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Swiss Come-Back & French Objective

Time to look back at the past few weeks and the ones coming up.

The Tour de Suisse (and prior to that the GP Gippingen) were my come back races after the Tour de Yorkshire injury. I knew it would be hard and it was. Being injured changes your plan immediately and I had to adapt both my general planning and my training program. I could feel I was missing « race rhythm » when we started the TDS in the beautiful region of Cham.

As we moved on with the stages, legs and form were getting better and so I was able to deliver again proper work for my teammates and leader. Then came the double satisfaction: queen stage victory for Simon Spilak and overall victory again thanks to Simon. A great way to get extra motivation for the upcoming challenges.

First on the list was the Swiss National Time Trial championships. There too, I know I can still improve my position to get back to my top performance level, but it was a good test and riding the nationals is always important to me. It was followed by the road race on Sunday where there was not much to do against the display of power from Silvan Dillier and the BMC squad. Congrats to them for the title.

That long championships weekend was a very good transition to be even more prepared for one of the main objectives of the season for the Katusha Alpecin team: Le Tour de France.

I am honored and thankful for the trust the sports direction showed by giving me the opportunity to work for the team on the biggest race in the world.

They know they can count on me, as you all do, to give my best and make of these 3 weeks unforgettable ones for the team.

Watch this space for more to come during Le Tour and see you on the roads!

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