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Re: [2.1] Tour de Taiwan
« on: March 18, 2019, 11:24 »
https://twitter.com/wcsbike/status/1107534164759379968

There were a few attempted breaks during the first hour from groups of 5-6 riders over some very boring roads (ie big highways), but the most they lasted was about 20 minutes. The day's most enduring break was the duo of Volkers and Iribe who were finally caught between the first and second KoM points.

The pace went up at that second KoM (the climb up the dam) and there was a subsequent break of some serious riders (Zukowsky, Lebas, Ochoa, Piccoli and someone else). They had a decent gap of 30 seconds and I thought it was game over, but the peloton behind still had numbers and they were brought back as the road twisted, rose and fell though the forest.

There was still time for Piccoli to almost immediately attack again (game over for the second time I thought) and had a fair gap. However it was not to be.

As you can see in the clip above both Clarke and Earle knew the value of getting into that corner first from previous visits. Earle overcooked it though and enabled the rider from Floyd's to cut back in front.

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