Final Defense. The final road stage of the Eneco race was again lumpy, this time including roads from the Amstel Gold spring classic. In particular the Mur de Huy, a nasty climb that starts on an increasingly steep grade until a left turn kicks the road up to around 20%.
Svein was still sitting in fourth place on GC, a couple of seconds away from the podium, and we were all hoping that he could stay in touch on this stage as he is in very good time trialling form, and may be able to do some damage on the final day time trial.
The job for all of the boys was thus to help Svein out as much as possible, and get him over the Mur in touch with the leaders.
This job became a little more difficult seeming when we lost two more riders early in the race, through sickness and plain bad luck.