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Smith struggling at 4000m

CYCLIST Stuart Smith is battling altitude and the elements as he takes on the Tour of Qinghai Lake.

On the road: Cyclist Stuart Smith gains a package from a crew member during the Tour of Qinghai Lake this week.

On the road: Cyclist Stuart Smith gains a package from a crew member during the Tour of Qinghai Lake this week.

The Leongatha 22 year old is taking on the high altitude 14 day tour which extends for 2000kms.

After seven stages in as many days racing Smith and his fellow competitors enjoyed a rest day yesterday but will be back on the bike today (Tuesday).

After having a few successful stages Smith has started to battle exhaustion and altitude sickness in recent days.

His father and coach Tony Smith told The Star of his son’s troubles.

“He had a shocker yesterday,” Mr Smith said regarding his son’s 120th placing for the stage.

“It’s been windy and wet but he is still leading his team.”

The original lead rider in Smith Australian team has been sent home with altitude sickness already.

The climb to 4000m was a killer for Stuart according to Mr Smith.

“He said he spent most of the first hour of it at threshold,” he said.

“Then spent 160kms dropped out of the bunch in a long day.”

Mr Smith said that his son should improve in the next stage.

“The riders are coming down in altitude now,” he said.

“Tomorrow (Tuesday) will be luxury riding at 1500m.

“The team coach was just trying to get them through the first five days but Stuart said it’s really hard to breath at 4100m and he was constantly feeling light headed.”

The 14 day tours winds up this Sunday.

Short URL: http://thestar.com.au/?p=7928

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