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    MULHOUSE, FRANCE - JULY 13: Nicolas Roche of Ireland and Tinkoff-Saxo in action during the ninth stage of the 2014 Tour de France, a 170km stage between Gerardmer and Mulhouse, on July 13, 2014 in Mulhouse, France. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images) (via Cycling - Photo Gallery - Yahoo Sports)

    MULHOUSE, FRANCE - JULY 13: Nicolas Roche of Ireland and Tinkoff-Saxo in action during the ninth stage of the 2014 Tour de France, a 170km stage between Gerardmer and Mulhouse, on July 13, 2014 in Mulhouse, France. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images) (via Cycling - Photo Gallery - Yahoo Sports)

     
  2. Tour de France 2014 | Stage 3

    And on to France we go!

     
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    Saxo on the beach.
(via Twitter / KarstenKroon: Pre breakfast jump in the Gulf …)
     
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    Nicolas Roche
(via 2013 vuelta-a-espana photos stage-14)
     
  5. Vuelta a Espana 2013 | Stage 4
(via Twitter / nicholasroche: So vuelta takes us back up …)

    Vuelta a Espana 2013 | Stage 4

    (via Twitter / nicholasroche: So vuelta takes us back up …)

     
  6. Vuelta a Espana 2013 | Stage 2

    Nicolas Roche finally picks up a grand tour stage win!

    (via Team Sky | Pro Cycling | Photo Gallery | Vuelta a Espana stage two gallery)

     
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    Team Saxo Bank Pro Cycling Day 1: Water sports and fun at the beach. Takashi Miyazawa and Nico Roche dressed for an underwater adventure. (via Team Building Camp November 2012)

    Team Saxo Bank Pro Cycling Day 1: Water sports and fun at the beach. Takashi Miyazawa and Nico Roche dressed for an underwater adventure. (via Team Building Camp November 2012)

     
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    The 2013 Saxo Bank squad. Almost all new boys at the front!
(via Team Building Camp November 2012)

    The 2013 Saxo Bank squad. Almost all new boys at the front!

    (via Team Building Camp November 2012)

     
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    Vuelta a Espana 2012 | Stage 14
Post-stage transfer! Chris Froome shared this picture on twitter of himself, Valverde, Roche & Contador sharing a helicopter trip.
(via Twitter / chrisfroome: For company I’ve got …)

    Vuelta a Espana 2012 | Stage 14

    Post-stage transfer! Chris Froome shared this picture on twitter of himself, Valverde, Roche & Contador sharing a helicopter trip.

    (via Twitter / chrisfroome: For company I’ve got …)

     
  10. I’ve calculated that I’ve only spent 14 nights in my own bed since May 1 this year, which means I’ve been unpacking my suitcase most evenings and packing it again most mornings in between.

    On the bright side, we’ve been staying in the same hotel in Logrono for the last two nights, which at least means I could leave my suitcase alone.

    The hotel, however, is built on top of a supermarket which means we have to eat in the supermarket cafe. It’s a cheap, €5, all-you-can-eat type of thing where the food, as you can imagine, is geared more towards casual shoppers and truck drivers than professional cyclists. It has been miserable.

    When you nearly break a tooth on a piece of pasta, you know there’s something wrong and we’ve resorted to having one of the soigneurs cook our pasta on the team bus instead of eating the supermarket stuff.