In the morning I got a few shots of the start, nothing too exciting but when Stef came across to us that morning, well, we always get a feeling from the riders if they’re going to have a good day. I went in the soigneurs’ car and managed to get to the finish.
The climbs were amazing that day, they were like walls one after the other.
I ‘d heard that Stef was in the break so I walked two hundred metres back down from the finish line because I wanted to get a shot of him coming, around that last bend. I got the shots but then had a bit of hassle with four policemen, ended up walking in deep mud just to get back to the finish line. All the buses and cars had got stuck further down the hill, so there weren’t many people around.
The minute I got there I was all over Stef, getting lots of shots. He couldn’t stop smiling. Every time one of our riders came in I was telling him that we won. When Rick, the owner, came in it was just an incredible atmosphere. Everyone was so happy, it was hard to take it in.
Adam (Blythe) was hoping for the win. There were a lot of tired bodies, but we could see the lads were up there, doing their turns to get him into the right position. It just didn’t work out, that’s how it goes.
It was a relief to get it all over, that all the lads made it, apart from Larry Warbasse. We didn’t have a massive party or anything. We were staying about 50km outside Madrid so we all went to a beautiful little local restaurant for a meal. It was all very low-key. A lot of people were travelling early in the morning, so there wasn’t much dancing on the tables.
I’ve got to say Stef’s win. That feeling of a small team, a team with so many setbacks, winning a Grand Tour stage, was just beyond belief.
There was one particular evening when I didn’t get good photos, and I just felt so low. That’s when I get low - when I feel like I haven’t nailed it. But that was just one day, overall it was an incredible experience. To see the race from inside the team, and to share it with them was something I’ll never forget.