For Team Joker. I was just sitting in the car and helping with some small things. Impressed today with the sprints. Not on the very top but very fast and great for the improvement. Was even improvements from the first to the last sprint today. Easier to know what to improve and know what you are good at if you try.
So here’s some pictures from today
And yes. Svein Erik also got some pictures
Tomorrow is my last day here on the island so we will see how it ends
First race of the season today here on Mallorca. Found some small info about it yesterday evening and saw that the start was just around the corner. Perfect to get some hard training for the riders and to try the new American Classic 58mm racing wheels with 25mm Vittoria Corsa CX tires. Took some time for the sport director this morning but he’s good so went ok. Race should have been started at 9.30 but got started at 10 because of so many late people and commissar. Team Joker sat well in the race and got two riders in the breakaway, Leopard Trek Development Team also had two riders with and the rest of them kept the bunch away. 9 riders in the breakaway in total. Was some attacking in the end and the bunch caught them except two riders. One German riding for Stölting and our Philip Lindau.
The German won but Lindau got a great second place
The other good thing was that Reidar Borgersen attacked away from the peloton and came third
So the best Joker riders of today and the sport director
And of course a podium
Also met a Norwegian friend David Desa who came in the bunch too, he came second in u23 on a race yesterday with more climbing.
Was in the car after Team Joker on their training today
Not so warm but nice to see the island a bit more as I never been here before. And interesting to see how different riders ride and sits on the same type of bike. Was in front of them a bit to cheer on too
A second after this the soigneur got wet, funny joking people. And a little earlier this beautiful car past
Nice day. Was some attacks and sprinting too before coming back to where we live. Back at the hotel me and Matt washed all the bikes and checked so everything was fine.
That’s how life goes on here and without any proper internet connection in our room I’m not on internet and reading about cool bikes and new light parts. Back to reality next Thursday.
Was with the car today on the first training with Team Joker on time trial bikes this year.
The start in french. Rode a pretty technical course with a bit of timing. Interesting and great to learn to know positions and too see what works and not works on the new bikes. Can say I never worked on better time trialbikes than the Giant Trinity. Of course it’s not as easy as a normal roadbike but fun challenges and able to succeed. Here is Reidar Borgersen with his bike
We got this great tips from our boss today. Watch Tour Mediterranean live on the way through France to Barcelona. Of course as I knew Tobias Ludvigsson was racing and a prologue like he can win. Also saw the Swedish Champ Gustav Larsson at the start
And Tobias at the same place
Tobias is a kind guy so let me go with them in the teamcar. So here from the start which was a pretty long climb
Impressive to ride 39km/h uphill sitting on a time trial bike. Then a tight downhill where he really impressed on me. Not just the power but he can descend really fast
And a short flat section in the middle. Beautiful landscape
Turned right and up a new climb where he caught the rider in front of him. On the second descend and second left turn he rode a little to fast and went of the road a bit. Stayed on his wheels but punctured. Thought he punctured both wheels so they changed from his Giant Trinity to his Propel road bike. Was much harder and you saw that he wasn’t happy at all. But put in a huge effort and did a great race in the end too. Passed to guys on time trialbikes with his road bike and not so high rims, fast Propel.
Was second when he passed the finish line after BMCs Stephen Cummings. Cummings won the stage and when everyone finished Tobias ended 6th. 6th with a bike change on a 18,2km course is impressive. All results from today here: cyclingnews 6th overall too
After that we met Vegard Breen in Girona and now staying at a great hotel here in Barcelona with a view like this:
Am driving to Mallorca with the other mechanic of Team Joker and really bad internet connection here in France now. Aiming for being better starting Monday next week. Until that, don’t miss the new XTR Di2 including new crankset that I think Eliflap blogged about. Finally they are developing what they can, electronic shifting