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Anthony (top) and Jacques-Maynes in yesterday's time trial
Dahlonega, Georgia (April 21, 2006) - With four categorized climbs and nary a mile of flat ground, today's 119-mile stage 4 of the Ford Tour de Georgia would have been the race's most difficult so far - even without the hail and pouring rain.

Out of a roughly 50-rider group that crossed the line together, Nevada's Ben Jacques-Maynes earned his second 6th place finish of the race and the team's youngest rider, Jesse Anthony, continued his impressive effort with a 13th place result.

"Jesse and I made a little hit squad and him 'em at the right time in the last kilometer. I think was only about the 10th fastest guy, but Jesse gave me a killer leadout that put me in great position," Jacques-Maynes noted.

Describing Anthony's ride, the Nevada team leader added, "When we came over the first climb, I put my head down and was going for it, then I heard Jesse behind me saying, 'Hey Ben, I'm here.' It's really good to see him riding so well and I'm really looking forward to helping him do well in the future."

Anthony said after the finish, "I am surprised that I'm doing so well in these stages. I didn't think I'd be riding this well, but I'll just keep fighting over these climbs. Generally I'm a pretty good climber, so it's more the fast finishers where I'm surprising myself. I'm stronger than I've ever been in my life, and it's pretty exciting to feel that way in the biggest race of my first pro season."

Also in the stage, Nevada's Mike Dietrich jumped into the early break that snuck away before the first major climb of Fort Mountain, which came just 25km into the stage.

"It was my first in a break in a big international race like this, and it was actually kind of fun," said the first-year pro, who took second in the day's first sprint point.

After today's stage, Jacques-Maynes and Anthony sat 28th and 38th overall. Nevada's Dominique Perras, Scott Zwizanski, Jackson Stewart, and Mike Dietrich are now 71st, 76th, 91st and 99th. Pete Lopinto and Dan Schmatz abandoned during today's stage.

Culminating with the climb to the 4,784-foot summit of Brasstown Bald, tomorrow's race is the signature stage of the Ford Tour de Georgia, and will almost certainly decide the final outcome of the race.

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