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The Paul Mach Blog - Awesome displays of power

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Awesome displays of power
Monday, May 24, 2010 - Race Reports
Big crowds Tour of California stage 8 was an up the hill, down the hill, kind of course. I usually like those, well, unless Garmin lights it up the first lap. Their little display of power was a bit unexpected and I got dropped near the top.

However, I wasn't the only one and found myself in a nice little chase group after the decent. There were about 15 of us, but at the front it was Fabian Cancellara, Andy Schleck, Jens Voigt and Paul Mach. That's right, 4th wheel behind the Saxo boys.

Only one word can describe that, "Sick!" The whole time Fabian was flooring it I was smiling and hoping someone had their camera out.

I held on to the front group till the last lap and finished about 2:40 down. Technically only 35 people finished the race but for some reason they extended the time cut.

That was a bit lame because I worked hard to stay in the front group. Plus, some of those dudes bumped my teammate, Jeremy Vennell, out of the money.

My wife had an up and down day as well. First, she missed Patrick Dempsey taking a leek in our RV. But then she got a ride in the Bissell team car with Eric Wohlberg.

All the caravan craziness was making her tense so Eric tried to calm here down, "Relax, unless I pull the e-brake, then we're in trouble."

After the finish some lady kept asking me what I thought of the Santa Monica Mountains and if the flowers were beautiful. Look lady, I don't know, but the rear hub of the guy in front of me was black and had a neon-green zip-tie around it.

Anyway, the Tour of California was a lot of fun, big crowds and great racing. Now it's time for some recovery and then on to the rest of the season.

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Jim Allison
Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 6:04 am
I converted some Portland friends of mine into PM.com fans and you now are famous in Oregon too. Heck of a ride and with the company involved, you did very well. It seems your results just keep getting better. Hope you recover like a rock star.

Chaz Michael Michael's Dad
Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 8:34 am
Next time you are in the ToC and headed around the Santa Monica Mtns, give me a call and I call help with the wildflower ID. I may be able to get common things identified by your description but it'd help if you could stop and collect some plants too. Just pretend you have a mechanical and Wohlberg probably won't get upset. Then BJM can bring you back to the group.
Glad I wasn't in the car to hear your heavy breathing.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 8:16 pm
Great work Paul. Seeing on the break on the way up to Cool the first day was prime! You had a solid Tour, it was fun to watch the "deep clean" in action with the big boys!

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