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Tom Danielson

Tom Danielson (Discovery Channel)

September 16 - Looking towards home

By:
Cycling News
Published:
September 18, 2006, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 20:16 BST

Hi there, Cyclingnews readers, Well, the Vuelta is just about done now. I rode hard today in order...

Hi there, Cyclingnews readers,

Well, the Vuelta is just about done now. I rode hard today in order to protect my sixth place overall and that worked out fine, even though Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) did a very good time.

Looking back, it has been a difficult Vuelta for me, so to come back from my earlier disappointments and win that stage was an amazing experience. Bouncing back from such a low meant a lot. My season is over tomorrow so it is nearly time for a break. My wife is here now, so it is great to be with her.

My plan is to go home, go to Interbike and, of course, to recover. I also have a fundraiser back in Durango for my scholarship. It's called the Durango Fall Blaze Bicycle Tour and it will take place on Saturday, September 30. I'm looking forward to that!

Hasta luego,

Tom

Stage 21 results

Tom Danielson (Discovery Channel)

September 14: Inspiration to fight back

By:
Cycling News
Published:
September 14, 2006, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 20:16 BST

Hi there Cyclingnews readers, Well, as you may have seen, I won yesterday’s stage. I was really...

Hi there Cyclingnews readers,

Well, as you may have seen, I won yesterday’s stage. I was really delighted with that, obviously. I’ve taken other victories in the past but this one is different.

First of all, this race has the title of a Grand Tour so that obviously makes it very special. But the biggest and most special part of today is that in one race I have been able to recover from the lowest I have been in my cycling career and, with the help of my wife and my team, been able to come back, fight back and deliver at the finish.

I actually didn't think I’d be able to get away in a break after it not working out the day before. But this whole race has been a surprise for me. It has been a surprise in the beginning, why I was so bad, then it was a surprise when I couldn’t go in the breakaway earlier this week.

To be honest with you, my priority in the stage was to work for Egoi in the beginning to make sure he won the KOM. So I bridged across to his breakaway and then pulled for him for three kilometres all the way to the top. He won the KOM which was icing on the cake and then, as you could see, Kashechkin and Astana just went crazy and I ended in the middle of it.

A breakaway went then. Egoi is very good at the breakaway and he said ‘Tom, Tom, this is your opportunity.’ I took it. I didn't care if it was going to get caught…I have been very, very frustrated in this race and have had to be mentally strong to come back from all the disappointments that I have had from the beginning. Every pull that I took was brushing the dirt off my shoulder, and the finish line was where I brushed it all off. It was a great experience.

I should add at this point that a guy called Gene McClean has been a big inspiration for me. I met him through the LAF [Lance Armstrong Foundation] and he is a big cycling fan. Gene has brain cancer and has been fighting it every day. Cancer is a battle that you can’t ever give up on and compared to that, but bike racing is just a game. So thinking of his life and what he goes through is an inspiration and enabled me to fight back out of the lows that I have experienced here.

Anyway, until next time,

Hasta Luego,

Tom

Stage 17 results

September 13: Feeling the difference

By:
Cycling News
Published:
September 13, 2006, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 21, 2009, 11:57 BST

Hi there Cyclingnews readers, I am getting better and I hope to improve more today and tomorrow, and...

Hi there Cyclingnews readers,

I am getting better and I hope to improve more today and tomorrow, and then in the time trial. I felt good yesterday [Stage 16] and tried to go in a lot of breakaways at the beginning of the stage. I wasted a lot of energy doing that but I was hoping to be in a break and try for the stage win from there.

Now it is not possible for me to be in the early breakaway, so I will just be concentrating my efforts on the end of the race.

It was good for the morale to be attacking at the end. I didn't quite have the confidence to follow those big attacks - I would kind of hesitate and watch them attack, thinking, 'wow, that is impressive'. Then I would start pedalling and see that I could be there [and get back to them]. That is going to be good for my confidence from now on, and for me, I am entering the last week very motivated.

Who knows what is possible, as regards a stage win or other goals? I am going to give it everything I have and we will see. A lot of it is luck and how the race plays out. I mean, who knows - perhaps on one stage I will be the first guy to the top of the climb but there will be a breakaway, or I could have a bad day. You never know in bike racing and the level I am at in my career right now, I am not at the point where my body is just programmed. This is really my third full Grand Tour.

That said, I can definitely feel a difference and I can definitely feel my body responding well; last year, I was completely on the limit in the final week whereas this year I feel quite well. That is a big difference, and I think the next Grand Tour will be better... I will know my body better.

From what Johan says, I think I will be doing the Tour next year. That will be my goal and I hope after this race we will get ready for next season and come out swinging.

