Sunday, September 13, 2009

Tour of New Caledonia

Wow, big news... yellow looks rather nice. A brief run down so far...

2nd Stage
110km - 10km netural start

- Fast start with attacks after attacks, early break went away with Eric and Matt up there.
- 10km later on there was a cat 3 hill which I bridged across on.
- On the down hill a crash near the back of bunch, 2 motor bikes and 4 riders down
- Bunch sat up and waited till everyone was back up and riding.
- About a 5km cruise
- Afterwards made an attack in the cross wind section forcing a selection off the front
- 15 riders made a max lead of 2mins
- Break was 50km and made it to the finish
- Break worked pretty well together until the 20km mark and then a lot of frantic jumping around trying to get away
- Dan Barry went solo for last 10km (he stayed away)
- I tried to get across going away with 3 others and ended up 3rd on the line
- Second on GC and in the most combative top (BLUE)

3rd Stage
101km - rolling course, 2 cat 4's, 2 cat 3's

- Tailwind start
- Quite fast, bunch was still at that nervous stage with people jumping around, along with weaker riders trying to mix it with the stronger riders and slowing down the progress of forming a break.
- Inside the first 40km a biggish break went and I had to jump across on a hill to close it down.
- Then my 4 team mates jumped in to the final move of the day, which I would join solo later on in the stage.
- Easy ride for the first 75km as had planed night before to have an easy day after being in the first two breakaways of the tour, but then a chance opened up and I jumped across to the break leaving behind a few of the riders close on GC to me.
- 20 riders in the break, team then drilled it home for the last 25km

In yellow, with a gap of 1min 19 to 2nd!

Check out for latest results as they come to hand. Also, for the official tour website click here.

Cheers, Joe.

1 comment:

SteveC said...

Awesome - the Wanganui GP may not have been much fun but it must have been a good rev up for the head and legs.