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24 Sep, 2003

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 didnít 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 didnít 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 yeahÖ. 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 arenít 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.

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