Ireland : 2009 Portaferry 3-Day summary

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Ireland : 2009 Portaferry 3-Day summary

Postby Baldy Welshy » July 29th, 2009, 4:32 pm

Just like that Wiggins chap I was this last weekend relying on a good TT stage to make some time and then hold my own on the final Ventoux stage to move up on GC.

I decided not to ride the TT bike this year as the TT stage is hilly. This turned out to be a big mistake and lost some time compared to previous years.

The final Ventoux stage saw a lot of tired legs at the start and a dozen off the back the first time up the climb. I suffered big time for six times up the climb to stay in the bunch, and not lose any time on GC.

At the end of the 4 stages, of 66 starters I ended up 30th on GC, just 2:53 down on the yellow jersey. A satisfactory outcome, nicely in front of a number of 1s and 2s, but not good enough to get a vets prize again this year.

Top Weekend.

Full Biz here http://www.ardscyclingclub.co.uk/sections/?section=newsdetails&news_id=972


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Day 2 after the third stage TT.
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The final climb to the finish line of the 3rd stage time trial.
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After a road race in the morning this really did hurt.
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Stage 4. This is just before the summit of the climb.
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Suffering big time to avoid getting dropped up the climb on the final stage.
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More suffering up the climb on the final stage
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Stage 1
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Re: Ireland : 2009 Portaferry 3-Day summary

Postby resultboardman » July 29th, 2009, 6:02 pm

John,

For a second I thought you were posing with your brother in the pic, or is it?
This must have been BEFORE you raced you both look too refreshed for it to be after!
Well done anyway and at least you had better weather than we did, I bet it's not often you get that in Ireland. :)
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