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Big Day - Big Bergs!!

April 5, 2013
Stage 4 Tour Of Thailand 2013

Big Day and Big Bergs!!

We finally leave Cumphon to head to Ranong (118km by normal rd, but nooo, 199km by tour)
This was going to the a long day for both rider and support car, and we were not dissapointed!
The first 120km were pretty uneventful, there was a break away bunch of 6-7 riders that made an early move, Scotty tried to get across but without anyone else giving him a hand, he was in no mans land for a little while. The white flag was run up and Scotty returned to the bunch.
Eddy got bored a few times and made the excuse to liven things up for himself and us (Jake & Frans) by coming back often for a feed. This always provided us in the car with some entertainment as it often got interesting at the head of the convoy when moving up to feed. Vietnam team car does not understand the meaning of waiting your turn and they pushed in at every opportunity. War was declared between the two cars with no love lost!!
The KOM technically started at 150km with supposedly a long steady climb. WRONG! it was up and down like a roller coaster. This resulted in an accumulation of about 1200m of climbing in total. All riders from every team are feeling it in the legs tonight.
The break of 3mins was soon caught before the KOM and it was on like Donkey Kong (I'm spending too much time with Jake in the car!) The bunch split big time, Heksa was at the rear, then Scotty in the middle group, Eddy was away in the leading bunch.
Maniac driving later, we passed the stragglers and sat behind the leading bunch ready for anything.
Fortunately no dramas until the finish - Eddy came in a few seconds behind the winners at 33rd - this give you some idea at how big that bunch actually was.
Heksa and Scotty soon followed and after a feed of 32Gi recovery, we headed to the hotel.
Dinner and massages done, car repaired (yes we had a slow leak in back tyre, which made things just a little more interesting) we are off to bed.
Just been told we have a 80km (2hr) transfer between the finish tomorrow and the hotel, and the same in reverse on the last day - not what we wanted to hear after a 195km stage, at least the profile suggests no major hills tomorrow.
Update on Dylan; he should be discharged tomorrow and hopefully on a plane home tomorrow night. Thank you Mondo Travel for sorting out his flights.