How long will this still work?
When will it go wrong?
Josse really doesn't feel well
We crossed of the Tour of Flanders
Now we are up for a completely new challenge
I feel empty
So more than 2000 kilometres
With 20000 meters of altitude
Can we ride to the Netherlands from the start of the Giro
Within the time the peloton needs to finish in Milan
We start when the first rider starts, and we finish when the first rider crosses the finish line
In the last episode it was a bit the weather got the better of us
If this goes on for another 1,5 weeks, it will be a real challenge to get home
Our tiredness became really known to us
The energy is gone, this will be a very nice week!
With 6 stages to go, this will be the week of truth
You are really exhausted
Will we finish with the three of us in Amsterdam?
A battle against the peloton, the time, the elements and ourselves
This is the final of
Giro Di Tietema
We passed the 2000 meters
If there was a pillow right here, I would have fallen asleep
Good morning beauty
Its rest day for me to, put that down please
Whether we would reach the finish or not, it was an insane journey
And we are going to call our coach Wilbert, to ask him how we are ever going to work our way through this last week
Would Wilbert think this is a good idea?
No, he is going to say its a very cool idea but very stupid too
When I heard the idea first, I thought this is a completely stupid idea
But when Bas made the calculations with the hours and distance, you can do it
So we can finish it, but he wasnt that pleased with the shape we were in
First, the preparation was weak, for all three of you
But we do have a Tour de France in our legs
He did made an analysis on how we were doing
I will start with Josse
On paper you are very very tired, but mentally you seemed fresh
You must ride next to him for 5 hours
I didnt believe anything about that, the past days Josse is non-stop complaining about his bottom
He came back from the drugstore with a really desperate solution
I have bought tampons
You are going to ride with tampons?
I was in the store
But walked around first
But why tampons?
I sought things I can apply down there which are soft
When he said tampons, he means sanitary pad
This is quite a good idea right?
I going to stick a diaper there
Devin, on paper, you are very very exhausted.
Not only on paper
under my eyes to!
That is because Devin has got the least experience of us all
And when you look at the data from his heart rate monitor, he is relatively suffering the most
Yesterday was a hard day?
It was difficult
I saw that in your data too, many peaks
The last two hours of the ride I was very sleepy, my heart rate didnt go up anymore too
Thats a natural protection mechanism of the body, it says to not rise up too much anymore
You are to exhausted, we are controlling it to protect the vital organs
The most important advice was to rest well, and keep eating even if you are not hungry
Eat against your will, the engine should keep on burning
You should watch yourself the coming days
Wilberts worries were good, the next day it went a bit wrong
Devin is having a really hard time, he did not sleep this night
He didnt eat anything for breakfast
We are looking how we can get him through today
Are you putting on the longsleeves, or the other one?
I dont have a longsleeve one, but I will put those over it
It isnt warm
Not at all
It feels like I did not sleep at all
My legs feel like
When I was younger, I grew very fast, but that hurt my legs a lot That feeling I had tonight too, I couldnt sleep of it
We could have better done a ride yesterday
To keep the engine running
A rest day can be a disadvantage, the body is trying very hard to recover
Then you really suffer
I dont feel very fit but..
It can be worse
I really feel bad for him
You dont do this for fun
You are so exhausted that your body just quits
I think that is happening right now
I think the goal will be to get one day further
Just hope we can carry him for 6 hours
When watching the footage, it scared me how bad I looked like
But then it was just on the automatic pilot, just go
I didnt have the idea that he would finish that day, but we just started
I dont know, just start and we will see
Its 6 hours and ten minutes
What a pep talk this is
Are you counting down?
We are already 5 minutes late
We are 2,5 in, I feel as weak as a grape
But we are riding at an easy speed luckily
The tank is starting to get empty
It is 1 o'clock, we are riding till half past 4
The only thing I can do is keep on pedaling, keep on eating
I never expected to look forward to a car claxon, but it was finally there
How did it go?
It was difficult, very difficult
I dont know how I did it, I dont know how we are going to do this in the coming 4 days
But this day is over
I am going to ride, so later!
Exactly, we are in the neighborhood of
Were you calling his mom again?
Lore am main,
We are in the neighborhood of Lor am main
We are heading to Frankfurt, to Keulen
How long do we have to ride?
6 hours, again
It is stage 17, we had a hard day yesterday
Devin was exhausted
But he is still there
We are getting closer to the Netherlands, and the closer we get
The smaller the chance that Devin is going to stop
He wants to reach the finish
I am knackered, thats not for the first time.
I can really feel that you are exhausted right now
A small hour to go
22 km to go
He looks like someone with a cat with nine lives, but I feel like you 8 have already died
Just go, I am tired
Hey, you finished your breakfast
I can't finish my yogurt and my fruit
Every day it was a question in the last week whether this would be going right or not.
And when he would finally give up, how that would have went
So it is a good conclusion that you are too stupid to stop when you only have 4 days left.
But that is the only reason why I am still riding today
Good morning from Limburg
Limburg in the Netherlands?
No Limburg an der Lan, it is in Germany
We are riding to Keulen
We are approaching the dutch border
It is 400 km to go
The first hour was hard
But when we went up the hill, Devin said he wanted to stop for a bit because he felt light in his head
I am empty
Devin felt bad for the past days, he was empty
Thats logical, but it is just 300-400 km to go
You just dont want to give up
The feeling that you want to go so badly, but your head does not, is a really really bad feeling
I felt like the body said stop
Your head says go on, go on
But it ends somewhere
Devin had to stop, from the second rest day he felt empty
Every day just one day further
But here it ended, no idea where we are
He was dizzy in his head
His body is empty, which isnt crazy after riding for 17 days
I think Devin has pushed his boundaries
We wouldnt have thought he would already got this far
But this was his finish line
But that does not mean that we are stopping here too, we have to move on!
