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Vaughters’ View: Try… and then try, again.

This is about all I can say about how our day went at Tour of Georgia. We tried. No, we didn't actually miss the key move today. Missing a move is to imply "oops I guess we should have been there". No, we did that at Redlands. Here we had a good strategy, carried out perfectly… and then were simply out-powered. We had our man Svein in the early break. We had everyone nice and fresh at the bottom of the last climb, and then we just got smashed. The best laid plansOur plan was to keep David Clinger (who climbs better than Henk, but not as well as the top guys) as close to the leaders as

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By Jonathan Vaughters, Prime Alliance cycling team

Workin' for David

Workin’ for David

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

This is about all I can say about how our day went at Tour of Georgia. We tried.

No, we didn’t actually miss the key move today. Missing a move is to imply “oops I guess we should have been there”. No, we did that at Redlands. Here we had a good strategy, carried out perfectly… and then were simply out-powered.

We had our man Svein in the early break. We had everyone nice and fresh at the bottom of the last climb, and then we just got smashed.

The best laid plans
Our plan was to keep David Clinger (who climbs better than Henk, but not as well as the top guys) as close to the leaders as possible on the climb. Then, our plan was to chase back on, as a team, to the finish so he could win the sprint, and move into the overall. It made sense. Really.

Danny (Pate), and I were both capable of riding with the leaders over the climb, but we would not have been able to finish the job (namely winning), and Dave could.

So, that’s’ why we played our best cards on Dave. Sadly, it was an all or nothing proposition. In having Danny and me ride at Dave’s pace, we would be dropped, meaning that if we didn’t catch the lead group, we would come up zero. But that is pro racing: You race to win, not to finish, say, fourth. Personally, I was fine with this plan. My own race to win ended with that crash in the prologue. Still, it was a risky proposition, and it was Danny who made the real sacrifice at a shot of winning, as he could have been the one sitting in third or fourth overall this evening.

We really made a great effort to make it back on, and closed the gap on the eight leaders to 20 seconds at one point. In the end, though, Saturn and company were just too strong, once again, and we came up empty handed.

That happens when you take a gamble. Still, I for one, am glad that everyone on this team everyone was willing to put personal objectives aside and give it a shot

Gotta be proud of those guys who keep on trying. And one of these days we won’t come up snake eyes….