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Tour of Qinghai Lake, 2012, Stage 8

July 9, 2012
200km with the first 80km climbing to 3683m with the last 120 slowly going downhill to 1499m.

Gosh, not a good day for either of the EHBS riders today. The TPT team from Iran and the Amore and Vita team from Italy controlled the bunch until the major climb of the day. After that I have no idea what happened up the road. I did hear though one off the Germans from the specialized team had a bad crash and used his face as a brake and ended up in the hospital here.

Eddy suffering from stomach cramps was dropped 20km into the stage, then spent the next 40km chasing the bunch only to get on 10km from the base of the last climb. As soon as it went up hill again Eddy went seeya later and climbed up as best he could. Once over the top he found himself all alone and would have been quite happy to call it quits but the broom wagon was no where to be seen. With a little bit of help he found himself in a group of six that included Dylan and then rode the last 70km in this group to get to the finish line.

Dylan had a very average day as well. But he did stay in the bunch until a few kms into the last climb, he unfortunately just missed the group containing most of the Farnese Vini team. In the last 30km he was in trouble with his asthma and with the help and guidance of Eddy, he made it to the finish.

After all off this we only lost 19mins on a day that could have been a lot worse.

We made time cut with 25mins to spare so we could have cruised in with out much to stress. Dylan needed some attention from the team doctor but he came up ok and will start again tomorrow.

Eddy's Garmin stats, 201km, 4hrs 45mins, average speed 42.4km/h, total ascent 1242m remember we where the last group to finish today.