After three weeks falling short of the top step of the podium, I was searching for the win… but it wasn’t to be.
My first lap went well and I sat in the top 10 of the peloton until the attacks started. Being the only one from my team it was in best interest to move to the front and control the pace to make sure it came down to a bunched sprint.
After a few laps we reeled back the breakaway, I was sitting on the front as the catch as made and about ten seconds later I flicked my elbow to get the rider behind to come round and do some work to keep the pace high after waiting for them to come round.
I looked over my shoulder to see that I had a 20 second gap on the peloton, so I pushed on and was soon caught. With only five laps left I thought I should start getting ready for the sprint.
The next three laps I slowly moved up to 10 place then the bell lap came and so did the pace rounding the last corner. I was sat in fifth place as I followed the rider in front, we were on the same line.
Another rider came across the road forcing me and the rider in front to hit the breaks, as I did this my Chain shot off the big ring and on to the small one, meaning I could get back to speed faster and place 4th out of 20.