6.13.2016

Tour de Suisse 3: Crappy weather, Gym, Gypsies and More


Sssss! don't talk too loud! We had GOOD weather today in Florence, I couldn't believe. It was HOT and almost completely SUNNY. Let's hope it lasts.
Instead the weather was really BAD in Suisse and it made for a hard racing. Peter Sagan won again with a  superb sprint in the small group who had broken-away in the finale.
This victory means that Sagan also won the leader jersey.
As far as me and considering the rare chances I had to ride my bike this year, I decided to have a new go to the gym. Today I started with a 2 hours Pilates' class, my muscles are sore and my spirit is high.
Last night I attended an ispiring conference about the roma ('gypsy') culture with Santino Spinelli aka Alexian: musician and University professor who presented us his last work. Unfortunately we were few but it has been absolutely great. Outside, as always, the deluge.
I was on foot: someone has stolen the rear wheel of my bike :/ But Florence by night is magic to walk!

Peter Sagan:
“It was tough when we were working so hard. Cycling has changed – it doesn’t respect the group as much. We were out on front, working with Lotto, but all the riders weren’t working. I was asking where the respect was. We were going to kill ourselves riding so hard with 50km to go. I thought it would be easier for everyone if we worked, but I’m angry that my team was working hard on the front, but no-one seemed to respect that.”


Silvan Dillier: 
"My future father in law recommended that I go for this stage as it had a final circuit with two climbs and he knew the climbs well. So I did a recon a week ago and it was good to have seen it before today as there were some technical descents and it's also good to know what the climbs are like. The climbs were quite steep but not that long, so you need to have the power to get over them but you don't have to have the climbing rhythm for 20 minutes or so. 
I attacked after ten kilometers and was alone for four to five kilometers. I knew there were guys chasing but I wasn't sure if the peloton would slow down and let me go. Once the peloton did ease up I waited for the seven riders to join me.
When we passed the finish line for the last lap we still had quite a good advantage of two minutes. Then it started to come down really quickly to under one minute. I said to the other guys that we should try and stay together and make it to the top of the last KOM and then at least finish in the front group.
When Albasini jumped over and then Sagan, I knew we had a good group. It was full gas in the last kilometers. Sagan never stopped pushing the pedals so I thought I just have to follow the wheel. I knew that I was close to taking the leader's jersey but as soon as Sagan joined us I knew he was already in front of me and to beat him after such a long breakaway would be tough. I still tried to do my best sprint.
I have had a really good feeling since GP Gippingen. I will see how it continues throughout the Tour de Suisse but I generally am really happy with the shape so it's nice to be up there."

Wilco Kelderman:
"I was put perfect into place thanks to Bram Tankink on the first climb of the last lap. The peloton wasn’t controlled anymore when Albasini made the jump. On the last climb, Sagan went too, but unfortunately, I was trapped. This is very nice. From the start, they went full gas. The whole day was pretty dry, and in the end, it began raining hard, but then you're already racing hard so you notice it less.”

MORE TO COME


RESULTS
STAGE
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team 4:31:17
2 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge
3 Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team
4 Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:03
5 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal
6 Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Team Katusha
7 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
8 Rui Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida
9 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin
10 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Orica-GreenEdge
GC
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team 9:14:13
2 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:00:03
3 Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team
4 Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:13
5 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:00:14
6 Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:17
7 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
8 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 0:00:18
9 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:19
10 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:00:20

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