June 14, 2009 (Girona, Spain) – Canada’s Michael Barry (Columbia-Highroad) did not start stage 6 at the DauphinÃ© LibÃ©rÃ© which finishes on Sunday. Barry just completed his second Giro d’Italia (on May 31st) and was back on the start line of the DauphinÃ© LibÃ©rÃ© one week later. We caught with him for a brief chat about his DNS.
How are you feeling and can you explain why you didn’t start Stage 6 at DauphinÃ© LibÃ©rÃ©?
Michael Barry: I have been racing a lot in the last two months so I went home to rest up and be with my family. Between the Tour of Romandy, the Giro and the Dauphine my program was loaded so with a few weeks of rest and good training I should be able to hit a peak in July/August. Generally after a Grand Tour, like the Giro, a cyclist needs 10 days to two weeks of rest to really feel the benefits in fitness from the race. I am confident that I will feel those benefits very soon.
Tell us about your recovery from the Giro and the first five stages at DauphinÃ© LibÃ©rÃ©.
MB: I recovered well during the Giro despite a huge workload – I spent over 1/4 of the race in the wind on the front of the peloton working for my team mates – and came out of the race tired but not wasted. More than anything else, when I finished the grand tour, I just needed some time at home with my wife and kids as I had been away from them for six weeks. I started the Dauphine feeling lousy following an easy week after the Giro, but with each stage I felt better which gives me confidence for the future.
What’s up next for you?
MB: The next months are still undecided but I should know what I will be doing in a week or two.