Sam Boardman gives the lowdown on Stage 1 of the 6-day, 1000km La Vuelta Independencia in the Dominican Republic.
Today was a hot and sweaty one. The profile said the course was dead flat, but we ended up doing 6,000ft of climbing in rollers over almost 200km. It was 20km from the velodrome in the city to the course, which was a hotdog highway loop of 18km that finished on a punchy hill.
An early break with Inteja and ACT (the big local rival teams down here) went about 1 hour into the race. Quinten put in a monster effort and bridged, and then Gavin hitched a ride with a second split that ended up getting up the road too. Quinten would lead out Gavin, who would finish 4th, with an Inteja guy taking the stage.
The second group of me and Dave, finished about 3 minutes down, and then Blake and Nate rolled it in another group.
The race absolutely blew apart. There were no fewer than 5 separate groups all over the course, and Gavin and Quinten ended shelling people left and right in their group to finish with 8 in their group.
Oh and Quinten finished 6th!!