UPDATE - MAY 8th, 2014
Team Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home Heads To California As Number 1 Team in North America
Team Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home heads to the 2014 Amgen Tour of California with big goals following their successes at the recent Tour of The Gila. Following the Tour of The Gila, Team Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home climbed to the top of the National Racing Calendar (NRC) Rankings thanks to their three stage wins, second Overall, and Team GC victories.
For the upcoming Tour of California, Team Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home will bring a roster almost unchanged from that which was largely successful in the Tour of The Gila. The team has a wide variety of goals, reflected by their depth, and the immense talent within the team.
For the sprint finishes, Team Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home will look to fast man JJ Haedo. JJ proved he is in form with a recent stage win at the Joe Martin Stage Race before returning to his home in Santa Monica, where he has been fine-tuning his fitness and sprint in anticipation of a strong showing at the Tour of California. When the road turns up, the team will look to Daniel Jaramillo for the summit finishes. Jaramillo comes to California riding high on form and confidence after taking out two summit stage victories at the Tour of The Gila. Taking up the role as team leader, and fighting for a high General Classification result will be the Costa Rican rider, Gregory Brenes. Brenes has been slowly building up his form, with the Tour of California his primary objective in the first half of the 2014 season.
Providing support will be Time Trial specialists Luis Amaran, Ben Jacques-Maynes, and Eloy Teruel. After targeting the Stage 2 Folsom Time Trial, these riders will be invaluable in setting up Brenes, Haedo and Jaramillo for their tilts at victory. Looking to capitalize on break away opportunities and providing support on the key mountain stages will be climbers Matt Cooke and Rob Squire. Cooke has proved his recent good form when he nearly held off the charging field on the Stage 1 summit finish at the Tour of The Gila, only getting passed by Jaramillo in the final 100 Meters of the race. Squire has been slowly building his form throughout the spring and will be a strong rider capable of supporting the team's leaders in the high mountains.
UPDATE - May 7th, 2014
Daniel Jaramillo Sprints To Stage 5 Victory As Team Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home Wins Sprint, KOM, U25, and Team GC at Tour of The Gila
Team Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home started the final stage at the Tour of the Gila leading the Sprint, KOM, U25, and Team Competitions as well as riding in 3rd overall with Gregory Brenes trailing the race leader by 30 seconds. The queen stage at the Tour of The Gila covered over 100 miles, crossing five categorized climbs, and finished atop the continental divide in the mountain town of Pinos Altos.
The stage started with a flurry of attacks. After 40 minutes, a group of 15 riders would push clear of the field, with Luis Amaran making the group, adding to his lead in the Sprinters Competition along the way. By the time the race had covered 30 miles, the leaders had built up an advantage of 2:30, and the chase in the field gathered momentum as Team Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home started to help with the pace-making at the front.
Hitting the first major obstacle, the Anderson Vista KOM, Team Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home hit the front of the field, with Eloy Teruel, Carson Miller and Tyler Wren all working to drive the pace on the climb. This reduced the gap to the leaders down to just 55 seconds by the time the peloton crested the KOM. Going out to the Cliff Dwellings, and coming back towards the second ascent of the Anderson Vista climb, it was Miller who helped to keep the speed high in the field, setting up a series of attacks from Team Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home. On the lower slopes of the climb it was Rob Squire who took over the pace-making, reducing the peloton to less than 20 riders, and in so doing, dropped the race leader from the group of race contenders.
In the final 30 kilometers of the race, Matt Cooke and Daniel Jaramillo traded turns attacking out of the very select group of leaders. With 3 riders making it into the final select group of 8, Team Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home had strength in numbers, and put everyone else under pressure. Having dropped the race leader, Gregory Brenes tried several of his own attacks in the finale but was never able to make up the time needed to secure overall victory. As the leaders came into the final kilometer, Daniel Jaramillo was able to jump clear of the group picking up his second stage win of the week. After the final stage, Brenes climbed one spot higher to 2nd Overall, leading Team Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home to victory in the Team GC, Sprint, KOM, and Young Rider Competitions.
