Jacques-Maynes: Talansky took comments out of context

Kenda veteran says he believes young Americans are clean and that Garmin rider misunderstood his Twitter comments

Andy Jacques-Maynes says that Andrew Talansky took his comments made on Twitter regarding doping in the European peloton out of context in a story published on on Monday. In that story, Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) hit out at Jacques-Maynes (Kenda-5-hour Energy) for comments he made on Twitter in mid-August questioning whether any professional at the sport’s top level could compete without using performance enhancing drugs.

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.

Jacques-Maynes, a veteran all-rounder in the domestic peloton, followed with:

I have exceptional physiology. And what these guys do seems impossible to me. Another level of performance with the same building blocks.

In a wide-ranging Q&A on the final weekend of the Vuelta a España, Talansky told VeloNews, “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.”

Talanksy called the tweets “disturbing,” adding that, “[Jacques-Maynes] has to accept that if he trained exactly the way Bradley Wiggins did, he would never win the Tour.”

Jacques-Maynes spoke with VeloNews Monday morning, saying, “I’d say he’s completely out of context if he thinks that what I was talking about associates with him at all. 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.”

“It was right after (Jonathan) Vaughters wrote his opinion piece in The New York Times… My comment was about the attitude of bike racers who need to be rock stars, and so then are willing to do the wrong thing in order to be a rock star,” he said. “That’s never really been a part of bike racing for me, and so I find it hard to understand… what I was talking about was very much in the past.”

Clarifying his thoughts on the current up-and-coming crop of American cyclists, including Talansky, he said, “I’m not saying that I’m doubting them at all, you know, I’m cheering for them as much as anybody else is, because I want to see the next generation of American bike racers come up, kick ass, and do well worldwide.

“I do believe that they’re riding clean and I really hope so for the sake of American cycling. All our hopes are resting on them, and I hope they understand that.”