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A quick rest and then back on the bike

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Geraint Thomas | 11:43 UK time, Wednesday, 27 July 2011

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.

This set the scene for the rest of the race. The main thing was to keep the morale high and the confidence we had in the team from Bayern in May through the Dauphine before heading to the Tour.

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!

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    hi Geraint,

    Congratulations on your great performance in the Tour. You are in inspiration to everyone who loves riding a bike. Enjoy the break and good luck in the Tour of Eneco and all the other events you participate in during the rest of the season. Will you be competing at the Worlds in Copenhagen?

    all the best,

    Wylie (Zappi's Cafe Cycling Club)

  • Comment number 2.

    Geraint, first of all congratulations to you and Sky at the Tour, I thought Eddie the boss second win was one of the best of the tour, is there anything he can't do?!

    Just wanted to wish you well for the rest of the season, keep up the blogs, they're really insightful!

  • Comment number 3.

    Well done Geraint - we all hope you'll continue to develop as you seem to have all the traits to be a great GC rider.

    Look forward to seeing you at the Olympics another WR another Gold - gotta be so exciting!

    What's this about hanging about watching the world go by? I thought you all went of doing rides in local towns in Belgium and the like now! :-) Well done again

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