Leading Them All Around
Showing the evidence of having hit the ground in the big crash, American Alison Powers, put in a hard solo attack. She most likely was hoping to establish a small group off the front that her teammates could later use as a bridge to gain time on the big rivals. On each lap of the course in Ponferrada, the rides had an area were their team soigeurs could hand their riders bottles, gels and food. It takes some skill to hand sustenance to a cyclist moving at 30 to 40 kilometers per hour.