Danny Summerhill struggled in the cold afternoon temperatures at the Under 23 Superprestige round in Diegem, Belgium, Sunday. The American rider fought to maintain contact with the lead group, but slid back before race end to finish 14th.
"I was just hoping to have the same kind of jump that I did at the World Cup. Not having that was pretty rough," Summerhill said to Cyclingnews.
Summerhill made the move with eventual race winner German Philipp Walsleben. Early in the race he found himself struggling to maintain position with the front 10.
"It would have been nice to stay where I was and not lose site of the front group. I could tell it would be a rough race from the first corner because my legs were not going like they should. When I was with the lead group it hurt to stay with them."
He believes his legs did not recover well from his effort at the World Cup in Zolder, Belgium, two days prior. There he finished 15th despite bad luck.
Summerhill will return to race in Loenhout, Belgium, on Tuesday.