Reverse-Us was live at the Livestrong Challenge Davis, Lill Phigget and Rob Boll provided commentary of the action.
Rob Boll: Welcome to the Livestrong Challenge Davis, the premiere cycling event in the US. What an incredible atmosphere as over 1400 riders prepare to take on this challenging race.
Lill Phigget: We are here live at the start in this incredible town, where the race is about to get underway. And Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong leads them out from the start line with an incredible sprint as he rolls down the start ramp!
Rob Boll: Team Fatty immediately takes the lead and completely blocks the road rolling along at tremendous speeds up to 5 miles per hour. Team Beat the Clock is frantically fighting for position behind them.
Lill Phigget: Watch out for cancer survivor Liz Benishin of Team Beat the Clock, as she expertly squeezes through spaces that are not even there.
Rob Boll: And the first break has formed. A group of 8 riders has gone clear of the peloton.
Lill Phigget: I see Liz Benishin in this group, as well as her Beat the Clock teammate Sue Walker, no wait, Carola Berger, and 2 riders of Team Cedaron. Other important riders are in this group as well whose names I cannot remember at the moment.
Rob Boll: Can they stay ahead of the charging peloton led by Team Fatty? We will find out when we come back after the break.
Lill Phigget: We are now 35 miles into the race. The break of 8 riders has caught the lead group who was led out by Lance Armstrong just before the first categorized climb of the day. The lead group is now 9 riders strong as some of the leaders have turned off onto the 70-mile route.
Rob Boll: Two climbers of Team Livestrong and Team 28 as well as 3 others whose names I cannot remember at the moment have gone clear.
Lill Phigget: Team Cedaron and Team Beat the Clock look like they are in serious trouble. They are unable to follow the acceleration as the leaders remain cool as cucumbers on the climb.
Rob Boll: True, but the chase group reminds me more of molten Tzatziki…
Lill Phigget: Can they catch up on the descent? We will find out when we come back after the break.
Lill Phigget: We are now 60 miles into the race. The lead group of 5 have disappeared up the road, as a chase group of 2 riders each of Team Celeron and Team Beat the Clock are struggling up the hors category climb of the day.
Rob Boll: The chase group seems to have lost their climbing legs completely, as they make their way up the climb like a horde of suffocating walrus.
Lill Phigget: Oh no, a gravely serious mechanical for Carola Berger!!! It seems her jersey zipper broke off. This puts a serious dent in Team Beat the Clock’s ambitions.
Rob Boll: She is now standing sparsely clad at the side of the road. Mechanics gather frantically around her as she motions her team leader Liz Benishin to go on without her.
Lill Phigget: Can they catch back on to the lead group? We will find out when we come back after the break.
Lill Phigget: Sorry, we missed the finish of the lead group as we were chatting with Livestrong representatives in the Michelob beer tent. The chase group is coming in as we speak.
Rob Boll: And here comes Sue Walker, Sue is pounding on the pedals with her last breath. Sueeee Waaaalker is crossing the finish line in 6th place. 6th place for Sue Walker!!! Suuueee Walker!!!! What an incredible finish for Suuueeee Waaalker!!!
Lill Phigget: I thought that was Carola Berger.
Rob Boll: My notes say Sue Walker.
Lill Phigget: Who wrote your notes?
Rob Boll: I don’t know.
Lill Phigget: Sure looked like Carola Berger to me. No wonder she looked a bit gobsmacked as she crossed the finish line. In any case, here comes Team Cedaron closely followed by Liz Benishin. Team Fatty is nowhere to be seen.
Rob Boll: Goooo Liiiiz!
Lill Phigget: This concludes our live coverage from the Livestrong Challenge Davis presented by Reverse-Us. What an incredible day! Join us for our live coverage at the Ride for the Roses. Until then, see you in the beer tent.
Rob Boll: Drink responsibly.