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August 30: First time in the mountains

Hi there Cyclingnews readers,

Today was the first day in the mountains of the 2006 Vuelta. It was windy and hard and just really hot. I didn't feel that super on the climb; I was okay, but not super. I am happy in that I didn't lose that much time despite having a bad day.

I think it might just be a case of the first day in the mountains. This is a special race, a long race, so there is a long way to go.

The stage winner Danilo Di Luca and a few others got away from me with two or three kilometres remaining. When Di Luca attacked my legs were cramping a bit and so it was better for me to ride at one speed. Unfortunately I was by myself for a little bit, so I lost a little bit of time.

My teammate was up the road, Janez Brajkovic. He rode a super race today to get second and Triki (Manuel Beltrán) was good as well.

Looking ahead, I think the stages are going to get harder from this point and the results are going to be different. This is a long race and the first day in the mountains doesn't mean a lot. So let’s see how things go from here.

Until the next time,

Tom

Stage 5 results

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