Day 3 of Tour de la Provence almost didn’t happen after some late night, heavy snowfall. Yet the stage was cleared to go and sees the riders take on a 154km and the professional peloton climb the first summit finish of 2021 on the famous Mont Ventoux, a difficult one to start off with. Prior to the climactic finish lies a rolling, fairly mundane stage where a breakaway escaped. It included a young Florian Vermeesch [Lotto-Soudal]; For the second day in a row, Jerome Cousin [Total-Direct Energie]; his teammate Damien Gaudin [Total-Direct Energie]; Louis Louvet [St Michel – Auber93]; Nicola Bagioli [B&B Hotels p/b KTM] and Alessandro Fedeli [Delko]. The sextet forged on to gain a maximum gap of 3m30s ahead of a chilled peloton, if you’ll pardon the pun.
Today’s affair was another lumpy one, with a length of 175 kilometres. Unlike yesterday, the weather appeared to plummet below the 10 degrees Celsius as the world champion Julian Alaphilippe [Deceuninck-Quickstep] swapped his white rainbow band jersey for a black one with waterproof lining, even the race leader – winner of stage 1 – Davide Ballerini [Deceuninck-Quickstep] attempted to go incognito by swapping the striking multi-coloured jersey for his standard spring wet weather jacket from Vermac Sport. One kit sponsor must find a way to allow for full use of the rain cape without obscuring the numbers as throughout the stage it was apparent the sear number of riders who rolled their jacket up above the pocket line, to show numbers but also reach their pockets. UCI: **Note to self* Sticky Adhesive numbers do not work in rain…
I’ve decided in a spur of the moment thing to try and write some written reviews documenting this 2nd Professional Stage race of 2021. Let’s see how this goes shall we. Let me know with some feedback if you like this and want to see some more?
So stage one of Tour de La Provence down in the South East of France on the Mediterranean coast, so naturally a fair bit warmer than other climes at this time of year. The vast majority of riders began with layer of knee warms and normal spring attire, quickly stripping down to summer wear #sunsoutgunsout am I right? The Course was a lumpy one but still bookmarked to finish with a bunch sprint. In any other year it would’ve been a casual affair pootling around South France waiting for the bunch kick, and it did appear to begin like that, with an initial Cat 1 climb out of the neutral section.
Well this sprung up on us didn’t it?
It feels like ages ago when, we were told A levels weren’t taking place and school was over. I’ll tell you that hit hard, like really hard. The first thought I had was the effort I have put in over these past two years! The feeling of a loss of gratification from never being able to take those final exams that give so much closure to the whole process. Continue reading “Lockdown, it has its difficulties”
Urbano Team Training #1
Well, what a day to start off my time at Urbano Cycling Team!! The weather was pristine after worries that bad weather and rain would dampen our day, and my first outing with the team. It was quite the opposite. A beautifully sunny day, with a stiff westerly breeze with the added touch of chill. Overall, not too bad a day for mid-January on the continent.