Today we started early. I woke up at 7 am because we had to undergo a transfer of 100 kilometres.
Until now todays stage was the hardest that the Tour had to offer. It was very hilly, there was a strong wind and a very high
speed. But my biggest fight was against the heat again.
Right after the start we had to ride against cross winds. After only a few kilometres the bunch was splitted in several
groups. Right before the first KoM after 19.2 kilometres all riders were together again. But you couldn't relax , because
after that we were riding against cross winds again and the bunch was splitted again. None of the teams rode at the front
[not organised, editor] but because of the permanent attacks the speed was extremely high.
I tried everything I could to get into a [breakaway] group today. My feeling was: „If a big group get away it will
come through.“ but it just wasn't meant to be.
As a team we road very agressive, we always had one at the front. For instance Frösi [Robert Förster, editor] won the second
intermediate sprint and shifted a little bit forward in the overall. In the final we found each other and worked very well
together. But we also noticed that we miss that little bit extra for a podium spot.
Paco [Wrolich, editor], Carlo [Westphal, editor] and myself rode the 70 kilometres to our hotel by bike. One could say
we rode out to regenerate our legs a bit. Now I will get my massage and after that I will finally get something to eat. Tomorrow
will be the decisive stage, we all have to try to be at the front.
Until tomorrow, hopefully with some good news.