The Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada team has finalised its eight rider selection for the Ford Tour de Georgia, April 18-23. Leading the squad will be Ben Jacques-Maynes, an allrounder who currently is currently ranked eighth in the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar standings.
Climber Dominique Perras, who figured prominently in the final stage of last year's Tour de Georgia, and Jackson Stewart, a breakaway threat with great finishing speed, will also be in the hunt for stage wins, while Dan Schmatz will captain the team. Pete Lopinto, Scott Zwizanski, Mike Dietrich, and Jesse Anthony will primarily play support roles, but may also be called upon to represent the team in a breakaway, as Zwizanski did in the final stage of the Tour of California.
The team is also optimistic that Anthony, 20, will contend for the Best Young Rider classification.
Racing Manager Jonas Carney commented, "We have a balanced team for this race, and we're ready. Ben has been knocking on the door all season, and Jackson has been really impressive as well. We've raced hard all year and this could be a breakthrough race for us."
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