Endura in at the deep end at Tour of the Med

Endura Racing team 2010

Rob Hayles remembers the Tour of the Mediterranean well. It was his first race as a professional with the Cofidis team in 2001. Tomorrow (Wednesday) his Endura Racing team makes its European debut at the same event and Hayles knows it's a step into the deep end.

Hayles was 28, a relative latecomer to the professional ranks, and although an Olympic medallist with experience of European stage racing, this was a step up. "I remember we were all sat in the bus before the start and the team manager said 'Okay lads, off you go'. I thought 'Is that it? Off we go?'"

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