In His Own Words: Sport Director Neil Stephens on Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 4Sun 10 Mar 2013
The fourth stage of Tirreno-Adriatico was a battle between the overall contenders. On the hunt for stage wins, without any general classification ambitions, ORICA-GreenEDGE was happy to sit back and leave the summit finish to those who could make something of it. Sport Director Neil Stephens checked in from the team car as he waited for the last of his riders to come across the finish line at Prati di Tivo. In his own words, he describes the day below.
Today there was the race for the overall contenders, and then there was our race. Our plan was to get through the day without going too deep and to live to fight another day. We did exactly that, so our race went according to plan.
The boys stayed in the bunch. They looked after each other and themselves. When the splits happened, they rode within their limits towards the finish. Matt Goss, Daryl Impey and Svein Tuft were our top finishers. They finished well behind stage winner Chris Froome (Sky Procycling).
The only thing not exactly to plan was a little problem with Brett Lancaster. He’s had some knee issues since Tour of Oman last month that forced him to skip a few races. He recovered at home and joined us here hoping that he had overcome the issue, but he had a bit of a problem with the knee again. We’ll need to look at that further tonight.
Tomorrow is set to be a quite difficult day. We plan to have a go at it. It’s a bit of attacking sort of stage before a really, really hard finish. Unlike today’s stage where we had little chance of doing much of anything, we’ll be around the mark tomorrow. Things would have to go perfectly our way for something to happen, but when there’s a chance, we’re up for giving it a try.