Mark Cavendish was feeling better today after an upset stomach and had one eye on Sunday's sprint finish in the Tour de France in Paris.
Cavendish had been suffering on yesterday's stage 16 to Gap, and was forced to stop along the road from Vaison-la-Romaine.
"Had the embarrassment of having to stop in a field today in front of the whole peloton with a VERY poorly stomach. #mindyourstep" he tweeted last night.
He completed today's mountainous 33km time trial stage in a time of 59 minutes eight seconds, a little over five minutes off the early pace set by Vaconsoleil's Lieuwe Westra, but was happy with his performance.
"I felt surprisingly okay considering yesterday I had an upset stomach," Cavendish said. "I didn't really feel good at all yesterday. "We will see and take every day as it comes, but I'm looking forward to Sunday."
Although Cavendish can expect to suffer for the next three days - three tough stages in the Alps starting with tomorrow's double ascent of the Alpe d'Huez - he is hoping to score what would be a fifth consecutive victory on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on Sunday.
Cavendish has had an often frustrating Tour to date, winning two stages but seeing crashes cost him the chance of further success while also being sprayed with urine by an irate spectator.
But Paris has been his playground in recent years and Cavendish is hoping his experience there can see him beat younger rivals like Marcel Kittel and Andre Greipel.
"It's the most prestigious sprint finish in cycling," he said.
"But there are a lot of great sprinters here.
"I've been part of incredible teams in order to win there and I'm part of an incredible team again so that's really motivating.
"It's not going to be a walk in the park, but I know that finish and I've made sure the guys know it too. We'll see how it goes."