10.30pm. We are all still together and in one piece -absolute bloody miracle.
Brad came off the bike this afternoon. Not too bad but thoughts were he may need to go home. He pressed on but travelled about 50km/2 hrs behind the lead due to injury.
His bike is pretty banged up – he is too. He was knocked out briefly and his helmet and body armour dented, but has only sustained a deep graze to his arm. The mechanics will be working most of the night on his bike for tomorrow.
Everyone is physically and mentally trashed.T he level of alertness and fitness has been vastly underestimated. No one wants to bail out (tempting), but no one wants another day like today either.