Eyes set on the polka-dot jersey, Canadian David Boily (Spidertech p/b C10) made his way into the break and sprinted to take all the top points in the four KOM sprints n the first stage of the Amgen Tour of California. In the end, the rider who just turned 22 was able to stand on the podium in his second time at the event.
“It was in the team’s plans to cover all the breaks with a goal of getting the KOM jersey. It was an excellent day for us on all levels and we’re extremely satisfied with the result.” Boily told sportcom.
Eight riders quickly escaped the peloton which was happy to let them go. So happy that the gap went all the way to 11 minutes but it wasn’t to be for the break who were reeled in with about 10 kilometers left in the stage. One other rider in the break was also going to the points, a fellow Canadian Sebastian Salas (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies). The two battled it out at each sprint.
“At the start, I didn’t really know the riders in the break. On the first climb, I saw that there was a rider from the Optum-Kelly Benefit Team that was also very strong, so he was the man to watch. Honestly, I am really happy to have been able to win the four sprints like that because he was strong.” continued Boily.
“It was a tough day but you had to eat, drink correctly and turn the legs with thinking at how long we were riding. I went kilometer by kilometer and that was the key.”
Last year, his teammate Jonathan Patrick McCarty won the overall KOM and Boily and the team intend to do it again. “Of course, it’s the goal for me to keep the jersey all week. I’m going to take it one day at a time while making sure to recover well every night and to sleep well.”
Though young, Boily has proven his chops as a climber, finishing second overall at the 2011 Tour de l’Avenir. However, Boily had to forget about any personal GC ambitions at the end of the stage. Once caught, he was not able to stay with the main field and is now over seven minutes down.
Boily has a four-point lead on Salas going into stage 2 with two KOM opportunities.