The First to Leave G17-78
Once the two escapees from the break had been caught, it was time for others to give it a go. The first to jump free from the large leading break was the youngster on Team Quickstep, Laurens de Plus. He quickly opened up a nice gap as he rode by the pink balloon decorated fence. It is always entertaining to see all of the various ways people decorate for the passing of any bike race. I, myself, designed and painted 185 foot long mural on the time trial course of the 2015 UCI Road World Championships in my hometown of Richmond, VA.