I found it really hard today.
I switched off and plan to switch back on tomorrow, but it really hurts when you switch off. It's the type of course where you can't go easy; you've got to go hard.
It was a solid, solid time trial. Anyway, I got through it and I can think about tomorrow, finally getting there to the Champs Elysees, not only getting there, but Stuey hasn't won a stage yet.
There are three guys sprinting really well, Robbie, Thor and Stuey. So normally it would be between those three and we will be hoping that we can pull something out tomorrow.
For Stuey winning the Green Jersey is highly unlikely, but cycling is a tricky game and if Stuey can win, and Thor gets a bit lost in the hustle and bustle of the finale, then there's a chance. Well, we will just have to see. The most important thing for Stuey really, is to try and win the stage.
If he races Thor then he could end up with neither.
July 21, 2005: Tomorrow's the day
By Matt White
Gee, Stuey was crook this morning. Must have been something we ate, the omelet or the milk. I'm a little bit crook - just stacks of wind - but Stuey has been spewing up. I can eat a box of nails and it doesn't hurt me.
But the lad is a lot better tonight and he'll need a good night's sleep 'cause tomorrow's the day. There are about 25 blokes going good and 125 just hangin on for grim death. Tomorrow will be the day we take them on.
It is no secret to Lotto and Credit that we will be trying to get Stuey into the points and make it hard enough that Robbie and Thor get dropped. Well that's the plan - we'll see what happens.
In the village I caught up with a mate of mine, Blair Stockwell, a former Kiwi who now resides in Australia. He was in deep conversation with John Trevorrow about racing against each other in the Commonwealth games in about 1900, and I reminded them of just how old they were.
"Blair," I said, "when you raced Gary Sutton in the semi final at the '74 Games, I was born that day."