Classics Review

Happy with my early season form and results, the pressure was lifted allowing me to go into the big classics relaxed and re-focused on gaining experience. Despite a nasty crash at “Gent-Wevelgem” requiring stitches in my right arm, I managed to get to the end of the Classics season and finish my first Tour of Flanders, something I had wanted to do for many years.

After a short rest, my race program switched from one day events to stage races. First up was Giro del Trentino, consisting of a team time trial (TTT) and 3 mountainous days... not really my cup of tea! Nevertheless I rode a strong TTT to help the team get 2nd against some very strong World Tour teams. Over the next 3 days I helped out grabbing bottles and keeping the team in a good position in the bunch, whilst gaining plenty of practice on the longer climbs.

Looking ahead...this week I am riding the “Tour of California” which is a beautiful 8 stage race along the west coast. In early June I will ride “Dauphiné”, another 8 day race and typically used by many as a warm up for the Tour de France. I hope these 2 hard stage races will give me good condition for the National Championships (23rd June) and perhaps a place in our TDF team...

by Paul