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Logan Owen – GP Larciano

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Yeah, that was a rough one….

Everyone was talking about the Strada Bianche from this past weekend – as they should. That was one hell of a bike race.

 

There was another bike race in Italy last weekend as well – the GP Larciano – held the day after Strada. This is a little late in appearing due to some travel delays following the race but here is Logan Owen’s report from Larciano:

On Sunday we had GP Larciano on tap. Many of the riders that raced an epic Strada Bianche were racing Larciano because it was really close to the finish of Strada.

 

As we rolled up to the start of the race it reminded me of many of the U23 Italian races I had taken part in in the past. From the presentation stage to the announcer – everything was very similar to my last few years of racing in Italy.

 

The plan for the day was for our climbers Dani Moreno, Daniel Martinez and Julian Cardona to wait for the 4th of 4 times up the 11km climb to follow moves or attack themselves. The team also gave me the green light to try and make it over the climb and be there for the sprint. After the 2nd time over the climb I realized I wasn’t going to have the legs and did everything I could to help all the climbers by positioning them into the climb. 

 

Martinez ended up finishing 25th. He was one of the strongest on the climb and was able to split it to just 8 riders but everyone looked at each other and a few other groups were able to get back on. I ended up being dropped the 3rd time up but kept smashing on with a big groupetto so we could finish the race. We ended up finishing 10 minutes behind the winner, Matej Mahoric. I can say that it was a rough one.

 

I am now in Girona for a few days with some of the guys for a mini-camp before I head back to Belgium.

 

I hope everyone enjoyed reading – thanks!

 

 

Thanks to Logan for the report. And – congratulations to his wife Chloe who absolutely smashed it at track worlds last week!

Logan Owen Reports from The Tour Down Under – Stage 6

 

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Most Combative Rider on Stage 6! photo pulled from @RideArgyle IG feed

Logan Owen made his World Tour debut this week at The Tour Down Under in Australia. Logan made the most out of his first stage race as a World Tour rider by getting into the breakaway on the last stage, a 90km circuit race in Adelaide. He was named the stage’s Most Combative Rider. Here is Logan’s recap of the stage:

 

We had a 90km Circuit race on tap for today. The plan for the day was to get Will in the break and for me to help Mitch and Scully in the sprint. Will gave it everything in the first few laps to get into the break but it just didn’t work out. I started to follow moves and accidentally ended up in a move that got a decent gap. That group broke apart leaving an Astana rider [Truls Korsaeth] and me off the front. A guy from Trek [Laurent Didier] then came across. Both of them stopped working so I attacked and just went solo. Eventually a Dimension Data rider [Ben O’Connor] came up to me. He was going full gas to get the time bonus on the line with 7 laps to go. I told him that I wouldn’t work with him until after the sprint because it didn’t benefit me or the team to waste my energy and help him get time bonuses to move ahead of our GC leader. Either way he was going to get enough to leap frog Canty in the GC so I didn’t even bother sprinting. Once he got his bonus seconds we began to work together going flat out. Eventually with about 4 laps to go I attacked because I figured this would be my best chance at winning the stage. Eventually I got caught with a little over 2 laps to go (8km) and then just hung on for dear life.

 

In the end I got the Most Combative award and a trip to the podium. I was really happy with this because it was a cool way to cap off a great week of racing with the EF-Drapac p/b Cannondale boys. I learned quite a bit this week including that WT racing is very controlled and can be really easy until it gets ridiculously hard at the end of the stages. All in all it was a great week of racing for the whole team!

 

Thanks for reading.

 

– Logan

 

Logan is now headed to Girona for team camp. Check in next week as Logan will be filing a couple of posts from camp.

