Day 4 Riders Diary Tilo Schüler and Philipp Mamos: "A very hard stage."

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24.01.2008/ German riders Philipp Mamos and Til Schüler will publish a riders diary at our website during the 2008 Tour de San Luis. The riders of the German Sparkasse squad will report regularly from Argentina. Today day 4: "A very hard stage."

Tilo Schüler (©

After a one hour drive by bus to the city of departure of the second stage, the 168 kilomtres long stage started at 3 pm. Again we arrived on a highway and the attacks would soon begin. But tough luck, to many riders dull riders after yesterdays stage.  Nevertheless somebody was found who started the race by attacking so at last the bunch was calm again. With Cohen we were in a breakaway group as well. However we had such a strong tailwind that it was almost impossible for small breakaway groups to make a decisive move. For us it was important to take care that no one crashes and to save as much energy as possible for the final. The final saw as follows: There was a 10 kilometres long descent and after a turn we had to climb the final 10 kilometres. Due to the team of the overall leader it wasn't exactly a walk in the park and the final kilometres were tenacious like a chewing gum. With three kilometres to go the last escapees were caught and it looked like we would see another bunch sprint. Our best man at the moment, Rob, was able to achieve a top 20 result again.. 


For me [Tilo, editor] personally the stage was very hart because we had an average of 46 km/h and that this early in January. Apart from that things are going better for us, one gets used to the hard positioning fights in the bunch. After we finished we had to drive three hours by bus to our hotel, where we immediatley took a shower and have eaten something. We are all pretty tired now as its pretty late.


Until tomorrow

Tilo & Philipp

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Philipp Mamos
Birthdate: December 6, 1982
Residence: Braunschweig & Bonn (Germany)
Heigth: 1.85 mtr.
Weight: 67 kg.
2003 - 2005 Team Lamonta
2006           Heinz von Heiden (from 08.06)
2007 -    ?   Team Sparkasse
Tilo Schüler
Birthdate: April 12, 1980
Place of birth: Leipzig (Germany)
Residence: Leipzig (Germany)
Height: 1.78 mtr.
Weight: 67 kg.
2003 -      Rose Versand - Merlin Logistic
2004 -      BH
2005 -      Comnet - Senges
2006 -      Continetal Team Milram (until June 25)
2006 -  ?   Team Sparkasse  (from June 26, 2006)
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