Tinea Pedis wrote:
Mav?? From what I saw and was told it went: first break of 3, chasing bunch of no more than 10, main bunch. Is that incorrect? And given who was up the road there was no incentive for any big team to chase them down.
I'll stand corrected, but that's how I saw it unfold.
You are kind of right how it went but it was later in the race. This is a quick overview of what happened (obviously excluding sh*tload of attacks that didn't really eventuate to anything and lots of gutter action splintering field) from how I saw it (rough km estimates):
60km - initial break goes on KOM with about 8-10 from what I believe
90km - chase of 4 goes after break, which I was in
170km - chase brought back
195km - break bought back on first climb out of Camperdown -
198km - break of 3 goes clear over final KOM and other than that, final selection of approximately 30 guys remain in contention as the main front group.
220km - chase of 6 breaks away
230km - I begin attempt to bridge across to chase
240km - I joined chase coming through final feed zone to make final chase of 7
262km - race over, 3 stay away, 7 chasers at 3 minutes.
Regardless of what happened, tough tough day in the saddle!
Did you pull out due to hunger flat or just couldn't mentally face another 60km into that wind with only a few more riders still behind you? I nearly cracked a couple of times and pulled the pin but just kept plugging away and know exactly how it feels.