Logan Owen Reports from The Tour Down Under – Stage 5 – Willunga

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Logan Owen is making his World Tour Debut with his new team EF Education First at The Tour Down Under. He has been sending in updates on his race. Here is his recap of Stage 5 – the penultimate stage that finished on Willunga Hill:

 

We had the iconic Willunga Hill on tap today. This stage usually decides the GC for the race. Our goal was to put our two GC guys in the front going into the final time up Willunga Hill and try for the stage win. We looked after our GC riders really well all stage long, kept them out of the wind, kept them hydrated and everything. The whole team made it over the first of two climbs up Willunga. We were able to keep or GC riders near the front and protected coming up towards the crosswind section that goes for about 5km into the base of Willunga. Will and I moved Simon and Brendan up to the front before we made the left to the crosswind section. We hit the cross wind section with the four of us on the front and we slammed the race into the gutter. Will, Simon and I did some pretty long pulls going flat hoping to put the other GC contenders on the back foot. We were able to do some damage to what was left of the bunch and we were able to drop Brendan off at the base of the climb fairly fresh. At the end of the day he just didn’t have the legs to go with the attack that Richie Porte put in on the climb but we couldn’t have raced a better race as a team. Hats off to Richie on his stage win. Everyone knew when and where he was going to attack and he was still able to get the win.

 

The Tour finishes tomorrow with a 90 km circuit race which will most likely end in a bunch sprint.

 

Thanks for reading.

 

– Logan

Logan Owen Reports from The Tour Down Under – Stages 3 & 4

 

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Logan Owen and Brendan Canty try to stay cool in the shade and on top of one of the many team coolers

 

Logan Owen is currently making his World Tour debut with his new team, EF Education First, at the Tour Down Under. Logan has been sending in updates on his race. Here is his recap of Stages 3 and 4:

 

Stage 3 Report: It’s hot.

 

Stage 4 Report: IT’S HOT!!!

 

Seriously though, it has been really hot the past couple of stages, especially coming from a Pacific Northwest winter straight to summer in Australia. The team gave me a really good heat acclimatization protocol which I did prior to coming here but even with that, when the temperatures inch towards triple digits Fahrenheit …. Because of the heat the race organization shortened stage 3 and  for stage 4 they pushed the start up 1 hour.

 

Stage 3 my Garmin was reading close to 50 celsius. We spent most of the day riding what would seem super easy on paper but was actually an uncomfortable pace because the temperature was so high. It’s so hot it feels hard to just breathe. There was one section of road that we rode past that looked like it had melted away. My objective for the day was to make sure that our GC guys were in the front for the final 2 km because it was a pretty technical finish and we didn’t want to lose any valuable time if there were any splits. The entire squad did a great job putting them in the front and none of our leaders lost any time.

 

Stage 4 was the first of back to back days that will decide the GC for the race. My job was to look after the GC guys and deliver them into the final climb in good position. Along with that I spent time getting bottles, which was much more difficult with a strong cross wind for most of the day.

 

Heading towards the climb, Mitch and I were looking after Brendan and keeping him in the top 10. Eventually I hit the front and gave a good turn to drop Mitch and Brendan off a little under a kilometer before the start of the climb [ed note: If you were able to watch the coverage you can see Logan at the front with about 17km to go]. At this point my job was done and I just limped home up the climb in the scorching heat. Both of our GC guys, Dani and Brendan, were active on the climb and ended up finishing in the front reduced group. This shows good signs for the stage up Willunga Hill tomorrow.

 

Thanks for reading. I am going to try and stay cool now…….

 

– Logan 

 

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Lots of water bottles and ice socks for the heat.

 

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A lot of trips were made to the team car for bottles to stay hydrated on another hot day.

Logan Owen Reports from The Tour Down Under – Stage 2

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Logan talking with some fans prior to stage 2 of Tour Down Under

 

Logan Owen is making his World Tour debut this week with his new team EF Education First at The Tour Down Under. Logan will be sending in some brief posts about the race here. This is the second installment following yesterday’s Stage 2:

 

The profile for today was tough from start to finish. Plus it was really hot – 38 degrees C. The break went almost immediately again and Will (Clarke) made it into the move again. Will was able to win both sprint points out on the road which also gave him six bonus seconds. 

