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Photo: Henderson's Tour luggage
Jul 8th, 12. Photo: Greg Henderson's behind the scenes photo today is of his Tour de France luggage. He also gives his thoughts on today's tough stage.
When most of the Tour de France's fastmen had dropped off the pace, Henderson was up the front of the action in today's Stage 7, the first day in the mountains.
In preparation for the first Cat 1 climb of the Tour, the Kiwi was doing his bit to help Lotto Belisol's two climbing specialists claw back the day's breakaway group before they hit the final 5.9km La Planche des Belles Filles climb.
Unfortunately, just before that climb started, Jurgen Van den Broeck was ridden into the side of the road and his chain dropped off.
Although weary from his efforts up front, Henderson heard the news about this GC rider and dropped back to help chase him back.
"My legs were aching. I was suffered hard," Henderson told RoadCycling.co.nz of his efforts. "No, I don't like those sensations, however I am going well."
Henderson noted it was nice to have friends in the peloton and with a little help, Van den Broeck had the peloton within his sights at the foot of La Planche des Belle Filles.
"We were basically sprinting with him on the wheel, each doing 1km pulls," Henderson explained.
Unfortunately, after doing the last 500m chase by himself, Van den Broeck hit the climb already red lined and was unable to contest the climb. Chris Froome (Team Sky) won ahead of Cadel Evans (BMC) with Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) 3rd.
As for Henderson's sprint partner Andre Greipel, who crashed twice yesterday and suffered a bruise to his right shoulder, right wrist, a cut in the thumb, a bruise of the left shoulder and abrasions on the left knee, elbow and shoulder, before contesting the sprint and finishing 2nd - Henderson said he is a tough bugger. "He suffered today, but made it."
Tomorrow's Stage 8, with barely a flat kilometre over 157.5km and seven categorised climbs, will be even tougher than today.
"I am a bit nervous about tomorrow, it will be one of the hardest days for the sprinters," Henderson shared.
Spaceman pyjamas and Haribo lollies included!
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