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5-hour energy/kenda pro cycling team
The team rode a great race today shouldering the responsibility to do the work to place Mancebo in a winning position.
5-hour energy/kenda pro cycling team
The team rode a great race today shouldering the responsibility to do the work to place Mancebo in a winning position.
Hot pursuit
Mancebo scores 2nd amid stacked Tour De France field | The start line in Aguilar de Campo and the finish line in Cervera de Pisuerga were only 25km apart. It was the loop of 183km, that contained two cat. 3 mtns and two cat 2 mtns with a hill top finish that would prove difficult for the riders. The race started quickly and the plan today was to sit in and do nothing with all the early moves. At kilometer 70 we started being aggressive when Nate English on the first cat. 3 climb took off in pursuit of the breakaway of three riders that were one minute in front of him. After the two cat 3 mtns Nate came within ten seconds of the leaders but the chase of the peloton had reeled him in before the start of the cat 2 mtn at kilometer 91. The break remained at one minute and then began to increase their lead to over three minutes.

The race had some very technical descents and the speeds on the descents were easily into the 50-70kmh mark. At the feed zone we still remained seven strong and that’s when the 5-hour Energy team along with Euskatel started to chase the three riders that were in the breakaway. We needed to have the group together at the bottom of the final 2km hill to give Francisco Mancebo a chance for the win. The remaining 50 kilometers Nate English, Jim Stemper, David Williams, Taylor Shelden, Bobby Sweeting, and Max Jenkins set a blistering pace. Nate English was incredibly strong in helping to reel in the lead group. The final descent into town, leading to the finish, was blistering fast and Mancebo had perfect position going into the hill top finish. Immediately the attacks started and Mancebo followed strongly. Near the top Ruben Plaza (Movistar) attacked and everyone tried to follow. Eventually, riders dropped and Mancebo was able to dig in and stay on the leaders wheel. At the finish Plaza took the stage win and Mancebo did a fantastic ride to finish just behind him to place 2nd.

The team rode a great race today shouldering the responsibility to do the work to place Mancebo in a winning position. The G.C over the last two days of racing only had the leaders separated by ten seconds and on the final climb it came down to who could climb the best. The team did their part to control the race leaving Mancebo as fresh as possible for the final climb. Because of the team’s work Mancebo’s second place on the stage earned him second place overall behind Plaza who won the Vuelta Castilla y Leon.
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