In His Own Words: Christian Meier on Tour de San Luis Stage Five

Fri 24 Jan 2014

Adam Yates continues to impress in his debut race with ORICA-GreenEDGE. The neo-pro was the team’s top finisher on the Tour de San Luis stage five individual time trial. Yates stopped the clock at 24’06 after 19 kilometres, 1’55 slower than surprise stage winner Adriano Malori (Movistar. The Brit’s time was good for 36th place on the stage and 13th overall, 4’10 behind new race leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar). Yates now has a firm grasp on the best young riders jersey with nearly a five minute buffer to Caio Godoy (Clube Dataro de Ciclismo-Bottecchia) in second place.

With Yates fielding questions for the race report after the last two stages, we decided to introduce an alternate perspective. For today’s report, we check in with Christian Meier, Yates’ roommate in Argentina. In his own words, Meier describe the day.

Aside from the wind, it was a much nicer day today. The weather has cooled down quite a bit. We actually wore long sleeve jerseys when we went out for a ride this morning. It was cold compared to the oppressive heat we’ve raced in during the last few days. By the afternoon, the temperature had crawled up to 24°C, which was about 20°C cooler than yesterday.

No one on our team has a time trial bike here except for Santaromita as none of us expected to challenge for the stage or the overall. Despite lacking time trial bikes, we all treated today as a good opportunity to go through the same motions that we would for any time trial. I did my usual warm-up, and I went out and rode a good, hard threshold effort.

Adam had a very respectable time for riding disc wheels and aerobars on a road bike. He has repeatedly shown that he’s on some really good early season form, which is a great thing.

While Adam may have told you that his jersey isn’t a priority, he’s wrong. It’s been great to have the jersey. He gets to stand on the podium every day with the team logo across his chest. It’s fantastic. We’re definitely proud of him, and we’re happy to support his efforts. 

Realistically, there’s not much of a chance that he’ll lose the jersey at this point – barring any sort of catastrophe. The guy in second place is pretty far back. We want to keep it, but there’s not a whole lot of work involved in doing so.

Stage six is another uphill finish. With the form Adam’s shown, he can have another crack tomorrow – not just for the jersey but in general. He will be given free rein to see what he can do. He’s moving well, and he’s been very consistent. This has been a great start of the season for him.

For the rest of us, other than the heat and a few crashes, the first five days of the race have been a success. We had a big week of training leading up to race week, so I always knew that I would be dealing with some fatigue as the race unfolded. Although we’re not our freshest, we’ve managed to finish in the top ten on quite  a few stages and post more consistent results than we did here last year. We have to be happy with that.