Eddy Hollands wins Stage 2 of Tour of LombokStage 2 124.6km average speed of 39.6km/hr – fine with scattered thunderstorms
It was going to be a hard day at the office defending the yellow, but the team was ready. As per usual, it’s on from the 0km mark and the first KOM was at 3.7km…. take that!
Thankfully the rain and thunderstorms kept the heat at bay and with the EHBS team at the front we were out of most crash trouble. And the team manager was happy in car # 1, getting good view of most of the action. An amazingly powerful effort from Pete Griffin who spent over 60% of the 125km on the front of the bunch controlling the peleton to his desired speed. Those continues training hours of solo kms clearly paying off!
A few interesting events throughout the day such as dogs and goats getting in the way, a fallen tree blocking the road, a branch falling out of the sky and taking out a rider. We found Pete on the ground after a rider took him out, but only a few grazes and no major issues, he was motorpased back to the peleoton with ease – a biddon of coke and a quick recovery, he was back on the front working hard again like a tireless French Bulldog.
Big Will and Eddy covered the attacks throughout the day and kept our Yellow Jersey holder comfortable and out of the wind. None of the attacks really stuck until they got over the final climb where a group of 8 riders got away on the decent. Sam and Eddy were there, but so was Alex Malone.
The break stuck together until the finishing sprint and Eddy the Greyhound went for the win. Naturally, he won it! Unfortunately Sam not being able to stick with Alex, Alex got second place getting 6 seconds time bonus and putting him into yellow.
Back in the bunch the team’s Wolfhound, Will Heath, got second in the bunch kick.
Another stage win for EHBS! Although we lost the yellow, the team is in high spirits with a 1st, 4th, 11th and a very tired Pete Griffin!
Back in the convoy, Damir the Boxer got a taste of life in the team car. White knuckled and potential seat belt bruising, he’s decided that he prefers riding his bike.