 

I looked after the GC guys again today. In the finale, I helped to get everyone into position at the base of the final climb up to Sterling. From that point I just rolled into the finish with one of the Bora guys. Overall my legs were good until it got really hot on the circuits – it definitely felt hard those first few times up the climb on the circuit. 

 

Time now to cool off and recover.

 

Thanks for reading. 

 

– Logan

 

Below is a screenshot of Logan’s file from the race.

Logan’s file from the stage. His peak 20 minute heart rate (highlighted) was 188 bpm and came towards the end of the stage as he was working to get his teammates into position for the finale.

 

Logan Owen Reports from The Tour Down Under – Stage 1

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Logan getting interviewed prior to yesterday’s stage.

 

Logan Owen’s World Tour debut with his new team EF Education First was yesterday at the Tour Down Under. Logan will be sending in some brief posts about the race here. This is the first installment following yesterday’s Stage 1:

Overall it was a pretty chill day. The stage profile was such that it was more than likely going to end in a bunch sprint. A breakaway went very early on the stage and we had Will (Clarke) in it. Will was the last of the breakaway to stay away and was able to win the most aggressive rider of the day as a result. He also was second on the stage’s only KOM.

 

For the finale we just looked out for our GC guys and kept them safe and in position. All in all it was a good day and we were able to accomplish what we needed to on the stage. Stage 2 is going to be tougher. It has a hard finish circuit with constant short climbs on it and a drag that goes up to the final sprint. Anticipate a select uphill group sprint.

 

Thanks for reading.

 

– Logan

 

Logan Owen’s Quest for the Rainbow Stripes. Post Rome World Cup Interview

Yesterday Logan Owen participated in his last race in Europe for this cyclocross season toeing the line at the Rome World Cup, the penultimate race in the series. Logan ended up fourth behind the seemingly unbeatable Mathieu van der Poel of the Netherlands, Bertolini of Italy and Budding of the Netherlands. Although disappointed with his placing, Logan currently sits in second overall in the series with one race to go. He has no plans to participate in the last race in the Netherlands instead returning to the US for a shot at his eighth National Championship in a row, some rest and more training and then a final push to the World Championships in Louisville, KY on February 2. We had a chance to catch up with Logan shortly after the race in Rome.

TdlCCycling: Logan, fourth place today in Rome, not what you wanted but still a good result, tell us about the race.

Owen: I was leading the first half lap, feeling really good. I felt I was riding the course well in the pre-rides in the morning and just feeling really good. I came into a section with a corner that had a bunch of slide marks in it that was different than in the pre-rides. It was all smoothed out now, no traction, just slide marks in it. I came into the corner, hit the slide marks, started to lose it then caught myself at first but then just kept going. It went all the way out from under me and just like that I was on the ground. It was stupid. As soon as I was back on my bike Van der Poel was already around the next corner. He just drilled it as soon as he got around me. He went so hard. The Italian kid [Bertolini], he didn’t stay with him but was able to stay close to him. He kept slowly losing ground to Van der Poel but he was, the Italian kid was really strong today. He had a good ride. So those two were gone and for a while then it was a group of seven battling for third. By the time I was able to get back up and get back to the front of the group Van der Poel had a considerable gap. The course was so fast plus add in the corners it was just difficult to move up and gain a lot of ground. Our group was basically racing for third by the first lap.

