Stage 13 – The Unexpected

Sports are exciting because of what could happen – that’s why we watch, and that’s why we participate. Today was a nail-biter until the very end, and it was great.

Thor’s entire ride today was unexpected, from first getting into the break, to attacking the break at the foot of one of the biggest mountains, to winning the stage. What’s even more amazing is that in a pre-race interview today, he said his legs weren’t feeling that good!

Non-the-less, he decided to try and make it into the break if he could. Then, he decided to attack the break early on the climb, to allow himself to ride his own tempo (as we discussed yesterday). Until the top of the Aubisque he was really just rolling the dice.

Granted these were not wild, uncalculated risks, but he was still gambling. Sometimes you just have to go for it; try something new, do something unexpected. Otherwise, unlike Thor, you’ll never know what could have happened.

Steen A. Rose is an elite cycling and triathlon coach. He started coaching in 2003, and has been an Elite Coach with Training Bible Coaching since 2009. Steen is also captain of the Sun & Ski/Subaru Cycling and Triathlon teams. He has been racing since 1997, holds a Category 1 license, and has 13 state championships, 3 national medals, and 4 international podiums to his credit. He can be reached at

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