I don't normally worry about finishes, but after covering the Nevada City start, and blasting down the road to catch Paul Mach leading a four-man break over the American River, I didn't think I could intercept the race again before the circuits in Sacramento. Cavendish was in good spirits from the moment the armored HTC column rolled onto Coyote Street in Nevada City. I love the second shot of him smiling through the team bus window. He'd chucked a few packages of Jelly Bellys to fans and was clearly enjoying himself. I'm convinced there's a nice kid under all that bravado.
I logged 400 miles Saturday and Sunday to shoot Stage 1. If there's a tougher sport to cover than bicycle racing I don't know what it is. Saturday I drove the entire stage backwards from Sacramento scouting for locations. Finding them is one thing, being able to reach them ahead of the race is another, then you've to find somewhere to park, hike to your position then hope the peloton is animated when it reaches you. And if all that wasn't enough, dim witted drivers and oblivious onlookers conspire to confound the scene, moto shooters arrive late and like to hop off in your line (that doesn't go over very well) etc. A very long day but a success I suppose for the first two shots.
And congrats to Bissell's Paul Mach for his KOM victory. He seemed a little overwhelmed by all the finish-line attention but he was beaming.