Off the Front
While on the second lap of the 127.4 kilometer course there was a huge pile up started by a single touch of wheels. It ended with easily thirty women going to the asphalt, the ditches and into tangled piles of limps, wheels and frames. As they got back underway, it was a slow moving peloton that was trying to figure who was there and who had climbed off their bikes and into a waiting ambulance. The Slovenian rider, Spela Kern, decided that the pace was way too slow and it was time to attack the group. With nearly 60 kilometers left to race, it was a very long shot that she would be able to stay away to the line.