Friday, April 25, 2008

TTT....stage 4

Not what we had hoped for....

That sums up our final result in the team time trial. Al was well and we were on our way to a competitive result when Zirbel suffered a mechanical problem on the hill the third lap and then we had a period were the wheels fell off. We did come back with a solid final lap but the damage had already been done.

But i think that when you look at the team finishing without its 2 clear TT specialists that we still came out with a reasonable time and an OK result. The good thing is that we kept ourselves in a great position for GC as i am only down by 57sec and could easily make that up on Brasstown ;).

In all seriousness, tomorrow's long stage may hold some GC battles, but i think the tour will ultimately come down to Brasstown on Sat. I am pinning some hope and pressure on T. Lowe (Slipstream). My fellow Australian and all round good bloke is looking strong and there is little doubt he has the support of one of the best teams. Can he beat Levi on Brasstown? Time will tell. I sure hope so.

Short one today...internet has been down, so im off to bed now. Hope to have a report for you tomorrow. Long day, 3 climbs, but i am confident i can ride strong and hopefully have a say in the finish again.

Peace

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Keep going Rich, well done to the team. You can make up that 57secs, come on show them our true Aussie spirit. Marls

Michigan Mark said...

Just watched you smoke the uphill sprint in Georgia! Frickin awesome man...how hard was that last climb??

Headline should be: "Bissell dominates Stage 5"

Look forward to riding with you guys around Grand Rapids this summer...way to represent!!!

JIM said...

GLORIOUS!

Breezer said...

wow, was that a nice finish! Congrats! I saw the bissell rider coming around the corner first and I was like that has got to be Rich. Way to kill it!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!

Neill & Lori Campbell

Anonymous said...

Hey Rich, can't wait for the post today. Fantastic, well done, congrats etc. I knew there was a podium finish in you. Now I will go and read the rest of the results. Good work mate, Marls

Mark said...

Congrats with your stage win!