Now hoping for a stage win myself
What a great day yesterday was. To finally get that stage win was amazing!
As I have already said, it was a great team effort and Eddie finished it off perfectly.
On Wednesday, we weren’t quite together at the finish and Eddie went for a long one. I wasn’t actually supposed to be right up there. I was keeping Brad well positioned, out of trouble, and in front of any splits.
We went through the 2km to go banner in the top 10 and I couldn’t help myself… why not!! But yesterday it came together perfectly.
It’s been a great week for the team and of course myself on a personal level. Wearing the white jersey has been a great honour and morale boost. I’ve been loving this first week.
The racing has suited me well, obviously I would love a stage win and have been asked many times when it’s coming… Well hopefully I will get an opportunity at some point during the race and I’ll try to make the most of it.
2011 has been the second year I have come within a few seconds of taking the yellow jersey. It’s been a dream of mine since I can remember. I’m sure if I keep putting myself in the mix, it will happen one day.
With regards to the mountains, like I said in my previous blog, I will do my bit and sit up and save as much energy as possible for the next day. This first week has taken a lot of effort, as you can imagine, so by the time I get to the final week I will have to look after myself as best as possible.
In the future, is it something I want to go for?? Of course I would love to be able to climb with the best in the tour. In the meantime I just want to continue to improve as a bike rider, and if I think I can target a race like the Tour, then 100% I will try!
This first week, although its been very enjoyable, its also been marred by a lot of crashes. But that’s the Tour. It’s not nice to see fellow riders fall and break bones.
But, at the Tour, everyone is nervous, everyone wants to be at the front and everyone wants to win. As a result we stress, get too close and crash.
Everyone complains, yet everyone still stresses and fights for position. It is just one of those things I guess.
Is the route more dangerous than normal? I don’t really know, it’s my third tour, but in the first I could barely see as I was hurting so much!!
Guys don’t complain at the Classics… but then again they are different races. The weather doesn’t exactly help matters either.
Your vision is obviously impaired and braking is a lot different. A lot comes down to us the riders to ride safely. There’s definitely a few guys out there renowned for riding like ‘desperate fools’ but I’m not going to name any names here… Sorry!!
Finally, the icing on the cake this week must be sharing my ‘podium experiences’ with my girlfriend Sara. The team carer has managed to smuggle her behind the podium most days.
She has been out here since the TTT and it’s been great having her here watching. Sa and my family/friends give me heaps of support and it is great to share it with them. I’m certainly looking forward to a ‘few’ beers with the boys back in Cardiff come August!! Thanks to everyone for the support and good luck messages – it really means a lot.