The frustration among BMC management was apparent in the team parking lot after the race, and Sayers aimed his anger squarely at ProTour rival RadioShack-Nissan, who he said has been playing possum all week.
“I think they forgot that the women’s race is later in the week,” Sayers said, referring to the women’s criterium that actually ran in downtown Aspen Wednesday before the men raced into town for their finish. “I don’t understand why they’re not going for stage wins. I don’t expect anybody to help my team, but I don’t understand why, when you have six riders in the front group, that you won’t even pull, and then you start attacking to get the stage win."
A handy reminder of what some of the guys at the top of men’s cycling really think of women’s racing. Never mind that the women’s racing is, 9 times out of 10, FAR more attacking and aggressive than the men’s, where they’re more than happy to ride piano for 240km, then sprint at the finish…. It’s especially bizarre, given that it’s Jessica Phillips, Van Garderen’s wife who runs the women’s race…