A record of my cycling trips in Britain and abroad


Champs Elysees and home

The cycling for the trip - for us, at least - was over on the Friday. All that remained was to drive back, with an interlude via Paris to watch the final stage of the Tour (by long tradition finishing on the Champs Elysees). Saturday’s plan was to pack, and drive to Paris, where we would spend the night. A combination of a slightly late start, and more traffic than we’d anticipated, meant we didn’t make it as far as we’d hoped by lunchtime. In the end, this turned out to be rather fortuitous: we decided to the turn the enforced delay to our advantage and stop off in Grenoble to see the time trial. This was very productive in terms of pictures (time trial photos), and also it turned out to be a critical leg of the race. Others, I’m sure, have written about the race in far greater depth than I have here, so I’ll simply give a brief overview: Andy Schleck took the yellow jersey on Friday, on the strength of his phenomenal ride the day before, which had left him about 15 seconds behind Voeckler going into Friday’s stage. However, his nearest challenger on Saturday morning was the world-renowned time triallist Codel Evans, who was about 1 minute behind Schleck in the GC competition. Evans managed to take 2 minutes off Schleck in the time trial - with the help of a 30mph bunnyhop over a manhole cover - to take the lead and win overall; cue a mass outbreak of Aussie flags outside most of the bars in Grenoble!
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