Bit like TLR giving it les beans. Still unbeatable for a chase scene!
|Blimey. No further message.|
|What...climbing right away? Outrageous behaviour!|
|Something clearly wrong here: I was ready early. Collector's item again.|
|Hmmm...looks like we're getting a tad too close to those lumps.|
|Atop one of those lumps: The Damned! I'm wearing two pairs of shorts in a bid to suffer a bit less...|
|Oh dear: the start of the climb up The Glandon. the first half of it was awful. Truly awful.|
|Dam/damn Le Glandon. I prefer the latter.|
|The other side of that dam...looks lovely and to be fair, the second half of the climb ain't as bad. Good spot to puncture too...|
|Waterfalls all over the shop.|
|Chris, Annabel and some skinny Irish bloke.|
|Technique on display on the way down from The Glandon...go Annabel!|
|Grandma Bardet/Chris gives it some.|
|Le Billy de No Mates.|
|Ridiculous and yet strangely quite fun. Honest.|
|Les Lacets de Montvernier. More hairpins per mile than anywhere!|
|Told you. Just unreal.|
Tour Supremo Sarah then had a little bit of bad news for a few of us, including me and Andy. Basically, Le Dibble had stopped one of the luggage vans earlier in the afternoon and claimed that it was overloaded: this was a first, and it meant that Beth had to be left on the roadside with the offending items for a few hours whilst the van continued to our destination, unloaded and then turned-back again. All it meant was that we wouldn't have luggage until after dinner: worse things happen etc.. Sarah clearly spotted us as management material, as she presented us two with TdF staff t-shirts so at least we could shower and wear clean gear on our top-halves, hah-hah!
|A post-massage, pre-luggage grin. What else can you do?|
Because we had Le Chapeau today it was our job to decide who to award it to and why: we reckoned we should deliver a paragraph of the speech each. The recipient was Chris Ware, who had helped Annabel today and had done that to a few others during the tour, plus it gave Andy and myself an opportunity to put the boot in too, hah-hah! Seemed like a popular choice, to be fair...
After dinner, several riders found a kebab shop around the corner (Peter 'Lemond' Davies is your man to ask in these vital second-meal matters)...the proprietor was having a quietish night up until that point! It was a big old day today, but there'll be another one tomorrow...
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