For me the ride from east of the start at Male , yesterday morning , started with the expectation of cresting the Passo Tonale , and anything extra , was a bonus . Arrived at the Partenza about 8am and after checking out the Sponsors Village in the valley , I came across an Aussie family of four that I had bumped into in Treviso , the day before , in the Pinerello shop . They had followed my suggestion to drive to Trento , after the racers left Treviso , but did not make it to the Per Corso as it passed through the nearby region .
Along the day’s Per Corso was the Squadra Pullman parking area , which was filling up fast when I arrived . Had chats with Sky people , who were fairly positive that Mark would not retain the Red Maglia if Rodriguez achieved fourth or better on Saturday , and so it turned out , but put it down to good preparation for the TDF and Olympics !
Speaking with Garmin Guys I expressed my belief that Ryder would be wearing Pink that night as I felt sure that he was capable of cutting out at least 18 secs on the climbs that day . My boast that I always got what I wanted fell flat , since Ryder lost 14 secs leaving the door ajar for Rodriguez to , with a great TT performance , achieve the final Podium in Milano !
With little more than an hour in hand and having given the teams an arriverderchi , since I was not going to Milano , I set off along the route . Crested the Passo Tonale and was through Edolo before I had to dismount to allow the Peloton to pass by on their way to the Mortirolo through several other peaks . I headed back towards a crossing of the Passo Gavia which brought me into Bormio .
When Bruno my host saw the condition I was in , he first gave me a beer and then reminded me that he was born on Australia Day 66 years ago and that I no longer bounced when I crashed . On getting up this morning , the aches and pains from hitting the tunnel wall on the descent from the Stelvio were only too apparent . Luckily apart from grazes and ripped clothing there is nothing that time won’t heal . Had I worn the new outfit that Rudy had provided on Friday , I would have been very much more annoyed about my misadventure ! On this occasion the head did not suffer , but like Insurance , better to have it , than risk the consequences ! In another Blog I will explain why I feel that Rudy has saved my life