Jaro’s premier at annual Perskindol Swiss Epic stage race is done.
After a prologue and three stages leading through Swiss Alps, the Specialized Racing duo had to quit the race in the fourth stage to Grachen race because of health problems of Jaro’s teammate Christoph Sauser who crashed in stage two.
“Susi suffered today on the first climb. Two days ago he had a bad crash on his knee, he tried to continue, but It doesn’t work.” said Jaroslav after Friday’s stage.
“I felt relatively good, the first and the second stages went relatively good for us and we made it to the second place overal. Stages were quite hard because of huge elevation and technical descents, but I really enjoyed it, I was expecting that my performance will be worse. Swiss Epic was super race and I liked it a lot. Stages were challenging both up and down, for me it was harder race than the South African ABSA Cape Epic, where isn’t so big elevation. For example Thursday’s stage was 61 kilometers long with more than 3000 meters of elevation! There were beautiful views, superb singletracks and nice technical descents,” said Marathon World Champion.
In upcoming weeks, Jaro will mainly take a rest, his final race of the season will be Roc d’Azur in France again and then some physical examinations are waiting for him.
“My breathing is not good, especially in high intensities so we have to find what is wrong before I will start my preparation for next season,”
photo: Marius Maasewerd