You’re in the form of your life, you’ve breasted the biggest climb of the race with the ‘Bigs’ and there’s just one mountain stage to go before you become that rarest of birds, A Grand Tour Winner. But you lose concentration for a moment on the descent, smack a snow bank and come down hard.
There’s none of that ‘sportsmanlike waiting’ nonsense from your erstwhile riding companions – they attack you, ride hard and the next day they will bump you off the podium completely. It was hard not to feel sorry for Steven Kruijswijk over those last few stages of the 2016 Giro.
But professional bike racing at the highest levels isn’t for the faint hearted…
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