Logan Owen is currently making his World Tour debut with his new team, EF Education First, at the Tour Down Under. Logan has been sending in updates on his race. Here is his recap of Stages 3 and 4:
Stage 3 Report: It’s hot.
Stage 4 Report: IT’S HOT!!!
Seriously though, it has been really hot the past couple of stages, especially coming from a Pacific Northwest winter straight to summer in Australia. The team gave me a really good heat acclimatization protocol which I did prior to coming here but even with that, when the temperatures inch towards triple digits Fahrenheit …. Because of the heat the race organization shortened stage 3 and for stage 4 they pushed the start up 1 hour.
Stage 3 my Garmin was reading close to 50 celsius. We spent most of the day riding what would seem super easy on paper but was actually an uncomfortable pace because the temperature was so high. It’s so hot it feels hard to just breathe. There was one section of road that we rode past that looked like it had melted away. My objective for the day was to make sure that our GC guys were in the front for the final 2 km because it was a pretty technical finish and we didn’t want to lose any valuable time if there were any splits. The entire squad did a great job putting them in the front and none of our leaders lost any time.
Stage 4 was the first of back to back days that will decide the GC for the race. My job was to look after the GC guys and deliver them into the final climb in good position. Along with that I spent time getting bottles, which was much more difficult with a strong cross wind for most of the day.
Heading towards the climb, Mitch and I were looking after Brendan and keeping him in the top 10. Eventually I hit the front and gave a good turn to drop Mitch and Brendan off a little under a kilometer before the start of the climb [ed note: If you were able to watch the coverage you can see Logan at the front with about 17km to go]. At this point my job was done and I just limped home up the climb in the scorching heat. Both of our GC guys, Dani and Brendan, were active on the climb and ended up finishing in the front reduced group. This shows good signs for the stage up Willunga Hill tomorrow.
Thanks for reading. I am going to try and stay cool now…….