Well, I’ve made it. The Tour de France has undoubtedly been the most incredible cycling experience ... and I want more!
Over the last three weeks I’ve covered 2,131 strength-sapping miles that included 21 stages through the length and breadth of France.
I even had my moment of ‘glory’ on the final stage down the Champs-Elysees in Paris. The plan was to go out there and have some fun and I did.
I took the lead for the first time in the Tour as I headed a six-man break but I was caught with just under 3kms to go.
It would have been great to have gone on and won my first stage in my first ever Tour de France but it was not to be.
However, I felt good; the atmosphere was amazing and I couldn’t feel any pain in my legs. The amount of miles we’ve covered and the mountains we’ve been over gives you an amazing strength in depth.
Fellow Brit Mark Cavendish, who’s rumoured to be joining us at Team Sky, won the stage for the third consecutive year and in doing so clinched the green jersey for the best sprint classification.
Now I’ve set my sights on one day challenging Cav for that green jersey; it’s a goal and that’s what cycling is all about. The whole race has been incredible and I feel it will stand me in good stead for the rest of the season.
My next event is the expected to be the Eneco Tour which starts on August 8. The seven-stage race begins and ends in Holland but also has three stages in Belgium.
After the Tour de France it’ll be a doddle (only joking!).