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Wait! How many days are left?
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - Race Reports
It was another tough day for Stage 3 of the Tour of California. It doesn't get any easier, that's for sure.

I tried to get in a break again. I think I did a pretty good job, but the field was having none of it. Ben Dey and I put in a huge dig up Devil's Slide, a nice roller/climb about 20k in, only to look back and see the field just 20 meters behind us.

Later on the flats I hit a huge pot hole and had to get a wheel change. After cracking myself attacking, I was not happy to be chasing back on. Once I got there a couple teammates gave me the easy ride to the front. It was much appreciated.

So I had a tough first hour, but I was loving it. Just being part of the attacks at the front in this race was very cool.

After that I chilled a bit and just soaked in the fans on the climbs. They were OOC and I even heard some "Go PaulMach.com" cheers. I guess I have fans in the bay area too.

But I don't compare to the Jacques-Maynes love fest here in Santa Cruz. The team got 3 requests for an interview with their dad. Now that is big time.

Going into the final climb up Bonny Doon I was gassed from earlier as well as the last few days. I had trouble covering the first accelerations, but did okay once I could ride my own pace.

I ended up in the second group that finished about 1:40 down. Yeah, it was a little disappointing, but I did get to trade pulls with George Hincapie and Lars Boom.

Tomorrow we're up for 120 miles into Modesto. After that we have a 140 mile transfer to Visalia. Yep, it'll be another long day.

All May Entries

Chaz Michael Michael\'s dad
Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 10:27 pm
It must be akward to trade pulls with your wife's mister. Were you civil with him?

Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 10:50 am
You like my push up bonny doon? :)

luke binder
Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 1:58 pm
You were on versus Julian. My brother saw you. Couldn't resist touching Paul's butt? :0

Patrick Kitto
Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 3:47 pm
even had Paul Mach dot Com writtin in the roadway.. then you rode up the other side of the asphalt. doesnt center line mean anything to you?

Vance Russell
Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 7:46 pm
keep it up Paul. Everyone in Davis Bike community rooting for you big time!

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