Rob Squire Climbs to 4th on Stage 1 at Vuelta Mexico
UPDATE - March 5th, 2014
The first stage of the 2014 Vuelta Mexico was short, but full of action. The race started in the heart of Mexico City at the Plaza de Constitution, and then climbed up to nearly 9,000 feet in elevation, before dropping back down to Cuernavaca for the finish.
The first five kilometers of the stage were punctuated by attacks. Eventually the pace settled down, and the whole peloton would ride onto the climb intact. As the group slowly dwindled, the climbers coming to the front, a small group of 10 escaped over the top of the Category 2 climb, with Rob Squire making that selection. "I knew you couldn't attack hard," commented Squire after catching his breath at the finish, "we are racing at over 8,000 feet. One attack, and you are done. It was more important to ride strong and steady near the front." As the pace settled behind, the leaders in the front pushed out their advantage to over 2 minutes, while the rest of the Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home Team rode in the main field.
Over the final 3km, the road turned up again, and Squire was able to put in a strong finishing effort, crossing the line just seconds behind stage winner Juan Villegas. "In hindsight, I waited too long. I should have jumped earlier; I needed more time to wind up my sprint," assessed Squire of the closing meters from today's stage. Heading into Stage 2, Squire will pick up the General Classification contention for his Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home Team, with only 10 seconds separating the Top-5 riders in the General Classification.
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