One-Speed TdF slips into Overdrive

Paul Myers, of the 'Magnificent 7' climbing Col du Lauteret this morning, en route to Briancon & Izouard.

Photo above: Paul Myers, of the 'Magnificent 7' climbing Col du Lauteret this morning, en route to Briancon & Izouard.

One-Speed TdF slips into Overdrive

It started the day after hump day, the middle Wednesday of Le Tour. On the Thursday frenchman Romain Bardet took the stage, while Aru moved into the yellow jersey after Froomie faltered on the steep haul into Peyragudes.

A day later in a short punchy 100k-er, a break gets away, and a frenchman wins - Barguil - on Bastille day, and makes it two in a row for France. And the lead jersey returns to Froome's shoulders.

Also Contador and Quintana come to life. No surprises there though, as the race was as close as it ever gets to Spain - and they like to keep their food miles low (insert smiley face here).

The penultimate Saturday saw Australian Michael Matthews get the first of his two stage wins (so far, he's got another two chances coming), on the uphill finish into Rodez. As of yesterday, after bad luck befell the master sprinter Kittel with a crash forcing him to withdraw a few k's later, Matthews slipped into the Green Sprinter's jersey.

Tough for Kittel, but that's bike racing. He looked in a lot of pain, as he passed us on Glandon yesterday, dead last, with an ice pack on his shoulder.

The past week of the TdF has been fantastic for the French, Skips, Spanish, Colombians and all cycling fans, particularly the ones staying up to 2am, for the late finishes. What are we going to do next week?


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Today's stage from Briancon to Izouard

Today has become the highlight stage of this year's tour. As it's a hilltop finish, and the last mountain of the race, it's do or die for all GC riders. Set your alarm for the final 30 mins, bound to be exciting stuff. Of course there is the finall ITT on Saturday, but it won't be as much fun as today's stage.


Photo below: Yellow jersey group on Glandon yesterday, not far from the KOM of Croix de Fer. Photo by D Olle at the top of Vallee d'Olle...

Yellow jersey group on Glandon yesterday, not far from the KOM of Croix de Fer.  Photo by D Olle at the top of Vallee d'Olle...


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Cuisine report from the Alps

We're currently staying in the Alps, just outside Bourg d'Oisan, which is at the base of Alpe d'Huez.

Last night (the famous) Pauline served our group two huge perfect Souffle's. I know I should have got a photo of at least one of them, but hey, take my word for it, they were great.

Dare I try and lead the cook, and ask for one of her Tartiflettes? French mountain fare, there's nothing like it.

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