“The aim of the rest day is always to recover mentally and physically, so first of all, our riders have been allowed to sleep in. There has been absolutely no stress today but the legs must be kept active so we left the hotel in Valloire and descended to the valley from the Col de Telegraphe to spin some recovery kilometers in the flat landscape. Down here, the riders put their bikes on the roof of the car and were escorted back up to the hotel, “says the Danish sports director, who took the trip back up the Col de Telegraphe on the bike.
Tomorrow, it’s go-time in the Giro where the riders are challenged with a very long stage:
“The riders are facing 238 kilometers where they’re passing Montcenis again, before the road winds its way down the valley to another climb with a few demanding sections. I reckon that a big break will be allowed to go and stay away to the finish line. A lot of riders are now hours behind in the GC so I don’t think the GC favourites would dig deep to haul them back in. However, I think they might test each other on that final climb. Some riders react poorly to a rest a day and have a hard time getting it back together. Our riders are highly motivated and ready to move into the final and crucial week of the race, “concludes Michaelsen.