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Tour of the Gila
The 5-hour ENERGY® presented by Kenda Racing Team and Mancebo take control of the No. 1 spots on the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar (NRC) standings
Tour of the Gila
The 5-hour ENERGY® presented by Kenda Racing Team and Mancebo take control of the No. 1 spots on the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar (NRC) standings
3rd at Tour of Gila and ready for Amgen Tour of California starting Sunday | DAHLONEGA, GEORGIA (May 7, 2013) – The 5-hour ENERGY® presented by Kenda Racing Team finished on the podium at the Tour of the Gila Powered by SRAM this past weekend in New Mexico. Francisco “Paco” Mancebo (ESP) won the final stage, Gila Monster Road Race, taking third place in the General Classification (G.C.). Teammate Max Jenkins (USA) placed third overall in the Sprint Classification. With the success at Tour of the Gila, both the 5-hour ENERGY® presented by Kenda Racing Team and Mancebo take control of the No. 1 spots on the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar (NRC) standings, men’s team and men’s individual standings, respectively.

At this year’s Amgen Tour of California, May 12-19, the 5-hour ENERGY® presented by Kenda Racing Team will be lead by two-time NRC Individual Champion and team captain Mancebo of Spain. The 5-hour ENERGY® squad in California will include seven American riders, including Jenkins (3rd on Stage 2 2013 Tour of the Gila), Nate English (winner of TT at 2013 Joe Martin Stage Race), Jim Stemper (fifth at 2012 US Pro Road Race Championship), and David Williams (fourth overall at 2013 Redlands Bicycle Classic).

The Amgen Tour of California is a home race for the team’s two California riders, English and Jenkins. English grew up in Berkeley, Calif., and is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley. Jenkins is originally from Novosibirsk, Russia and became a U.S. citizen in 2007. He currently resides in Citrus Heights, Calif. and is also a graduate of the UC Berkeley.

• Nate English (Berkeley, Calif.)
• Max Jenkins (Citrus Heights, Calif.)
• Francisco “Paco” Mancebo (El Tiemblo, Avila, Spain)
• Shawn Milne (Beverly, Mass.)
• Taylor Shelden (Louisville, Colo.)
• James Stemper (Jackson, Wyo.)
• Bobby Sweeting (Asheville, N.C.)
• David Williams (Grand Rapids, Mich.)

Max Jenkins (Citrus Heights, Calif.) – “Racing the Amgen Tour of California is a very exciting opportunity for me, especially since Stage 7 finishes on top of Mt. Diablo, which is where I first started cycling. I know that road like the back of my hand and it will be exhilarating racing up there. I expect to have a ton of friends and family cheering me up that climb, so it’s going to be an experience I'll treasure forever. This is going to be my second time doing the race and so I have some idea of what to expect. I know it is going to be a challenging race, but our 5-hour Energy pb Kenda is the strongest team in the U.S. and we will be able to hold our own.”

Nate English (Berkeley, Calif.) – “The Amgen Tour of California will be a special race to me, not just from a sporting point of view, but also personally. I started racing in the San Francisco Bay Area and know a lot of the local riders who will show their support by lining the roads and rooting for me and my team. I would really love to give my best effort with my best fitness and see how I stack up. At Cali, it'll be special.”

Taylor Shelden (Boulder, Colo.) – “I am really looking forward to racing in the premier race in the United States. It will be a great opportunity to ride against some of the best riders in the world. It is a big goal for both myself, as an individual rider, and the 5-hour ENERGY® team as a whole.”

David Williams (Grand Rapids, Mich.) – “As riders, we are truly grateful to have a great support staff and sponsors who have given us the opportunity to race in California. I will admit, thinking about the race that awaits us is scary, exciting and unknown, but at the end of the day I have to keep reminding myself that it's yet another bike race. As a team, we are as motivated to do our jobs as best we can, support each other. Now it's time to do our jobs on the bigger scale, and I couldn't be more honored to line up at the start with this group of guys.”

Paco Mancebo (El Tiemblo, Avila, Spain) – Spanish: “Esta victoria (Stage 5 at Tour of the Gila) me ha dado mucha moral. Tanto el equipo como yo estamos muy motivados por correr con los grandes equipos ProTour y de dejarnos la piel en la carretera. Mi intención es estar en el Top 10 de la general, sobre todo viendo la dureza de las etapas y la dureza de la crono. La 2ª etapa con final en Palm Springs me gusta mucho por la diustancia y por la dureza, y también la 7ª con final en Mt Diablo, pero hay que estar fuerte desde el primer día. Creo que el 5-hour Energy equipo está capacitado para ganar una etapa y hacerlo muy bien en la general.”

English: “This victory (Stage 5 at Tour of the Gila) has given me great motivation. Both the team and I are very motivated to race against the big ProTour teams and leave it all on the road. My goal is Top 10 in the general classification, especially after seeing how tough the stages and time trial will be. I really like the second stage with finish in Palm Springs due to the distance and difficulty, also stage 7 with finish on Mt Diablo, but you need to be strong from the first day. I believe the5-hour Energy team is capable of winning a stage and doing well in the general classification.”

Directeur Sportif, Frankie Andreu – “The Amgen Tour of California is one of the highlights for the 5-hour ENERGY presented by Kenda Racing Team. The new route covers some exciting new ground and includes some very difficult obstacles that will suit our team. Many of our riders are familiar with Palomar Mountain, the Tramway in Palm Springs, and Mount Diablo, and we can utilize our team's strengths on these epic California climbs. This will be a great opportunity to race against the world's best cyclists, showcase our sponsors, and interact with our fans. The event continues to grow each year and we are excited to take part in the race in 2013.”

Amgen Tour of California Stages
Sunday, May 12 Stage 1 Escondido – Escondido 102.7 mi.
Monday, May 13 Stage 2 Murietta – Palm Springs 124.1 mi.
Tuesday, May 14 Stage 3 Palmdale – Santa Clarita 110.3 mi.
Wednesday, May 15 Stage 4 Santa Clarita – Santa Barbara 83.6 mi.
Thursday, May 16 Stage 5 Santa Barbara – Avila Beach 115.4 mi.
Friday, May 17 Stage 6 San Jose Time Trial 19.6 mi.
Saturday, May 18 Stage 7 Livermore – Mt. Diablo 91.4 mi.
Sunday, May 19 Stage 8 San Francisco – Santa Rosa 81.6 mi.

Follow the Race
Twitter: @AmgenTourofCali
Facebook: Amgen Tour of California
Web: amgentourofcalifornia.com

Follow the Team
Twitter: @5hourEnergyTeam (#5HEcycling)
Facebook: 5-hour-Energy-presented-by-Kenda-Racing-Team
Web: ontherivetmanagement.com

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