Stage 2, Sölden Brixen

Brixen is one of my favorite towns. The old town is such a nice place with beautiful old buildings. I almost feel like coming home when I come here. From Saturday 30th June this region will be also my training region for the next 3 weeks. I will stay on Plose mountain in the Plose Huette. A cabin at 2450 meters. Looking very much forward to that! Today’s stage from Sölden started with a climb right from the start. I saw Carsten was riding in the front group, but I knew he will be waiting for me. I am just too slow for him and it is completely ok that he wastes some energy as well by riding with the front guys. After a while he was there with me. On the top of Timmelsjoch (2509m) it was cloudy and cold, but at that time it was not raining. From Timmelsjoch, we descended about 30km before we hit the last climb of the day up to Jaufenpass (2094m). As we rode up the last climb the sun was even shining, but on 2000meter altitude it started to rain again. This made descending a bit tricky and difficult, but we mastered it without any mayor problems. It is not worth to take any risks at all. The last 30km Carsten made the pace in the front. He is so strong this year! It was like motorpacing for me. We went between 42 and 50km/h all the time. Such a good way for me to end the training day with spinning my legs. For Carsten it was hard work though. I am so happy to have such a great Trans Alp Partner with Carsten. A two time German Olympian on my side for the week makes me feel very comfortable. At the moment it is raining, but I can already see some blue sky. I hope we will have a sunny day tomorrow as we ride Würzjoch (1992m) and Furkelpass (1763m). Looking forward to another day of climbing. Tonight we will also have dinner in the hotel. The restaurant has a Michelin status, so it must be good! Think we deserve such a dinner tonight, both Carsten and myself and also Tobias who his helping us this week. He is cleaning our bikes and driving our luggage to the hotels. Without his help it would be very stressful for us to try and organize all the luggage transportation etc. So a big thanks to Tobi for joining us this week!

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