May 26, 2003
After a slightly disappointing time trial yesterday, my legs felt better today.
I just couldn't get speed into the bike on the first 20 kilometres yesterday
but on the last part of the route back I was feeling a lot better (placed
19th). However it was a bit too late at that point.
Magnus just gets better and better and I think he might actually win the last time trial which is totally flat and ought to suit him even better than yesterday's.
Today was a high speed stage and two guys got into a breakaway. But they were caught right before the Intergiro where we got Magnus into a perfect position and he was fourth in the sprint. He's now leading the Intergiro competition with 22 seconds, so I think he'll keep the jersey right to the finish in Milan.
Before that Werner Riebenbauer was quite unlucky to loose his balance and crash into a cleft that was two meters deep. Fortunately he landed in a puddle so he had a relatively soft landing.
Together with Frank H?j I went back to bring him back to the peloton and I have to admit, he was difficult to recognize. He looked like a soldier just coming back from a battle. Nothing happened to him but everyone had a hard time trying not to laugh - even Werner.
In the mass sprint Werner got himself in a good position but unfortunately he was closed in the last corner and was even hit by an eager fan. Lars Bak however was 9th and Magnus 13th, so it was actuelly ok for us.
Tomorrow is another day of rest, and I'll probably go for a 2-3 hour ride so that hopefully I won't have too heavy legs in the last stages. I've taken a closer look on stage 18 and 19 which I think will suit me well. Then comes the last time trial and if I feel as fresh as now everything is possible.
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