PEZ: You’ve ridden the Vuelta, how does it compare to the Tour, Wes?
Two very different races both three weeks long – but The Tour is at another level.
PEZ: Is the race as you expected ?
With sickness I have suffered the last week more than I ever expected.
PEZ: How is your system coping ?
Not good, I’m on my knees with bronchitis.
PEZ: How long have you known you had the ride and are you happy your preparation was good ?
I had great prep, training in French Mountains in Tignes with Christophe Le Mevel. My prep may have been too much and I may have over done it a little.
PEZ: What was the worst stage for you ?
Yesterday, stage 17, I punctured at the bottom of the second last climb of the day and had to chase the forming groups, I was the last rider. Luckily I made it to a large group after eight kilometres riding solo up the mountain.
PEZ: What was the best stage for you ?
The first stage rolling out of Rotterdam, it was amazing, so many people!
PEZ: How’s your, and the team’s morale ?
The team has been held together by Sandy Casar who has been in a lot of the winning breakaways and took a stage win. It has boosted the moral of the team, but we have a few sick riders like me at the moment.
PEZ: Casar’s stage win – how big a deal is it ?
It was big deal for the team, The Tour is everything for a French team.
PEZ: What will you do to recover, post Tour ?
Spend two days with Shannon my lovely girlfriend in Paris, and my parents are here also, so we’ll wander around Paris as tourists. After, I will head back to Monaco and on Wednesday do a light ride in the afternoon. Thursday will be a three hours easy ride. On Friday I leave for San Sebastian. Saturday = San Sebastian = ouch!
PEZ: The Saturday TT, will you try, or is it another ‘rest day ?
I will try because the way I’m feeling I will have to give everything to make it to the finish of a 50km TT
PEZ: What do you think about all the Tour hype ? Spa ? ‘Chaingate’ ?
It’s been a really cool experience.
PEZ: The black Lapierres – are those new for le Tour ?
We just got them before the pre Tour training camp. Mine is green and gold for Aussie colours.
PEZ: How has the food been – does the team have it’s own chef ?
Food has been average but edible, no chef.
PEZ: Are the Commonwealth Games on the agenda ?
I’m on the list. but who knows.
PEZ: What about the Worlds – in Aus ?
Same as above, it’s a tough line up of good Aussie pro’s. All depends on how my form is for the second half of the season.
PEZ: What are you looking forward to most about the Tour finishing ?
For the pain to stop! The last week I have really hurt myself to stay in the race; If it wasn’t the Tour de France I would have stopped already!
Wes made it through the penultimate time trial with no problems and finished in Paris a happy man.