With the stage 1 win, Phil is now in the overall lead heading into today’s stage 2. Phil wrote us via email about how it felt to win his first race with Garmin-Sharp
“(team sport director) Chann thought it might be worth it to toss me into the break today, since the big teams don’t know who I am. That plan kinda worked like a charm. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I’d be wearing yellow here. Unless I wake up and it was all a dream, wizard of oz style, we’ll fight to bring it home for the team. Thank you to my teammates and Chann and JV for giving me the opportunity to do what I did today, and for believing in me.”
Sport Director Chann McRae added:
“Phil performed with the heart of a warrior today. He was able to manage his hydration and effort level so that he would have something left for the final. Phil’s breakaway companion couldn’t respond when he attacked him inside 2k to go, and Phil put his head down and gave it full gas all the way to the line. Today’s win was a phenomenal start to 2014 for the entire team.”
The victory means that team will be defending the leader’s jersey today during stage 2, which covers 170km from La Punta to Mirador del Potrero. With a difficult category 1 finishing climb, it should be another exciting day of racing in Argentina!