Windham proved to be a wild race. The track was old school, long grueling climbs, and rocky descents. The lack of rain at Windham of late added another element, some of the loosest conditions this season. The red clay soil had been turned into a fine dust that hung in the air well after the pack had gone through. The descents were blown out and it was a struggle to stay upright in the moon dust for many. Then you add in the heat, the conditions were brutal. It you weren't out front, you were breathing earth. The track started out a bit on the short side, so a longer start loop was included to add about four minutes to the race. Most of the racers weren't too keen on the start loop layout and it did cause some shuffling of the field early on. In this race, it was who got out front and away from the get go. Nino Schurter and Julien Absalon fought long and hard but Schurter would be victorious in the end. Pauline Ferrand Prevot got away early and took advantage of her position. One weeks rest should be ample time to for everyones lungs to clear out, shouldn't it?