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Stuart O'Grady's Tour diary

Stuart O'Grady has a lot of Tour experience
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Australian Staurt O'Grady rides for Team CSC and is one of the most experienced riders in this year's Tour de France. The Aussie has already used up all the bad luck for the past year, returning from a horrible crash in the 2007 Tour and a broken collarbone in the 2008 Giro. O'Grady has won two stages in the Tour de France. He finished second in the points classification four times and has worn the yellow jersey. Things are looking promising for 2008 and Stuey will keep Cyclingnews' readers informed via his diary.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Ready for the real Tour

Well for the first time this race, it felt like the Tour de France. The sun was shining we had a huge tail wind and we finally got a chance to take in a bit of the surroundings and catch up with the boys in the peloton.

It was the longest stage in the Tour at 235 kilometres, but we were cruising along pretty fast all day. It’s what we needed after a chaotic start so far.

Now the real Tour begins for the general classification boys.

The first mountains are ahead of us and history says some guys find it hard to change rhythm from the flat, chaotic, windy stages to the first mountains day. It’s always interesting to see who’s good and who's not.

I'll know for a fact I'll probably be one of the guys suffering! But I don't mind. I've done that before!

It’s time for the serious stuff to begin.

Buckle up!