Matt White keeps telling me to sniff around for breaks at the front. I guess my sense of smell was working today because I found myself in the break. At first it was a large group and then it looked like we were going to get caught so I gave it quite a bit of gas to get another gap. Guiterrez was there and really digging in also. We had 6 guys at that point. Radio Shack was pulling us back because they missed the break and Guiterrez was a threat to their team G.C. Matt White told me on the radio to ask him if he would leave the break. I didn’t want to ask him that after he was working very strong up in the break. So a Cofidis rider started yelling at him and he actually went back to the field and the Shack stopped pulling us back. We got a good a gap then and as a few more riders joined us. I think our maximum gap was 10 minutes when the field started chasing us. The gap was falling at a rapid rate. When we got to the bottom of the climb our group splintered into pieces. I just couldn’t get my legs to pull me up the hill very fast, it was pretty frustrating. I settled into a decent group that I was sure would be my finishing group. But when we hit 5km to go I was in big trouble. I haven’t bonked for a long time. But now I was going very slow. A lot of fans were giving pushes which helped a ton, and I drank about 4 Cokes. But I was scanning the sides of the road for food because I was all out and in desperate need. I finally spotted a table with a big piece of French bread on it. I went straight for it and started devouring it like a hungry dog. But back on the road it still felt like I was dragging an anchor. I finally made it to the finish line. Amazingly, one man survived the break away, Riblon from Ag2r, held off the field and won the race. Now that was an impressive ride for sure. Ryder keeps on rolling with consistently strong rides which is very good for he and the team’s morale. We are down to 6 riders here but we just discovered the microphone works in the bus. Time for some Columbo.