|Meet the new boss, same as the old boss... |
After all of the uncertainty and excitement about form coming into this weekend, it could almost feel like an anti-climax to see Jerome Clementz and Anne-Caroline Chausson sitting atop the timing sheets tonight. But that sells short the drama of what happened today. In the men's race there were five winners in seven stages, with frontrunners falling by the wayside as the day went on and the man standing on the third step of the podium has never even raced an EWS before. In the women's race Tracy Moseley and Anne-Caroline Chausson showed that the knife-edge battle for the title we saw last year isn't looking like it will cool in the slightest this year. So while the result may be familiar the road there is anything but as the first ever EWS race in New Zealand proved itself a thorough test of body and bike for riders all the way through the field.