Man, machine and clock. That’s the brutal simplicity of bike racing’s time trial, an event that pits cyclists against not only the rest of the peloton, but against their inner demons and the relentless enemy that is time.
Maybe it's too soon to say, but Matt Cooke's story feels like the comeback story of the Pro Challenge. Cooke spent the first half of this season cycling in
races around the U.S. as an amateur competitor after his pro team, Exergy,
The tale is multifold: a rigorous historical documentation of a criminal case that saw the courtroom six times, including two drawn out spells at the Supreme Court; a cautiously fictional account of how the characters might have been; and a chronicle of her own plaguing obsession with the evidence of the case — and notable lack thereof.
Peter Sagan spent his day buried in the peloton, saving up his speed for the final push to the finish, emerging out of a chaotic field of sprinters to take the win for Stage Three of the USA Pro Challenge.
On Pro Challenge Stage Two’s final climb up Hoosier Pass, Lachlan Morton cranked up the speed in a move that saw him surge ahead not to win the stage, but to take the leader’s jersey into Stage Three of the race.