Team VanDM Music race report:
JB, Louis and Wilco set out with a plan. We wanted a guy in the break of the day. And we wanted to make the break!
Louis started early, followed 3 or 4 attacks that came back. Then he went solo! JB set false tempo and Louis got out hoping that someone would bridge. If the front group grew in size, Wilco would jump the bridge and we would have 2 guys in the break. The peloton brought Louis close and the bridge attempt that went would not get separation and simply brought Louis back.
Wilco launched solo after some trying crosswinds just after the halfway mark. The bunch was tiring, and he stayed out there for 13min. This time Louis jumped on the bridge attempts and offered no help. Eventually the peloton brought Wilco back too.
JB followed some huge moves too! But it seemed like the peloton just wasn’t going to let a break get out and away for the day. The combination was just not right unfortunately.
The peloton settled and a very late move went the distance. We ticked 8/10 boxes. Breakaways are not predictable, we cannot decide who goes and when. This is what makes racing so epic! We tried, it didn’t work. We cannot control how other people race. Decisions get made in the moment.
Massive congrats to Hatherly, Trotzky and Van der Bank for rounding out the podium. Great race!
We rolled in 22nd position, matches burned, fires lit and happy with a great race!
Killarney next, and then the 100miler next weekend 🤘🏻