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Great day climbing those beasts. Aspet, Ares, Balés, and then the last 500m of elevation of Balès from the south. Giant 325km ride including 190km of the actual route today from Alairac the top of the Port de Balès with my girl. Fantastic day riding in the sun and catching goodies from the caravan girls atop Balès. Sunburned, ate a kilo of couscous, ready for bed.
Fantastic day for Tinkoff-Saxo. Didn't find out about the finish until we got home. But Rogers looked like he had a ton of power left in the flesh, and he obviously did.
Rogers and Voeckler in the breakaway.
Allez Reza, allez!
Chaingate Deux, Return of the Balès. What part of the bike is missing? Thanks KMC!! Missing Link and a regular link were FUBAR. "Must be user error." Would've required chain tool, KMC pliers, additional KMC link to field repair. If you have checkmarks on all those, then you are a far better boyscout than I. No-chaining it down Balès with the English and Spaniard weekend warriors at 75km/h was pretty fun with a cantilevered cross bike.
Tacks in the road. Classy. Perhaps first time in the history of cycling where two bikes, one chain, and four dead tubes were found together. We already had a flat on the descent of Ares. A metal shard that destroyed a tire and tube. So I thought a spare tire and four tubes was good logic. "Who needs a patch kit?" Again, if you brought a fifth tube and a patch kit, then you are the King of the Eagle Scouts. So this one ended our ride, and I rode solo for an hour to meet friends to get our ride of shame vehicle.
Still a great day. Plan on riding Stage 17 tomorrow morning if we can wake up before 8am. Dubious.