Apologies for this being a day late, but Campanile hotels believe that wi-fi is something that should be advertised but not actually usable! Anyway, here we go...
Apparently this was the first 'breaking wind' scene ever filmed in a mainstream movie, trivia fans. Seems kind of apt for a couple of reasons: the various energy drinks and dietary changes that riders are undergoing mean that food-stops are not places for the faint-hearted, hah-hah! The other reasons are that it was a scorcher of a day with temps rising to 95f, and the fact that I've never cycled 120 miles as quickly!
It was another 0530hrs alarm in order to get on a coach to transfer to Livarot: the good news was that on arrival we would be enjoying some weapons-grade coffee and croissants before setting off. Bon!
|Looks alright, right?|
|Er, more malarkey of the rolling variety!|
|The chap who kindly supplied our coffee before the off, also displayed these champs. No sign of Lance, hah-hah-hah!|
After the first stage we met-up with one of the riders who had just arrived and is doing three of the twenty-one stages. Tim was clearly a very strong cyclist, and even better than that, a very strong cyclist with fresh legs who loved taking a turn at the front. We shared the 'work' to the second feed-stop and we were flying, to be fair!
|With Team Lanterne Rouge's loan signing, Tim. Top man!|
The above shows what I was seeing at times as we caned it.
|Tons of tat...brilliant!|
|Always on the look-out for ropey photo-ops. Really?|
|We're still seven days ahead of them though.|
|We're definitely going in the right direction, thanks.|
|Team Lanterne Rouge fears no one. And plainly doesn't understand basic French either.|
|"...Rodney." Lunch was decent. And much needed!|
|We catch the native TTers. They were a tad surprised, hah-hah!|
|Don't drop too far back or you'll make double-difficult to get back on...|
Big thanks again to the TdF support crew because they make all this possible- without them...no show. At the end of the ride I had another sports massage- you may have heard the screams back in the UK, but they seem to be a good thing. Seem...
Big thanks to Andy and especially Tim who was definitely the Most Valuable Player today. Cheers!
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