Today I rode the GP Isbergues, which is a round of the French cup. In other words, crazy bloody frenchies attacking from the gun! Ill keep it short though as I didn’t finish anywhere great.
We did 3 laps of a 5km circuit to start, then 1 big lap, then 2 12km laps to finish off. I didn’t expect much at all from myself, as I have been sick since I got home from Poland, but still I wanted to finish well. Touched the bike once and that was yesterday, but man it was a mission, and I felt shit house!
A break of 24 got away on the first of the 5km laps at the start (as I said...from the gun). In the first hour we averaged 50km/hr so yeah…. Nice, great for the legs! This group lost a few riders over the tough terrain but they actually managed to stay away right up to 10km to go. The peleton pretty much just blew to bits climb after climb. I felt ok, but nothing fantastic. With 10 km to go there was a counter attack and we had Nico mattan in it. These guys got caught with 300m to go! GUTTED. I am not sure as to where we all finished up but I think Vasseur was 3rd, and Mattan 8th. I finished in a group about 15sec back in about 30th.
I was very happy with today considering. Now although I still aren’t 100% I am sure that I will be fully over it by my next race Franco-Belge, which starts on Thursday. I am really motivated to try for something good here. The team spirits are high, and we have been in the thick of it lately with
some good results.