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Giro d’Italia 2010 – Stage 1

Stage One: Muggia (TS) to Trieste. 58km.

Giro D'Italia Stage One

I’m feeling a little disappointed after this year’s first stage of the Giro, I finished 10th. It’s not normal for me to finish so far back in a sprint! I can’t really say if my poor finish was due to physical or mental weakness. I felt fit and strong during the race but I struggled to hold position in the final two kilometres, it was a technical finish (which usually suits me) but I kept getting pushed around and losing position, I was squeezed out a few times and grabbed the brakes hard while being swamped, it was a constant fight to move up which shouldn’t have been necessary. I haven’t been in a bunch sprint since the world Cup in China late May; maybe I just need to fire up again!

The race was pretty flat and fast, we rolled over a few small hills in the starting laps but then we hit the flat and picked up the pace. The most well known sprinters took the top ten places with Ina-Yoko Teutenberg, Giorgia Bronzini and Kirsten Wild taking the podium positions.

Let’s hope tomorrow is a better day!

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