21 year-old Austrian Michael Gogl has found himself catapulted from UCI Continental Tirol Cycling Team into the heart of Tinkoff-Saxo in what is one of the main sponsor’s key races on the calendar, the Post Danmark Rundt. As a Stagiaire, Michael finds himself racing alongside Tinkoff-Saxo’s Danish Classics Big Guns against the full force of the Pro Peloton. The squad are top of the Team GC, have two stage victories from an unstoppable Matti Breschel, Chris Juul-Jensen poised in 3rd in the battle for overall GC and Michael sitting nicely in 5th place in the Young Rider classement. The racing has been fast and aggressive throughout, with Tinkoff-Saxo’s whole squad animating the race. Ciclissimo! will be bringing you the daily lowdown from the young racer from Wolfsegg. Follow Michael at his Facebook page #tuttogazz!
Stage 4; “Ooops – we did it again!”
“Ooops we did it again! The first stage of today should be a 115km long stage. Nothing special to come, we thought- but it got pretty hard out there when a breakaway of 12 riders went away and two teams wanted to chase them down. The wind and small winding roads added to the difficulty. Our goal was to protect Chris for the GC and pull the final laps from the front to position Matti for the sprint. And so we did.
Actually there was a bad situation when my teammate, Kolar, got knocked off his bike because a motorbike hit him in the final. Fortunately he didn’t get hurt and all the other guys managed to stay on their bikes. Well positioned, Matti did his move again and won the stage. Chris was protected and is ready for the Timetrial this evening!
For me it was a good stage. To be in such a team is just a pleasure. For me it was the first time pulling from the front on such a hectic final but there is plenty more to learn for me. For instance the commands and stuff like that. But that’s what I am here for and from the compliments the other guys give me that they are satisfied with my performance.
Now I am going to prepare for the evening Timetrial. 14km of pain!