We've had a bit of technical difficulty, but are back up again. Since the last post, we witnessed yet another epic ride by Lieto. This year's gap shrunk down to a little under three minutes, with an additional pack 7-8 minutes back. Chris held strong through mile 11.5, but was being chased hard by McCormack, who pulled 7 minutes back in the first 11 miles. I was there to witness the pass, which I have seen before. There seemed to be a **** eating grin on Macca's face. Pissed me off a little, but also was a clear indication that he is the dominate one today. As much as I hated to see Chris being passed, it was also incredibly inspiring to see these athletes dual. We are awaiting additional updates, as we are now back in the press center.
It is extremely hot today. Talk was that the pavement was in the mid 120's. Riders passed us out on the course with more salt outlines than I have seen in years. Below you can see photos of the top ten riders.