6.18.2016

Tour de Suisse 8: Fast Wheels Got the Power ... and more

In Figline waiting the train for the last time (hopefully)

Last day, last meeting at school. It's almost done. As you can see the weather is good and there is a beautiful sky. pity that the temperature keeps brutally changing: on Friday 37 degrees, yesterday 25, today 30 again... And that's why I'm still in Florence and not in the country house.
It's going to be a complicated summer: I couldn't plann anything because I'm waiting for my results in a teachers' selection, I have done my writing exam but I don't know if I have passed it nor when the interview will be: they will send me an e-mail at least 20 days in advance. But the first part of the exam has been one month ago already! I was supposed to join some friends in Iran, I'm going to organise some last minute short travels instead.
In the Tour de Suisse it was the itt day and Team Movistar confirmed its supremacy in the discipline. Unfortunately Alex Dowsett didn't survive the mountains to got a second chance. The GC changed again! Miguel Angel Lopez scored a 2nd best time and that was worth the leader jersey. However the gaps are small and the last stage will decide the race.


Ion Izagirre:
"It was a really difficult day, with a demanding route where you had to keep full focus on so as to know where you had to give your full energy. We had some problems with our chain, since it was a route that demanded many pace changes and exigence for our gearing was maybe too much, but fortunately, it wasn't too serious and didn't compromise the final result. Already since we inspected the TT route in the morning we knew that those little climbs and difficult sections made it one where we could excel. The difference was to be made into the uphill sections - that's where I tried to make up my deficit from the first part.
I gave everything I had and that win makes me tremendously happy, even more so considering how well things are going for me so far this season. For the time being, we're on the GC podium, yet the gap against Barguil in fourth place is really short, plus López and Talansky are still within reach. Sunday's closer will be short, yet surely super intense and tough. It will be huge war, and we hope to come out of it victorious."

Wilco Kelderman:
“I just rode on a decent pace today. This fourth place tells me that I don’t have to worry about my shape. It’s not strange that I had a bad day yesterday. That happens often when you return from a training camp at altitude. The riders around me had a bad day this week, as well. I’ve shown this week that I’m in a good shape.”

Fabian Cancellara:
"It was not bad, but I was wishing to have a bit more power. But that is normal after so many days of climbing, the rain, cold weather, and after, of course, yesterday's long stage that the power is not the same as usual. I did everything that I could, and I am happy about the performance. 
The Swiss title is a goal; I wish there was another way but this year the Tour de Suisse was very hard, and two days of recovery is not enough. The Tour de Suisse has shaped my career, from very early on already, but I have more goals this season, so I'll look ahead now."

Tejay van Garderen:
“The legs felt a little sluggish. I was definitely feeling the effects of the past three hard days in the mountains. Normally a course like this would have really suited me well but I felt like I had to muscle it a bit more than really just finesse. It’s still not a bad day, I’d just say average.
On a course like today I’m not really surprised that Izagirre did a good ride as he’s proven to be a good time trial specialist, especially on a course like this. Some of the other guys I was a little surprised at. All in all, I think the guys that were expected to be up there were up there.
We go over two monster passes tomorrow and it’s only 117km so there could be a really big explosion in the GC. The conditions could be bad which can definitely play a factor.”

Warren Barguil:
“It was not easy time trial but I was very focused on doing a good performance. I think my legs were not too bad but the problem was that I didn’t have the same power as yesterday. However, I am proud of myself and I have happy with my progress in the time trials because before I would be lower in the classification but today I am almost in the Top 20. It is a good sign of my progress and I will keep working as I have still got a lot of margin of progression. Tomorrow is another hard stage and I will fight until in the end.”

RESULTS
STAGE
1 Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar Team 0:21:31
2 Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana 0:00:18
3 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:19
4 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo 0:00:21
5 Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale 0:00:23
6 Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:24
7 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling 0:00:25
8 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
9 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:33
10 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC 0:00:34
GC
1 Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana 29:32:03
2 Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale 0:00:08
3 Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:16
4 Warren Barguil (Fra) Giant-Alpecin 0:00:18
5 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling 0:00:52
6 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo 0:01:21
7 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC 0:01:26
8 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:01:30
9 Simon Spilak (Rus) Katusha 0:01:31
10 Rui Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida 0:02:09

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