Julian Dean Diary
Giro d?Italia ? Stage 2: Fight?Fight?Explode!
Today?s finish was a technical mess. We came down the coast to Tropea at 600 gazillion km/hr with every man and his dog quacking to be at the front. The last 4kms only got worse with a massive shit fight going on to be sure of a good position for the last 1km - 500m of which was uphill with three sharp turns.
I wasn't in too bad a position at the bottom of the short, sharp climb but I just wasn't strong enough to hold the position up the climb and lost, what felt like, 200 places up the 500m climb. I really crept up there. I?m feeling pretty bummed with my lack of strength. Normally that would have been a good finish for me. The climb wasn?t too unlike that in Athens last year when I flew up it?.It?s just so frustrating to know what your body can do but just not have had the necessary preparation to get it to do what it can do?
Other than the finish, the day was pretty interesting with nice vistas and a steady speed most of the day. The stage basically looped around the bottom of Italy, staying most of the day on the coast till we crossed back over.
Tomorrow is a little more straight forward running into the finish. We have 1 lap of a circuit but the last 4km are a straight run in.
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