Pais al Vasco, done

Pa je za nami dirka po Baskiji. Kaj naj rečem sem super vesel in zadovoljen s celotnim potekom dirke, kaj več bi pred štartom že težko pričakoval. Priznam še sam sem bil presenečen da mi je 4 etapo uspelo zmagati?!? Včeraj v zaključku žal nisem imel potrebne moči, da bi ostal s čisto prvimi.  Za danes pa sem bil že pred startom dirke odločen da bo moj dan. Od starta sem poskušal na polno na klanec, kar dolg za kronometer 6,5 km, ker sem vedel da na hitrem spustu lahko malo predahnem. Čeprav sem po polovici na koncu postavil peti čas, sem bil najhitrejši v drugem delu, ko je bilo gor in dol, kar mi zelo ustreza. Vseskozi sem se boril s samim seboj in dejstvom da moram obdržati hitrost. Na koncu je bilo dovolj za zmago, in tudi v skupni razvrstitvi sem napredoval na 5.mesto. konec dober, vse dobro. Tudi kot ekipa smo na tej dirki delali res dobro in na koncu mislim da smo lahko vsi zadovoljni z nastopi!  Nič, naslednja dirka Dirka po Romandiji, potem pa par dni počitka, juhej!  

So, the Tour of the Basque Country is done. I think we can be happy with our performances, for myself, and expectations before the race, I couldn’t ask more. Also I was surprised to manage to stay in front of the peloton and win the 4th stage. Yesterday, unfortunately, I just didn’t have the power to stay there all the way to the end. For today, I was decided even before the race that this will be my day. I wanted to start fast on the climb, because I knew that I will be able to take few second of rest on a fast descent. Even though I was 5th in the end after the first half of the stage, in the second part I was the fastest – the profile was up and down which suits me. I was fighting with myself all the time and with the fact that I have to keep the speed. It was enough for the win at the end and I managed to move up to 5th place in the GC.  Everything is well, what ends well. Next race is Tour of Romandie, and then few days of rest, yes! 😀 I think we worked really well as a team, and we can all be satisfied with our performances at the end! Well done!#samenwinnen

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Photos: steephill.tv

#Itzulia, stage 4

Za današnjo etapo nismo pričakovali nič posebnega, zelo hitro in težko smo začeli, prvo uro 48km/h, nekako sem hitro prevzel ritem dirke, proti koncu je bil težak strm klanec, in nekaj napadov mojih sotekmovalcev. Danes so bili vsi super, uspeli smo se obdržat spredaj in po gorskem cilju je sledil 14 km spust, k sreči po široki cesti. Zadnjih nekaj km je bil teren ponovno razgiban, uspelo nam je obdržati pozicijo pa sem poskusil tudi sam. Itak sem šel od prvega momenta z vsem kar sem imel, od začetka sem še upal pogledati nazaj in skoraj čutil sem peloton, kako mi diha za ovratnik. Pod znakom za zadnji km, nisem več pogledal nazaj, samo glava dol in ful gas; drek se bom pisal če me zdaj ujamejo sem si mislil, hudičevo so se vlekli zadnji metri in zelo boleče je bilo, a vendar mi je nekako ratalo, zmagali smo, zelo sem vesel in ponovno sem spoznal da v kolesarstvu tudi če nimaš najboljših nog tisti dan, je važno da imaš jajca. Pa še kulski rek je v angleščini, ki pravi da je mojstru spodletelo večkrat, kot je vajenec sploh poskusil – če ne probaš, ne veš.  Jutri Queen stage, na pomoč! 😀

For today’s stage we didn’t expect nothing special, it was hard and fast from the beginning, we went 48 km/h in the first hour, towards the end there was a steep, tough climb, there were several attacks of my team mates, the whole team did an awesome job today.  We managed to stay in front and then there was this long descent, luckily on a wide road. At the last few kilometers, the road was a bit up and down again, the attacks started, and we managed to stay in a good position, then I decided to try. I gave it all from the first moment, I could fell the breath of the peloton on my neck, then was this 1 K mark, I was too afraid to look back, just put the head down and push. It was painful as hell, and the last meters were longer then the whole race, but I made it home and we won! It showed once again that in cycling the legs aren’t always decisive, it is about the awareness that you might get caught, but you still go out there. The master has failed more times, than beginner even tried and I think that is what our team showed today! No guts, no glory! Tomorrow Queen stage ! Well done boys, thank you! 😀

 

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sammenwinnen!

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Vuelta al Pais Vasco

Oziroma Dirka po Baskiji. Saj bi napisal v njihovem jeziku pa si bom polomil prste; neka španska zasavščina 😀 Pa smo v deželi slabega vremena in strmih klancev. Včeraj je letalo na katerem sem bil že skoraj pristalo v Bilbau, potem pa obrnilo in pristalo v Barceloni. Murphyjev zakon je poskrbel, da smo šli v Barceloni dol z letala, kufri gor kufri dol- in nazaj, tako da na koncu smo prišli na prvotni cilj, a kakih 5 ur kasneje. Danes na treningu smo imeli dež in 7 stopinj, že dolgo nisem občutil tega, zadnji moment preden sem odpotoval z Majorke sem dal kapo ven iz kufra, slaba odločitev očitno. Upam da se uredi in nas vsaj vreme razveseli, klanci vem da nas ne bodo. Tu bom dirkal prvič in mi vse postavlja nov izziv, da spet vidim kam spadam, konkurenca je huda, kot na vseh dirkah najvišje ravni. Nimam kaj izgubiti in boril se bom vsak dan posebej! Seveda z enim očesom na zadnji dan, ko bo na sporedu težek kronometer, kako sem hiter bomo videli, tako ali tako pa moram do tja najprej prit! Številka 161, Primož! 😀 Vsak dan bo prenos tudi na Eurosportu, več informacij o dirki in tudi live stream-e najdete tukaj.

Or Tour of the Basque Country. Here we are in the land of bad weather and steep hills –already yesterday we couldn’t land in Bilbao, so the plane eventually returned to Barcelona for landing, yet in the end we managed to take off again and arrived in Bilbao safely, but off the schedule. Today on training it was raining and it was 7 degrees, quite a long time since has been so cold on the bike – when I was leaving home I took the hat out of the suitcase in the last minute – not the best decision I would say. Well I hope that the weather gets better, I know that climbs will stay the same – scary. 😀 I will race here for the first time so it is a challenge again, to see where we belong on the result board. There is nothing to lose and I believe that we will fight for it every day. Also there is a tough ITT on the last day of the race, on which I have my eye on but first we have to get there, day by day. You can find more info about the race here. Yellow Lotto NL Jumbo jersey and number 161, that’s me! 😀

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