Mumbai, Feb 12 (PTI) He may have missed out on the firstplace after a close finish in the stage I of the Tour deMumbai in Nashik, but Radioshack rider Robbie McCwen ishopeful the tide will turn in his favour when he takes thecourse in the second and final leg of the race here tomorrow.
"It was a tough race yesterday. We controlled the racefor long. Our climbers did the initial hard work and I movedahead in the last 200 metres. However, I had no strength leftand couldn''t maintain the speed in the last 50 metres. That iswhen (Liquigas rider) Elia Vivani surged ahead from the slipstream," the Australian rider said at a press conference here."It was not that I did anything wrong. Hopefully, we willgo all the way tomorrow," he added. Elia of Italian teamLiquigas won the stage I of the Tour de Mumbai and also baggedboth the yellow and blue Jerseys for managing best timing andmost points respectively in Nashik.
McCwen finished second, followed by Bonitas rider TylerDay. McCwen said compared to the 175-km in an open course inNashik, riding the 108 km in a city circuit in Mumbai would bedifferent.
"In Nashik it was a bit different. 175-km is a long race.
It was an open stretch with a little bit of township at theend. In Mumbai it would be relatively short. It would betechnically different. Hopefully we will finish it off alittle better than yesterday where I finished second."
McCwen, a triple winner of the Tour de France''s greenjersey sprinters'' classification, said riding in Nashik was aunique experience for him altogether. .