Inside the Tour of Britain 2 - Dan Craven
MORE SECOND BY SECOND DATA FROM TWO TOUGH STAGES AT THE TOUR OF BRITAIN. STAGE 4 WAS BILLED AS ONE OF THE HARDEST AND YOU CAN SEE BY THE ELEVATION THERE ARE TWO CLIMBS STRAIGHT FROM THE CLIMB. WE HAVE GIVEN DAN A GARMIN EDGE 500 TO RECORD SOME VITAL STATISTICS FROM STAGES AT THE TOUR OF BRITAIN. WITH SO MUCH INFORMATION AT ONE'S FINGER TIPS, WHAT IT DOESN'T TELL YOU IT ISN'T WORTH KNOWING.
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Constant attacking for 50km until the break of the day went. Hit black mountain and HTC attacked. Big Time. I stayed with the front group for about half of the climb, went past Henderson as he blew, thinking that the pressure would really be on now, I dug in deep to stay there. But when I blew I blew badly and was not able to hang onto Henderson's group as it came past me in a slight gutter. Sat on the Cervelo led group as they tried to chase back on but we never made it. Went hard over constitution hill but still lost some time. The muscles that cramped on Sunday were really sore after the stage - recovery obviously not quite worked out.
After yesterday I was weary of what my legs would be able to do. The race was on from the gun and for the first few minutes, up the first climb. I was going well, but then the legs went bang again and I had to cling onto the back of the group going over the climb. The descent that follow was on a tiny narrow road made worse by poor weather conditions. An Italian rider crashed and the resulting gap that it created was never closed again - 80 man group was out at the back, with me in it. 145km in the autobus, legs feeling like cement.