Well some sorting occurred and I got my best stage placing here – 4th!
Today was a day of two halves for me. The first half was very easy compared to the rest of the tour. I had a couple of dabs of the front, frustrated when I missed the main move of the day but accepting that I was riding to plan (plan not to go crazy getting into the move of the day as it has so far always been chased down and the hard part of today definitely came towards the end of the stage).
So I sat tight for 115 kilometres while my two Subway Pro Cycling team mates (Pete Latham and Wes Gough – Wes recently named in the Olympic squad for the track team) laboured away at the front of the race. The team of yellow jersey holder brought the break back in time for the attacks to fly with 50 kilometres to go. I missed the initial move but bridged across with eleven others with 10 kilometres remaining. I attacked plenty from then to avoid the bunch sprint and gain time on rivals, only to be chased down.
Two were off the front when I reached the front group, they stayed away, leaving us sprinting for 3rd. I managed to find the right wheel to sit on in the sprint and came home second in the bunch sprint. I am now 22nd on GC tied with 21 others at 23 seconds off yellow. I’m still feeling pretty good once I’ve warmed my legs up, I’ve got fight, I’ve got a better chance uphill now that everyone’s slowing down, I’ve got a really good team around me and a unique purpose to today’s stage….