Drummer Boy

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Re: [WT] Tour of California
« Reply #30 on: May 16, 2019, 05:57 »
I was a very late arrival to today’s viewing, and it became evident right away that I had timed it perfectly, in that I had missed absolutely nothing of note.

An five-man break formed very early on.
Roy Goldstein  #academy
Jonny Brown (current USA Road Champion) and Ian Garrison, both of  #axeon
Joonas Henttala  #novonordisk
and Michael Hernandez  #teamusa

The rain came and went, then came back again for a bit; scenic scenes were seen along the coast; the break was kept mostly between two and three minutes. It was the ToC.

At 102 km remaining, the race was 25 minutes slower than the slowest predicted time. By 85 km a steady coastal headwind slowed that to 45 minutes, with an average speed of 35kph. 

Michael Hernandez (USA) collected several KOM points as part of the break, ensuring that his teammate Alex Hoehn would keep the KOM jersey for the day. Fast forward to 24 km remaining...


To their credit, the break that had been out front all day had no intentions of easily conceding to the peloton. They rode well together, with a suggestion of aggression, that finally unleashed itself with 24 km remaining. Henttala jumped first, followed immediately by Hernandez, who would go on to launch multiple attacks over the next few kilometers, making for a bit of excitement after a hard day’s work.

With under 10km remaining, Hernandez put in yet another aggressive dig with the peloton finally closing fast. He was not going down without a fight, and would make them work all the way to catch him.

But then, just when the run-in to the finale looked to be painfully predictable...

An event occured!
In California!  :o

Rider down!
The Yellow Jersey picking himself up from the road!
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