Today saw the first introduction to the mountains and an iconic finish at LaPlanche belle Filles. Shorter in distance at 170km was balanced by a finishing climb of 18km and the final 6km at a brutal average 9% !
Weather was really good despite the forecasted thunder storms and the final 2 hours was climbing in scorching hot conditions.
Early changes were quick as groups fought for positions on the road but the latter stages were splintered due to the severity of the climbs.
I finished well … but certainly the legs were aware of the hard days work.
Some incredible views of small French towns and villages that are preparing for the ‘real’ tour …. whilst riding today, and highlights the real privilege it is to ride tbis event.
On a bus now transferring to the next stage tomorrow, sure is trashing round and everyone trying to grab some rest and recovery.