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Tuesday Night Worlds | Fayetteville – has existed for 20 years and is cycling tradition in Fayetteville. Leaving @ 5:30 from The Bike Route or @ 6 from the parking lot adjacent to the Life Source building. Spirited pace with two regroups. This is a “try and drop you” race practice kind of ride. ROUTE: 71 to West Fork over I49 to Hogeye in on 265. Click here for STRAVA link.
555 TNT Road Ride | Bentonville – meets @ 5:55 from the Bentonville Square. 35-45 mile ride, spirited pace with several regroups. This is a “try and drop you” race practice kind of ride. No whining! ROUTE: Lake Atalanta Loop. In light of the racing events this week the pace will be dialed down. Click here for STRAVA link.
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At around 200 KM a breakaway group of 9 riders formed. Normally early breaks like this aren’t of much interest because they inevitably get swept up. But this one was made somewhat interesting by the presence of Movistar’s young Spanish climbing sensation Marc Soler. It was a bit odd to see a GC “skinny kid” on the cobbles. He rode very well. Also the runner up Silvan Dillier (SWI) was in this break. Can you imagine remaining clear for 200K’s? He was the only one who could stay with Peter Sagan (SVK). The break was allowed to balloon to over eight minutes. At about 165 KM the race started to hot up. Not so much from attacks more so from nervousness of position on the cobbles and the speed required to ride them smoothly. Crashes, mechanicals & punctures began to take a toll. At around 130 KM Quick-Step Floors would assemble at the front. The break at 97 KM now had 2:30 and the peloton was whittled down to about 50 riders. Just ahead loomed the Arenberg sector. What was left of the peloton jockeyed for position and control of the front like it was a bunch sprint. Everyone wanted to enter Sector 19 at the pointy end. Bottles jettisoned and bodies bounced violently, suddenly the dance got a little ugly. Sagan’s lieutenant Marcus Burghardt (GER) was on the front trying to keep things tidy. Sagan sat third wheel. Up ahead the break split in two. Mike Teunissen (NED) would attack taking Philippe Gilbert (BEL) with him. Nils Politt (GER) would make it across. The trio gained momentum and had about 20 seconds. Trek moved to the front sensing the danger and the original breaks lead was now 1:30. Burghardt would keep the Gilbert group in check and just as they were getting reeled in Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) countered. He bridged across with great ease. Burghardt would again go to the front for Sagan. The group was reeled in and then Zdenek Stybar (CZE) would counter. You just got the feeling one of these attacks would form the winning move. Stybar would pick up a passenger (Soler). Meanwhile behind another small group formed containing John Degenkolb (GER), Stijn Vandenbergh (BEL), Lars Bak (DEN) and Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) this was a strong group. They did not work so well together and the peloton did not give them much room. With 65 KM remaining you had G1 (original break) at 51″, G2 (Stybar/Soler), G3 just getting swept up. Daniel Oss (ITA) would move to the front to control things for Sagan. Sagan’s team was doing a fantastic job. Stybar was reeled in as they entered Sector 13. Burghardt again leading the way. The break now down to three riders had about 30 seconds. A few attacks came but were reeled in quickly. Van Avermaet would accelerate then others would counter these attacks seemed like test shots. It was a bit of yo-yoing with hard accelerations then sitting up from the now even smaller peloton. At 55 KM Van Avermaet attacked and it had the look. The look of a substantial effort. Wout Van Aert (BEL) responded, Sagan was there, the group was now about 10 riders and the rest were completely shredded behind. Sensing the moment Sagan started to ghost away. His body language was calm and focused. After all those hard accelerations from various favorites they now looked at each other as if to say “you chase, no, you chase him.” And Sagan was clear. The peleton would swell back up reforming as riders caught back on. Sagan quickly catches the original break and took a brief respite before putting the hard hat back on. I wonder what the breakaway riders were thinking when the World Champ joined the party. To me, it looked like they were re-energized. The group of four worked well together. Eventually only Dillier could hold the wheel of Sagan. Meanwhile behind Van Eart and Jasper Stuyven (BEL) were in no-mans-land working hard. Niki Terpstra (NED) would start a charge across with Sep Vanmarcke (BEL) forming a star studded group of favorites. With 35 KM’s remaining the Sagan group had 1 minute and the Terpstra group looked organized. But at this point we got the sense that Sagan would stay clear. The combination of finding riders that would work with him, how deflated the other favorites looked when he set sail and how long it took to mount an organized meaningful chase had us believing. The question now became who in the break could steel this from Sagan. Surely Dillier was toast after being out for 200K’s. But thinking back on the Matt Hayman/Tom Boonen shocker a few years ago you still had to wonder. But alas Sagan would win the sprint, ending Quick-Steps raid on the Classics and again making history. Sagan’s team was super and luck was on his side, avoiding crashes, flats and mechanicals. Terpstra would take 3rd. Notable: American Taylor Phinney finished 8th. Dillier would be clear for 200KM. That is mind blowing. What an amazing race. You can watch the entire race here.
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