Luigi pretty much stayed with them, then eventually dropped as well. They were only a minute or so ahead at Romita, as we could see them most of the time. I rode in with Luigi, then we all descended together to the valley. We had a very nice tail wind, and I started in the lead. After a few minutes, Davide came around me, and I gave it a try, but did not have it to stay with him. Leif and Luigi stayed with him, and I just let it go. Eventually Luigi was dropped as well, and I think they were only a couple minutes ahead, so when we started the climb to San Casciano, I pushed my pace. I quickly passed Luigi, but never saw Leif and Davide until the top. They had only been there a couple of minutes, but I had hoped to catch them with my stealth climbing push. Fun anyway to give yourself a good push, and good for me to be dropped for a change instead of doing the dropping. Challenges motivate us all. It started sprinkling on the way to San Casciano, but never even made the roads really wet.
We descended to Scandicci, and there some real rain had happened. The roads were quite wet, and we pushed it into town, where they were even wetter with some standing water. Good timing as we did not really have any rain on us to speak of, just the very wet roads on the return. Fun morning, but with the clouds and the pace I did not take any pictures. Below is a better picture from the same area, which I like better anyway. 83.0 kilometers in 3:19 to average 25.0 kph with 958 meters climbed. Ciao a tutti!
Not from yesterday's ride, but I think from the same area, looking at the
hills of Chianti defined by the haze and fog. Cloudy, sprinkles, and a
killer pace for much of the day left me with no pictures from
the team ride yesterday.