In Her Own Words: Jessie MacLean on RaboSter - Stage 2Thu 28 Jun 2012
Rowena Fry, Melissa Hoskins and Jessie MacLean are racing as part of the Australian National Team at Raboster in Holland. Jessie started stage two in third overall after a stellar opening time trial yesterday evening. She checked in following the second stage with an update.
We went into stage two with the plan to go for the first of two intermediate sprints with an interest in both time bonuses and keeping everyone at the front and out of trouble. It worked to a certain extent, but I didn’t get the time bonuses as we would have liked.
The start was dodgy with lots of near crashes. Things settled down once we hit the crosswind sections. Mel and Row were awesome at the front as is their standard. Shortly after one of the crosswind sections, I crashed. It was about mid-way through the stage, and just one of those things where a simple overlapping of wheels takes out a bunch of riders. Several of us went down. I’m already a bit stiff and sore, but I’m definitely okay to race tomorrow.
Jess Allen, one of my National Team teammates, and a few other stopped with the crashed riders. We got going again, but then I had to stop for a bike change. They helped me chase back to the bunch through the convey. Once I rejoined the field, I learned that while I was chasing, Mel was, too. She had punctured shortly after my crash. That wasn’t the best start for us.
I managed to catch up with the field by the second intermediate sprint, and I checked in with the girls to find out what I had missed. They told me Amy Cure (Jayco-AIS) was off the front. She’s an Aussie, so we weren’t that keen to chase. We left the work to the other teams. They made an effort to bring her back, but she stayed away in the end. It was an awesome ride for her – a really good win.
With Amy up the road, we decided that we’d settle in while the other teams chased and conserve what we could for the finish. Given how we had spent our energy early on, we suspected this might not be the best sprint for us. We were right. Mel managed 12th in the sprint for 13th overall.
Amy’s solo victory put her in the leader’s jersey, and I was bumped down to fifth place. Hopefully with a bit of recovery overnight, we’ll have a better day tomorrow.
In the end, it was standard Dutch racing -- flat, windy, dodgy fun.