It was a good day for Team RadioShack in Paris-Nice. Andreas Kloden took the stage victory and yellow jersey on what is considered the queen stage of the race. It was a really hard stage, and it is really awesome to see Kloden take home the victory. Tomorrow is the TT, and competition will be tough, but I have a good feeling that Kloden can make a real run at holding the jersey.
For me today was pretty difficult. The stage started really difficult with attacks and the normal happenings. It took a really long time for the break to go. The first 90 minutes were super hard. I was dropped going up the category 1, but made my way back on the descent. Then the stage got pretty hard when attacks began flying on the category 2 climb about 130km in. The pace from there didn't relent. It was up and down another two climbs/descents. Then the final descent was crazy fast and twisty. I was nearly dizzy by the bottom. In the final valley, there was a group of 7 guys up the road, and I went to the front to help pull them back. We had them within 10 seconds at the turn to the final climb, and my job and day were done. I pulled the plug and rode it in. It's getting late now, so I best get to bed. Ciao.
Find more information about the race/stage on VeloNews or CyclingNews or Steephill.tv or the RadioShack website.