Stage 12 – Cesena – Treviso (210km)
By Magnus Bäckstedt, Alessio-Bianchi professional cycling team
Man, do I feel like crap today.
I started the day out feeling like I was coming down with something. I’ve had a sore throat for a few days and now it’s beginning to take a toll. Despite the easy terrain, I made it through the stage just sitting there in the field, feeling really, really average on the bike the whole day.
The only thing I managed to do was to bring my teammate, Angelo Furlan, up to the front with about 3km to go. I wanted to do as much as I possibly could, so I just went up and took a big turn with the hope that Angelo was on a good wheel. I figured since I was losing steam anyway, I could go up and do something before I blew. It’s better than doing nothing.
At that point, though, I was done. I took a long pull and then swung off the front and drifted back through the peloton, then just sort of rolled in behind the pack.
Unfortunately, I don’t think Angelo had such a great finish. He was disappointed. He opened up way too early today. He said Brad McGee went early and he went onto Brad’s wheel. They went super early and then everyone swarmed in from behind. He didn’t have anything left in his legs.
I hope I feel a little better tomorrow. The way I am feeling now, I won’t be here for a very long time. We’ll see how it goes. I need a good night’s sleep and see how I wake up tomorrow.
We’ll see. Goodnight and talk to you tomorrow.