Alan's 2011 ride was a 'did better but went slower' one that almost all people seem to have recorded in this year's conditions.
"And I was faster, I 'know' I was. The splits tell a different story - slower on the descents, slower on the road - but that is only half the picture. I flowed more, I took more risks that were calculated and that paid off. The mojo was there going downhill, something I had worked on all year."