Today the roads were bigger and there was hardly any wind. We had not even done 1km before a group of three riders took off and nobody chased them. They gained up to nine minutes before we and three other teams started the chase — Christian Meier and Ryder Hesjedal, part of our Canadian connection, did that part for us.
With 15km to go the break was back, and the teams started their fight for position. At the very same moment both Tyler Farrar and Julian Dean had a flat tire. They regained the bunch a few km later and were in position for the sprint — our guys did a good lead-out train but a tricky ‘s-turn’ at 700 meters-to-go blocked Tyler in for the sprint and he couldn’t manage to get all the way back up in the front before the finish. Still he finished 11th while the whole field came in together.