And as much as I hate to get weaker, I really enjoy seeing young talents developing and moving up, and even more so when they are cool kids like Richie.
Chasing Form At Paris
So really this year's Paris Nice was the closing of two circles for me, one more short term that of a certain twist of fate between Richie and me and then the bigger circle involving my entire career. Hey, that's just the way nature goes, even though it is really hard for me to admit such things and I am still fighting the aging process with every once of energy, every cell in my body, and with all the passion I have! I'm just not giving in to getting older. Old Man Age has to fight to get me!
Since I was chasing my form, I couldn't really hope to get a top ten in this year's Paris Nice, so I came here as a helper, with the idea of trying to get my fitness back on track. I just haven't been able to find my rhythm constantly mixing Nike Air Max 95 Junior Grey training on my road bike, mountain bike, home trainer, and cyclocross bike. So I came into Paris Nice knowing I would have some long, hard days. But it was exactly what I needed to get my body back Air Max 95 Slate On Feet
that I was in good company chasing form.
And there was one other thing that kept me going and that was to keep another tradition alive catching up with my old friend Bobby Julich and his family at the finish in Nice. Year after year we meet in Nice and go out for Mexican food on the Sunday night and have some good laughs with his kids. And inevitably we ask ourselves how fast the time flies!
I noticed that there were a few riders working hard and chasing form. Most notable was Tom Boonen, riding tempo on the front on the flat stages in the beginning and trying to help his teammate Sylvain Chavanel get the yellow jersey. We chatted a bit and he said he was trying to get ready for Milan San Remo and the Belgian Classics. So it was nice knowing Air Max Boots Black
on track, and believe me, I used my line "Shut up legs" quite a few times on myself.
Three years ago, in the 2010 Paris Nice I managed to take over the yellow jersey, and in a reverse but similar situation, I was on the podium and as I put on the yellow jersey, a certain Richie Porte, a young neo pro with me on team Saxo Bank, crossed the finish line.
closes slowly. Due to a really brutal winter in Berlin, I came into this year's Paris Nice seriously undertrained. And the results were equally brutal, at least in the beginning.
A small circle also closed for me this year on Stage 5. I went into a break. Towards the finish I got caught and dropped from the front group. And as I passed the finish line I heard the typical ASO music which they always play at their races, and I see Richie Porte getting the yellow jersey.
And if you want to look at it from a certain perspective, one could say the circle Air Max 95 Mango
Nearing the end I even felt strong enough (or perhaps crazy enough) to try one of my breakaways. You know I've got to show myself at least once a week that I can live up to the expectations and entertain the people.
Already on the first stage I was dropped with about 50 other riders. Now let me be honest here; the last time that happened to me on a flat stage, was probably in my very first Paris Nice. Yes that would be way back in 1998. And now, about 15 years later I am back at this point. But that's the way it goes. I can't complain, really. I had some fantastic years and great times in between 1998 and 2013.
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