The plan for this year’s SDSR was simple, keep a couple of us within a minute and a half in the TT, make the break in the RR to secure a top ten GC and then set up our sprinter to win the criterium. Despite my poor time trialing a top ten seemed an achievable goal. I’ve enjoyed good results this year due to my fantastic teammates and great support from Helen’s. I don’t have to stress about my bike or other equipment, Helen’s takes care of it for me. I don’t have to think about nutrition, Cytomax and Bonk Breaker keep me covered. This lets me focus just on the racing and that makes all the difference.
The plan worked as far as the TT went, I kept thinking about close finishes I’ve had in stage races and repeated to myself “Every Second Counts” the whole way up the mountain. Team Helen’s put Olly Hutchinson in 11th and myself in 13th, not too far back but definitely off everyone’s radar. [Read more…]