On 23 August, during Stage Four of the USA Pro Challenge, Sam Johnson exited the race after the first climb over Independence Pass. We spoke with with Sam and with Sarah Stewart, the race’s Broom Wagon operator, about DNFing .
The worst situation is when you’re stuck at the back with a bunch of guys who’ve already given up on the race, it’s like a reverse breakaway. They’re totally resigned to pulling out, and you say, “Well, we can work together and chase and maybe make it,” and all they have in reply is, “Nope.” Last year in Colorado I missed the time cut a couple days in by just a few seconds. I was at the back, and I’m sure the caravan would’ve loved to make it to the finish without waiting the 10 extra minutes I took.