I have tried very hard to get a more regular update out about the tour but seriously I have been to rooted to get my brain to turn the computer on let alone write anything. I have a 5 hour transfer now so its a perfect opportunity.
Well you guess it, I made it. I have had so many ups and downs throughout this tour. One day your placing inside the top ten of the best in the world, then the next day your lying in a gutter with your body smashed to pieces. As it stands now my tibia bone may have a small fracture on it, but I haven’t wanted to go for a x-ray because it wouldn’t be good for the head. It actually hurts more to walk on it than to ride thankfully.
The road to Paris has been amazing. Climbing up the Tourmalet with all the people and then descending off the other side was such an adrenaline rush and would have to be one of my favourite times on the tour so far. Its so amazing with the amount of people that come to watch the tour. I mean its the same riders, similar courses but the TDF just brings people from all over the world to watch this race.
Our team has been doing really well. Our main aim is to obviously win stages which we have been close on a few occasions. We had Michael Morkov in the mountains jersey for the first week and Chris Anker Sorensen just outside the top ten overall. So its been very successful for us so far. We still have the Champs Elysees to try for a stage win as well. My roll has been to look after JJ and place him in good position for the sprint. Its been quite a learning experience to change from the last man to the second last and trust me its been a difficult roll to adjust to because I normally don’t have to make sure there is a big enough gap for 2 people. But I’m enjoying the experience.
Somebody asked me about what a normal day consists of on tour. Well here’s a little insight and trust me its a little bit like ground hog day.
Breaky around 8-9am. We have our own chef’s on tour with their own cooking truck so the food is always good. Oats, fruit and eggs is the usual.
Bags get collected and we head out on the team bus all together to the race. Normally we are there 1.5 hours prior to start.
Prepare ourselves for the day on the bus then have a meeting with all directors and Bjarne Riis which is who usually calls the shots. Then sign on and race our asses off.
Post race we shower on the bus and head to the hotels.
As soon as we arrive at hotel we get massaged and body treatment prior to dinner. If we get dinner before 8.30pm then we are doing well.
That pretty much sums it up and as you can see there is not much time for anything else. Don’t forget that there is media and sponsorship commitments that have to get squeezed in somewhere. Oh and yeah sleep is handy as well.
Well next blog will be about what arriving on the Champs Elysees felt like, cant wait.