Tour of Poland Stage 1 & 2
A hard start to the 2012 edition of the Tour of Poland.
Stage 1 was 4 laps of 40km circuit which included at 15km climb each lap totaling 2500m of climbing for the day. For me it was a bit of a test after a nice mid year break and a good rebuild into the 2nd half of the season. I struggled for the first half but rode into the race in the back half and finish mid field after being dropped the final time up the climb.
Stage 2 was an extremely long day. The 240km stage plus 10km of neutral totaled nearly 6.5hrs in the saddle and was finished with one of the most crazy sprint finishes I’ve been involved in. It was my job today to try and look after and lead out Aidis Krupos in the final, but unfortunately due to the some crazy riders and a hectic final circuit we got separated and didn’t get a chance to contest the sprint.
With another 2 sprints to come on stage 4 & 7 we will try again in the final and hopefully can do better next time.
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