Bissell Pro Cycling’s Ben Jacques-Maynes rides near his Corralitos home earlier this year. Last week, Jacques-Maynes took second place in the GC of the Nature Valley Grand Prix in Minnesota. (Jon Weiand/Sentinel)
Watsonville resident and pro cyclist Ben Jacques-Maynes placed second overall in the Nature Valley Grand Prix, a four-day stage race event which concluded in Minnesota on Sunday.
“It feels great to be back to my normal self, after a hard winter of health problems,” Jacques-Maynes said in a Twitter interview. “I hope to continue to race well for the rest of the year.”
Jacques-Maynes suffered a broken collarbone in the 2011 Tour of California and his recovery was a long one.
The UC Santa Cruz grad, who rides for Bissell Pro Cycling, was sixth in the time trial and 35th in the criterium on the first day of the Grand Prix.
Following that, he placed 28th in the Uptown Minneapolis Crit, eighth in the Menomonie Road Race and 17th in the Stillwater Crit, building to an overall time of 7 hours, 32 minutes, 33 seconds — just one second ahead of third-place finisher Andres Diaz [Team Exergy] and 17 seconds back of winner Tom Zirbel [Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies].
The third stage, the Cannon Falls Road Race, was canceled due to weather, according to the event’s website.
Jacques-Maynes’ twin brother Andy, who rides for Kenda/5-Hour Energy, placed seventh overall after two top-10 finishes.
Ben Jacques-Maynes said he next plans to compete in the Fourth of July Criterium in Davis and the Testarossa Velodrome Challenge in San Jose.