I had to put it on the line, but it was my Tour to win and mine to lose.
In Mendrisio I felt it – the exhilaration of what the bike has to offer. It’s a simple machine that conjures a vast mix of emotions. It can evoke the senses and raise the spirits of people who watch. For those who ride it can seem like the perfect vehicle for transport. For those who race, there’s no better sensation than being on top of your gear making mountains feel like flat roads. Cycling throws up plenty of obstacles, unknown territory, high speed split-second considerations. Where to next? What’s around the next corner? Who cares? You’re flyin’!
As I see it, I’m just getting better and better as a rider – physically and mentally. I’m as motivated as I ever was. I enjoy it as much as I ever did. When you’re a good rider on a good day, the bike doesn’t rattle and bounce. You’re smooth. Even if it’s rough you can find a way to make the bike float.
Representing Australia has always been a honour and a privilege, and the older and more experienced I get, the more I enjoy it.