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Francisco Mancebo
Victory at the 2013 Redlands Bicycle Classic.
Francisco Mancebo
Victory at the 2013 Redlands Bicycle Classic.
Francisco Mancebo
The Spaniard attacked until he could go clear
5-Hour Energy/Kenda
It was a great start for the 5 Hour Energy/Kenda Team
team work and strategy paying off in redlands classic | Francisco Mancebo (5 Hour Energy/Kenda) finished off four days of hard work by his team by escaping solo to win the final stage and claim the overall victory at the 2013 Redlands Bicycle Classic.

It was always going to be a tall ask for Chad Haga to hold onto the overall victory in Redlands with former Tour de France contender Mancebo breathing just five seconds down his neck, and as expected the Spaniard attacked until he could go clear - riding free to narrowly hold off the charging sprint of criterium winner Juan Jose Haedo (Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home) in the finale of the Sunset circuit race. Because the race rules specified that the time for the overall classification would be taken at the start of five finishing short laps, Mancebo gained half a minute's advantage over Haga, the result of an attack on the last climb of the big loop. He tacked on a 10 second time bonus for good measure by holding off Haedo for the bonifications on the finish line. "The guy just knows how to go, and I couldn't go with him," Haga said, the disappointment weighing.

Staying in California between San Dimas and Redlands for the past three weeks allowed him to focus solely on training and rallying his team to support him this week. "It was a great start for the 5 Hour Energy/Kenda Team," directeur Frankie Andreu said. "It was a tough race, and a strange race because Optum was so shorthanded they couldn't do too much. "We were worried about the Jamis team, so our tactics were definitely different than normal - we tried to put some guys up the road to be up there for Paco when he attacked, but in the end it was Diaz who helped him." Diaz was disappointed to miss out on the stage: being away with Mancebo, who was solely focused on getting enough time to win the overall meant he could have been given free reign to win, but after a day of being in the breakaway he just didn't have the legs. "I went solo for four laps, and then I went with Mancebo, but I was dying - I couldn't go. I tried," Diaz said. "I was helping him, but my legs couldn't handle it in the last lap."

Team 5 Hour Energy/Kenda on their Devinci bikes finishes 1st overall. A nice gap of 48 sec. ahead of Team Jamis Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home.

Cycles Devinci is a Canadian bicycle manufacturer based in Chicoutimi, Canada. It has led the industry by way of manufacturing expertise and progressive product development since its inception in 1987. Cycles Devinci continues to forge ahead with its cutting-edge Dual Core Fusion frame technology—setting the path for podium domination.

For more details on Devinci and the 5-hour Energy racing team, visit devinci.com.

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