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Ben Jacques-Maynes hoping for Toona return

Ben Jacques-Maynes is recovering from his fractured left collarbone and is eying a return to racing in July. The Bissell rider told VeloNews that he hopes to be at the start of the Tour de Toona July 5 in Altoona, Pennsylvania.

2011 Amgen Tour of California stage 2 gallery by Brad Kaminski
Ben Jacques-Maynes on stage 2 of the Amgen Tour of California. Photo: Brad Kaminski

“I have almost complete range of motion, but it’s tight,” said Jacques-Maynes. “There are sore spots and nerve pain and I’m super tired all the time.”

Jacques-Maynes suffered the injury in a crash during stage 5 at the Amgen Tour of California May 19. He underwent surgery the next day and began physical therapy in early June. He said he is looking for the silver lining in his forced hiatus.

“It’s cool that I get to hang out with my kids. I usually cherish the two days a week I’m home,” he said. “I have five weeks at home and I just got to go to my son’s kindergarten graduation.”

The 32-year-old former National Racing Calendar champion said he has tried to be active in the weeks following his injury, but was reminded each time that he needs rest. “I’m in this weird place where I think it’s ok to go out,” he said, “and after an hour I have to take a four-hour nap.”

With a $55,000 purse on the line in Altoona, Jacques-Maynes, twice fourth overall, hoped to be cleared for racing at the end of June to make his return for the resurgent Tour de Toona.