In His Own Words: Sport Director Matt Wilson on Tour de Romandie Prologue

Wed 24 Apr 2013

Focused on stage wins in three of the four road stages, ORICA-GreenEDGE used the Tour de Romandie prologue as an opener for the objectives on the horizon. Michael Albasini was the team’s top-placed rider in 55th place, 54” behind stage winner Chris Froome (Team Sky). Albasini covered the 7.45 kilometre course in 14’10. In his own words, Sport Director Matt Wilson details the day. 

We had a few guys ride the course on Monday. The consensus among the four who did the recon ride was that the time trial bikes were best – time trial bikes with wide wheels. They said there wasn’t enough climbing to warrant riding a road bike. Our other four agreed with them without seeing the course, and all eight of our riders used time trial bikes in the race. I’m not sure if that the was the right decision, but the first three guys across the line all rode time trial bikes, so we feel pretty good about it.

Today’s stage wasn’t a huge focus for the team. An uphill prologue is a really specific type of event that favours a specific type of rider. We don’t have anyone here that specialises in that type of discipline. Most of our riders used the prologue to blow out the cobwebs after a break from racing or to find their legs again after Liège. A few of them also saw today as an opportunity to work on their position.

Durbo [Luke Durbridge] wanted to have a good crack, but he said he felt sluggish in the end. Again, it wasn’t really a course for him, sluggish or not, so it didn’t matter too much either way. Durbo and [Svein] Tuft are focused on the final time trial. The last day really does suit them both.

We’re looking forward to the first road stage tomorrow. Gossy [Matt Goss] is feeling good, and we have a strong team here around him. The finish is a little bit gnarly. It won’t be a straight bunch finish by any stretch of the imagination. We’ll see what we can do to get him across the line first.