Finally time off2014-10-14
I am happy that the season is finally over. Physically I still feel good, but of course I can tell that it was a long season. But my head is totally exhausted.
That just made it all the better to win Paris-Bourges. I didn’t have enough for Paris-Tours on Sunday, but that was also due to the fact that we were closely watched in the finale and as last year’s winner, I always had my rivals on my rear wheel or who wouldn’t ride with me.
Overall it was a very good season for me. I showed that I can ride on to the podium at the Monuments. And I can win Classics, as I showed at Gent-Wevelgem. Another highlight was winning the green jersey at the Vuelta.
Two things were not satisfactory. First, I wanted to win a stage at the Tour de France, which I was unable to do. Second, I was not satisfied with the World Championships. The circumstances weren’t good, with the infection and hospital stay shortly beforehand, but I had planned to do better.
Yesterday I had a press day, including the program "Heimspiel" at the Hessischen Rundfunk. Tomorrow starts a two-day team meeting and fan day in Holland. And Wednesday of next week I will fly to Barcelona and take a ten-day vacation with my wife.
By the way, this morning I had a doping control. But they didn’t come until 8 a.m, so the the controllers also seem to be in the holiday mode.