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MAGNUS Maximus: A Roller Coaster Week

“Well it’s certainly been a roller coaster week. From swinging off the back through the Ardennes stages in Belgium I decided that it was time I had a real go in this years.” Team Liquigas’ Magnus Backstedt checks in with PEZ after today’s stage 6…

The PEZ himself asked me why I was getting dropped earlier in the week, so apart from 2000m of climbing on a flat stage, throwing up twice and 40 degrees of heat, the real reason was that I needed the training, the team bosses wouldn’t let me ride on the front so I rode off the back instead! 🙂

How’s that?

The first week of the tour is always a nervous affair and this week has been no different! Narrow roads, everyone fighting to get to the front and crash test dummies like Isaac Galvez there to fall off at the front of the peloton all the time.

Maggy gives it the gas in the Stage 6 break.

I had a proper go on Stage 6 today (Friday). I spent nearly 100km off the front with French champion Brard and Geslin from Bouygues Telecom. I was stomping on the flat, with all the sprinters teams chasing we got caught with about 4 km to go, but I am back people!!

Thanks to you all for your messages of support, it really means a lot to me!

Looking ahead, the first time trial is going to be interesting to see
who is up there for the GC. I’ll see how I recover after my little
exploit today and whether I’ll give it the full gas.

Maggy’s Bianchi gets the full service after each stage.

Thanks to Maggy for taking some extra time to answer a couple of reader emails in mid-Tour:

On PowerCranks
1. Maggy – Wanted to ask do you still use Powercranks (Not SRM) in your training? How much time do you spend using them?
– Tim Hutchinson

Maggy Sez: I do still use then and I love them, due to my injury I haven’t been able to use them too much this year, so far anyway. But now that I’m ok I will get back on them again. I tend to use them a couple of times a week but only for the last hour of every ride, then there are times when I do more like in the winter. Then I can get up to 4-5 hours some times.
Climbing Speed
2. Hey Maggy, Good luck this year. I admire your tenacity. We are about the same size, I always look for you to do well as you hold the torch for us big(ger) riders. I share your disappointment when you get dropped going up the climbs in the Tour but I’m always glad you make the time cut. How fast do you climb on average? I know each hill is different especially when they come at the end of 120 miles of hard riding.
– Doyin

Maggy Sez: It all depends on the gradient of the climb, but I would say in general on a big mountain 18kph. When I go well I do go a bit quicker than that. Thanks for the support.

See Maggy’s website at: MagnusBackstedt.com

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