Giro d'Italia Diary
J?rgen Bo Petersen (Team Fakta) reports from the Tour of Italy
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After a pleasant day of rest today we had to move on. The stage was 222 kilometers and the speed was high from the beginning. Efter 50 kilometers three guys got in a break and my teammate Magnus B?ckstedt was one of them.
Magnus was riding like a motorbike today and with 40 km to go it seems as if the breakaway will go all the way to the finish. The peloton keeps a speed of 50-55 km/h but with 10 kilometers to go, Magnus is alone in the front.
Unfortunately he's pulled back shortly before the finish line but I'm sure we'll see more of him on the flat stages.
For me it was a quiet day. My legs were a bit stiff in the first hour, but that's pretty normal after a day of rest. Later on I felt great ? especially on the ascents. I hope it'll be the same tomorrow.
After 23.6 kilometers we reach 1116 meters altitude and after that it's up and down right to the finish. The final ascent is 16,1 kilometers long and the steepest part is 12%. The average is 7,3% and the finish is in 1675 meters altitude. The stage is only 146 kilometers so I think one has to be on one's toes right from the start.
J?rgen Bo Petersen
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