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Greenville, South Carolina (September 1, 2006) - As USA Cycling's first-ever professional championships open only to American riders kicked off with today's time trial at The Cliffs outside Greenville, South Carolina, Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada's Ben Jacques-Maynes led the team with a 15th place finish over the twisting, rolling 20-mile course.
Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada Racing Manager Jonas Carney said, "Ben was
right in there and I'm still confident that the team is going to be really
strong on Sunday. A 200 kilometer road race is totally different from a
30 kilometer time trial, and we're going to be very competitive."
Jacques-Maynes, whose time of 44'19" was 2'29" behind that of today's winner
- and former Tour de France time trial stage winner - Dave Zabriskie (CSC),
added, "I rode the time trial pretty well and I was going quick the whole
time. I don't think the result reflected my effort, but c'est la vie.
I know that I'm riding well and I've been training well for climbing so
I can come up to Paris Mountain with confidence."
Tomorrow, Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada's five-rider team of Jacques-Maynes,
Jesse Anthony, Mike Dietrich, Jackson Stewart and Scott Zwizanski will reconnoiter
Paris Mountain and the rest of Sunday's road race course.