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We're all after one thing -- the maillot jaune

Updated: July 3, 2006, 11:05 PM ET
By Bobby Julich | Special to ESPN.com

Drink, drink, drink

Stage 2 • It was a very hot day, so you have to remember to drink and eat. When it's so hot, it's easy to dehydrate. And when it's so hot, you're not really hungry, but you have to force yourself to eat. My motto -- drink before you're thirsty, eat before you're hungry. Save your energy, keep hydrated or go into the red. I did not have this wisdom during my first few grand tours!

• I went through at least 10 water bottles ...

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