On the following lap Matt (15-16) went on the attack. He peaked at a gap of 1:30 and stayed away for 2 laps. A few large teams worked to pull him back. The third place rider on the 17-18 GC did so much work that he was dropped later in the race. Thank you Matt. After Matt was caught, Kyle and I began attacking hard. We counter- attacked each other for 3 laps. Chris (17-18) was dropped on the hard climbs, but would then chase the group down and make an attack. This helped Kyle and I out tremendously. Chris sacrificed his race to help us get away. Every time we would attack the first and second place riders on GC would chase us down. Finally with 1 lap to go I got in a break with 5 riders. I didn't work because the riders were higher than me on GC (team plan), but this forced the yellow jersey to do a huge effort to bring it back. Kyle watched this and waited behind the yellow jersey. At the base of a roller he launched an attack. He was caught and we attacked back and forth 4 times. The GC riders were tiring and we knew that this was our chance.
With 5 miles to go I attacked on the flats before a roller. I took one rider with me, but he dropped off at the top. I had a 3 sec gap on the descent and I decided to roll it. Kyle managed the front and about half way down they all slowed and didn't want to work. The gap grew quickly and by the time I hit the climb, I was out of sight. I paced myself up the climb and pushed hard over the top. I used the entire road on the descent hitting 45MPH+ in the pouring rain. I had to risk it because I was in a prime position to win and I had confidence in my equipment. My Zipp wheels had preformed well thoughout the day in the horrible weather and I knew how the bike handled in sub ideal conditions from winter training in the rain and snow. I made it down the descent safely and I pushed hard on the flats for the final 2 miles. I held the shattered field off by 17 seconds. Kyle road amazing, finishing in the first group of 4 riders and Jack took the GC in the 15-16s by 22 seconds. I moved into 3rd on GC and Kyle remained in 4th.
We tried to get away in the crit the following day, but nothing was sticking. Saturday was the highlight for the 17-18 team, because it was long enough and hard enough for us to use our fitness and teamwork. Thank you to all of my teammates for working hard and setting me up with the opportunity to break away and win solo on an epic day.