The Tourist, Simon Clarke's diary, Ep.9
Highlights of month: FIND YOUR WINGS WITH THE K-WING AGX HANDLEBAR
19 Jul 2019
The Tourist, Simon Clarke's diary, Ep.10
This is my fifth Tour de France and the first time I’ve been able to get into the breakaway on my birthday. I try every year. Normally it comes in the third week, and it’s a terrible mountain stage and always pretty hard to pick the right move. It all worked out for me today, so I figured I’d make the most of it.
With quality of climbers in that breakaway, I knew I was never going to be able to hold Simon Yates on a 12 kilometer climb. Maybe it was questionable to go so early, I mean, with myself and Bettiol in the group, there was no use of us both of sitting back and getting smashed by the climbers. One of us had to gamble, and I know quite well the desent off Peyresourde. It’s a nice, fast, straight one. If you know the corners, you can gain some good time, so I thought I’d have a crack. The wind wasn’t ideal, but you never know if you never try.
I was surprised to be able to get as much time as I did. I wasn’t expecting to put in a minute to the guys behind. I rode my rhythm up Hourquette d’Ancizan and held on as long as I could. I knew it was inevitable that they would catch me. Like you saw, I got caught by a good group and we rode ourselves back into the race. At least I was still in the race.
We have a really strong team here. We had one bad day. Sure we lost some time but a minute-and-a-half is going to be insignificant in Paris. The win is going to be hard but I don’t think a podium place is out of the question.