Vince Gee

Giro D’Italia — Rest day

Reposo (Rest day) — Forced rest

The second and last rest day of the Giro. My first rest day since starting my Giro (late — after the first week). A well appreciated day of rest for that matter. The guys went out for a short spin for an hour and a half or so. It was raining when they started riding. Bummer. It would have been nice to get a good morale day of easy riding in the sunshine. But the weather gods don’t always agree. I think two guys passed on riding in the rain Billy (Volodymir Bileka) and Pavel (Padrnos) both decided to stay dry and do a bit on the trainer. Billy did his time right away. Just as the guys went out in the rain, he sat under the hotel awning to get his hour of trainer time. Pavel was a bit more relaxed and did his trainer time after lunch. We (he) had all day to do almost nothing so why rush it.

Trek travel stopped by and I was the lucky mechanic to do a Q and A with them. There were only a few from Trek Travel. Maybe 6 or 7 of them plus a few Trek Travel staff and our media guy PJ to moderate. It did not take long and I think they enjoyed the sight of the truck and getting the answers asked to the Qs they always wanted to know.

There is not too much to do here in this city in the mountains. And that is a good thing for me. We have then regressed to the hotel bar. A glass of wine or two can’t hurt can it? But of course after washing all the bikes after a rainy day of training. And then controlling them for tomorrow’s stage. With not too much else to do today and the city being small (and too far to walk to) it is a nice day of forced rest. Otherwise I would go walking around all day and bury myself deeper into fatigue than I really needed to.


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