Welsh rider Geraint Thomas, at 21 the youngest rider in the Tour de France, is finding the going tough - but he keeps going.
After today's stage, climbing the Pyrenees, the five British riders remained off the pace with Charlie Wegelius 67th in the overall standings after recording a time of one hour, 20 mins and 27 secs and David Millar, who put in a strong charge in today's race before fading, 77th after his 1:29.28. Bradley Wiggins lies 58 places further back in 135th.
Geraint Thomas clocked in 16 seconds short of two-and-a-half hours and lies in 162nd.
The former Cardiff JIF rider said before the start last week that he hoped to complete the first few weeks of the race, helping the sprinters in his Barloworld team, Fabrizio Guidi and Robert Hunter, on the early pre mountain stages.
One of the concerns of many fans is how he how gets on in the mountains.
Advice from the likes of Robert Hunter, his team leader, is that the mountains he has already encountered in races like Trentino in Italy are as hard as the ones in the Tour with the difference being that before he gets to the ones in the Tour, he will have a week of racing under his wheels and they will be hard days if his team leader is in contention of a stage win.
The Tour de France is the biggest race of his life but a major goal for Geraint is the Beijing Olympics.