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Ben Jacques-Maynes kicks off Cascade with yellow

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Chris Baldwin (OUCH-Maxxis) figured in to the break right from the start.

Chris Baldwin (OUCH-Maxxis) figured in to the break right from the start. (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Tom Zirbel (Bissell) takes it easy in the bunch with team-mates up the road.

Tom Zirbel (Bissell) takes it easy in the bunch with team-mates up the road. (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Chris Baldwin (OUCH-Maxxis) was riding well today and racked up some KOM points.

Chris Baldwin (OUCH-Maxxis) was riding well today and racked up some KOM points. (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Victor Hugo Pena (Rock Racing) made a long trip back to the US and all the way in to today’s break.

Victor Hugo Pena (Rock Racing) made a long trip back to the US and all the way in to today’s break. (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Jeff Louder (BMC) made the break and will be one to watch in the overall this week.

Jeff Louder (BMC) made the break and will be one to watch in the overall this week. (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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The break continued to work well together throughout the day.

The break continued to work well together throughout the day. (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Rock Racing continues to drive the pace at the front.

Rock Racing continues to drive the pace at the front. (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell) attacked far out and got a gap quickly.

Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell) attacked far out and got a gap quickly. (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)

Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell) took the early lead of the Cascade Classic six-stage race after a solo victory in the opening stage on Tuesday.The California native is hoping that a new set of tactics will bring his squad an overall title after Sunday’s finale in Bend, Oregon.

"I hope we are able to have a good time trial here," Jacques-Maynes said. "But we aren’t fully depending on the time trial anymore because that has bitten us in the ass the last couple of weekends. We want to come out here to race aggressive and have a good one."

Jacques-Maynes took a strong early lead in the overall by virtue of a 10-second margin over a chase group being combined with the time bonuses allocated at the finish line. He heads into stage two with a 14-second advantage over Jeff Louder (BMC) and a 16 second cushion to Francisco Mancebo (Rock Racing).

Jacques-Maynes teammate, Tom Zirbel, leads the National Racing Calendar (NRC) series after an impressive string of time trial victories. However, the overall title has eluded the specialist, who placed second in the Nature Valley Grand Prix and third in the Fitchburg Longsjo Classic. The Bissell squad will no doubt leave a lasting impression at the stage 3 time trial, with Zirbel's presence bound to play a big factor.

The Bissell squad racing this week includes Jacques-Maynes and Zirbel along with New Zealand national time trial Champion Jeremy Vennell, Paul Mach, Omer Kemp, Kirk O’Bee, Morgan Schmitt and Burke Swindlehurst.

For images of stage one of the Cascade Cycling Classic click here


 

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Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in bike racing from the grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all cycling disciplines, edits news and writes features. Currently the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten coordinates global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.