It’s not just about riding hard though, there’s a mental aspect. You need a balance between not caring at all and being totally obsessed, otherwise you’ll go crazy. I probably fall a bit more towards the former, which is good and bad. It’s good for rough days like Stage 7 where we lose the jersey, despite the whole team riding themselves into the floor. It sucks to lose the jersey but it’s a bike race; there are more. There will always be more. A bit of detachment helps in that respect, especially with going out there tomorrow and swinging with the other teams some more.”—Alex Howes