Budding was in the group, Yaanick Peeters from Belgium was in the group, Nicolas Cleppe another Belgium was in the group, all of those guys are really fast. Quinten Hermans was also there so there were a lot of Belgians in the group. Quinten was the only one really attacking. He would attack, we would drop guys and then come back together and the guys we dropped would get back on and this went on for quite a while. I was really tired by this point too. I had to chase really hard to get back to this group after I went down so for the rest of the race I was pretty shot. I had to go really deep to get back onto the group. I knew for the finale I needed to get in front of Budding before this chicane, single track section. It’s a big wide open sprint to this corner, chicane, off camber, you go across a horse track then a left there. All of this is super tight. I knew I needed to be in front before all of this and I was really focussed on being in front of Budding. We all sprinted to that corner through that wide open area. I was on Budding’s wheel and there was just no way I was going to come around him. He was really strong. I just sat on his wheel. I didn’t even want to come off his wheel that’s how fast we were going. He had me by the time we got to the chicane.

He [Budding] and I are tied on points now but I have the tie breaker for second in the overall.

TdlCCyling: So he will race that last race in the series so you will probably end up third overall then.

Owen: No fourth. Hermans finished seventh today. He has to get top seventh or eighth in the last World Cup to finish ahead of me and that is probably going to happen in that last race.

TdlCCycling: That sucks.

Owen: Yep. I think that I would’ve had to win today for him not to catch me. It sucks because that one mistake screwed the entire race today.

TdlCycling: Well, that’s bike racing.

Owen: (Laughs). Yeah, still sucks though. I felt that I had the legs today, I just f’d it up.

TdlCycling: Yeah, you just have to take something away from that. What’s the lesson? Sometimes you just have to back off, maybe not be so aggressive to the point where that aggression costs you.

Owen: Yeah, I was just pushing the pace at the beginning and I took the corner too fast and it was different from the morning practice run which caught me off guard and it was already too late and I was already going too fast and I was just like “oh shit….”

TdlCycling: Ok, well thanks for the recap. Good luck with the trip tomorrow back to the US. Rest up and we’ll touch base with you next week prior to Nationals

Owen: OK, thanks.

Logan Owen’s Quest for the Rainbow Stripes. Interview on the Eve of The Rome World Cup

Logan Owen is back in Europe as he prepares for the Cyclocross World Championships on home soil in Kentucky this coming February. He has already notched up a win at an event in Namur and the day after Christmas he went one better than his third place in Tabor notching second at the World Cup race in Zolder. We had the opportunity to speak with him on the eve of his last race of the trip, The Rome World Cup.

TdlCCycling: Tell us a little about your trip to Rome from where you have been staying in Belgium for the past week.

Owen: It was good. We stayed a few extra days after Cross Camp. A lot of the guys did Baal but I decided to not do that. I wanted to rest up before we came here. It was only about an hour flight, super simple. USA Cycling helped us out to get here. We are staying at the host hotel for the Rome World Cup which is where all the teams are staying.

TdlCycling: Tell us about what you did today as far as pre-riding the course, what you saw, what is the course like and what do you expect in the race.

Owen: It’s basically a dirt crit. I think it is going to be big groups. I think it will probably be a group of at least five coming to the finish together. I hope to be there racing for the win. Hopefully we can keep Van der Poel in the mix, in the group, hopefully he can’t get away like he has been. But yeah, the course is just going to be dry and fast.

TdlCCycling: Is the course very technical?

Owen: There are turns throughout the entire course, nothing too difficult. It’s not muddy or anything. Not at all like we have been racing in in Belgium. And it is supposed to be sixty degrees and sunny.

TdlCCycling: Nice! So after the race what will you do then? 

Owen: After the race we will be packing everything up, packing up our bikes and taking off to a hotel close to the Rome airport, check in there and stay the night before flying out on Monday.

TdlCCycling: Then you will be heading directly to Wisconsin for the US Nationals in Madison correct?

Owen: Correct. I didn’t want to fly all the way across the country to Seattle just to get back on a plane again. I am staying with a host family in Milwaukee for a few days and then hooking up with my Redline team in Madison on Thursday.

TdlCCycling: Good luck for tomorrow and we will touch base with you next week when you are back in the States.

Owen: Sounds good. Thanks.