Mancebo Narrowly Wins Sun Time Trial

Posted on 31. Mar, 2011 by in race

Francisco Mancebo (Real Cyclist.com) narrowly won the Redlands Bicycle Classic’s Sun Time Trial this afternoon. Mancebo won the uphill prologue by less than one second ahead of Ben Jacques-Maynes (BISSELL Pro Cycling), who finished in second. Two-time US Pro Time Trial Champion, Chris Baldwin (Juwi Solar-First Solar) was in third. Only four seconds separated the top three. BISSELL Pro Cycling had three riders in the top 7. Andy Jacques Maynes finished in 4th and teammate Jeremy Vennell in 7th.

Francisco Mancebo (RealCyclist.com)  wins Redlands prologue

Francisco Mancebo (RealCyclist.com) wins Redlands prologue

Tomorrow’s Stage 1 City of Beaumont Circuit Race will be a challenging 200km circuit race. Windy conditions and the heat are expected to play a big role.

Francisco Mancebo (RealCyclist.com).  “It was very hard climb and I was expecting to ride under 10 minutes. I think I rode a good time trial and rode the climb well. I am happy to win. I felt better than I did last weekend at San Dimas where I traveled back from Spain.”

“The problem is that there are a lot of time bonuses tomorrow. We would like to win this race and our team will work hard but winning this race can be complicated because of all the bonuses. There are also a lot of circuit races at this event that are very hard and all of them have time bonuses on them. The guys who are the most threatening are the overall contenders not too far back that can sprint well.”

Redlands Bicycle Classic - prologue

Redlands Bicycle Classic - prologue

Ben Jacques-Maynes (BISSELL Pro Cycling).  “I think we are in perfect position. We don’t have to ride up front but we have several options to take over the front if need be. I think we are really jelling as a team and I am looking forward to racing as a team. We are seriously a really good unit. It does not matter to me if it’s me, or Jeremy or my brother (Andy Jacques-Maynes). We are racing for the win and it just does not matter who gets it. It’s going to be a win for the team.”

“It’s supposed to be very windy tomorrow. There are some pretty good crosswinds sections so we need to be very attentive. There are a lot of strong people here. We need to make sure we are in good position if and when a move happens. Every team here has a strong rider to watch. Kenda has Ben Day, and of course there is Mancebo. There is also Grajales (RealCyclist.com). There are many, many riders who will be motivated to race hard. This race is so dynamaic. We need to be aggressive. It’s better to be handing it to people than to get it handed to you.”

Omer Kem, Team Director (BISSELL Pro Cycling).  “I think we are in a great spot with Ben, Andy, and Jeremy in the top 7. We’ll let RealCyclist.com take control of the race and we are in the position to sit back and see what happens tomorrow at Beaumont. It’s a long day and we want to take advantage of the fact that we have our best squad here. It’s 120 miles in the heat. It’s a little different than last year. Last year we started in Redlands, did a loop, then rode 4 circuits in Beaumont. Now we just do 5 laps in Beaumont. There are some narrow roads. If it’s windy, there are some sketchy tail wind and crosswind sections. It’s really a race of attrition.”

Chris Baldwin (1650 W Redlands Blvd) finished 3rd at Redlands Prologue

Chris Baldwin (1650 W Redlands Blvd) finished 3rd at Redlands Prologue

Elite Men Top 10 Prologue Results:
1 Fransisco Mancebo (Realcyclist.com) 0:09:40
2 Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell Pro Cycling) 0:00:01
3 Chris Baldwin (Juwi Solar – First Solar) 0:00:03
4 Andy Jacques-Maynes (Bissell Pro Cycling) 0:00:09
5 Luis Amaran (Jamis Sutter Home) 0:00:10
6 Dale Parker (Trek-Livestrong) 0:00:12
7 Jeremy Vennell (Bissell Pro Cycling) 0:00:14
8 Cesar Grajales (Realcyclist.com) 0:00:14
9 Bernard Van Ulden (Jelly Belly pb Kenda) 0:00:14
10 Nathaniel English (SKLZ pb Pista Palace) 0:00:15

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