Dan Martin Diary: Legs good again on an up and down day
Run-ins are tough so my big objective is to stay safe and keep out of trouble
We had another dead end finish to the stage – after crossing the line, we ended up riding back along the final 6km in the opposite direction in order to get to the team bus. Once we were there, we had to begin the second long journey of the day.
It was something like one hour and 45 minutes to get to the start in the morning. As I write this, we are still on the bus over two hours after the finish. We are still not at the hotel yet because we had something like a 190km drive. And we’ll have the same again today, I think.
Obviously with a long transfer like that, it means the hotel meal is later than usual.
There’s food on the bus and we can shower and eat after the finish. I had some cereal afterwards, and we also have recovery drinks as well. They help the body to start the refuelling process before we get to the hotel and have a proper meal.
The area here is really beautiful here; it is actually where the world championships are going to be next year.
I was talking to one of the Movistar guys. He said he was thinking about why the world championships are there next year. He said to me, ‘you know how the government works in Spain’. I am not really sure what that means. But I think we can read between the lines.
Apparently there is only one hotel in the town where the championships are being held. So that is going to be quite interesting. The town is in the middle of nowhere. Absolutely stunning scenery, but the worlds are going to be peculiar!
Next up are two sprint stages. The run-ins are quite technical so my big objective is to stay safe, keep out of trouble. If I lose a bit of time through a split in the bunch, I don’t really mind. The important thing is to keep upright, and also to save energy before the big day in the mountains on Saturday.
There is a possibility the next stage is going to be quite windy as well. This area is known for its crosswinds. That always makes things a lot more nervous, so I just hope it doesn’t happen. It would be good to have a relatively relaxed day in the peloton; there’s plenty of hard stages ahead.