Ok, so that only equals an extra 5 minutes, but at this stage that’s a significant increase. Also, my pace was far more consistent and in higher gears for longer with the 2010 TdF on the tv.

I still don’t think that the saddle is quite right as, despite the buckets of sweat, I was actually feeling pretty fresh, and it was buttock ache that ultimately drove me off the bike.

I’ve still not really got a handle on my food, and had a bit of a binge (after coming home from work early to avoid the main crush and try to get a back-easing seat), disappointed in myself. As ever, food will be my biggest challenge.