Stage 15: Round-up

Les Vaches en France were envying the peloton their easy start to the day. They only had to be rolling by 10.30 in Givors; we had to get to St Exupéry, pick up the Ooropcar, and find something to eat and drink on Bastille Day Sunday before making it to Montélier to watch them pass by. Still, we figured we’d easily get to our nominated roundabout. Probably with time to spare for coffee. After all, they’d hardly be hammering it from the word “go” with the Beast of Provence looming. Right?

In hindsight, I’d recommend not picking up a rental car on Bastille Day. Schlepping out to the airport to do so because it’s the only place open means you get to experience the frustrations of air travel with none of the excitement. The station at Lyon airport is gorgeous but it’s a fair trek from there to the navette service that takes you far away to the location voiture depot. Anyway, we picked up our Renault-Megane-or-similar (where similar means a strange little box called an Opel Meriva) and proceeded to drive in ever-decreasing circles around the airport for around an hour whilst the sat nav beeped at us and the Tour Tracker taunted us with news of a blindingly fast start to the stage.
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The longest stage, France’s national day and the iconic Mont Ventoux climb. Surely the riders would ease into it?

CLA_IMGImage: Tour de France

 

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