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It has not been a good week for Watsonville cyclist Andy Jacques-Maynes. Four days after being hit and run by a car during a training ride, Jacques-Maynes was dropped by his team, 5-Hour Energy/Kenda, for the 2013 season — without so much as a phone call, according to his Twitter feed.

Jacques-Maynes’ name was left off the 5-Hour Energy/Kenda roster for 2013 as USA Cycling announced 15 road racing teams for the year and their rosters. According to CyclingNews.com, the 5-Hour Energy/Kenda team and the Competitive Cyclist team have merged, which led to downsizing.

“That’s how you find out, sometimes,” Jacques-Maynes tweeted, following with, “Seems that cycling owes me nothing, after I’ve given cycling everything I have. Unrequited love.”

On Sunday, Jacques-Maynes, a UC Santa Cruz alum, suffered non-displaced fractures of the scapula and clavicle when he was hit and run during a training ride, according to his brother Ben Jacques-Maynes’ Twitter feed. Andy Jacques-Maynes  was riding on Holohan Road near Highway 152 in Watsonville when he was hit by what he thinks was a 2004 or 2005 Chevy Impala SS at about 10:25 a.m. Sunday, according to his Twitter feed, where he has put the call out for his followers to be on the lookout for the vehicle.

Andy Jacques-Maynes will wear a sling for the next six weeks. His plans after that are unknown.

Ben Jacques-Maynes, also a professional cyclist, will compete for Jamis Hagens Berman in 2013. 

Santa Cruz’s Tobin Ortenblad eked out a win over the Jacques-Maynes brothers, Andy and Ben, in the Surf City Cyclocross elite men’s A single-speed race at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville on Sunday.

Ortenblad finished 10 laps in 59 minutes, 58 seconds for the win. He was the only rider in the field to break and hour.

Andy Jacques-Maynes finished runner-up in 1:00:26.1 and Ben Jacques-Maynes rounded out the top three [1:00:56]. The Jacques-Maynes are pro cyclists from the Watsonville area.

The event was the third in the Surf City Cyclo-X Series. The final event is scheduled for Dec. 16.

For full results, visit the Surf City Cyclo-X website.



			

Ben Jacques-Maynes rides in the Tour of Utah en route to winning the King of the Mountain title.
Dave Richards/Contributed

UC Santa Cruz alum finishes 37th overall

Ben Jacques-Maynes made dominating mountain breakaways his mission in some of the most extreme ranges in the United States during the Tour of Utah this past week. The Watsonville resident’s hard work paid off as — for the first time in his professional cycling career — he was crowned the stage race’s overall King of the Mountain on Sunday.

Jacques-Maynes, a UC Santa Cruz alum who rides for Bissell Pro Cycling, won the King of the Mountain title with 38 points, but he didn’t know it until after he crossed the finish line of the sixth and final stage of the event, when people started patting him on the back with their congratulations.

“At that point, it was just a relief,” Jacques-Maynes said in a phone interview Monday after the conclusion of the TOU, which included 37,136 feet of climbing Aug. 7-12. “To have it pay off was a great feeling.”

Ben Jacques-Maynes rides in the Tour of Utah en route to winning the King of the Mountain title.
Dave Richards/Contributed

Although Jacques-Maynes earned the King of the Mountain jersey as early as the first stage, he said he really got back in the running for the title when he reclaimed the jersey in the fifth stage Saturday. Still, he wasn’t sure he would win the title with Timmy Duggan, the reigning US road race champion, ahead of him at the finish line Sunday.

King of the Mountain standings are based on points that riders accumulate by reaching checkpoints for climbs. Lucas Euser was second and Duggan was third [both with 31 points].

Jacques-Maynes, who spent a week and half acclimating in Park City before the competition, said the congratulations he received from his piers meant the most to him.

“I’m extremely happy,” he said. “…These are some of the biggest mountains available to climb in the country. It’s a big honor — a big deal.”

Jacques-Maynes placed 37th in the general classification. He was 20 minutes, 13 seconds back of winner Johan Tschopp [BMC Racing Team].

Jacques-Maynes flew back to the Bay Area and said he plans to rest up for about a week and a half before heading to the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado, which is another high-altitude event.

Watsonville resident and pro cyclist Ben Jacques-Maynes, a UC Santa Cruz alum, placed 18th in the second stage of the Tour of Utah on Wednesday.

Jacques-Maynes [Bissell Pro Cycling] finish 50 seconds back from winner Christian Vande Velde [Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda], who finished the team time trial in 22:35. Bissell is now in seventh place in the overall standings.

Jacques-Maynes, who earned the King of the Mountain jersey in the first stage, is now 5:18 back in the general classification in spot No. 58.

The event continues today. Results included in this report are from the Tour of Utah website.

Watsonville resident and pro cyclist Ben Jacques-Maynes got into robo mode and rode the breakaway, taking the King of the Mountain jersey in the 131-mile first stage of the Tour of Utah today.

Jacques-Maynes [Bissell Pro Cycling] finished 4 minutes, 35 seconds back to land in 66th place for the first stage and in the general classification. But his dominant performance on the mountains of Utah out of Ogden made him stand out.

