12th of June - 16 of June
A breathtaking race but not the results we were looking for!
It was a chaotic, very technical and narrow circuit which caused plenty of crashes. We had a good day considering and were well positioned into the final despite some of the boys not staying rubber side down. Fortunately, everyone is okay. Vandy had a chance to sprint for the stage and came home in 7th place!
A well-executed plan kept the legs fresh for the finale with some challenging climbs and a 1km, 5% uphill drag to the line! Joe Cooper was first to attack towards the end but we missed the counter-attack and had to help fix the situation. Ultimately we positioned Neil well for the sprint which keeps him top 10 on GC. Unfortunately, we are not without our losses today as Tristan has to pull out after succumbing to a viral infection.
Saw our team go on the offensive, another fast start saw the cat 1 KOM ridden very fast with Joe Cooper finding himself in an elite group of 4. Towards the crest, more attacks went with Tyler Lindorff now represented. Towards the end, two riders slipped off the front, and the yellow jersey team failed to take control. Teams added riders but a hard day of racing left the chase legless seeing the two stay away.
A headwind day with Israel Cycling Academy and Nippo trying to keeping the peloton under control, despite relentless attacks. At Korea, the break took over 1hr every day to go. The team did a great job keeping the pressure on before a signature Joe Cooper move 20kms from the finish saw him solo to what seemed like our first stage victory only to be caught with just 200m to go.
It was a beautiful loop around Seoul, a fast day a meant no real breakaways. We did a great job of leading out Neil Van Der Ploeg who finished inside the top 10 for the second time.