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Ben on the climb
Greenville, SC (September 3, 2006) - Only a select group of riders were left standing after the fourth ascent of Paris Mountain in today's USA Cycling Professional Championships road race, and Nevada's Ben Jacques-Maynes was among the nine still in contention.

The 120-mile race covered five 22-mile laps including the 1000-foot climb, followed by three 3-mile finishing circuits in downtown Greenville, and it was clear from the start that only a fraction of the field would be any sort of factor in the final outcome.

"The strongest guys were at the front, it was a race of attrition, and everyone else was going out the back really quick," said Jacques-Maynes after the race.

Coming into the final climb, the Nevada rider was in the company of eventual race winner George Hincapie (Discovery Channel), Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner), Andy Bajadali (Jelly Belly), Danny Pate and Blake Caldwell (TIAA-CREF), Phil Zajicek and Burke Swindlehurst (Navigators Insurance), and defending USPRO champion Chris Wherry (Toyota-United).

Having begun cramping on the previous lap, Jacques-Maynes rode his own pace on the last climb as Leipheimer forced the pace and broke the group apart.

After rain began to fall during the finishing circuits, Jacques-Maynes came to the line with Zajicek and Caldwell and took the sprint for seventh behind Hincapie, Leipheimer, Pate, Swindlehurst, Wherry, and Bajadali.

"It was definitely a 'put-it-all-out-there' kind of day so I can't be upset with how I did," added Jacques-Maynes. Nevada Racing Manager Jonas Carney noted, "Ben was cramping a long way from the finish but he really sucked it up. I'm proud of him. It was an impressive effort."

Bright and early tomorrow morning, Nevada will take the start on in the US 100K Classic in Atlanta.

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