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Magnus Opus: A struggle to finish

What a difference a day makes. Yesterday, I was right up there, ready to fight out the sprint – admittedly, I wasn’t in the top three, but you get the point. I didn’t seem to have the legs to finish the job the boys did for me with the leadout, but I was still feeling pretty good. Today, on the stage from Agde to Ax-3-Domaines, I can only say it was… well, a bit rough. It was a really, really rough day on the bike today. I threw up four times in the first 100 kilometers. I couldn’t eat a thing all day and it was two or two-and-a-half hours before I could even drink a little bit. I don’t

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Stage 14 – Agde to Ax-3-Domaines

By Magnus Bäckstedt, Liquigas-Bianchi professional cycling team

What a difference a day makes.

Yesterday, I was right up there, ready to fight out the sprint – admittedly, I wasn’t in the top three, but you get the point. I didn’t seem to have the legs to finish the job the boys did for me with the leadout, but I was still feeling pretty good.

Today, on the stage from Agde to Ax-3-Domaines, I can only say it was… well, a bit rough.

It was a really, really rough day on the bike today. I threw up four times in the first 100 kilometers. I couldn’t eat a thing all day and it was two or two-and-a-half hours before I could even drink a little bit. I don’t even know what happened. I just now managed to put down the first food I’ve kept in my stomach all day… and here it is 9:30 at night. I made it to dinner and managed to shovel down a few plates of pasta. Not good.

You find yourself throwing up on the bike, unable to keep even water down on a day like this, you know you’re in trouble. Normally, the heat doesn’t bother me at all, but 100k into a stage and no water… I was completely dehydrated by the time I was able to drink.

With the help of Dario (Cioni) I managed to stay with the grupetto and struggle into the finish. He sat with me all day, making sure that I had what I needed and encouraging me all the way. He made a big difference in my finishing at all today.

What I have to look at now, is the course profile that we face tomorrow. I’m a bit scared of it, really. My only comfort is that my legs felt okay today. The only thing was that I couldn’t eat or drink. Maybe it’s done, so hopefully I’ll wake up tomorrow, feel better and be able to take on the day.

We’ll see,
Maggy