Ivan Balykin said:
“No matter how fast the opening 70 km were, four guys went clear of the bunch, and I joined them soon. You can’t call it a nice day in August, with the temperature around +13, rain and wind; but we were not ready to give up. Fortunately, the knee pain, which affected my performance yesterday, today was almost gone. After a puncture one of our companions got dropped and never came back. The mountain prize was contested on the top of the hardest climb in Latvia, at least we were told that. You have to take into consideration the fact that Latvia is a flat country, so it wasn’t long, but definitely steep, around 10%, which was enough to make a selection. We worked well with the Austrian when we left the rest of our breakaway, but when I looked back about 1 km to go, I saw a chasing pack coming in on us, but luckily the gap was big enough not to get closed”.