Tri Peaks Challenge, NRC stage race
Webcor's Amber Rais wins 3 stages and the overall ... with 2 teammates.
It's a small field, and Cheerwine has 6 riders.
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There's a break up the road on the final stage, with Cheerwine's Betina Hold and Webcor's Kat Curi in it. Rais is back in the pack, as is Cheerwine's Ruiter who is about a minute behind Rais in GC.
Hold is ahead of Curi in GC by a few seconds.
what do you do?
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Here's what Webcor does:
"We have such faith in one another and trust each other to do what needs to be done," Rais said of her squad. "We were certainly out numbered but either of us would have been dangerous on the GC and that's what gave us the advantage. We are all willing to sacrifice for one another - we are three smart, strong and experienced riders." [CN]
Here's what Cheerwine does:
"Our team set tempo to keep the time gap manageable to make sure Chrissy was still on the podium," Cheerwine's Leigh Hobson said. "Brook, Chrissy and I lead up the climb until the flatter section toward the top."
While Rais claimed the overall victory, having won three of the five stages, Cheerwine was pleased with securing Chrissy Ruiter's second place and Hold's stage victory which moved her into third place overall on the final classification. [CN]
At the base of the final climb, reports are the break had 2.5 minutes on the pack ... with both Hold and Curi fresh from having sat on. It was a straight up gunfight between the two for the stage, and likely the GC.
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So ... Cheerwine chose to chase and sacrificed a very, very good chance at a GC win ... for a 2nd. Instead, they could have sat and let the break get more time, forcing Rais and Heal to chase if they wanted to protect her GC (but they wouldn't have because they were confident in, and generous to, their teammate, Curi) and then countered off of them to try and put Ruiter over the top of a, hopefully, fatigued Rais.
In the end, Hold won the stage and would have won the GC for Cheerwine if they hadn't chased.
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i don't care if it was a gamble, you gamble on your riders. you show them confidence.
it's how you make riders winners.
2nd ... graaayte.