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Josh Atkins - Day 2 of living the dream
May 15th, 12. BLOG: 19 year old Kiwi Josh Atkins had another great day on the bike today in the Tour of California, but he says, "I've still got a better ride in me".
Racing for Bontrager Livestrong Continental team, Atkins spent 170km in a break in yesterday's opening stage of this world class event. Thanks to the bonus points he earned in an interim sprint he finished 6th on GC, 2nd Best Young Rider behind overall tour leader Peter Sagan (Liguigas).
Today, Atkins was active once again and after another 188km, he's still the 2nd Best Young Rider. He described his day in this blog to RoadCycling.co.nz
Day 2 of living the dream
by Josh Atkins
So, obviously today was going to be tough day for me.
For everyone that understands. Yesterday I burned 4800kj for the whole race. That's energy burned through the pedals. And I normalised 300watts for the race. So a very hard day out on the bike.
Today we started in San Francisco, a beautiful city. The thing about being a bike rider is you don't actually 'see' the places when you race.
The race started fast, rolling roads out to the coast. It took a while for the break to go .. then it slowed up along the coast. Eating and drinking as much I could was my best hope for getting over the hills.
The last part along the coast was very fast, teams were setting up their riders for the climb and it was a super fast run in. The climb was just a hard set-pace by Garmin the whole way up.
To my surprise I felt great on the climb. Just saving energy. Then a crash happened right infront of me with no time to avoid it - I ended up in a ditch. The funny thing was, the kids were cheering by the crash - and they just kept cheering when we were all on the ground!
Chasing back on was a tough task, full gas. I made it, legs still intact.
The next climb was not the same, I was in the red from chasing and didn't have the legs. So being off the back atop the climb made it hard. 'Flag sitting up,' I thought so I just gunned it with a group of guys.
With the commissaire pulling cars out of the convoy, we never got assistance from the convoy like you would assume. It was an honest chase back on.
I got on, straight to the front and helped my teammates the best I could for the sprint. Another Top 10 for the team and I'm still up there on GC.
Hopefully I can look for the break again in the next two days. I've still got a better ride in me. A result here can change my whole career. So I'm putting everything out there.
Tomorrow another day of living the dream.
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