In His Own Words: Sport Director Matt Wilson on Tour de Romandie Stage TwoFri 26 Apr 2013
Michael Albasini sprinted into the top ten on stage two of Tour de Romandie. Crossing the line in ninth place, on the same time as stage winner Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin-Sharp), Albasini once again demonstrated his poise in the punchy finishes.
A three rider breakaway dominated the early action with Team Sky setting a steady tempo to control the pace. The stage would be decided by a category three climb in Plagne during the final hour of racing. In his own words, Sport Director Matt Wilson describes the team’s take on the race action.
We approached today with the same mindset we had yesterday because the two stages were similar. Both stages included a tough climb in the last 50 kilometres, and both days, our goal was to get over the climb with Gossy [Matt Goss].
Once we actually reached the climb today, we knew it was too hard for most of the sprinters. Plus, Gossy wasn’t feeling his best. With Gossy out as an option, the responsibility of getting a good stage result fell onto Alba’s [Albasini’s] shoulders. He’s always eager to do something in a finish like this, but I think he’s particularly motivated racing at home.
Alba kept himself in a good position during the last hour of racing. There were several attacks and splits. He stayed calm and focused on the finish. He said he felt good coming into the sprint, but he wasn’t where he needed to be coming out of the last corner. He didn’t get a good run towards the line.
Everyone did their job today, it was just one of those days where things didn’t quite line up for us.
Tomorrow looks to be similar to today but possibly even harder. On paper, it could be a really good stage for Alba to give it another go. If Gossy is feeling 100%, it could also be a day for him. We’ll start with options and see how things go.