San Dimas Stage Race Day 3: 90 minutes of speed and power? Let’s give it a go!
by Eric Marcotte
Janier Acevedo and Luis Amaran had impressive rides the day prior, going 1-2 Their unstoppable teammate, J.J. Haedo cleaned up the field sprint for 3rd. With the unfortunate shake up in G.C. after the road race, Jamis / Hagens Berman had the burden of controlling the race.
Thinking of the teams and players left in the game–half of the 160 starters–it could be an interesting day. With Elbowz Racing down to 3 riders, it would be a tall order to ask us to go head to head against the likes of Jamis/HB and Haedo, Bissell and Bevin, Jelly Belly and Huff, and the other pure sprinters in the bunch.
Our plan was to push the pace and hopefully play the cards right, having the “rubber band snap” with one of our riders up the road. We hoped for a few more teams/riders to look for the same, possibly riders wanting to move up on G.C., or others that did not have great odds against the pure sprinters above. We also wanted to save Travis McCabe for a bunch sprint in the case a break didn’t go. [Read more...]