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Thursday, 02 February 2006

juan.manuel.garciaJose Manuel (Chepe) Garcia

flag_us_sml.gifCountry: Mexico

Height: 5 9"

Weight: 160

Date of Birth: 12/01/1972

Place of Birth: Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico

Residence: Los Angeles, CA

Pro Since: 1998

Jose Manuel ?Chepe? Garcia is a two-time Mexican National Champion who won the national road race championship in 1996 and the country?s 4,000 meter individual pursuit in 1997.

Over the span of his nine-year career, Garcia has split his time between the Americas and Europe, earning more than 20 top three finishes, including a second place at the Tour De Beauce and the overall points jersey. In 2004 and 2005, while still racing professionally in Mexico, he started doing local races throughout southern California. It was during this time that he was hired by Toyota-United who saw him as a good fit for the then first year team.

A fast, aggressive rider and mid-mountain specialist, he races to win and is not easily intimidated. He grew up watching his father, an amateur cyclist in Mexico. Like his father, he is a fierce competitor. For Garcia, earning a spot on the Toyota-United roster with some of the world?s top cyclists means only one thing ? responsibility ? to do what?s asked of him and give his all on every ride to make his team the best.

Over the course of the 2006 and 2007 seasons, he proved himself to be both a capable teammate and a contender, winning races at the Wells Fargo Twilight, Chuck Pontius and Fallen Law Enforcement criteriums. With two full seasons in the U.S. under his belt, he looks forward to another successful year with a revamped Toyota-United squad.

When Garcia is not racing, he enjoys trips back to Mexico to spend time with his four-year-old son, Leonardo.

Team History
2006 ? Present - Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
2000 - 2005 - Tecos, Mexico
1998 - 1999 - Ipso, Belgium
1998 - Colstrop, Mexico
1995 - Canels, Mexico

1st, Mexican National Time Trial Championships
1st, Del Mar Criterium
1st, Toyota - Stuart Cycling Classic
1st, Long Beach Criterium

2007 Results
1st, Fallen Law Enforcement Criterium
1st, Stage 5, Vuelta Ciclista Internacional Guanajuato
6th, Infineon Cougar Mountain Classic Circuit Race
7th, Stage 4, Tri-Peaks Challenge
20th Overall, Central Valley Classic
2006 Highlights
1st, Chuck Pontius Criterium
1st, Wells Fargo Twilight Criterium
1st, Stage 1, Vuelta A Valencia Stage Race
2nd Overall, Vuelta A Valencia Stage Race
3rd, Stage 14, International Cycling Classic
3rd Overall, Tour De Nez
1st, Stage 2, Tour of Oaxaca
1st, Ontario Spring Classic Grand Prix
1st, Los Angeles Circuit Race
1st, Home Depot Center Criterium
26th, San Francisco Grand Prix

1st, Tour of Occidental, Mexico
1st, La Mirada Grand Prix
2nd, Mexican National Road Race Championships?

Other Notable Results
1st, Tour of Occidental
1st, La Mirada Grand Prix
1st Overall, Tour of Sinalo
1st Overall, Tour of Sol
1st Overall and Points jersey, Vuelta Trujiyo
1st Overall, and Points jersey, Mexican Calendar
1st Overall, Tour of Michoacan
2nd, Mexican National Road Race Championships
2nd Overall, Tour De Beauce
2nd Overall and Points jersey, Flanders Region
3rd Overall, Tour of Panama
Last Updated ( Monday, 14 July 2008 )
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