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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.

Friday, July 12, 2008

All out warfare

What a wake up call that was! We thought today at the meeting that today's stage would be hard, but we didn't expect that! Mate that was unreal. It was full gas from the word GO!

Up hill for the first 30 kilometres, then cross winds, some serious crashes and a lot of gutter action! It really was a super hard stage. It often happens that the 'transition' stage or semi-mountain days turn into all out warfare. And that's what happened today.

It's been a very intense TDF so far and not much time to relax in the bunch. We'll be down in the Pyrenees in a couple of days, around my old home town of Toulouse.

It's gonna be a very hard couple of weeks ahead! But hey, I'm yet to do an 'easy' lap of France!

Stuey