The Last to Go
With the Women's Under 23 Time Trial race coming to a close, it was the Australian, Alexandra Manly, who had the honor of being the last to roll down the start ramp in Ponferrada, Spain. As she stomped on her pedals, she knew that two of her teammates were currently holding first and third at the finishing line. Manly had reason to dream of donning the Rainbow Jersey at the end of the day. She managed to finish third overall last year in Italy and the two who had finished ahead of her had aged out of the Under 23 category. Unfortunately, it was not to be her day, perhaps it was the rain that had continued to worsen as the day's racing progressed. So while it was an honor to start last, it was a distinct disadvantage. She could comfort herself in the knowledge that her country women held their placings.