Let’s just say it wasn’t my day at Joe Martin. I arrived sick and had the performance to prove it. Luckily, Amanda Miller was feeling great and took the win on the opening stage time trial. It’s her first win this season.
Amanda was the only rider to go under 10 minutes in the 2.5 mile uphill effort. Kathryn Donovan (FCS-Rouse) finished second, one second down. We have a lot to look forward to in the new few days with Amanda in yellow.
This race traditionally come down to time bonuses as a break rarely gets away on any any of the stages. The field may be whittled down, but it’s unlikely that a small group will get away and stay away. Tomorrow’s road stage will offer up 10 seconds to the stage winner, six seconds for second place and four for the final spot on the podium. We’ll need to be extra attentive to make sure that bonus time doesn’t slip away from us. We’ll rally around Amanda and do what we can to keep the bonus time within the team.
CyclingNews has your full results. No pictures anywhere that I can find, but if I come up with anything, I’ll share them here.