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Mancebo leads 5-hour Energy Team at Tour of California

Cycling News
May 8, 2013, 21:55,
May 8, 2013, 22:56
First Edition Cycling News, Thursday, May 9, 2013
Tour of California
Paco Mancebo (Kenda-5 Hour Energy) before he gets to the front to attack.

Paco Mancebo (Kenda-5 Hour Energy) before he gets to the front to attack.

  • Paco Mancebo (Kenda-5 Hour Energy) before he gets to the front to attack.
  • The 5hr Energy p/b Kenda team spent nearly the entire day at the front of the peloton.
  • Max Jenkins (5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda) leading the break of three.
  • Nate English (Kenda-5 Hour Energy) rounded out the top twelve with his strong ride

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Jenkins and English excited to compete in "home" race

Francisco "Paco" Mancebo will lead the 5-hour Energy presented by Kenda Racing Team at the 2013 Tour of California, starting on Sunday, May 12. Fresh off winning the final stage of the Gila Monster Road Race and finishing third overall, Mancebo is a two-time NRC champion.

"Both the team and I are very motivated to race against the big ProTour teams and leave it all on the road," said Mancebo. "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 the 5-hour Energy team is capable of winning a stage and doing well in the general classification."

Team Directeur Sportif Frankie Andreu said, "The Tour of California is one of the highlights for the 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."

The 5-hour Energy squad will include seven American riders: Max Jenkins, Nate English, Jim Stemper, and David Williams.

The Tour of California is a home race for the team's two California riders, English and Jenkins. English grew up in Berkeley, California, and is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley.

"The Tour of California will be a special race to me, not just from a sporting point of view, but also personally," said English. "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."

Jenkins is originally from Novosibirsk, Russia and became a US citizen in 2007. He currently resides in Citrus Heights, California and is also a graduate of the UC Berkeley.

"Racing the 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," said Jenkins. "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 US and we will be able to hold our own."

The squad is currently the number-one ranked team in the NRC standings.

5-hour Energy presented by Kenda Racing Team for Tour of California: Nate English, Max Jenkins, Francisco "Paco" Mancebo, Shawn Milne, Taylor Shelden, James Stemper, Bobby Sweeting,
David Williams

sakdempa More than 1 year ago
Nate English better win the Diablo Stage!
Dinostand More than 1 year ago
Nate English currently has the Mt. Diablo hillclimb record.
Montegrappa More than 1 year ago
Go Goku!
Evan Shaw More than 1 year ago
Five hour energy, Tour of Amgen/EPO Mancebo, known consort of doping doctors. But, as the UCI say it is all behind us.
epofuel More than 1 year ago
Calling Shapiro...ShawnB...and other doping apologists... What do you make of this article? Mancebo had 20 bloog bags in Fuentes´freezer. How is he still racing? Weren´t Tyler and Rock Racing once prevented from starting this spectacle of dopers, I mean, bike race, for links to doping? How can this be? How can a guy like Mancebo race still, having had 20 blood bags in Fuentes´freezer. And yet no comment from Frankie Andreu? WHAT? So Lance´s doping was not ok, according to Frankie Andreu, but Mancebo´s is ok? Guess it´s the same old story - comes down to bottom line. I don´t care that Frankie Andreu doped, but I care that he seems to care sometimes and not other times. That is total, complete, BS. He should be fired immediately, for being a chump. Wonder how Betsy feels about this? Should she feel wronged that her husband is now in charge of a Lance-style doper? I don´t hear anything from her. If Mancebo can race, why can´t we call back Ricco and Lance to race? I don´t see any difference. And JV1973, are you reading? How do you defend idiocy like this? Inquiring minds want to know.
bikerbruce More than 1 year ago
For many, it's not doping that bothers them so much, it's Lance. Their vitriolic hatred of him, his lies, but more especially his fame and fortune is what drives them. But they hide behind the doping excuse and are unable to be honest with themselves and just admit..."I don't care so much about doping. I just hate Lance Armstrong and wish I was rich and famous too". Otherwise, you'd see the pursuit, the hatred, the ostricization of all dopers. I must admit, it turns my stomach a bit to see Mancebo and cute, cuddly, Zabriske getting headlined coming into ToC. To crucify Lance while accepting the others is a double standard. But, to answer your question, the detractors of Lance are either too blinded by their jealousy or not man enough to admit, they just hate Lance. Alpe's words, "enjoy the racing", have been an encouragement to help overlook the complete injustice and double standard of it all.
DianeR More than 1 year ago
Mancebo should not be allowed to race. Period. Then again, the six-month offseason suspensions of Danielson, Zabriskie, Vande Velde were jokes also. And let's not forget Hincapie -- all the coverage fawning over him last year as he retired. I love cycling. I've followed it since before Lemond won his first Tour. There are clean riders out there, some of whom aren't on teams b/c the dopers are taking all the spaces. It makes me sick.
jabike More than 1 year ago
Who are the clean riders that don't have jobs, we should be celebrating them.