Hard work, but no prize
Tour of Oman, February 15th, Stage 2
Today’s stage started from the picturesque fort Nakhal, but riders didn’t even had a chance to see it as they started first 20km with average over 55km per hour. A tail wind helped, but also everyone was trying to get into the break, and peloton just didn’t allow it. During the race there were few breaks but they all got caught. A break of two had even 8 minutes advantage, but they got caught 20km to go. At that point our riders were in great position, entering narrow roads before penultimate climb in front of the peloton. Everything was going as planned, but few more small brakes happened, Giovanni Visconti had some breathing problems, and our “go to” rider Sonny Colbrelli was left without support when a peloton started to split starting the last climb.
Giovanni Visconti said: “Very hard stage today, the final was harder then what we expected. We tried to stay all together in the front, but I had some breathing problems, so I couldn’t keep up with the front group.”
Valerio Agnoli together with Grega Bole and another BMC Rider attacked 10km to go, this is what he had to say about it: “I tried since two guys were in front of peloton and peloton was going easy, so we tried, but 5km to go, peloton caught up with us.”
Philippe Mauduit, our Sports Director was not happy after the race: “Today was not as good as yesterday. The boys were working hard all day, but at the end some of them panic and attacked earlier then planned, while they should stay calm. Well, sometimes it doesn’t work as you plan, so we do have to coordinate a bit more, and communicate more. Today it was a communication problem, and we’ll try to fix it tonight at the meeting. Unfortunately, Giovanni had some breathing problems, and Sonny was fighting but last 1km he couldn’t push more. That’s sport, we have to accept it and make a new plan tomorrow.”