“I jumped onto BMC as they were coming by, and just when they started to fade at 1.5k to go, I heard John yell, “CHAD, GO!”
I had thought that Warren was behind me, but it was obvious from his volume that he was on my wheel. The number one rule of leadouts is: never slow down. Even if you have to go early, it’s better to go too soon than to get swarmed. So when John yelled, “go,” I went.
At the same time, I was doing the mental math. 1.5k to go, and John is on my wheel. Leadout starting now, ideally ends at 200m to go. Wow, that’s a long way. Can’t slow down, though, I have to go until John comes around. I’m gonna need a bit of draft along way, good thing those guys attacked separately. Let’s play a game of leapfrog! Okay, that’s a good speed, we’re making progress. Come to papa…alright, one down, on to the next. Boom, another one bites the dust. Wow, this hurts, and there’s still a long way to go….”
American Chad Haga described on his blog his successful leadout of his Giant-Shimano teammate, John Degenkold, for the stage win at the Vuelta a Espana.