After the race, Brenes reflected on the week of racing in New Mexico with an honest assessment, "I am happy to secure 2nd in the GC, but should have been more aggressive in the Stage 1 finish. If I had attacked in the last kilometer there, I would have easily overcome the 2 seconds that I lost the race by." Looking ahead, Brenes was quick to point, "The Tour of California is coming, and now I know my form is good. I will recover, and then come to California with my best condition to fight for the overall [General Classification] there."
UPDATE - May 1st, 2014
Hagen's Berman p/b Sutter Home Makes History Once Again
UPDATE - April 24th, 2014
Team Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home Returns With Double Stage Winner Haedo to Joe Martin Stage Race
On Thursday, the National Racing Calendar (NRC) makes it third stop in 2014 in Fayetteville, Arkansas for the Joe Martin Stage Race. The four day event includes an opening uphill Time Trial on Thursday, followed by two road races, and concludes in downtown Fayetteville with one of the hardest criteriums on the US Calendar.
Last year's Green Jersey and double stage winner, JJ Haedo, returns backed by a strong team that includes Time Trial Specialists Ian Crane, Ben Jacques-Maynes, and Eloy Teruel. In the rolling hills and low mountains of northwestern Arkansas, the team will look to Carson Miller and Stephen Leece, saving fast men Guido Palma and Ruben Companioni to help lead out JJ Haedo in the sprints. "We are getting into our final preparation for the Tour of California, and Joe Martin will be a test on how some of our riders are going," explained team director Sebastian Alexandre. Going into detail about his roster and ambitions for the coming week, Alexandre added, "JJ [Haedo] should be back to his top-level after his early season knee injury that cost him some weeks of training. We have big expectations for the coming week of racing after riding so well here last year."
Immediately after the race, Team Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home will travel southwest to Silver City, New Mexico where the Tour of The Gila will take place the following week.
Team Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home Joe Martin Stage Race Roster:
UPDATE - April 23rd, 2014
Ian Crane Wins Tour of Walla Walla; Ben Jaques-Maynes Wins Copperopolis Road Race
With a couple of weeks between NRC events, Team Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home riders traveled to two high-profile regional races on the West Coast. Making the trip up to Northern California, Ben Jaques-Maynes Contested the Copperopolis Road Race, while Ian Crane and Carson Miller traveled to Walla Walla Washington for the 3 day - 4 stage Tour of Walla Walla, held in Washington's wine country.
Ben Jaques-Maynes was able to ride aggressively near the front of the Copperopolis Road Race. Early in the race, a number of attacks started to define the race. Using his years of experience, Jaques-Maynes was always able to stay with the riders who were going to contest the finale of the race. In the final few miles of racing, Jaques-Maynes outmaneuvered the remaining riders to cross the line just ahead of second place.
In Walla Walla, Ian Crane and Carson Miller were two of the races strongest riders, bringing their experience to a prestigious stage race held in Walla Walla. Following a last-minute cancellation of Stage 1, due to logistical reasons, Crane and Miller went into the Stage 2 Time Trial thinking not only of winning the stage, but also the race overall. Crane put in a strong ride to win the Time Trial aboard his slippery Xenith T-Series TT bike, completing the 15km course in 18:17, 12 seconds faster than the runner up. A further 27 seconds back, Miller stopped the clock with a time good enough for 8th Overall.
Miller and Crane patrolled the front of the Stage 3 Criterium, and were able to selectively cover the moves that were to prove dangerous. A last lap crash saw Miller lose a small amount of time, as Crane just snuck through, he was able to regain his momentum, and crossed the line just behind the leader. After the race, Crane rued, "If only the race was 50 meters longer, I would have won."
Going into Stage 4, Crane had a 15 second lead in the General Classification, following his second place time bonus from the Stage 3 Criterium. Early on, the 91 mile road race was punctuated by attacks. A first lap solo move meant that the next 30 miles would be aggressive as riders continuously tried to bridge up. As Miller covered every threatening move, and pulled the race back together, Crane rode in the field, keeping his powder dry for the finale. Just before the mid-point of the race, a threatening group of 3 riders was able to go clear. Miller chased at the front of the field for the next 40 miles, bringing everything back together before the penultimate climb. With the gap to the leaders down to about a minute, Crane was able to bridge to the front group of riders. The leading group of 8 stretched out their advantage on the final climb, and finished 48 seconds ahead of the main field.
