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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