Procycling - - Prologue - PL

Y ou only have to ride one stage of the Tour de France with a bro­ken pelvis to re­alise that it’s not the best idea.

As I told you last month, I crashed in the Mar­seille TT at the Tour (sil­li­est crash of my ca­reer) and was in a bit of pain in the Paris stage. I had an x-ray at the time, which didn’t show any­thing up. But things were get­ting so painful af­ter­wards that I had an­other scan, and we found the bro­ken pelvis. That was that - no Tour de l’Ain; in fact no rac­ing at all for some time. For four weeks, I couldn’t cy­cle. I tried to start again last week, mid-Au­gust, but it was still too painful. Now I’m just start­ing to ride again, ev­ery other day. I’ve no idea how long it will take for full re­cu­per­a­tion, but just to take four weeks off the bike has been bad enough for my form, let alone hav­ing to heal as well. My first aim is to build up some strength, and to try to re­dis­cover my ‘coup de pé­dale’ - my ped­alling sup­ple­ness. Then we’ll see about rac­ing be­fore the end of the year.

As a cy­clist, it’s pretty an­noy­ing to miss races and be in bad phys­i­cal con­di­tion, so I’ve been do­ing a few things to cheer my­self up. I took the op­por­tu­nity to go and visit Paris with my girl­friend - the mem­o­ries of my last trip there weren’t so good. It was nice to visit the Lou­vre and walk along­side the Seine. I also went to the moun­tains to do a bit of rid­ing with the ju­nior B’Twin team - I am their pa­tron, and I had a gap in my sched­ule this week which meant I could join them for some gen­tle rid­ing. And, like any good cy­clist, I’ve sat on the couch and watched some se­ries on tele­vi­sion. I got through a lot of Lim­it­less and House of Cards.

I’ve di­gested my Tour re­sult of 29th now, and re­cov­ered from the phys­i­cal and men­tal tired­ness. 29th was nei­ther here nor there - I was higher but got a bit ill in the last week and then crashed and lost time. The main thing was to get Ro­main to the podium, so mis­sion ac­com­plished, but if I can get through the race with­out bad luck, I know I can look at the top 15. But first, I’m go­ing to get my legs work­ing again.

Pierre’s crash ru­ined the end of his Tour, and also the whole of his Au­gust

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