CyclingQuotes.com uses cookies for statistics and targeting ads. This information is shared with third parties.
ACCEPT COOKIES » MORE INFO »

Every day we bring you more pro-cycling news

“I have the opportunity to go home and recover for a few days, put in a bit of training and get into Amstel in what I think will be pretty good condition.”

Photo: Sirotti

AMSTEL GOLD RACE

RACE PROFILE
|
NEWS

ITZULIA BASQUE COUNTRY

RACE PROFILE
|
NEWS

MITCHELTON-SCOTT

TEAM PROFILE
|
NEWS

SIMON GERRANS

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS
14.04.2015 @ 12:59 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

It’s been a week of firsts for Simon Gerrans last week. On Sunday he completed his first one-day race for 2015 and for five days, the 34-year-old was racing at his first stage race since the 2014 Tour de France almost nine months ago.

 

The Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco is notoriously known as one of the hardest, if not the hardest, week-long tour on the calendar. Held in the Basque Country of Spain, the constant climbs are unforgiving and not for the faint-hearted.

 

Still very much on the comeback trail, Gerrans expected a rude awakening but instead emerged at the other end with a pleasant surprise.

 

“I got through the race a heck of a lot better than I was anticipating,” he said in a report on his personal website.

 

“I thought with a limited preparation I was going to really struggle this week, but I was able to make some contribution to the team’s goals everyday.

 

“I really felt like my form was progressing as the race went on as well so I was able to push myself further and further as the stages went past.”

 

His ORICA-GreenEDGE team went into the Spanish tour with a successful history at the event, high ambitions to repeat that trend and a top-class roster to achieve it.

 

It was a job well done for the outfit, winning the opening stage courtesy of Michael Matthews and Simon Yates finishing fifth overall.

 

“We obviously got off to a really good start with Michael winning the first stage, so we checked the stage result box on day one,” Gerrans said.

 

“Going into stage two, the stage into Vittoria which is a stage we have done really well at in the past, we were really hoping to back it up and get another stage win. Unfortunately it didn’t quite pan out for us but Michael hung onto the yellow jersey so he had a couple of days in the lead.”

 

“Then as the week went on and the general classification began to sort itself out, Simon Yates found himself at the pointy end. He has ridden fantastically all week and has given himself every shot going into the time trial to pull off a really really big result," Gerrans said on the eve of the final time trial.

 

Having achieved his goals and contributed to those of the team’s Gerrans returned home one day early to begin his recovery and preparation for the next phase of racing, opting with the team not to race the final time trial.

 

“I am really happy with how the past six days of racing I have done has unfolded,” he said.

 

“I have made a huge progression in my form this week and it’s really put me into the right direction for this next block of racing. My next race now will be the Amstel Gold Race next Sunday.

 

“I have the opportunity to go home and recover for a few days, put in a bit of training and get into Amstel in what I think will be pretty good condition.”

MORE NEWS:

VIEW SELECTED

What are Primoz Roglic’s Chances to Win 2021 Tour de Fr... 17.03.2021 @ 08:37Amazing victory by young champion Sarah Gigante 04.02.2021 @ 14:21Three reasons why cycling is one of the best ways to ex... 28.09.2020 @ 12:03Why do businesses use meeting room managers? 14.09.2020 @ 13:42Five things that you can do, if you want to gain more f... 20.08.2020 @ 15:38One for the road 09.06.2020 @ 15:25List of CyclingQuotes previews 07.05.2020 @ 13:20Blue Energy: room for all interests 26.08.2019 @ 12:56Get your daily dose of exercise at home 08.07.2019 @ 10:443 good advice to be able to afford your favorite bike 25.02.2019 @ 12:32Cycle through gorgeous landscapes 22.10.2018 @ 21:41Balance Your Economy and Diet and Start Saving Money 08.10.2018 @ 11:18Stay Safe: 3 Helmets That Can Keep Your Head Protected... 20.07.2018 @ 07:59Planning to bet on Tour De France - Bet types and strat... 24.05.2018 @ 14:18Basics of cycling betting 25.10.2017 @ 13:10Bauer moves to ORICA-SCOTT 28.08.2017 @ 10:45End of the road for CyclingQuotes 08.01.2017 @ 16:00Rui Costa confirms Giro participation 07.01.2017 @ 12:55Van Avermaet: I am not afraid of Sagan 07.01.2017 @ 09:45Unchanged course for E3 Harelbeke 07.01.2017 @ 09:32Jenner takes surprise win at Australian U23 Championships 07.01.2017 @ 08:53No replacement for Meersman at Fortuneo-Vital Concept 06.01.2017 @ 19:14Barguil with two goals in 2017 06.01.2017 @ 19:06More details about French Vuelta start emerges 06.01.2017 @ 14:16Kristoff to start season at Etoile de Besseges 06.01.2017 @ 14:10Ion Izagirre announces schedule for first year at Bahrain 06.01.2017 @ 12:40JLT Condor optimistic for Herald Sun Tour 06.01.2017 @ 09:19Haas leads Dimension Data trio in fight for Australian... 06.01.2017 @ 09:15Sagan spearheads Bora-hansgrohe at Tour Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:12Henao and Thomas lead Sky Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:09Bauer crowned New Zealand TT champion 06.01.2017 @ 08:33Van der Poel ready to defend Dutch title 05.01.2017 @ 21:00Pantano ambitious for first Tour with Trek 05.01.2017 @ 20:41Landa with new approach to the Giro 05.01.2017 @ 20:36Sunweb Development Team sign Goos and Zepuntke 05.01.2017 @ 20:27Dumoulin confirms Giro participation 05.01.2017 @ 20:19Bauer targets victories in Quick-Step debut 05.01.2017 @ 20:16Gaviria and Boonen lead Quick-Step in San Juan 05.01.2017 @ 20:13Team Sunweb presented in Germany 05.01.2017 @ 20:09ASO take over major German WorldTour race 05.01.2017 @ 11:01Team Sunweb unveil new jersey 05.01.2017 @ 10:54Reactions from the Australian TT Championships 05.01.2017 @ 08:27Dennis defends Australian TT title 05.01.2017 @ 08:21Scotson takes back to back U23 TT titles in Australia 05.01.2017 @ 08:15Utrecht on track to host 2020 Vuelta 04.01.2017 @ 18:28Pre-season setback for Talansky 04.01.2017 @ 17:56Kristoff: It's not impossible for me to win in Rou... 04.01.2017 @ 17:49Boom close to first cyclo-cross win in LottoNL debut 04.01.2017 @ 17:40UAE Abu Dhabi make late signing of Arab rider 04.01.2017 @ 17:36UAE Abu Dhabi unveil new jersey 04.01.2017 @ 17:30BMC unveil race schedule 04.01.2017 @ 17:21Androni sign Costa Rican super talent 04.01.2017 @ 17:13Lampre leave the peloton 04.01.2017 @ 17:03Nibali to skip the classics 04.01.2017 @ 16:58Kolobnev announces retirement 04.01.2017 @ 15:08

Currently no news in this list

Iker AZKARATE
27 years | today
Mahamadi NIKIEMA
38 years | today
Bernardo SÁNCHEZ
40 years | today
Katie SCOTT
20 years | today
Antton IBARGUREN
32 years | today

© CyclingQuotes.com