Team Garmin-Transitions’ Cameron Meyer will be sending in regular dispatches from the Giro d’Italia.
Giro d’Italia Stage 8 – First mountain-top
Well I am on the massage table finally after a post stage transfer of 2 hours. This is a good time for me to introduce to you my soigneur (french term for a person who takes care of) for the entire Giro this year, Sandra Ni Hodnae. Sandra is responsible for keeping my body in one piece during the race. An hour massage each night along with preparing drinks, race food, hotel meals and the list goes on. It is a very hard job and one I think ill stick to turning the pedals.
While we are talking about some of the staff we have on our team I thought I would let you know just how many staff members we have looking after us here at the Giro. We have:
* 2 x Directors
* 4 x Soigneur
* 3 x Mechanics
* 1 x Physio
* 1 x Doctor
* 1 x Bus Driver
* 1 x Chiro
* 1 x Chef
* 1 x Sports Scientist
TOTAL STAFF = 15
TOTAL RIDERS = 9 ( now 8 minus Christian)
As you can see we are well looked after in all avenues!
Now to Stage 8. 192km with our first mountain-top finish. A pretty stress free stage for our team as we all tried to save as much energy as possible for the two sprint stages to come. It was a fast start to the race with a few hills in the first 40km.
The bunch split in two but came back together at the 70km mark. The peloton then rode a good pace to the bottom of the last climb before the big climbers let loose and we rode nice and easy to the finish (as easy as you can up a 15km mountain!)
It should be a sunny day for stage 9 which will be a nice change. I’m sure you will see Argyle on the front most of the day and then look out for our sprint train with Tyler hungry for another stage win.
Until tomorrow, bye!
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