Celebrating the win with a beer and a packet of Pringles crisps
The plane to Brittany ended up being the most horrendous flight of my life
It’s funny how the body reacts to racing at the Tour. I woke up at six o’clock in the morning feeling absolutely ravenous; it shows how quickly the metabolism is moving at the moment. Your digestion just works so quickly. After that we had blood tests carried out in the morning in random controls. That’s to be expected, though, especially after the team’s performance yesterday.
The testing is fine, it’s important. I really believe that the sport in general is cleaning up. With our team being the pioneers of anti-doping moment, it is almost like the renaissance of clean cycling. We have been ambassadors since 2008 for clean cycling. For us to be able to race as aggressively as we did on Sunday and to put every other team in trouble, including Sky, just really shows how clean the sport is now.
It really is a new chapter in cycling. I believe that every team has the anti-doping culture and philosophy that we were the pioneers of. As a cycling fan, I find that incredibly exciting.
For those who wonder what the riders do on the Tour de France rest day, it is important to keep moving as otherwise your body stiffens right up from the fatigue of the heavy racing that we have been doing.
The danger with taking the day completely off is that you end up feeling terrible when the race restarts. As a result you can’t stop moving, and we all went for a spin on Monday. A local guy brought us around the lanes there for an hour and a half, then afterwards I had a massage and also saw the team chiropractor.
After that, I had a couple of hours of interviews. We’ll have dinner and then rest up as much as possible for Tuesday’s stage.
The rest day went by far too quickly for my liking, but the change in routine is what is important. It’s a sort of psychological rest from racing. Now we are back into it though with a flat stage from Saint Gildas de Bois here in Brittany to Saint Malo.
It is looking like it is going to be a bit windy, which is something I’m not too keen about, but as I am now the only general classification rider for the team, the other riders will work to keep me safe, to make sure I am fed and watered, and to keep me in the right position.
The goal is to stay out of trouble, to get to Wednesday’s time trial in one piece, and to take it from there.