May 13/12 22:49 pm - Boily Takes KoM Jersey on Opening Stage of California, report and video
Posted by Editoress on 05/13/12
In his second Amgen Tour of California appearance, SpiderTech's David Boily sent a strong message at the opening stage: he wants the King of the Mountain jersey. And on Sunday he did so in style, winning the first three KOM sprints.
Cheered by thousands of spectators in the vibrant cycling city of Santa Rosa, Quebec’s David Boily jumped on the early break of eight riders that took off as the riders left the downtown neutral laps, a break that lasted for the vast majority of the day, and gained a maximum gap of over 11 minutes.
In the King of the Mountain standings, a jersey that Team SpiderTech’s Pat McCarty won last year, Boily carried the honors in the opening stage, scoring 22 points to finish the day atop the standings.
“It feels very good. I have a lot of confidence now. I know the form is there, I know the mental is there. I now need to focus on my recovery for the next couple of stages, and try to keep the jersey,” said Boily.
“I wasn’t too sure of my plan of attack. I didn’t know the guys in the breakaway. I got a chance to see if the first climb to see how they were riding. I saw a guy from Optum-Kelly Benefit (Canadian Sebastien Salas) that was riding very good, and he proved to be a tough challenge. He made me suffer,” continued Boily.
“I used some SpiderTech “X” bands on my knees at all time, in all races. It really helped me with the blood flow in my legs, and prevent some wear and tear. It definitely helps really good for me,” added Boily.
Boily, who turned 22 just last week, finished second in the 2011 Tour de l’Avenir, which featured massive climbs in France.
The race ended in a bunch sprint as the peloton rejoined the break into the town of Santa Rosa. Peter Sagan of WorldTour team Liquigas-Cannondale crossed the line first, edging Heinrich Haussler of Team Garmin-Barracuda and Jeffry Louder of American continental team UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling.
Ryan Anderson was seventh in the bunch sprint, and is now in tenth place on the General Classification.