(ed: And so begins a new feature in GamJams - You've Been Cooked. Matt Cooke raced locally as an amateur with Lateral Stress Velo and in 2006 was the Elite National Road Race Champion. For 2007 he landed a pro contract with Navigator's Insurance, and this year is racing for the Health Net Pro Cycling Team. He'll be contributing regularly to GamJams, beginning with updates throughout the week on the Tour de Georgia.
Questions for Matt? Ask away in the comments and he'll get back to you. But probably not until after his massage.)
Stage one ended just an hour ago and the internet connection here is terrible so i'm sending this out in this short window that it seems to be working.
It was only 77 miles so it was super fast all day. it was totally flat all day except for a few small bridges. I thought the crosswinds were going to be much worse but they really weren't bad at all. As a team we were just trying to be aggressive and to be in breaks, which we were. Everyone was active. I did a little solo move a few kilometers before the second sprint line on the road. I was hoping some others would have come with me.....but no one did. I got swallowed up just before the sprint.
Frank Pipp got in the one real move of the day. I wrecked a front wheel when I was handing out bottles and drifted the right just as a HighRoad guy was drifting to the left. His skewer hit my spokes and the wheel died. Once back in the bunch and after the break went up the road and the team car went across to it. I got a rear flat. Mavic gave me a spare but with no team car to take me back to the field I was on my own. I stayed on bumpers for what seems like way too long and did some push offs from side mirrors and front hoods but made my way back well before the finish. I know Ivan Dominguez won but otherwise I have no idea the results.
There was a lot of stress for such a short race but thats bike racing I guess. I'm getting a rub in an hour so that will be nice.
If you have a question ask me and I'll do my very best to answer it. Later...