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Macon, Georgia (April 18, 2005) - Not long after Augusta native James Brown - the Godfather of Soul himself - fired the starter's pistol at the 128-mile opening stage of the Ford Tour de Georgia from August to Macon, the Nevada Pro Cycling Team made its mark on the race in its hallmark attacking style.

After Nevada riders like Dominique Perras and Scott Zwizanski made some of the early attacks attacks that kept the pace high during the first two hours of racing, Jackson Stewart attacked over 80 miles from the finish and was joined after a mile or so by Aaron Olson (Prodir-Saunier Duval), Neil Shirley (Jittery Joe's-Zero Gravity), and Dan Bowman (TIAA-CREF).

Jackson Stewart in the break
The quartet worked well together for almost two hours and held a maximum advantage of 11 minutes over the field. But as they neared 20 miles to go, the break's cooperative spirit evaporated as Olson attacked repeatedly and eventually went clear of Stewart, Shirley, and Bowman before all four were caught as the race entered Macon.

Stewart said, "I didn't feel great today, but I thought we would probably make it. I just wish I was riding a little better and then I could have marked Olson. I think he just wanted the Most Aggressive jersey, and he knew he had to get away from me since I'd started the break and won the third sprint."

Coming into the difficult finishing circuits in Macon, which typically weed out many of the pure sprinters in the field, Nevada's Ben Jacques-Maynes was feeling fresh.

"My legs felt good today, just rolling around in the bunch. Jackson did a great job in the break and made things easy for me and Dom [Perras].

Coming into the last lap, Nevada's sprinter Dan Schmatz was starting to cramp and gave Jacques-Maynes the green light to try for the finish on his own.

"I followed a CSC guy the last time up the bricks," Jacques-Maynes recalled, "and that gave me good position. With two corners to go, there was a big hit on the right side of the field that pinched me into the curb. I reaccelerated and passed a couple guys, then [Toyota-United's Ivan] Dominguez went down right in front of me in the last corner. Then it was just drag racing down the hill with a tailwind for the last 300 meters. There was nowhere for me to go, and then I got a run at the guys in front of me as they petered out. I swung around the right side and nipped a couple guys on the line."

Jacques-Maynes was sixth as CSC's Lars Michaelsen took the field sprint ahead of Fred Rodriguez (Davitamon-Lotto) and Caleb Manion (Jelly Belly). Nevada is now third in the team classification, as Jesse Anthony - in his first international pro race - placed 16th and Dominique Perras finished 22nd.

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