The reward for Ben Swift after battling his way through three brutal days in the Alps is a an hour or so doing his least favourite activity - time-trialing.
In his first Tour de France it is now almost certain that 23-year-old Swift from Dinnington will achieve his main goal of finishing the race.
After the time-trial today he has his eye on a greater prize tomorrow - victory on the Champs-Elysees in Paris.
He told The Star: “I just need to ride out the time-trial but I’m looking forward to Paris. I’ll find out in the team meeting on the morning of the stage whether I’m the man that day. If I am then I’ll go for it.”
Before the charge down Paris’s most famous boulevard the yellow jersey will be decided during today’s time-trial round Grenoble.
Yesterday France’s Pierre Rolland celebrated his first Tour success on the 109.5-kilometre ride from Modane Valfrejus to Alpe-d’Huez,
However, Andy Schleck assumed the overall race lead from Thomas Voeckler and will take a 53-second lead over elder brother Frank into the time-trial.
Lurking dangerously is Cadel Evans. The Australian is 57 seconds behind and widely considered superior to the Schleck brothers in the race against the clock.
Schleck junior from Luxembourg, runner-up to Alberto Contador in each of the last two years, said: “Many riders say that the yellow jersey gives you wings and I hope that will be the case tomorrow. I count on myself for the time-trial - I’ll do a good ride. I think I can hold onto the yellow jersey.”