After winning the Tour de Langkawi overall, I had to jet back across multiple time zones to take part in the World Tour Tirreno-Adriatico which started a week later. Here is how the race went for me…
Calm before the storm! Team time trials are one of the most intense facets in our sport and this one I found particularly hard after Tour of Langkawi a few days before, time and climate changes.
Getting ready for a intense stage with two of the most experienced men in the sport when it comes to sprinting. Cant ask for better mentors than Mark Cavendish and Mark Renshaw.
Roger Hammond our director in Tirreno laying down the Law. Roger does a great job in these meetings and you can feel the passion from his voice. Great to get me into race mode!
Steve Cummings does what he does best. Outsmarting everyone before riding away solo. Steve has one of the most aerodynamic positions on a road bike and a big engine too. Once he has a gap he is a difficult guy to catch back.
Unexpected rest day! Due to weather conditions the stage got cancelled and we did a 2-hour easy ride instead in cold and wet conditions.
Rolling into the finish of the stage after a difficult chase of a group, which included Peter Sagan, Zdenek Stybar and Greg van Avermaet, and a subsequent crash at 5km to go. A bit sore and tired, but nothing to worry about, the group wasn’t caught though.
The final stage was a short time trial. I just rode a steady pace to finish as I was still hurting from my crash the day before and there was no sense to push it with Milan-San Remo just round the corner.