Sometimes it is pretty spartan2014-07-23
Yesterday we were in a really roomy hotel and today in a Campanile. The hotels we stay in are just as different as the terrains on which we are underway. Sometimes good and sometimes not so good. At the Tour we riders can absolutely not expect every luxury and good food, sometimes it is pretty spartan. In our room today you have to pretty much play Tetris to fit both the luggage and the massage table in (photo).
I got through the day pretty well. My mountain climbing equipment helped me ;-) The race went exactly the way we had wanted it to. In the beginning there was a nine-man group. Katusha was not in it but absolutely wanted to be in the day’s group, because Rodriguez had not yet given up on the mountain jersey. So they rode all out and covered the first 40km in a lightly rising valley with 50km/h. On the third climb I had to let myself fall back and then rode easily into the finish. On the closing climb I had the opportunity to speak with Mark van Bommel, who accompanied us in the team car and even handed us bottles.