Wishing all ex-colonial types a very happy Independence Day...top country, top people. Cheers!
If you've never heard this version of 'Born In The USA' then you're in for a treat. Really.
Just for a change the alarm sounded at 5.15am this morning and we stumbled onto the coach eventually for the hour-long transfer to today's start in Rennes. The forecast was for blustery headwinds for the duration: surprisingly there were no complaints from me as we had been given a little help during yesterday's insanity.
|Again, let's just go direct!|
|Let me guess...rolling?|
|"Sacre bleu you cretin!" etc...|
|Memo to self: don't pick such a long drag to park yourself on photo detail. This pair took a while...|
|Although fair play to Nick for his Tommy Voeckler impression. Equally he may really just have been bollocksed by that climb! Tim is with him. Looking very restrained. Do not be fooled, people!|
|Dans this area of Brittany, Bernie Hinault is a god.|
|Check-out TLR leading Le Tour. Collector's item.|
After the lunch-stop we hooked-up with Tim MVP again to work with each other against the rolling terrain and the breeze, which worked really well. The terrain reminded me of cycling through Missouri...roller after roller after roller...rinse and repeat. Ouch for all!
|To commemorate the US Forces liberating the area.|
|My kinda garage!|
The Tour de France organisers have decided to end this stage with a run up the Mur de Bretagne climb: a very horrible-looking b-road with gradients between 5-15% for about 3/4 mile. It's just a grind after all...but I will be keen to see how our pro brethren storm up it after 115 miles. The smart money is on 'very fast indeed'!
The only other point to note is a change to our post-stage rehydration...
|The tonic water is good for preventing cramping (so Johnny reckons and I won't argue) while the cup contains the local cider. Traditional way of serving it/they'd run-out of glasses. One cup was fine, thanks.|
Today's stage was for Jonesy, who had a nasty bike accident this week. Wishing you the fullest and speediest recovery, mate...appreciate your support as ever.
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