Akrobatika…

Se dogaja! Škoda za odpovedano kraljevsko etapo. Če mi ne uspe dober rezultat, pa mi rata kakšna salta. Čeprav raje ko o saltah pišem o dobrih rezultatih, seveda. Nič takega spredaj so padli, sam sem bil malo bolj zadaj, poizkušal sem priti naprej pred ovinkom, pa nisem videl da je padec, priletel sem v kolo enega pred menoj in sem še sam naredil salto. Nič hujšega, sem malo potolčen, boli me sicer vse in imam črn prst, ampak jutri je nov dan.
Moja umetnija levo spodaj :  salta
Always something going on.  It is a pitty that the queen stage was canceled. If I do not make a good result, then I make a backflip. I would rather write about good results, of course. Not a big deal, there was a crash in the bunch in the front, while I was in the back trying to get a good position before the left turn, but I have not seen that the bunch has stopped- I hit into a rider in front of me, did a backflip. Nothing serious, my body hurts and I’m a little bruised, but tomorrow is a new day.
 
 
 

Tirreno Adriatico

Spet nova dirka pred vrati, tokrat etapna dirka od Tirenskega do Jadranskega morja. Kot pred sobotno tudi tokrat z navdušenjem pričakujem  tudi to. Prvič sem v takšnem položaju, ko sem edini kolesar, ki dirka na generalno razvrstitev, treniral sem dobro in bomo videli kako mi bo šlo v boju na klanec, ki bo verjetno odločilni, z najboljšimi. Sicer smo prišli z večimi aduti, in vsako etapo se lahko kdo drug bori za dober rezultat! Pomembna je vsaka etapa, smo dobra ekipa in bom naredil vse, da bo na koncu čim bolje za vse nas. Jutri začnemo z ekipnim kronometrom, dirko pa bo mogoče spremljati tudi v živo. Itak, dal bom vse od sebe in potem sem lahko popolnoma miren s tem, kar to pomeni rezultatsko v tem trenutku, gas! 😀
Again, a new race starts tomorrow, this time stage race from the Tyrrhenian to the Adriatic Sea. As before Saturday`s Strade Bianche, I am again expecting it enthusiastically. It is my first time at this level –  to be in a situation like this- when I am the only rider to race for the GC, I trained well and we will see how we I can go into the fight on the hill, which is likely to be decisive, with the best riders. Otherwise, we came with multiple attributes, and in each stage someone else of my team mates can fight for a good result! Every stage is important, we have a good team and I will do everything that it turns out the best for all of us. Tomorrow we begin with team time trial, the race will be broadcasted  LIVE. Anyway, I will do the best I can and then I can be totally calm with what this means as a result at this time! : D
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Hell of the South, for real

Prva klasika, Hell of the South za mano. Čeprav sem v cilj prišel slabe pol ure za zmagovalcem, ne morem biti razočaran. Nisem prepričan, da je v cilj prišla polovica kolesarjev iz startne liste. Zelo, zelo težka dirka, na srečo sem jo odnesel samo z enim defektom, skoraj brez premora cel čas težko, polna meni nepoznanih, svojevrstnih pasti :). Vsaj meni je bilo najtežje po strmih makadamskih cestah po klancu navzdol v grupi. Zdaj pa naprej, ostajamo v Italiji, sprva se poskusiti kar najbolje spočiti ter naslednje dni potrenirati za ekipni kronometer, za start dirke TIrreno Adriatico v sredo!
 
First classic, Hell of the South, done! Although I crossed the finish line almost half an hour behind the winner, I can not be disappointed. I’m not sure that half of the riders from the start list finished the race, I was lucky to have only one puncture. Very, very tough race, almost without a pause- difficult all the time, full of unfamiliar things for me! I found the hardest part in descending in the peloton on the steep gravel roads, not comfortable at all. Now we stay in Italy,  try to rest as much as possible and train well fort he team time trial, which opens the Tirreno Adriatico race on Wednesday!
start SB

Strade Bianche

Malo sem že pozabil kako lepa je Toskana. Lep, topel, sončen dan, popolnoma brez vetra in sproščeno kolesarjenje med vinogradi gor in dol. Res je fajn, ko lahko na kolesu okoli sebe tudi kaj vidiš. Pravo nasprotje od tega, kar se mi verjetno obeta jutri. Dež, veter, mraz, strmi klanci, makadam. Definitivno me čaka štart najbolj nore dirke do zdaj, Strade Bianche. Bele ceste, italijanski odgovor na ardenske klasike, le da je namesto tlakovcev makadam, juhu. Aja pa še tlakovci na koncu, ko se bolj ali manj spektakularno zaključi po ozkih, spolzkih, tlakovanih uličicah in potem na trgu v SIenni. Definitivno ena najbolj atraktivnih dirk izmed vseh in kolesarstvo v vsem svojem sijaju!  Nimam pojma kaj lahko pričakujem od sebe in kako se znajdem na makadamu.  Dirko bo možno spremljati tudi v živo. Za pokušino pa si poglejte letošnji promo film dirke, jaz imam že danes kurjo polt! 😀
 
I already forgot how beautiful Tuscany is. Today was a beautiful, warm, sunny day, completely without wind, with some relaxed cycling through the vineyards. It really is nice, when you can ride around and actually see something. The exact opposite of what we can expect tomorrow. Rain, wind, cold, steep slopes, gravel. This will definitely be the craziest race so far for me, Strade Bianche. White roads, the Italian answer to the Arden classics, except that instead of cobblestones, they put graveled roads, well done. Oh and also cobblestones at the end, where race finishes at spectacular market in Sienna, but before that we have some narrow, slippery,  cobblestone streets. Definitely one of the most attractive events and cycling in all its glory! I have no idea what to expect of myself and how I find myself on the gravel. There will be live stream of the race avaliable. For the taste, have a look at this promo video of the race, it gave me goosebumps already today.:D