Criterium du Dauphine: Prologue and Stage 1
A win for GreenEdge
So the last 2 days haven’t exactly gone to plan for me on a personal note. However from a team point of view yesterdays prologue went outstandingly with Luke Durbridge taking the win in style over Brad Wiggins and subsequently moving into every jersey there is. We also lead the teams classification after Simon Gerrans 6th placing and my 23rd placing. On a personal note, I was a little bit disappointed with my final result, however in saying that the course was really not suited to my style of riding with long straight and not many corners.
Stage 1 was not one of the best days Orica-GreenEDGE have had. Today was going to plan perfectly, but with 25km to go Simon Gerrans was caught up in a small crash and had to use valuable energy chasing back on a charging peleton. I also had a bad day, puncturing 7km from the bottom of the last climb which was situated just 10km from the finish, so for me it was all over after that. I did chase and end get onto the back of the bunch right at the foot of the climb but was again caught behind a small crash at the base and from there it was all over red rover. As for our yellow jersey man, Luke Durbridge, he managed to just hold on over the climb but due to strong cross winds across the top he just got tailed off and lost a bit of time.
Thats all from me today. Fingers crossed for some more fortune in the coming days!
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