About 10km into the race, our group split into three groups. I was surprised the attack happened so early and I expected us to re-group. We didn't. Ten or fifteen in my group tried to close a 20 second gap, but after about 10km it seemed we gave up. And then 20km later, we were caught by a group of another 15 or so.
We remained together until the finish in Dargaville. I am in 58th place and already 10.30 down on GC. I was shocked to hear the winner finished so far ahead.
The winner finished in a group of 4, followed a couple of minutes later by a group of 36, and then my group.
Overall, I felt ok today considering I haven't been training for almost two weeks since my crash. I also pulled something in my right leg last weekend, so I don't have full power. The pace was hard today; almost the same as a 1-day race.
Looking forward to tomorrow. Hoping to make up time on GC.