As the Tour de France 2010 enters its second phase, Britain’s Dan Lloyd (Cervélo) remains upbeat despite suffering throughout the first week with a groin strain caused by a crash.
Speaking to Cycling Weekly on the morning of the rest day, Lloyd reported “I had a crash on Monday [stage two], I came off just behind the Schlecks [on the descent of the Stockeu climb].”
“I pulled my right foot out of the pedal, had a bit of whiplash thing and since then I’ve been suffering from a groin strain, right at the top of the leg.”
“I’ve got a few superficial wounds but they’re not a problem, and I picked up a cold on Wednesday, but that’s on its way out.”
“The thing that’s niggling me the most is this groin strain, almost more on the flat stages where you have to get out of the saddle to keep on another rider’s wheel. And just having to do that doesn’t help me recover.”
“The first hour on Sunday’s stage wasn’t good at all, I was in all sorts of pain and thought I was going to struggle to get through and had to go to the race doctor. But then it got bettter and at the end I couldn’t feel it at all.”
“It’s funny, some days in the evening, it really hurts and I don’t even feel like walking to dinner. Other days I feel fine but get on the bike and it starts being really painful. There’s not much rhyme or reason to it.”
“Hopefully a good day’s rest on the rest day [yesterday] is what it needs to sort it out.”
Riding his first Tour ever, Lloyd is optimistic that he will come through the next two weeks.
“I’ve still been able to do my job pretty well, and it was a great feeling when Thor won that stage, and just to be a part of the Tour, particularly when you’re riding for the riders we’ve got in our team, still feels like a big privilege.”
“I’m sure the next two weeks go a bit better, although there will be a lot of suffering for everybody on these Alpine stages.”- starting today.
After the rest day, Lloyd was lying 159th, 1-06-53 down on race leader Cadel Evans.
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