Gracious queen stage

08.07.2021 - 08:26

After hellish ride two days ago, yesterday's queen stage from Aprica to Pellizzano seemed a little milder to the participants. Although with 99 kilometers and 3,270 meters of altitude it was the longest and most climbing route of the seven days, there were some places where it was not possible to rest, but still to breathe a little.

For example, the long asphalt climb to Case di Viso was a little tedious for some, but very welcome for most due to the length of the stage. On the long side road the legs could find a good rhythm and the head was allowed to relax a little. Because the high concentration, which is very important in mountain biking, robs many grains, in addition to the energy losses. "You can't concentrate one hundred percent permanently. Especially in a stage race, you need good mental management," explains Lennard Heidenreich, one of the two third-place finishers in the overall men's team classification. 

But good strength management is also important. For example, although there was too much asphalt in the stage for the two individual starters Raphael Steil and Nicolas Klemann from Luxembourg, Raphael emphasizes in the same breath: "For the long stage, it was just right. You could find a good rhythm on the mountain." Christina Baganz and her daughter Chiara, who never lose their fun despite the exertions, agree completely here: "It was very long, but yesterday we found it more intense."

The trail descents were especially gorgeous on the fourth stage, he says. "The last trail was the best of my life!", Lennard Heidenreich is still happy after crossing the finish line. Julian Philipp, yesterday's winner in the Masters team classification, also emphasizes the special nature of this technical descent. "That was simply epic!" he enthuses shortly before his award ceremony. In addition, this long trail was very technical, but more rideable than yesterday, as some riders emphasized. 

It was certainly not possible to rest on today's royal stage, but at least the psyche was allowed to rest a little once or twice.