photo Gore-texTAR ziua 3

start ora 9:00, etapa modificata, evitarea zonelor alpine din cauza fulgerelor

etapa foarte foarte grea, drum lung, ploaie ploaie! Keep on walking!
Prietenii din Grecia la finish! au o echipa foarte puternica, haide haide!
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*astept o poza si cu prietenii mei, probabil in grupul de sus o pot identifica pe Andreea, dar nu sunt sigura :-)

Ziua 3 vazuta de acolo by Joe Symonds - Team Inov8
Today's stage from Schruns to Galtur (both in Austria) was run over the alternative (bad weather) course due to the constant rain and threat of high altitude storms.
There was very little difference in either distance or elevation from the orignial course. However he climbing was much more gradual and the long section of ridge running (which would have been beautiful in the right conditions) was cut out.
The course followed a general all up then all down profile, the initial ascent being 30km long!
The pace was again set from the start by the Spanish pair of David Lopez Castan and Miguel Caballero Ortega. We held onto their backs for the first 17km of the barely relentful climb but eventually their climbing pace proved half a notch too quick for us and they gradually pulled away. That was the last we saw of them in the misty conditions.
There was a lovely section of boggy and rocky track in the middle of the course followed by a 12km road/track descent to the finish. We were hoping to pull the Spaniards back on these sections but they are clearly more sure-footed on rough terrain than we anticipated. By the finish they had 10 minutes on us. Our finishing time for the marathon-length course was 4 hours and 1 second. there was a dead heat for 3rd place 10 minutes behind us.
So the Spanish team continue to stretch their lead on us, whilst we are looking more and more secure in second place. We will continue to try and put the pressure on them and aim for a stage victory before the end of the week.

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