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
Overall leader Christopher Froome (yellow helmet) rides with his team-mates during training on rest day of the Tour de France.
When I wrote my last diary I did so in the airport on Sunday evening, just before flying to the north of France for the rest day and then the next section of the race.
We had been due to leave soon after I finished it, but things were more complicated than that and the chartered plane that the Tour organisers put on for all the riders was delayed.
Luckily they opened the bar up and we were able to have a couple of beers, some Pringles and stuff. It was actually quite fun to hang out with the guys from the team and just chill out.
It was funny seeing the other teams looking at us – this team that had ripped them to pieces hours earlier and won the race was sitting there drinking beer and eating crisps!
We were joking amongst ourselves, saying we must be the coolest team in the world, laughing and having a beer while the others were just sitting there.
Once we got on the plane, though, things got uncomfortable. There was no air conditioning on it and it ended up being the most horrendous flight of my life.
It was a real ‘hero to zero’ situation. I thought I was going to pass out at any moment. It must have been at least 45 degrees there, and I literally had sweat dripping down my nose. It was that hot.
For the hour and 15 minute flight, it was just hell . . . real torture.
Eventually we got to Brittany and got to the hotel around about 10.15pm.
The battery on my phone was completely dead so I didn’t get it turned on until around 11.30pm or so. Then it went completely haywire with messages about the stage win.
It has been crazy
It was incredible to see the reaction back home, both with the media and everyone else. We didn’t have a stage on Monday, with the Tour’s first rest day taking place then, and my phone was going completely off the hook . . . it has been crazy.
I’ve also been doing interviews here at the hotel, including one with the prestigious French newspaper L’Equipe. It is a huge paper to have a piece in.
They don’t normally do anything with foreign riders either, so it was something special. Even though I had to do the interview in French, it was a bit of fun.
As it was a rest day and we would be spending two nights plus a day in the hotel, it is important that the organisers put you in a good one. It can be a complete lottery, though. When we pulled up outside late on Sunday evening, it looked awful from the outside. We all thought it was going to be a horrible place. But then we walked through the lobby and exited into this big oasis. It was really impressive, with a nice swimming pool, a very good dining area outside.