Yesterday I achieved something quite special for a non-riding member of the team, I was given the dubious honor of the coureur balai (CB) jersey. The translation doesn't make great sense but basically it means "driver of the broom wagon" Each evening as the team discusses the next day's stage, one rider is awarded the CB orange jersey for some form of stupidity or mistake. Forgetting kit, falling off your bike etc. I managed to get the CB by slow-motion sliding the Mercedes into a ditch. A French truck driver, Spanish tourists with rope and the better part of the team had me back on the road in 20 minutes. No harm, no foul, but I was a shoe in for the stage CB.
Today I'll proudly wear the jersey as I climb the Port de Paille on the A2B hybrid bike. This will be the first time I've ridden anything since the prologue, I'm looking forward to it.