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September 7: Aiming for the TT

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

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