A quick rest and then back on the bike
So the biggest bike race in the world is now over. It's a strange feeling to be back in my apartment in Italy with my girlfriend Sara and not in a room with Eddie [Sky team-mate Edvald Boasson Hagen]!
Every day on the Tour we would wake up, wee into a pot for the doc to check our hydration, weigh ourselves, then head down to breakfast.
We'd then be told when our suitcases needed to be ready for one of the carers to come and pick them up. Then, onto the bus to the start the stage.
It's nice now to just roll out of bed whenever and wander down to the local cafe in the piazza and just sit and watch the world go by.
Saying that, I do miss the Tour as well. I had a great time. It's the third Tour I have done and the most enjoyable. I think that's purely down to just being in the action a lot more.
Overall the Tour was a success for the team, although we definitely had our ups and downs! I think we coped really well with losing our leader Bradley Wiggins. He crashed out on stage 7 breaking his collarbone. In stage 8, we went on the attack and took the race on.
I was happy with my tour. The best part I think was in the mountains - my breakaway day up the Tourmalet and then the day I was climbing at the front with Rigo [Rigoberto Uran] to the Galibier. It was a new experience for me, but a good one! It gives me something to build on in the future now and really look to progress.
My next race is the Tour of Eneco which takes place from the 8th-14th of August. Bring it on!