"“Wind like this creates heaps of tension and stress in the bunch,” added McPartland. “It was enough to cause crashes from the start, and with the crashes, everyone wanted to avoid trouble and so that made a fight for the front. Maybe the wind was not as strong as in the past, but it was definitely strong enough to have a big impact on the race. The width of the road is only one car wide, so we can only get three riders at the most across the road for at least half of the 24k loop. When groups split across the road, even in an echelon, you can only fit six across. Today the wind was enough to really and truly split the race on the first lap.”"