Following the final stage, Crane won the General Classification with 18 seconds advantage over 2nd place. Miller's hard work in the final stage to protect Crane's lead, saw him lose a small amount of time, slipping outside of the Top-10 overall. Following the race, Miller said, "I'm so glad it worked out. I was worried for the final [30 mile] lap and a half with the break up the road. When I saw Crane bridge, I knew we would have a shot at victory."
Following their successes this past weekend, Crane, Jaques-Maynes, and Miller will fly to Fayetteville Arkansas to meet up with their Team Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home Teammates for the next stop on the NRC Calendar, the Joe Martin Stage Race.
UPDATE - April 4th, 2014
On the Stage 2 Time Trial at the Redlands Bicycle Classic, Eloy Teruel powered his Jamis Xenith T2 to a 4th place finish, crossing the line just 16 seconds slower than the days winner, Tom Zirbel. Taking place along the north shore of Big Bear Lake, the Time Trial course consisted of a technical and challenging 12.5 kilometers. Stopping the clock at just 15:12, Teruel was sitting in second place on the day, until the final couple of riders came through, knocking him down two spots, into 4th. Speaking after the stage, Teruel said of the stage, "I had a good feeling in the legs today, but the altitude made it hard to go full speed; it was a good performance, but not the best for me. I am happy to have done a fast time, and to be close on the General [Classification]."
Teruel started the day highest of all the Time Trial specialists, and his strong efforts today see him slot into 4th place on the General Classification, just 7 seconds out of the lead. Stage 3 is the longest of the Redlands Bicycle Classic, at over 120 miles in length, the Beaumont Circuit Race will give an early indication of how strong the top teams are, and which riders and teams have the ability to control the race on a long day where the riders have historically been buffeted by strong winds. Speaking of Stage 3, Teruel said, "I am looking forward to the stage tomorrow. It is 200 kilometers in length; I hope that I can take advantage of the length, hard conditions, and use my past experiences from Europe to take advantage of the day."
Riding just behind Teruel, Team Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home has two additional riders who sit in the Top-20 Overall, and are less than 30 seconds off the mark. Should Teruel falter or face difficulty, he will look to Ben Jaques-Maynes and Gregory Brenes to take up the contention of the General Classification. Both riders have proven their ability, with Jaques-Maynes riding into the Top-5 Overall at the Redlands Classic last year, and Brenes gaining confidence from his General Classification win earlier in the year, at the Tucson Bicycle Classic.
UPDATE - March 27th, 2014
Team Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home returns to the San Dimas Stage race, held 28-30 March, as the defending champions. Last year's Overall winner, Janier Acevedo, has graduated to the World Tour, and is currently racing the Volta Catalunya. Taking his place as team leader, will be Daniel Jaramillo of Colombia, who will look to the 4.25 Mile Stage 1 Uphill Time Trail to establish an early lead in the General Classification.
Jaramillo will be backed by a strong team, including last year's Stage 3 Criterium winner, JJ Haedo, as well as Gregory Brenes who is coming off a fine GC win at the Tucson Bicycle Classic. Rounding out the Team Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home roster, is a depth of talent that should be up to the task of controlling the racing across all 3 stages.
Following the San Dimas Stage Race, Team Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home will use the next 2 weeks to fine-tune their fitness, taking time to preview some of the stages for the upcoming Redlands Bicycle Classic.
Team Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home San Dimas Roster:
UPDATE - March 11th, 2014
Rob Squire Finishes 5th Overall at Vuelta Mexico
On Sunday, the Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home Team successfully defended Rob Squire's 5th place on the General Classification, bringing him to the finish of Stage 6 safely within the peloton. On the final circuit race, held on the roads around the Angel of Independence statue in Mexico City, the field was hesitant to let the break go away. Halfway through the stage, a small group of 4 riders went clear, with Luis Amaran representing Team Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home in the break. Back in the field, the rest of the team kept Squire near the front of the race, out of wind, and out of trouble. With 2 of 22 laps remaining, the field was all back together, as the inevitable bunch kick was fast approaching. At the end of the stage, Squire crossed the line within the safety of the main field, and solidified his 5th on the General Classification.
