He mentioned that he was a bit behind on sleep and was falling asleep on his bike on the way down to Rhodes. But after the 30min rest and some food, he looked better and was in good spirits as he left Rhodes, heading for Chesneywold.
Alex arrived about half an hour after Martin had left and went straight to his room for his first shower since Pietermaritzburg! He looked fairly fresh on arrival and afterwards he smelled fresh too. His stop was a slightly longer one as he has some bike admin to sort out, some laundry to do, some eating to get done and finally, a plethora of boxes to raid for snacks.
He rolled out of Rhodes about an hour later with the skies darkening - also heading for Chesneywold. Reports from other riders and support stations up ahead on the route indicate that the next few stages after Rhodes are wet and muddy, which could possibly slow the progress of these two front runners.