Today really began last night when the classifications were handed out. It is
never a good thing when you take the packet and instead of looking at the
placements and the times, you turn to the very last page where tomorrow’s weather
We are wishful thinkers in times like this. The ocean would sooner dry up
before the wind dies down. Tomorrow’s forecast: strong wind.
The stress became stressful. When you look at the peloton’s shape you can
tell how the riders feel. We were all panicked, creating a tight ball; when we
are scared we ride very close and the peloton becomes very compact, leaving
absolutely no room between riders. No one wants to be at the back and fighting
I and everyone else continually look ahead to see when the road turns…and the
wind changes. We all know that the echelon will come but we all dread the moment
and hope that when it does you will have good position.
Like today, when the road turns, the panic heightens. We all fear being
dropped or crashing and being unable to help our team leader. Those at the very
front pulling see the situation differently. The riders pulling know very well
that the echelon breaks up the peloton and almost always capitalize on it. Today
was no exception. They hugged the shoulder and rode harder and harder. Many of
the riders started yelling pleas to the front asking them to widen up a little,
but it is usually too late and it is every rider for himself.
Luckily for my team, we all stayed in the front and together. However there
was stress for us all. This evening we will all be having more than just legs
massages - we will need our necks and backs massaged as well.
Bingen Ferndandez Bustinza. Courtesy Cofidis.
Bingen Fernandez Bustinza
Yellow Jersey Tours