The Jamis – Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home returned to the United States following the Vuelta Mexico, and hit the ground running. After wrapping up the week of racing in Mexico with five Top-10 results, and 5th Overall on the General Classification, the Jamis – Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home Team travel to Tucson, Arizona, for their annual early season training camp.
While the riders started the week with shorter rides, recovering from their efforts in Mexico, the staff were putting in long days, as they prepared all the new bikes, clothing, vehicles, and logistics for the upcoming season. It didn’t take long for the team’s hard work and long hours to pay off.
Staying in Tucson, the Jamis – Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home Pro Cycling Team is contested the Tucson Bicycle Classic this weekend before traveling home. The race provided a great opportunity for the riders to test the new gear, equipment, and positions ahead of a long season. Gregory Brenes opened the weekend’s account with a sterling performance in Friday’s 5km Time Trial, coming in just one-tenth of a second faster than his teammate, and second place finisher, Ben Jaques-Maynes. Rounding out the Top-10 on Friday’s Time Trial, Luis Amaran came home just 12 seconds slower than Brenes and Jaques-Maynes.
The racing continued Saturday with an 82 mile road race, and concluded with a 52 mile circuit race on Sunday. With three riders inside of the Top-10, and a strong team in the race, the Jamis – Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home Team had plenty of cards to play on each stage.
For the second day in a row, on Staurday Daniel Jaramillo sprinted to a podium finish from a small finishing group on the uphill run to the line in the final stage of the Tucson Bicycle Classic. On Sunday’s final circuit race, nobody was able to push clear of the field in the finale, as Team Jamis – Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home kept the race together in order to protect Gregory Brenes’ overall lead in the General Classification.
On Sunday, the group contesting the stage was only a little bit larger than on Saturday, and Brenes was again able to rely on his teammates to bring him to the finish safely. At his side, Brenes had Daniel Jaramillo, Luis Amaran, and Ben Jaques-Maynes. With Brenes safely inside of the final 3km, Jaramillo was given the freedom to again try his hand in the tricky uphill run to the line. As Jaramillo crossed the line in 3rd, Brenes was just behind in 10th, losing no time. In doing so, Brenes secured his first General Classification win of the year, with his new Jamis – Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home.
“Our training camp has ended successfully, and we really look forward to the next big events which will be in Southern California,” Team Director Sebastian Alexandre said. The team will travel home for a few weeks of training, before the North American Race season gets under way with the annual season openers, the San Dimas Stage Race, closely followed by the Redlands Bicycle Classic. After securing the season’s first General Classification win with his team on Sunday, Alexandre stated, “We have signed several new riders on the team. Now with a couple of races together as a team, I feel like we are ready to open the domestic race season in 2 weeks’ time.”
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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://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.
Team jerseys are provided by Hincapie; helmets, glasses are supplied by Rudy Project.
The team is supported by Ogio with their fantastic line of bags and casual clothing.
Additional support is provided by Herbalife 24 and Thule