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.
So ready for rest day tomorrow 🙂
Been here in Mallorca for two days now with Team Joker. A lot of nice people, a lot of bikes and a lot to do.
Been mounting a couple of spare/training bikes and been with Espen on bike fitting for the time trial bikes. Like this with Reidar Borgersen
And been trying the tools and workstand at the hotel,
Which isn’t that good. Don’t buy this cheap workstand, but got the work done. Also got the new QR mounted the right way for a time trial Trinity
Ended up with some bikes in our rooms. The Giant TCR looks good on picture but super in real, lovely design
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:
Most important rider first.
Étoile de Bessèges ended today with a short time trial with a steep climb in the end. Tobias Ludvigsson – Giant/Shimano won the stage!
But not just that, after beeing 21st in the general classification he passed the other 20 guys to and won the hole thing! The tall guy that ruined my legs on a winter training many years ago (16 feb 2008) starts the season with winning the first time trial 😀
Then it also been Superprestige CX in Hoogstraten. Hoped for Tom Meeusen but didn’t have the legs today when Niels Albert attacked. But Tom was great or maybe best in the sand. Albert seemed good until Nys flew by and Vantornout also passed. Then Albert crashed with a pole and started wave around with his bike, happy that no one was close 😉
Sven Nys rode to victory alone with Klaas Vantornout second. Niels Albert 3rd.
The womens race was won by Nikki Harris, great with a good victory for her 🙂