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What about the other stages?

CykelPosted by Edvin Wilson Wed, April 08, 2015 13:10:49
I apologize for not written anything since the prologue. During stage races while changing hotels there can be hard to find time, wifi and motivation to write anything. Anyhow there is maybe not so much to tell. I guess most of you who are interested have allready checked procyclingstats, so you know about the results. But I can try to shortly tell about what we went through the last week in March. First stage was a tough one but only because of the weather. 4 degrees and constantly rain made us freeze for more than five hours. And maybe worst of all was that our sprinter Daniel crashed with 2km to go. I was just lucky I survived the day, and when Arne delivered hot tea straight after finish, it felt like the best beverage ever. Next day was the only one during the week when we stayed dry. We wanted a bunch sprint and a chance to prove what we can. With 20km to go we took control and had, except for a few km, the lead and control of the bunch. At finish we were 7sec behind the leading duo that rode very well and impressively kept us behind. Anyhow the leadout was successful in that way Daniel managed to win the bunch sprint and finish 3rd on the stage. Unfortunately me and the rest of the team were not strong enough to deliver Daniel a chance to sprint for victory. On the third stage we had learned our lesson and we did it all better. We had Stake in a dangerous breakaway that kept the leading team Willems Veranda under pressure. And when the bunch had cought the group, we immediately took control and had never gave a chance for anyone to escape. We worked very hard and definitly deserved to win, and so we did. Daniel won the stage and last man in our leadout train, Stake, finished 9th. On the fourth stage we were forced to make some work in the pack. That resulted in nothing but getting us tired. Daniel didn't really succeed at the local criterium laps either. A day to not put any attention to. Stage five started along Utah beach and we got Hoem in the break of the day. Crosswind made the stage hard and when Svein Erik told me and Truls to start minimize the gap to the break, half the bunch had allready lost contact. With 9km to go, me and Truls had alone taken 2min on the breakaway during the last 20km. The stage ended in an odd way. The guys that remained of the break turned left in last turn (even tho they had ridden there two times before) and crashed. Hoem was fast on his bike, sprinted away and won the stage(!). The bunch arrived a few seconds after which ment we had not lost time in the gc either. Two stage victories during this stage race made us feel quite relaxed ahead of the last stage, no pressure on us to deliver. Therefore it was fun to get out on the last stage, fighting the crosswind along Omaha beach. The stage was just 155km but the peloton was just about 30 riders when we reached finnish in Caen. We had four guys in the first group which resulted in that we won the team's classification. We didn't manage to win the stage or step up on the podium in the gc. But two stage victories, one 3rd place, 4th in the gc and winning the team's classification was might more than we expected before we started it all. It shows that the team is stronger this year. But most important is that we work as a team. I think that is the biggest reason we succeeded in Normandy. It waswonderful to see how all riders in the team worked hard for each other. But not only the riders performed, our staff made a splendid work. Both our mechanics Juan and Matt but also soigneurs Arne and Alain. At last, Svein Erik did his first tour de Normandie and went home with two stage victories. I think that says a lot about our sports directeur too!