After a long descent, it was immediately into the second KOM of the day, a 15km 5.5% average ball of fun! We took it at a gentleman's pace thankfully because the break was gone, and everyone was pretty tired from the start. From the top, it was 60km of descent and valley until the final climb of the day. We kept Tommy out of trouble and planned to set Jakob up for an attack. Markel rode a killer pull into the beginning of the climb, smacked it with what he had left, then I took over. I drove it until Jakob attacked, then hung on to the tail of the dwindling group, then recovered enough to come back and pull the top of the climb. Jakob attacked twice, but it just wasn't happening today because he is still too dangerous, and the long, headwind valley from the summit to the finish was too long (25km).
Over the top, the group was maximum 30 I think. Tommy told me to go help pull because Jakob would have a good chance in the sprint. I helped pull for the next 15km, but the group behind came back, so I stopped at that point. I didn't lose all my fight though. I kept my nose in it for the sprint actually. I'm not sure what I was doing really! I lost my nerve in a couple of the turns on the run in, so maybe I could've finished a little higher, but I'll take 16th. Now if we only go out for the ice cream I remember from this place!
Tomorrow is going to be another big stage. We pass over the infamous Grossglockner at 2500m. It is a beast of a climb, and we could see some action happen. I hope my legs bounce back well, and I hope we have good weather! Thanks for checking in.