World Road Championships 2011 Day Two, and it was wearing on for midnight when we pulled in to the truck stop in the north of The Netherlands; hundreds of artics lined up, many with refrigeration units chugging away on the cab roofs – how do the drivers sleep?
You have to think it would be more environmentally friendly to haul all that freight by train?
Anyway, ‘Green Ed’ what a thought that is.
First job today was to preview the TT, I’m calling it:
- Tony Martin
- Fabian Cancellara
- Bradley Wiggins
But it’ll be a cracking race, there are a lot of good guys in there hungry for the podium – Richie Porte, David Millar, Jesse Sergent, Taylor Phinney, Jack Bobridge…
This morning is the junior men’s time trial but we won’t see it – too many kilometres to cover.
Last year it was the Luxembourg laddie Bob Jungels who won it.
I interviewed him after it for PEZ – I’ve dealt with pros who are much less PR conscious; his website is very impressive and he has a wide support network of coaches and sponsors.
This year he rode the U23 TT but it’s a big step from junior to U23 – Luke Durbridge who won the U23 yesterday was junior world TT champion and it’s taken him a few years to get to where he is now.
Durbridge actually raced in Scotland last year in the Edinburgh Grassmarket criterium – Peter Jacques brought him over with Matt Goss and Leigh Howard.
We’ve run out of autobahn – ferry time, across the Baltic from Puttgarden in Germany to Rødbyhavn on the island of Falsta in Denmark.
In January when the six day circus is in full effect and it’s time to travel from Berlin to Copenhagen, we cross the Baltic from Rostock, in what was the old East Germany, further to the north east – the ferry has to contend with the pack ice and the wind would slice you in two.
But today it’s 21 degrees and there’s hardly a breath to disturb the flags on the ferry’s upperworks.
And there’s our first result of the day; an email from Ivan, for the junior TT
- Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Den)27.km in 35’07”
- James Oram (NZ) @ 4″
- David Edwards (Aus) @ 21″