March 23, 2010
Written by Steven Cozza
I got my first stage of the year out of the way without getting injured (woop woop). My racing season started yesterday in the Volta Catalunya prologue. Today’s stage one was a 188k, mostly flat stage around the town I live in over here, Girona. It’s a cool race because it’s got a hometown feel, probably since so many of us live here and have friends here.
From the gun, attacks were going until finally a break of two got away – one of those two guys being my teammate, Peter Stetina. It was awesome having him up there today. He won the KOM jersey for the day and as we came into the 3 lap finishing circuits, my teammate Michele Kruder from Holland took 5th in the sprint to put the cherry on top.
It was a great first day back for me. I did all I could to support my teammates as best as possible. Getting bottles and trying to keep Michele protected from the wind was my job today and I did it the very best I could.
My goal this race is to gain as much fitness from it as possible. After being away from racing for so long and having to nurse a broken collarbone back to health, I was bound to lose some top-end speed no matter how hard I trained (and believe me, I trained hard!). Nothing’s like racing, so Catalunya will be really good prep for me and the fast-approaching Classics.
More good news to come.
From the prettiest man alive with a mustache,