Watsonville cyclist Ben Jacques-Maynes to ride in ninth Amgen Tour of California
Watsonville cyclist Ben Jacques-Maynes will continue his streak of riding in every Tour of California when the race begins its eight-day, 720-mile tour from Northern to Southern California in Sacramento on Sunday.
Jacques-Maynes was named to the Jamis-Hagens Berman presented by Sutter Home Continental team when rosters were released Monday. It marks Jacques-Maynes’ ninth Tour of California competition.
Among the other entrants are Olympians, world and national Champions, Grand Tour stage winners and the only cyclist to win the Tour de France and Olympic gold in the same year — Team Sky’s Bradley Wiggins, who did it in 2012.
The riders won’t pass through Santa Cruz this year, but Jacques-Maynes will see some familiar terrain during Tuesday’s Stage 3, which climbs Mount Hamilton and Mount Diablo in San Jose, and Wednesday’s Stage 4, which begins in Monterey and stretches along Highway 1 to Cambria.
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