Road: Victory white ring, steep hills, a successful men’s team and the bug in the team. Alexander Wetterhall talks about stage race Coppi e Bartali.
The five-day race in six stages would bid on many hard altitude metres and nausea. Last party I was not at all set on before I came down to Italy. The competition’s initial four stages were held in the region around Rimini, and the final two around Modena. Yes, we passed the Ferrari factory on their way to start one of the days … and certain rolls both they and Lamborghini’s on the road with a petrol price of over 1.8 euros per liter, although they claimed to be the crisis in Italy …
The first stage was a lap race on a total of 140 kilometers over ten laps.
During the first part of the race, it was a small splinter group which was then chased by various teams that were not represented.
I felt good for the day and it was time to squeeze into something good so when the Group was gathered with three laps left to go dotted I in the decisive breakaway which turned out would keep all the way to the destination. We had a good flow to the group, and almost all of the ten shared at work because it would keep to the finish line. And with just a couple of kilometres left pulled it together and of course everyone wanted to win.
With a kilometer left so it stopped by and I saw my chance. I put all the cards on the table and loaded from the toes. I managed to create a gap in the breakaway but headwinds were too hard.
In retrospect, when I have seen the finish on television so they came back on my wheels quite fast. Once I went full throttle so I didn’t saw me and walked to keep to the line. But with 200 meters left to the destination they passed me, and with only 50 meters left passed even the first of the peloton, even if the winner came from the group.
I lost everything in less than one kilometer, that it can go so quickly …
I went in to 17th place at the same time.
The second day featured a double-stage where the morning stage 2a “only” was 100 kilometres, but with some decent climbs before the finish.
I felt my pride yesterday and didn’t come over the last pitch with the first group, but finished with andragruppen a few minutes behind.
Afternoon stage, teams pace, went the better. Even if we had a really bad preparation before starting, we succeeded very well in the 16 kilometres which would run against the clock. It was a technical course with a lot of roundabouts and bends. Although this was my first men’s team ever, and the first with this combination of eight riders in the team for that matter, so it went fast.
We set the best time at the finish line and only Team NetApp managed to clock a better time. We were the 2nd, frustrating near-just 8 seconds after Team NetApp.
Stage 3 during the third day was on a really hard course where there were just Hill on the hill over the 150 kilometers we would go. The whole thing would end on four small laps with a steep climb up to the finish.
Because I already was out of the abstract with my loss of time in stage 2a, I did my job to help out the others in the team.
I sat with up to 20 kilometres remained before I got give me. Paul Voss, however, was the best for the day in the team and finished in 9th
With the teams pace in stage 2b, he climbed into the top 10 in the abstract.
We lost Jonathan Tiernan-Locke and Dean of Windsor after the stage due to stomach flu …
Stage 4 about 159 kilometers would be even worse than yesterday’s – both the course and feel.
We had the stomach flu that began to spread in the team made the whole less nice. I felt out of sorts, a little nausea and generally dull ache before the start, but I really wanted to start then I knew that after the day it was 14.3 km tempo that I charged as hard.
It was a really hard day and when we started to come up against the steepest rises (around 20%) and I tried to brace the legs so hard it just went so krampade your stomach and I got to see me trailing.
I tormented me in case of nausea, but still hoped that it would be better during the night so that I could start the pace the next day.
Paul Voss continued in good style and finished in yet another top-10 on the tough stage, and climbed to 6th place in the abstract.
I got a really horrible afternoon and night after the fourth stage and I could barely get me something to eat. However, I was feeling better when I woke up and took me together for a little breakfast. There was hope of a start, and even if I was feeling horrible during test lap so I decided to start.
The 14.3 km-long pace on the flat and little technical course should fit me like a rubber glove. Now I got to torment me through the initial 5 minutes before I found any rhythm.After that, it got better and I could pull pretty high bills, but it was too late and I crossed the finish line on the third best time at the moment. But because it was early, there were many who wanted to poke me down and I eventually became 26: aa. A big disappointment for with the tempo of the Vuelta a Murcia, so this was a big goal for me.On the other hand, getting into the top-30 with the feeling I had for stage 5 is maybe not so bad anyway, even if it was a great defeat …
Paul Voss had the legs with out even this day and trick 7th place on the stage. It gave him and Endura Racing 6th place overall in the Coppi e Bartali – very strong done! Now is the time to stock up on new energy and bring themselves back to level as fast as possible again. Disease is nothing to make a faster recovery, but bad can aggravate it.