Hellish Stage 6: Garmin Boys Fought Off Attacks!

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Written by Steven Cozza

September 13, 2009

For a 175 kilometers Team Garmin was under fire from the peloton! One after another the teams of the peleton attacked trying to “crack” us, to take the yellow jersey from DZ.   We road very strong as a team today. We were suffering, but we wouldn’t give up.  Not too many teams in the peloton could have done what we accomplished yesterday especially with one guy down, Christian out with of a broken hand. 

Stage 6 ended up being the fastest stage in the history of the Tour of Missouri.   We road the 175 kilometers at an average speed of 31 mph against a head wind most of the day.   Wow!  We rode in the front most of the Stage.  What we accomplished was truly incredible.  

As the attacks came from other riders, we wouldn’t allow anymore than 6 to get away.  We immediately shut down any attack larger than 6. It would be much more difficult to control a break larger than 6.  All race long, we chased down one attack after another.  I’ve never ever witnessed this happening in a race before. Usually a nice controllable “break” goes up the road within the first hour, but this never happened in Stage 6.  I kept looking down at my red “Relentless” (Leukemia & Lymphoma Cancer Society) bracelet for inspiration to help me get through the physical pain I was experiencing.  

Today’s Stage 7, the last day of racing, is a 115 kilometer hilly circuit in Kansas City.  It’s going to be another brutal day and I’m sure I will look down at my red bracelet quite a few more times.  

Wish the Garmin boys luck!  

Steven

Garmin-Slipstream spent the whole day setting tempo at the front.

Garmin-Slipstream spent the whole day setting tempo at the front.

Garmin-Slipstream spent the whole day setting tempo at the front.

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