Photo taken at: Tour de Neuss
That’s it. Another Tour de France finished. It was my second Tour and sixth Grand Tour. I know for the most people out there it is already an achievement just to finish the Tour, but that was never my intention to „just“ finish the Tour. I wanted to be a part of the race. I wanted to be an actor on this big stage.
In the Criterium du Dauphine I was already in good shape and I was hoping to be even stronger at the Tour. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case. I wasn’t in my best possible condition. That and also missing luck was the reason why nothing countable came around in the Tour.
Like you can see I’m not satisfied with my Tour. Still, it was again a beautiful feeling to finish on the Champs Élysées. Even if the weather wasn’t as good as last year. But if you see all the people along the road and you know your Family, friends and girlfriend watching you, you know why you suffered for three weeks. And I was suffering a lot this year.
The positive things in this Tour have been the six stage wins by Germans. I think it was an awesome Tour for Germany and German cycling. German television (ARD) was showing it again and the people in the Germany had the chance to get us to know better. I hope we will continue in the same way to bring back the passion of cycling to the people in Germany.
I’ll start now at two criterium’s before the preparation for the second half of the season starts. Next on my program will be Arctic Race of Norway, Vattenfall Cyclassics, Tour of Alberta and the two WorldTour races in Canada. I also hope to get selected for the World Championships in Richmond/USA. I think we’ve a big chance to win the race and it would be a big pleasure to be a part of it.
Photo taken at: Alpe d’Heuz
Photo taken at: La Toussuire 1750m – Savoie
Here a small résumé after sixteen stages at the Tour de France. We having the second rest day now. The time flies by and I’ve just five more stages left to show myself. So far I’m not totally satisfied with my performance. I’ve tried several times to be in the breakaway but sometimes it was missing luck or timing. I actually still feel good, so I hope to be able to show it. The Alps gonna be a true spectacle with all the big climbs and with the GC guys attacking each other. I’m looking forward to the last hot and tough days in the mountains with many spectators on the road to Paris.
Photo taken at: Rodez Onet Le Chateau
Photo taken at: Courtyard Toulouse Airport