Maybe because we stopped for an hour, my body thought this was the end too
But Josse, you are not going to stop right!
Yeah but that is one thing, we have to get there in time too
Where are we?
The hart of Keulen
We lost quite sometime because Devin stopped
116 is not that much as we had hoped for
I am so jealous
I want to be you
You are here in your normal clothes
Did I mention that I woke up with a stomach ache, my inguinal is still open, my legs hurt
But Josse, when you quit with just 3 days to go you are a real loser
I am quite happy actually, that I dont have to go through this pain.
I am jealous, I think Bas is that too
But Bas cant say that in his role as tutor or torturer
This is a small ausfahrt
We were on our way to the start of stage 19, when a message came through
Stage is shortened, the riders are getting in the bus, and they will ride to milan, they will just ride 150 kilometers
100 kilometers shorter?
It was 250 originally
The riders of the Giro were on strike because of the length of the stage.
The stage was shortened by half
They are communicating that 10 minutes before the start?
The big question was, what are we going to do?
We are going to call the chairman of the Tour de Tietema riders vakbond, Harm Vanhoucke
He is in the Giro right now, nice and snug in the bus
As the chairman of the Bas Tietema union, you can ride by car to Dusseldorf, and ride on from there
We can go by car to Dusseldorf
That wasnt that generous, the riders could do 3 hours less, and we could just move for 30 kilometers
And how long should we ride today?
That depends on how fast we will ride
Are you looking forward to this or not?
Looking forward is a bit much, but I think we will ride for 3,5 hours
Dusseldorf Amsterdam is 225 kilometers, with two stages and 1 time trial to go
The race was really on
We can ride a bit harder now
It is starting to look Dutch!
And finally, we ended a couple of kilometers before the Dutch border, it was just a few 100 meters
Then the day was there
My legs really, really hurt
And my ass
Such a bad night
I am hungry, but I cant think of food
It is time for the 1 but last stage of the giro
To give us a real Giro feeling, we got a special present.
What are you laughing at?
Just like Wilco Kelderman, we got a special helmet for the last stages!
Then the most important stage was there, can we get close enough to get to Amsterdam in the time trial?
We are in the Netherlands!
And directly we have a nice cycling path, everything is well ordered
I was really tired, I had much pain, I was done with it
I dont feel very strong today
My stomach, I have got cramps in my stomach
I am trying to eat but
Josses end was near, he started eating less
I really thought oof, it cant go wrong today
Josse is really feeling bad
Try to give him food today
Josse was so tired that he started to tell everything he felt
Upperlegs, hindlegs, hamstrings, not so fast!
We just passed the border and we were already spotted
Blind panic, where is Devin?
It might not be long before they would ask where Josse is
I dont like this
Did you know that some pro cyclists (Adam Hansen) did 21 of these things back to back? Three every year
I got so much respect for that
We are riding next to the Amstel
How much time do we have left?
There was the claxon
My head feels light
I have got far to less energy
One time trial to go!
The very very last
We really fought for this
Can I do it?
This is my first time!
A straight line Josse
No you have to write start!
You did this very well
It was the last day of our adventure
My body started to attack me
20 days of suffering, today we will finish it
Just a short stage to go
You are still not looking forward to this, it is still not fun
But you feel like you are going to finish 20 days of ups and downs
That is what keeps you going
How many days will you stay of the bike after this?
There was one thing I hoped for, that it stayed dry
Well guys, well tell me
Its quite cozy here
It's great what you have done these last weeks
Now the last day of the Giro di Tietema is there
Ride together the last 8 kilometers, in less time than Jay Hindley, in the maglia Rosa, is going to ride his time-trial
Best of luck!
Well Devin, I did a calculation
8,5 kilometers, thats 28 on average
There are many traffic lights, and it is raining too
I know what Bas is going to say
It will be easy
I did not say that, I just said we can do this
I hope it will be dry in ten minutes
At the Olympic stadium there is a finish line
How long do we have to go?
What a shit weather
This is a typical finish for us.
The first feeling I got was that it was really wet and that Bas went really fast
Watch out with the rain in the corners!
We can do this, but not much should work against us
This is bad!
Push the button!
Wait! I am not clipped in!
We rode for 21 days to cross the finish line, through rain, wind, and mountains
And when you are finally there, that really feels great
4 kilometers to go!
So much satisfaction, but I wouldnt advise this to anyone
That was way too hard
Josse thought this was completely unrealistic, but it feels so great when you finally can finish this with the two of us
You even have got some time left!
Thank you too!
Good work Devin
The first one is for you!
I will put this one down
When I saw them crossing the finish line, I was really happy that we accomplished this mission
It sucked that I wasnt there, but I knew I did everything I could, so I could be okay with it
I will do one sip!
Although Devin was the one who did not accomplish this challenge
He was the one who showed where his limit was, and who suffered the most!
I have really got respect for that
Its something to never forget
I will be fine!
We didnt finish with the three of us in Amsterdam
But that does not diminish the achievement we all did
We gave everything weve got
Can we finish in Amsterdam before the giro finishes in Milan?
The answer is
Yes, we can!
Well, the two of you
With the three of us
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