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May 4, 2011
Yesterday was another smeltering day with some relatively big climbs. It was my third day in a row in a breakaway for 100km+ and I’m absolutely rooted this morning. Twelve bidons every day and ten gels is getting to be a bit much to stomach. Today’s final stage is a flat 85km roll back into Bangkok that will surely end in a sprint finish. Our man Sean Smith is 4mins ahead in GC so all we have to do today is control any dangerous moves and we should be fine.
I had a good day yesterday which I spent most of in a 8 man breakaway with only 3 of us doing any work. Fortunately Sean (our GC man) got a puncture right before the final climb and I swapped wheels with him. The reason as I see this as “fortunate” is because it was a bitch of a 15km climb and I just had to ride tempo up it since I waited 15mins for a wheel change. Talk about a blessing!
I’m in a bit of a rush this morning but I’ll write more this afternoon when I get more time. I’m in the lobby of the hotel watching everyone getting ready and I haven’t even packed my bags yet. I gotta get moving! Here are some photos that gives a bit of a feel for what we were riding through today. Over and out!