The biggest story of the day was the unfortunate and unexpected crash for USA’s Rally Cycling including several Canadian riders. Cross winds and plain bad luck saw wheels touch as the squad went down before the halfway point. The good news is that no one was badly injured although Kirsti Lay didn’t finish the race and needed medical attention while Sara Poidevin lost time. The latest word is that Lay is out of the women’s @AmgenTOC.
There were other crashes as well on the fairly flat course with a few tight turns that caused havoc in the high winds. “We had our work cut out for us, other teams were hungry for a win, but I’m so impressed with how well our team worked – we’ve been focusing on this course and race–and it paid off,” said a beaming Jackson on the team’s victory.
“It was a demanding course,” commented Ewart. “Our team did amazingly well with such high competition.”
Pat McCarty, Rally Cycling Director sent us word on the team. “It was pretty windy and the girls were going flat out and crossed up wheels – its just one of those things, just an accident. Unfortunately most of the girls went down.
“Kirsti was the worst off. We are going to get her checked out by the team doctor and see if she needs an X-ray. She landed on her back and hit her head a little bit so we are keeping our fingers crossed nothing is broken.
“The rest of the girls are banged up but overall it could have been worse. At this point were aren’t so much worried about the race as just making sure everyone is ok.”
Guarnier remains in the lead with Kristin Armstrong (Twenty16-Ridebiker) in second and Evelyn Stevens (Boels Dolmans) in third. Canuel is the top Canuck in 21st overall.