Tour of Murrieta: It Was Very Fun!
by Serge Tsvetkov (Full Circle)
The first day was a 4.5 mile time trial and the last mile was uphill on a dirt road. Before the start, it was rainy, windy, and cold. On the start list were pretty strong teams like Jelly Belly and Cashcall. I was happy with my time in the TT when I got maximum points for the 1st day of the omnium and my 1st victory of the season.
The second stage was more tactical for me. I decided to race like it was a new day and try not to worry about my points in GC. I was just looking for another stage win. At the beginning of the race, 2 guys (1 from Cashcall and 1 from Jelly Belly) got up the road. I bridged because I felt it was a dangerous move that might stick and nobody would be able to chase them. After that, another 2 guys (1 from Jelly Belly and 1 from Cashcall) bridged. We started to work together and soon our gap was 25 seconds. That is a pretty safe time for a crit. On the last 2 laps, Jelly Belly and Cashcall began to attack and chase each other. I tried to attack because I am not strong in a sprint. Jelly Belly really worked hard in the last 400 meters and made it really hard to get an advantage. I finished 5th and lost my GC by 1 point to a strong sprinter from Jelly Belly.
The third day was hot. The course was flat with small rollers and a technical finish. We followed a lot of attacks from other teams and Jelly Belly chose the smart tactic of following moves. I bridged to a breakaway, but nobody was interested in working with me. For the finish, I just tried to follow the leaders’ wheels. My teammate did a great job chasing breakaways, but it was difficult for him without any help from other teams. Anyway, the race was good preparation for San Dimas. Big thanks to Full Circle/PureGear for supporting this weekend!