Stage 16 results

Tom Danielson (Discovery)

September 13: Feeling the difference

By:
Cycling News
Published:
September 13, 2006, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 20:16 BST

Hi there Cyclingnews readers, I am getting better and I hope to improve more today and tomorrow, and...

Hi there Cyclingnews readers,

I am getting better and I hope to improve more today and tomorrow, and then in the time trial. I felt good yesterday [Stage 16] and tried to go in a lot of breakaways at the beginning of the stage. I wasted a lot of energy doing that but I was hoping to be in a break and try for the stage win from there.

Now it is not possible for me to be in the early breakaway, so I will just be concentrating my efforts on the end of the race.

It was good for the morale to be attacking at the end. I didn't quite have the confidence to follow those big attacks - I would kind of hesitate and watch them attack, thinking, 'wow, that is impressive'. Then I would start pedalling and see that I could be there [and get back to them]. That is going to be good for my confidence from now on, and for me, I am entering the last week very motivated.

Who knows what is possible, as regards a stage win or other goals? I am going to give it everything I have and we will see. A lot of it is luck and how the race plays out. I mean, who knows - perhaps on one stage I will be the first guy to the top of the climb but there will be a breakaway, or I could have a bad day. You never know in bike racing and the level I am at in my career right now, I am not at the point where my body is just programmed. This is really my third full Grand Tour.

That said, I can definitely feel a difference and I can definitely feel my body responding well; last year, I was completely on the limit in the final week whereas this year I feel quite well. That is a big difference, and I think the next Grand Tour will be better... I will know my body better.

From what Johan says, I think I will be doing the Tour next year. That will be my goal and I hope after this race we will get ready for next season and come out swinging.

Stage 16 results

September 7: Aiming for the TT

By:
Cycling News
Published:
September 07, 2006, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 21, 2009, 11:57 BST

Hi there Cyclingnews readers, Well, things are getting better for me. I feel like whatever is wrong...

Hi there Cyclingnews readers,

Well, things are getting better for me. I feel like whatever is wrong with me in the first week is going away. I won't know for sure until the time trial but I feel like I am back on track. I came to this Vuelta very motivated and I am going to finish the race with absolutely everything I have.

I tried to get clear in the last couple of days in the hope that I might be able to get back a little bit of time but it doesn't look like that is possible, as that was closed down very quick. But we will see - the race is very unpredictable and it is far from over. We are only on stage 12 today so it really is a long way to Madrid.

Last year at this time I was just hanging on for dear life whereas this time I feel strong. I am down in the GC for a number of different reasons. Right now I don't have one clear objective, whether it is GC or a stage win; I just want to come out and show that I am strong, show that I am a fighter and show that I am not a quitter.

The time trial is the next test…I am going to go fast there!!

Until next time,

Hasta luego,

Tom

Stage 12 results

Janez Brajkovic (Discovery)

September 3: Feeling stronger, but playing the team role

By:
Cycling News
Published:
September 03, 2006, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 20:16 BST

Hi there Cyclingnews readers, Well, I was stronger today than in the other mountain stages, that is...

Hi there Cyclingnews readers,

Well, I was stronger today than in the other mountain stages, that is for sure. I was with the first guys, but Johan asked me to wait for Janez. That is what I had to do. I lost time the other day…I still don’t know why that happened, but my legs are better now. Today I was easy on the back of Marchante when Sastre attacked. Those guys were going across to Vino and Kashechkin and I was there. But when your teammate is in the gold jersey, I guess that is what you have to do…

I hope I can do something later in the race. It seems I am back to where I should have been. I can’t explain why I was so bad in the first few days, but today I felt good.

It is very disappointing the way things turned out earlier on in the race. I am happy for Janez, the way things turned out for him [taking gold] but I am disappointed that I had that bad day, and also lost a bit of time on the first mountain stage. I would like to make a good Vuelta so we will see.

As regards my plans from this point on, I will have to listen to what Johan says and see what I can do. I would love to win a stage. I will try, but first I would like to climb with the best guys. Today I felt like I could have…if you watched the stage on TV, you could see that I could have.

Anyway, there are two time trials and three mountain stages left, so we will see…

Talk to you after the rest day,

Hasta luego,

Tom

Stage 9 results

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Tom Danielson

With victory in the Tour de Georgia and a top 10 ride at the Vuelta a España, 2005 saw Tom Danielson come of age. Now one of Discovery's leaders, the likable American climbing specialist will be looking to realise the full extent of his incredible stage race potential. But before he addresses a few personal goals, there's the not-so-minor matter of helping Paolo Savoldelli achieve his third victory at the Giro d'Italia in May. Follow his progress on Cyclingnews. Australia UK USA