Monday, July 11, 2005
Monday rest day
Today the Tour de France riders are flying south to Grenoble, resting, getting their massages and chiropractic treatments, recuperating (yes, they call another couple hours on the bike "recuperating"), and getting their game faces on for tackling the Alps on Tuesday. I'll be checking around the web for updates of some of the guys that we've been following, but otherwise won't have much new for you until tomorrow.
This is what the boys in the Tour have to look forward to during their three day Alpine bicycling vacation:
- Tuesday: Stage 10 - Two Category 1 climbs (think of their hardest climbing day yet and double it)
- Wednesday: Stage 11 - "One of the hardest days of the Tour, ... in the middle of the Alps ... up the slopes of the Col de la Madeleine, the Col du Telegraphe and then straight into the Col du Galibier for a total of 54.9km of cat 1 and hors categorie climbing at no less than 6.1%." This will likely prove to be a decisive day in the 2005 Tour - if you don't watch any other day of the Tour on TV, watch this one.
- Thursday: Stage 12 - An easier day of two Category 2 climbs and some rollers, just to wind things down before heading west toward the Pyrenees