Worst Day On A Bike? | GCN Asks The Pros At The Giro d’Italia

Worst Day On A Bike? | GCN Asks The Pros At The Giro d’Italia


– I’m at the Giro d’Italia,
and I’m asking the pros what is the worst day they
have ever had on a bike. (upbeat funk music) So first question, what is
the worst day on a bike? – I’m having trouble right
now pinning it down exactly, but I know most of my
worst days have come on stage 20 of Grand Tours. (laughs) That’s usually a rough day to get through. – Worst day ever is probably going to be rain, cold, wind, flat. – Yeah. – One that’s fresh in my memory
I think is Liege this year. – Yeah. – I just, after coming back
with a few weeks without racing and going to a race of that level was pretty difficult. Yeah, I suffered the whole race. And it was lashing rain all day. Yeah, my head kind of
went near the end and, yeah, I just suffered the
whole way to the finish. – Sounds grim. – The worst day, ooh. 2013 San Remo or 2014, in in the snow, whatever year that was. Or maybe last year in the
Tour of the Alpe d’Huez. – Is there been a race that
like, has had all those in it? – Uh, Paris-Nice can be kind
of nasty the first few days. The Nice part, if it was
Nice-Nice it would be a good race, but, uh
– Yeah, true. – At least for me anyway. – Worst day ever on a bike. I think, like stage eight
or nine on the Vuelta, and I thought I was going
to get in the breakaway; and I didn’t, and then I
absolutely suffered like a dog the rest of the race. – I’m not sure ’cause
I think it’s probably put it out of my memory. There was one under 23 Paris-Roubaix where it was absolute carnage, so I think it was back then, which is about four or five years ago. – Aw jeez, I’ve had a lot of them. I think it’d be easier to
ask me what my best day on the bike’s been. But Stelvio in the snow
was pretty horrific, but on the other hand it was, it’s nice to have gone
through such an historic day. But yeah, that was definitely
one I will never forget. – You’ve got a few snowy
days coming up, by the way. Just to let you know. (laughs) – Yeah, well, I was afraid of that. – Um, there was a stage at
the Giro Valle d’Aosta in 2014 where I managed to crash three times. It was 40 degrees. We had, like, 4000 meters of climbing, and I was just way out of my depth. I don’t think I’ve ever
suffered that much. I basically bonked the
last hour-long climb. And there was a group of us,
about 20 in the group held, just hanging onto the ambulances. We got okayed to, before the line, all these other lads let of the ambulances just to ride across the
line and and look normal. And I tried to let go of the ambulances, and my legs are just gone. And so, I looked at the
guy in the ambulance, and he basically just dragged me. I just crawled over the line, still holding onto the ambulance. So yeah, that was probably,
probably my lowest moment. – That’s probably the
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