Road: road professional Alexander Wetterhall has sent us a report on his efforts in some of this spring’s biggest cycle races. From Holland via the Belgian pavéavsnitt to Poland.
“It’s been a while since I wrote but now I will finally update you again. A lot has happened and I have run my biggest event so far of this year’s biggest classics. Belgian Ronde van Vlaanderen, Paris-Roubaix, French and Dutch Amstel Gold Race.
I have a lot left before I have the level to compete in these races, who knows, I may never reach there. But in any case, this was a great experience and a great experience.My job for the competitions was simple, to hunt today’s breakout. I went in wholeheartedly to the task but it is not easy to join even if they want to.
We unfortunately missed the team and were forced to chase, which takes properly on the forces. And on days like these, it’s more than important to take care of yourself if you’re going to get through the grueling 250-260 kilometers. Unfortunately it was not possible this year, but I hope to get another chance, with any luck, it will go much better then.
After the classics, so I went home to Sweden again to get some good structured training again, and this weekend, we have driven three days long (Szlakiem Grodow Piastowskich) Grody in Poland. I ran this race two years ago with Endura Racing.
Four stages would we have time over the three days at the horribly bumpy and hollow roads. I felt really good during the first stage, even if the rain just poured down. I was forced to drop the contact with the first group up the final climb of the day and lost some time. But we had both Jan Barta and Bartosz Hurzarski from the team in the first group of six riders, so we really had winning positions right now.
The second day we got better weather and 30 kilometre pace in the morning and a 96-kilometer long road race in the afternoon. My pace was no bigger hit, no further cream left in the legs after yesterday’s hard and cold stage. In contrast, drove profit and Jan Barta home took over the leader’s Jersey at the same time! In the afternoon we were able to keep the peloton and thereby keep the sweater on Jan.
Final and decisive stage of 164 kilometers were very important, and we had to keep close eye on our opposition. We dropped off a group of early, and after that we controlled the race with an iron grip. We managed to get it just the way we wanted to, and even if we were to harvest five category one climbs, so we made the whole team together.
It ended in a klungspurt and in doing so, it was no major concern for Jan to cross the finish line at the same time, and with this win Grody altogether. He also took the points Jersey and during the four phases so we managed to take home three third places in addition to Jan’s results. A really successful race! For my part, so I stopped at a 19th place overall.
Now it’s home to Sweden again for next weekend run Scandinavian Race Uppsala, on behalf of the national team, it’s going to be fun! “