The 2014 Vuelta Mexico contested over 6 stages featured two uphill finishes, one mountain top finish, one time trial, and one field sprint. On each stage, Team Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home successfully placed riders in the break, while also contesting the stage finishes and General Classification. Over six days of racing, Team Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home finished inside of the Top-10 on five stages.
From Mexico City, the Team will fly to Tucson, Arizona for a one-week training camp, which will include racing in the Tucson Bicycle Classic. Tucson is well known in the cycling community for its mild winter weather and diverse training options. Talking about the team's return to Tucson this year, Team Director Sebastian Alexandre said, "Tucson is a great place for our camp. We can do good training, in good weather, and the Tucson Bicycle Classic will be the perfect place for us to test the new season's equipment in racing conditions, including our all new, redesigned 2014 Jamis Xenith SL frames."
UPDATE - March 10th, 2014
Ben Jaques-Maynes Finishes 4th in Stage 5 Time Trial at Vuelta Mexico
The fifth and penultimate stage at the 2014 Vuelta Mexico was a short, but challenging Time Trial, held in the Chapultepec Park within Mexico City. The short but challenging course was a true test for the riders, as they faced an opening two kilometers that slowly gained elevation, before bringing riders to the final 800 meters, where the cobbled road kicked up towards the finish line after 2.9 kilometers of racing. Ben Jaques-Maynes started the day with ambitions of contending the stage, and was able to deliver a strong performance. Before the race, Jaques-Maynes, who was racing his standard road bike in the Time Trial said, "Today we'll see how aero the new Jamis Xenith really is." Early in the day, Jaques-Maynes occupied the hot-seat with the fastest time thus far, before eventually being knocked down three spots to 4th. After the stage, Jaques-Maynes tweeted, "Alright! 4th in the TT today, full Merckx on the road bike. The aerodynamics of the [new] Jamis Xenith must have been a factor." Just behind, teammate Rob Squire posted another strong result, putting up the 13th fastest time, and climbs one spot on the General Classification, up to 5th overall, with just one stage remaining. The Vuelta Mexico concludes with a circuit race held on the streets of Mexico City.
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About the sponsors of the Jamis/Hagens Berman presented by Sutter Home Pro Cycling Team
Jamis Bicycles rolled out its first bicycle in 1979 and has since built a reputation as a brand unmatched in performance, value, and style. Jamis Bicycles are sold in the US from coast to coast and in over 50 countries worldwide. G. Joannou Cycle, parent company of Jamis Bicycles, was established in 1937 and remains the largest bicycle business in the US under original family ownership. Jamis bikes are the choice of athletes in virtually all disciplines of cycling competition including professional road racing, triathlon, cyclocross and mountain biking. The company also supports elite and "up-and-coming" athletes across the globe and close to home through it's Backyard Racing Program. More information about the company is available at www.jamisbikes.com/
Seattle-based Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP is one of the top plaintiff-focused law firms in the nation with offices in ten cities across the country. Founded in 1993, they represent plaintiffs in class actions and multi-state, large-scale litigation that seek to protect the rights of investors, consumers, workers, whistleblowers, and others. More information about the firm is available at www.hbsslaw.com. Hagens Berman Cycling's website is http://jamishagensberman.com
Since its establishment in 1948, Sutter Home has produced premier red, white and blush wines at affordable prices. Today Sutter Home is America's #1 premium wine brand and offers consumers a variety of wines for everyday enjoyment. With its creation of White Zinfandel in the early 1970s and the introduction of top-notch varietal wines during the 1980s and '90s, Sutter Home became a household name and the second largest, independent family-run winery in the United States. Sutter Home makes 13 varietals including the original White Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Moscato and Riesling. Sutter Home is wholly owned and operated by the Trinchero family, Napa Valley vintners since 1948.
For the 2014 season, the Jamis / Hagens Berman presented by Sutter Home Professional Cycling Team will be riding Xenith SL road and Xenith T2 time trial frames from title sponsor Jamis Bicycles, equipped with Shimano components, wheels, and shoes and Ritchey Logic handlebars, stems, and seatposts. Tires and tubulars are supplied by Vittoria and saddles and handlebar tape are furnished by Fi'zi:k. The Xenith T2 Time trial bikes are outfitted with aerobars and other parts from Profile Design.
The team is supported by Ogio with their fantastic line of bags and casual clothing.