3.16.2016

Tirreno-Adriatico 7: Cancellara, Van Avermaet... and my disagreeable small things

I know, I'm late. I'm sorry. I must apologise. But believe me the last couple of days has been really hard: yesterday I went to school in the morning and came home at 7pm because of a meeting in the afternoon. Today I went to school at 8 and came back at 3pm because of a meeting again and I still have to prepare some lessons and to correct some papers. 
Honestly I had no time to follow the race and just had a look to the results on the train. I was not only tired but also angry and frustrated... I'm not going to bore you with it. Disagreeable small things have the power to waste your day, especially when you tend to be overly perfectionist like me. One of the worst side of temporary jobs is that your boss doesn't know you and you must gain his or her respect each time. 
On the bright side there is a beautiful sun and on Monday I had a splendid ride by the river. It was pretty windy so quite demanding but the landscape was so beautiful! the tender green of the grass was spotted of white howthorne trees and the water was dazzling with the sun's glares. 
The last stage of Tirreno was a decent one I see. Fabian Cancellara is really in a shape his contenders should be affraid of approaching the Classics! What a rider is that! One of the true champions of our age whose name will remain in the history of cycling
I'm surprised that Johan Le Bon was so good and so better than specialists like Dowsett, Tony Martin, Bodnar and Kiryenka.It's matter of seconds but seconds are their business... That's it.
Greg Van Avermaet won the race and I'm sure that's a consequence of the cancellation of the queen stage. No doubt. Climbers had put a cross on it, teams had planned a strategy including it. In my opinion the race organisers took the right decision and it's a big step forward because riders were compact in supporting it. But I think that a 'plann B' was due. Finding climbs isn't hard in that area and there are hard climbs at a lower altitude. In general spring races shouldn't include high altitude climbs and descents: they are dangerous in bad weather but it isn't fair to skipp them at the last minute because they shape a race. A 'plann B' should be always included as a part of the 'extreme weather protocol'.
Peter Sagan collected one more second place but he won the Points Jersey. Bob Jungels can be very happy with his 3rd place: one of the best results ever for the Luxembourger! Bravo! in add he won the White Jersey. The Mountain Jersey went to Cesare Benedetti who earnt it collecting KOM and kms in the break. Etixx - Quick-Step was awarded as the Best Team. Who did lose? in my opinion Team Sky: Tirreno was an important goal for them. They superbly won Paris-Nice but once again failed to conquer the Italian race. Wout Poels like Vincenzo Nibali was penalised by the cancelation of the queen stage but in my opinion he was having a bigger chance.

Fabian Cancellara:
"It was windy fast, short and, yeah, it felt good. I mean it was very hard; it may have seemed easy, but it was not. I didn't do anything specific today, with such a short time trial I focused on pure power. I did not have the easiest week, and I am really happy with my performance. I went out like a mad man, with everything I had. On one side of the course you enjoy to go 60km/h, but on the other side you have to really push the pedals, and it's painful," explained Cancellara about the non-technical, flat parcours. "The speed bumps on the way out you hit at 60km/h and with the wind and cobblestones, you have to be careful and find the right line. They are not that fun. It's a race of pure concentration – you have adrenaline the whole time, but you have to focus on pushing, focus on the road, the asphalt, focus on breathing, and also try to find a way to go over your limit. This is about the clock, about who goes the fastest, so you have to find a way to go on a level where you are normally not riding. It's an over-limit race. The last two kilometers look flat, but especially from kilometer two to one, it feels a little bit uphill, around 0.5 to almost 1 percent gradient and that makes it really hard. The last kilometer is endless long; there it's hard for the head, and you have to push a lot. When I saw 1k to go my legs felt already empty, full of lactic acid, everywhere, almost out of your ears. You have to give all-in, all that you have, until the end because the finish line is what counts; there you can stop breathing and stop thinking."

Greg Van Avermaet:
"It's amazing to win this race and it's really nice to have this on my palmares. I'm feeling really confident going into Milan-San Remo this Saturday. The Classics are still my main goal but I'm going in with a few nice victories in my pocket. It's nice to now go to the first big Classic a bit more relaxed."

Bob Jungels:
“Although today I didn’t have the legs I was hoping for, I fought until the very end to get in the top 3. We knew it would come down to just a couple of seconds and I’m satisfied that I managed to pull it off even on a bad day. We can be really satisfied with the race: we got two stage wins, a second place in the opening team time trial and we were always there at the front. The last two days were a bit hard for us, but in the end we have to be happy with the race we had. I am satisfied with my maiden World Tour podium, which gives me a lot of confidence for the next appointments of the season. I am looking to a great future together with Etixx – Quick-Step. Even in the difficult moments we stick together, we are a real team and I just love it here.” 

RESULTS
ITT
1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek-Segafredo 0:11:08
2 Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ 0:00:13
3 Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:15
4 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team
5 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Tinkoff Team 0:00:17
6 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ 0:00:18
7 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data 0:00:19
8 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky 0:00:20
9 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:00:22
10 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team 0:00:24
11 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling
12 Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data
13 Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team
14 Yves Lampaert (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:25
15 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team
16 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:26
17 Stef Clement (Ned) IAM Cycling 0:00:27
18 Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ
19 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ
20 Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:00:28
FINAL GC
1 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 20:42:22
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team 0:00:01
3 Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:23
4 Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ 0:00:24
5 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ
6 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:29
7 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:33
8 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky 0:00:39
9 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:45
10 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff Team 0:00:48
11 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:00:49
12 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:52
13 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:00:54
14 Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky 0:00:55
15 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:57
16 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:04
17 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data 0:01:06
18 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:07
19 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge 0:01:11
20 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky 0:01:15
21 Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:22
22 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:01:27
23 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 0:01:32
24 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:38
25 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:01:54
26 Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:01:55
27 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - Merida 0:02:00
28 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling 0:02:08
29 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:02:38
30 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-GreenEdge 0:02:42
POINTS
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team 37 pts
MOUNTAIN
1 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 18 11 pts
YOUTH
1 Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx - Quick-Step 20:42:45
TEAM
1 Etixx - Quick-Step 61:19:51
2 Movistar Team 0:00:21
3 Team Sky 0:00:38
4 Astana Pro Team 0:00:59
5 BMC Racing Team 0:01:52
6 AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:23
7 Tinkoff Team 0:03:03
8 Dimension Data 0:03:27
9 LTS 0:04:35
10 Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:04:36
11 FDJ 0:05:24
12 IAM 0:05:25
13 Bora-Argon 18 0:07:52
14 Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec 0:07:53
15 Orica-GreenEdge 0:09:57
16 Trek-Segafredo 0:11:03
17 CCC Sprandi Polkowice
18 Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:11:23
19 Team Katusha 0:15:23
20 TLJ 0:16:21
21 Lampre - Merida 0:19:15
22 Team Giant-Alpecin 0:32:35
23 Bardiani CSF 0:36:40

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