UPDATE - April 4th, 2014
UPDATE - March 27th, 2014
eam 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:
Rob Squire Finishes 5th Overall at Vuelta Mexico
UPDATE - March 11th, 2014
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."
Ben Jaques-Maynes Finishes 4th in Stage 5 Time Trial at Vuelta Mexico
UPDATE - March 10th, 2014
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 tomorrow with a circuit race held on the streets of Mexico City.
Visit www.jamishagensberman.com for information on the 2014 team and race schedule.
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://www.hagensbermancycling.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.