TAC­TICS 101 # 7 LEARN FROM YOUR MIS­TAKES

Procycling - - DEBRIEF -

on stage 1 of the Arc­tic Race of Nor­way, when a group of 25 rid­ers went clear as the race split in the cross­winds, Rally Cy­cling was one of the only teams who missed the cut. The break was packed with strength, with all four WorldTour teams hav­ing placed a rider up the road - if the break was go­ing to be pulled back in, Rally were go­ing to have to work. Four of their six rid­ers were dis­patched to the front of the pelo­ton and forced to pull for most of the day. Though Colin Joyce sal­vaged a 10th place in the sprint, the team had learned po­si­tion­ing is key.

Fast-for­ward 24 hours, and cross­winds again rav­aged the sec­ond stage. Hav­ing been caught out of po­si­tion once, this time, Rally raced on the front and were vis­i­ble in al­most ev­ery key move. Ryan An­der­son mus­cled into an early break, and then when the de­ci­sive splits oc­curred on the fi­nal climb, Mat­teo Dal-Cin en­sured Joyce was mar­shalled into po­si­tion at the front, so both he and Robin Car­pen­ter made the split.

Car­pen­ter was un­lucky to get ruled out by a crash with 30k re­main­ing, but Joyce didn’t flinch, and as the 11-rider front group led into the fi­nal straight, the 24-year-old held his nerve for the sprint. BMC’s Danilo Wyss and Is­rael Cy­cling Academy’s Den­nis Van Win­den launched, but Joyce was pa­tient, ac­cel­er­at­ing to pass them on the line for the big­gest win of his ca­reer. What a dif­fer­ence a day makes.

ProCon­ti­nen­tal Rally Cy­cling's North Amer­i­can con­tin­gent of rid­ers po­lice the front of the pelo­ton

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