The team put in a strong show for the tour but some bad luck on the first stage put paid to GC hopes. Our GC rider, Vicki Whitelaw, is in stomping form but was unlucky enough to have 2 crashes early on stage 1, the second needing a bike change and some emergency mechanicals. Emma Pooley (Cervelo) won the tour, leading from start to finish after a 3 min solo win on the first stage. This was the stage with the 50km climb... where Emma showed why she is considered the best climber in the world at the moment. She has some pretty good teammates too!!
Stage 2 came down to a bunch finish and our sprinter Megan Dunn was in good position for the win before someone took out her front wheel in the final few hundred metres.
The race course itself was very cool and would have been awesome in good weather - some big climbs through the Dolomites, switchback descents and winding through mountain-lined valleys. Locals came out to cheer us on (no matter how far down we were) and we had police escorts and an army of marshalls making sure no cars got on the race course.
Not much more to report - I haven't seen tour results, but eventually they will probably be posted on the race website.
I do, though, have some pics... enjoy!