Happiness, the XL size. Ben King of Cannondale had every cycling fan in the world excited by a daring breakaway win in stage two of the Tour of California.
King got away early on a fast descent along with two other insanely hungry riders and just kept going and going and going.
Even with 10K left he and Evan Huffman, recent survivor, escapee from Astana, had 40 seconds as they headed into the finish town of Santa Clarita, passing the Eternal Valley Cemetery and a shooting range.
Both make pretty solid metaphors for the feat he pulled off, burying the peloton and killing anyone who thought they could bring him back. This explains the insane and beautiful smile you see below. He knows exactly how rare this kind of suicide mission pays off
Bang, your dead, was the perfect race strategy for King who has endured a difficult time with a fibula crack and a disappearing role (and contract) at Trek. Jonathan Vaughters is very happy right now that King is in the fold. Especially after that whole Uran Giro time trial debacle.
If you’re a fan of clean cycling, honest work, self-effacing attitude and team-first focus, you’d want King on your squad. His psychological profile is good guy, down to earth, do whatever it takes. In fact, he’s kind of another version of his old teammate Matthew Busche.
They were banging the roof inside the Cannondale team car. They should be because this was a great win on about every level you could measure.