Ever the modest strategist, Mach commented on his blog that he simply had "a good day." Will he be willing and able to match the accelerations over the four categorized climbs on offer on the road to Santa Rosa? He played down the idea of defending the jersey so early in the race and stated simply that "As for tomorrow, I'm just going to go race my bike." Anybody who has ever tried to hold Paul's wheel on the roads around Davis is surely not doubting that he has what it takes to hold on to the KOM title. He certainly has the right tools. But with a tough week of racing to come there are a million ways to lose it and only one sure way to hold on.
Congratulations, Paul, and good luck!