Sam Boardman writes in with another update from the Dominican Republic.
The Marc Pro squad worked super well as a team today. Pretty much a long leadout into the climb-to-descent. Blake, Nate, and Dave positioned Gavin and me perfectly into the base of the climb, with Quinten taking a flyer just before to set us up.
It would then be quite the display of athleticism from the local team, ACT, which put 3 guys in the lead group from the start of the climb, one of whom attacked immediately. It was then me, two other ACT guys, and the race leader from Inteja. Last year’s race winner, also from ACT, would bridge up, and later attack with his teammate who be sitting in, leaving me, the race leader, and the final ACT rider to chase. I put in a few digs, but officials on the side of the road kept on putting up signs that said 1km to go, when in reality we had about 3km until the finish, and then some rollers instead of the straight downhill, like the profile said.
I would end up sliding out on the descent and losing some places, as Paco Mancebo also managed to bridge up to our chase group.
I was able to get back up and finish the stage after dodging many cars from local traffic as well as dogs and speedbumps, with minimal scratches and a top-ten on the stage (actual place TBD) and now sitting 16th in GC.
Gavin would finish a couple minutes later, but sits eighth in GC!