Nice to stay with them. It was worth everything to find out you can.
Thanks for the story and great riding! When the Tour catches a breakaway, the riders often get dropped because they were working so hard. Nothing to be ashamed of. If you never take a risk, you'll never win. Awesome racing!
So cool that you went for it (way more fun! And you never know what might happen) and so cool that you got to work with an Olympian and National Champ!