That difficult second album. That’s how it felt today. After yesterday’s successful stage, today had to be anticlimactic, inevitably. The course itself was very difficult to photograph, as most of the climbs were shrouded in trees and bushes, not offering opportunities to put the riders into context. It didn’t matter whether you were at the bottom or at the top of the climb, the vegetation was there alike.
The only surprise was when we reached the second QOM point three kilometres earlier compared to the road book’s numbers, which meant that we had to really go for it on the descent. Not my favourite thing. Chris is a great moto pilot, but when he said we had to go full gas to catch Lucinda Brand, I knew I was in for a bumpy ride. Lots of left and right turns and even more acceleration on steep sections, we got to the bottom in one piece (this wasn’t really ever in question, only in my scared mind) and I sighed in relief, that this was this year’s Giro Rosa’s last downhill section.
Tomorrow is the penultimate, time-trial stage, people in the know say that there will be quite a shake-up in the GC – either way, I’m looking forward to it. And now, we’re off for our well-deserved dinner.