We had breakfast at 8 o'clock and afterwards we trained for two hours to speed up our heart rate. At 4 pm we went
to the race and the team presentation. The Down Under Classic crit was 50 km long, altogether we had to ride 25 laps. The
spectators were really cool today. There were approximately 100.000 spectators along the road.
Right from the start it was pedal to the metal. There were 4 intermediate sprints to
determine the classification jersey's for the Tour. I even won one of the sprints and by doing that I secured a classification
jersey for the start of the Tour [Down Under, editor]. I felt really good and I hope I will even get better.
The final was a bit nervous. Originally we
wanted to ride for Frösi [nickname of teammate Robert Fröster, editor] but he said I should go for my own chances. Paco Wrolich
was present in the final too. Because of the high speed and many curves it was really difficult to stay at the front. The
final lap was brutally hectic and I was to far behind. But Paco Wrolich was at the front and came in tenth. The stage was
won by Andre Greipel.
After the race I was allowed to the ceremony.
There also: thousands of spectators and a fantastic atmosphere. It was really fun. At 9 pm we came back in the hotel. We have
eaten something and soon I will go to sleep.