Friday, July 17, 2015

Tour de France, Stage 13: Slightly Different Terrain

After three grueling days in the Pyrennes, the riders were treated to what should have been an easy day.  However, nothing is easy in the Tour.  The early break of six including, Wilco Kelderman (LottoNL-Jumbo), Nathan Haas, (Cannondale Garmin) and local boy Alexandre Geniez (FDJ).  Supposedly Geniez was schooled in the starting town of Muret and raised in the finishing town of Rodez.  I am sure he entertained thoughts of winning a stage of the Tour de France on the very roads that he has trained on all of his life.  Making the stage hard were the rolling hills, the cross winds on the tops of the ridges and the oppressive heat.  It has been calculated that each rider needs about four gallons of water to drink and to pour over themselves in an attempt to keep their core cool.  Kelderman is doing just that.

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