Monday 22nd - MERCHTEM - Max McMurdo reporting:
My first "A" race of my time out in Belgium and it was a star studded field of conti riders and hitters. The race start felt like being shot out of a cannon, I had far better positioning this time and yet still found myself on the wrong side of the split, I along with a big group of riders chased on for a good two laps rarely dropping below 50kmh till we caught the main group, 4 riders had gone off the front by now and the race was still so fast, this took its toll on the riders in the race and a front split of about 20 riders went clear behind the 4 in the break but ahead of about 50 riders in the peleton. The gap grew fairly quickly and our group was pulled with a couple laps to go, I tried to attack in the last lap and did get a gap of me and 5 other riders for a couple ks but it came to a bunch sprint where I came towards the front of. This really felt like a breakthrough race for myself as I finally had the fitness to race the race and not focus on getting round, I hope to keep progressing and ticking off my targets as the season goes on!
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