Giro d'Italia 2008, stage 5: 203km stage, a five-man breakaway goes after 17km in the stage. After 185km out front, and with 1km to go the chain snaps... My chance of winning the fifth stage of the Giro d’Italia was dashed when the chain snapped as I was poised to attack my four breakaway companions with a kilometre to go.
I was feeling totally in control, but it was hard. I averaged 154 heart rate for 5 hours; I have a max of 190 when fresh. So I was hurting myself, and yet I never doubted myself. I decided to win the sprint. So all I had to do was not hesitate a second when the other four started attacking me in the final. Because that was what they had to do. They all knew I would beat them in a sprint, so that would be their tactic.
I did this until my chain broke. I was so raging and so focused that all the energy I had for winning the race was taken out on my bike. I’m not that person, I don’t see red. But I think it’s quite funny I did that.
After standing at the side of the road fuming while waiting for the team car, I eventually finished the stage 119th, 3:03 behind the stage winner Pavel Brutt.