The Chipotle Development team started it’s U.S. racing campaign on a high note at the Redlands Classic, riding a strong overall race and netting the team classification. Director sportif Chann McRae sent this report:
Winning the team GC at Redlands was an objective for the Chipotle Development team this season. We won it in 2009 and came back here with a really strong team that could contend every stage.
Stage 1 in Beaumont was well-fought with Lachlan Morton fighting for 170 kilometres in the breakway. He tried numerous times to shake Bennet in the final, but simply couldn’t get rid of him on the flat terrain. It was a heroic ride that set the tone for the next two stages.
We held a lead of 12 seconds in team GC coming into the Sunset race. Our goal was to repeat what Saturn did with Tommy D back in 2003.
Specifically that was to send 3 riders up the road after the time bonus, start a team trial, and never look back.
It almost worked as we got Alex Howes and Danny Summerhill in the move. They put the hammer down, however with 30km remaining it was all back together. The team then worked to set up Raymond Kreder for the bunch sprint. Jacob Rathe did the last final dig with 500 meters to go, and Raymond kicked as hard as possible for 4th on the stage.
More photos from the Redlands Cycling Classic:
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