Andy Jacques-Maynes of Watsonville found himself in a cycling controversy Monday over comments he made on Twitter about the sport's problem with performance-enhancing drugs.
One of America's most promising stage racers took issue with the tweets in a story in VeloNews.com. North Carolina's Andrew Talansky, who finished seventh Sunday in the Vuelta a Espana, said, "I would like to call out Andy Jacques-Maynes ... He went on Twitter and said that everyone who races in Europe has done drugs at some point."
Talansky, 23, called the tweets "disturbing," saying, Jacques-Maynes "has to accept that if he trained exactly the way Bradley Wiggins did, he would never win the Tour."
Jacques-Maynes and brother Ben Jacques-Maynes are two of the Bay Area's best cycling pros that have competed in the Amgen Tour of California and other big domestic races.
"I'd say he's completely out of context if he thinks that what I was talking about associates with him at all," Andy Jacques-Maynes told VeloNews on Monday. "My reaction was more about the guys who chose to dope, and I don't believe he is, so how he's associating himself with that comment is hard to fathom."
In an August 14 Twitter post, Jacques-Maynes wrote: "My perception is that EVERYONE racing in Europe has been doped at some point. Could be my 'other' mentality that leads to that."
He later posted a tweet saying, "I have exceptional
Jacques-Maynes told this newspaper Monday that Talansky's criticism "did come out of the blue. I would've liked a more personal response, not in the press."
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