Well I had thought I would be still writing from Holland after another stage of the Eneco Tour, though as pro cycling goes changes can be made at anytime. I was listed as first reserve for the Vuelta Espange or Tour of Spain, though with one rider not fully healthy and my condition slowly building the team decided it was in my best interest to continue progressing in Spain.
For me the Vuelta will be purely form building, in preparation for the last race of the year, but more importantly next season. After six months out of competition you don't just regain the strength and recovery straight away it takes almost the same time you had out. So for me Jan/Feb/Mar is my main goal. I will be a supporting rider to guys like Sandy Casar and we do have a sprinter but I will just do what I can.
The Eneco Tour proved to be a real test, with Saturday and Sundays stages being raced over the roads of 'Liege Bastogne Liege' and 'Amstel Gold Race' respectively. I did what I could during these tough stages, and tried not to really go too deep into my reserves so to keep something for the last couple of days. This ended up being a good plan, as now that saved energy could be vital during the next month.
Well folks, I have to keep this brief as I still have some packing to do before getting back on the plane tomorrow for the depart in Assen (The Netherlands) on Saturday.
Will do my best to keep you posted on this next adventure…