“1st KOM jersey in a long time,” Jacques-Maynes tweeted with a photo before later also posting, “I AM A ROBOT…”

The King of the Mountains jersey goes to “the rider who accumulates the most points by being one of the first three riders crossing KOM checkpoints at the top of all significant mountains throughout the course,” according to the Tour of Utah website.

The course included 8,939 feet of net ascent.

The first stage was won by Rory Sutherland [United Healthcare] in 5:25:41, according to the Tour’s website.

The event continues tomorrow, and there are six stages total.

Andy and Ben Jacques-Maynes, twin brothers from Watsonville and pro cyclists, placed in the top 15 of the Cascade Cycling Classic in Bend, Ore., over the weekend.

Andy Jacques-Maynes finished 14th overall with his best finish of the stage race coming in the criterium Friday, when he placed fourth in the same time as winner Carlos Alzate Escobar [1 hour, 13 minutes, 49 seconds]. Escobar rides for Team Exergy, and Andy Jacques-Maynes rides for Kenda/5-Hour Energy.

Andy Jacques-Maynes, who now lives in Corralitos, had three top-10 finishes over six events.

Ben Jacques-Maynes placed 15th overall with his best finish of the stage race coming in the time trial Tuesday, when he placed 10th in 5:09.84. Winner Chad Haga of Fort Collins, Colo., finished in 5:02.64. Haga rides for Optum, and Ben Jacques-Maynes rides for Bissell Pro Cycling.

The overall stage race winner was Francisco Mancebo from Watkinsville, Georgia.

Results in this report are from USACycling.com.

– Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

Corralitos resident and pro cyclist Andy Jacques-Maynes placed fourth in the San Rafael Twilight Criterium on Saturday.

The Kenda/5-Hour Energy team rider crossed the finish line behind winner Eric Riggs of Antelope [Team Mike's Bikes], runner-up Jared Barrilleaux of Petaluma [Cal Giant/Specialized] and third-place finisher James LaBerge of Napa [Team Mike's Bikes] in the men’s Pro/Cat 1/2 race.

Jacques-Maynes’ twin brother Ben Jacques-Maynes, a Watsonville resident and fellow UC Santa Cruz alum, placed 17th for Bissell Pro Cycling.

Scotts Valley’s Rob Evans was the only other cyclist from Santa Cruz County to break into the top 25. He was 24th for McGuire Cycling Team.

In other divisions, the sole other county rider with a top-five finish was Santa Cruz’s Steven Sperling, who placed third [men's Cat 3].

Results in this report are from USACycling.com.

– Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

Watsonville resident and UC Santa Cruz alum Ben Jacques-Maynes placed eighth at the USA Cycling Pro Road Race Nationals on Monday.

Jacques-Maynes, who rides for Bissell Pro Cycling, was part of a breakaway pack that trailed eventual winner Timmy Duggan by about 30 seconds for the final three laps through downtown Greenville, S.C.

Duggan [Liquigas-Cannondale] won the race in 4 hours, 17 minutes, 40 seconds.

Jacques-Maynes crossed the finish line in 4:18:09 and his twin brother from Corralitos, Andy Jacques-Maynes [Kenda 5-Hour Energy Cycling Team], placed 19th in 4:20:20.

– Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

Corralitos resident Andy Jacques-Maynes, a pro cyclist who rides for the Kenda/5-Hour Energy team, pushed out the 10th fastest time trial at the USA Cycling Pro Road Race and Time Trials in Greenville, S.C., on Saturday.

Jacques-Maynes clocked a 42-minute, 35.92-second time over 20.7 miles. The UC Santa Cruz grad joined three other Kenda riders in the top 10 and finished less than two minutes back of winner David Zabriskie [40:41.44], who rides for Garmin-Barracuda.

Jacques-Maynes’ twin brother Ben, who rides for Bissell Pro Cycling, finished 26th [44:59.16].

The event continues today.

– Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

Corralitos resident and professional cyclist Andy Jacques-Maynes rode his way to two fifth-place finishes in the road race portions of the Joe Martin Stage Race in Fayetteville, Ark., over the weekend.

He finished four seconds back of winner and teammate Shawn Milne on Friday, and then finished in the same time as winner Eric Marcotte of Elbowz Racing on Saturday. Jacques-Maynes, who is a UC Santa Cruz alum, and Milne ride for the Kenda/5 Hour Energy team, powered by Geargrind.

Jacques-Maynes also had a sixth-place finish in the criterium, crossing the finish line in the same time as winner, Eric Young of Bissell Pro Cycling and was 21st in Thursday’s time trial. He was 13th in the stage race.

Jacques-Maynes’ twin brother Ben, who lives in Watsonville, also competed in the stage race, finishing 20th overall. His best finish was ninth in the individual time trial 13 seconds back of winner Francisco Mancebo [Competitive Cyclist Racing Team].

Ben Jacques-Maynes was also 16th in the criterium Sunday, crossing the finish line in the same time as teammate Young, and in the road races, he placed 54th and 15th on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

Results included in this report were from USACycling.com.

– Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

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