Julian Dean Diary
Tour de Suisse - Stages 5, 6, and 7.
Tour de Suisse - Stages 5, 6 and 7.
I have been unable to get online the last couple of days. I'm not the most sophisticated techo and I'm having problems getting the Apple I bought over the off-season, to connect on a dial-up connection. Bloody technology. Anyway tonight we have a hotel with wireless connection so it?s sweet. Best of all, it?s free.
Yeh so anyway, the last three stages have been mountain stages which, for me means playing a game of survival. The first of them was a long stage with a 20km berg at the end. Due to the hard days prior, the peloton opted to cruise for the first 100km. This is always a great idea as it allows everyone to recover a tad and of course allows us all to catch up with each other?s news. Today?s hot topic was Rabobank?s hotel last night. We stay in a wide variety of hotels as professional cyclists but sometimes there are those that top them all and today Rabobank?s hotel took the honours; theirs doubled as a brothel?..
Once we entered into the valley with 100km to ride before hitting the climb, an end was put to the chat session and the tempo started. It was a tailwind up the valley so after our easy start, things got very tough as we averaged 55km/hr to the bottom of the climb. The 20km climb to the finish was the cue for me and a big group of others to sit up and save ourselves for the next day, which was to be the king stage of the tour. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>
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