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Tour de France 2019: Stage 20 – Albertville to Val Thorens

Bonjour!  Stage 20 – It was ‘all change’ at the top of the General Classification at the start of the day. After three weeks’ intense and astounding racing, the top three were now Egan Bernal, Julian Alaphilippe and Geraint Thomas, in that order. The last Alpine stage would determine the outright winner, with one last climb at the finish in Val Thorens. The weather still threatened but the day began well, Bernal changing his customary white, Combative shirt for the Yellow Jersey and Thomas aiming to swap places with Alaphilippe to take second place. It was a large group that…

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Tour de France 2019: Stage 19 – Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Tignes

Bonjour!  Stage 19 – WELL!  This was the stage of all stages!  The race changer for many reasons, but primarily for the remarkable ride of Ineos’s Egan Bernal – what a star he is! It’s hard to know where to begin really – the heartbreak of Thibaut Pinot’s retirement is a start. One of my favourites and vying with Alaphilippe for the Yellow Jersey, should he fail. Poor Pinot’s injury proved too much and his team mate William Bonnet put a consoling arm around the inconsolable Pinot as he stepped off the bike and out of the race. ,..  The…

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Tour de France 2019: Stage 18 – Embrun to Valloire

Bonjour!  Stage 18 – First day in the Alps! There were significant and notorious climbs today, including the Col du Izouard and the Gol du Galibier.  The scenery was breathtaking at times and strangely surreal at others, with the grey, mauve and ochre earth giving great colour. In the race, the day belonged to Colombia – a lovely surprise in this ever-surprising race. The win went to Nairo Quintana who has had a quiet race until today. He soared to victory, followed swiftly by Roman Bardet, who took the Polka Dot jersey. Both men looked much happier than they did in…

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Tour de France 2019: Stage 17 – Pont du Gard to Gap

Bonjour!  Stage 17 – The course followed on from yesterday’s stage, starting at the breathtaking Pont du Gard and working its hot path to Gap. This was a hilly transition stage, taking the race to its closing and decisive mountain stages in the Alps, before heading for Paris. There was a lot at stake for all teams and their riders. Mitchelton-Scott’s Matteo Trentin broke away to take the win, in a lovely solo effort.  Here are my pictures, 🙂   Click on an image to see in full – Medium and measurements are listed below. Click here if you wish…

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Tour de France 2019: Stage 16 – Nîmes to Nîmes

Bonjour!  Stage 16 – The last sprinters’ stage in the south. The route scorched through the countryside around Nîmes; scorched being the operative word, it was very, very hot. Shade from trees was a blessing and water bottles were everywhere! The sprint finish was simply stunning, with a Cavendish-like torpedo sprint by Caleb Ewan, who took his second stage win in superb style. A great day’s racing. This Tour is turning into one of the best ever, as every day brings another surprise! Here are my pictures from another wonderful day  –   Click on an image to see in…

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Tour de France 2019: Stage 15 – Limoux to Foix Prat d’Albis

Bonjour!  Stage 15 took a route through the Pyrenees towards the west – Beautiful scenery again, wooded terrain, with good climbs and offering different weather conditions, misty at times, sunny and hot at others, crosswinds to negotiate as well. The crowds were out to cheer the riders past. The win went to Simon Yates who survived the breakaways to lead on his own. He crossed the line with a glance behind – a great performance from him. Here are my pictures – more landscapes today but with Simon at the end… 🙂   Click on an image to see in…

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Tour de France 2019: Stage 14 – Tarbes to Tourmalet Barèges

Bonjour!  Stage 14 saw the first real mountain stage. After the time-trial yesterday, it was all uphill from there, you might say! First the Pyrenees and then the Alps. These stages would test everyone – They did not disappoint. The stage was relatively short but packed two major climbs, the Col du Soulor and the Col du Tourmalet. The course was lined with people – always amazes me how they squeeze onto the verges – and the gradients were punishing – especially at the finish. Thibaut Pinot rode a lovely race to pull away at the finish to take the…