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We hit the flo (We hit the flo)
Monday, May 12, 2008 - Race Reports
A great 2 days, but then the crit happened. I was the top finisher in 38th. This moved us down to 4th in the Team Omnium for an anticlimactic end to the weekend.

Basically a sketch fest. 8 corners and 75 minutes. About 15 minutes in, after the second crash, they had to stop the race. Someone was down on the first turn. They restarted with a neutral lap and then it was off. The neutral lap was the scariest part of the race; going 15 across into turns as people were jockeying for position.

After that it all went pretty typical. I hit the front once but was pretty gassed from the day before so that ended pretty quick. With 6 to go Phil crashed and was out. He hurt his hip and has some pretty nasty road rash. In the first turn, on the last lap, there was a big crash. Then a couple turns later I saw Tyler rolling on the ground. Then I flew past Shawn and realized this wasn't going to be good.

Ahead of me there were about 30 guys all gunning for it. I sprinted with the guys that knew they were out of contention and finished 38th. For me, it was a pretty good crit. I was in the top half most of the time and held my position pretty well. I just didn't have the legs to do anything other than follow wheels. For the team it was disastrous. So much so that even CSU beat us.

Why did CSU's Philly Mann
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Angermann
Monday, May 12, 2008, 10:21 pm
Congrats on the TTT! Sorry to hear the crit was such a mess. It's a bit of an oversight to put 160 A's on a tight, technical course and not expect carnage.

Now that you're ABD and a national champion, will you lock yourself in the lab?? Best of luck to you Paul!





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