controlled the pace from
start to finish in defense of Nathan O'Neill's lead, Jacques-Maynes jumped
off the front in the early going to snare a three-second time bonus and
leapfrog Toyota-United's Justin England in the overall standings.
At the finish of the 90-minute criterium in downtown Redlands, Kodakgallery.com/Sierra
Nevada's Dan Schmatz avoided a last-lap crash and placed fourth in the stage,
won by Health Net-Maxxis' Karl Menzies ahead of Brice
Jones (Jelly Belly) and Vassili Davidenk (Navigators Insurance).
Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada Racing Manager Jonas Carney said after the
race, "The plan today was to get Ben an early time bonus and then help Dan
in the finish, and that's what we were able to do. We're expecting tomorrow
to be a race of attrition with Health Net-Maxxis controlling things from
the front, so we'll look for opportunities to take a stab at a stage win."