Now the tenth Tour de France faces me. Crazy, how fast the time goes by... But the magic of this race stays unbroken for me. It is unbelievable, what all is going on here. I can hardly wait until the start tomorrow. I have been here since Tuesday. So I am ready to go.
Today we had some intensive discussions about the first two stages. The run-ins to the finish are not so easy, so a good knowledge of the course and timing are of enormous importance. Plus, in my experience, the first stages are very nervous. We can only wait and see what happens and how we approach each day. I am taking on the role of a helper for Ilnur and Marcel. But of course I have also picked out stages where I can look for my chances. The Roubaix stage is one, of course. You remember? But of course there are other possibilities. You might be surprised where I will attack. As always, it depends on my luck, whether I get in the right group or whether the field lets us go.
I will see you along the way. Otherwise, have fun following the Tour on tv. Yours, Tony.