3 countries in a day 

212km Verviers to Longwy

A rolling grippy stage through Belgium and that almost forgotten of the Euro countries Luxembourg before finally for the last 15km and for the first time this Tour we were back on French soil, it’s not called the Tour de France for any other reason!

Maybe it was the fact that we had just navigated past the F1 track at Spa Francorchamps that it was here we had our first incident of the day. The skipper had a crash, although at low speed they all hurt, classic hip, calf and a bit on the elbow. Geoff’s a tough guy as we all know and after a quick Elastoplast was keen to push on, which we did until we stopped again for GT to chat with ITV4 for a live phone interview.

We didn’t stay dry today, the rain went from that annoying fine misty stuff that still gets you wet, to the heavy deluge that soaks you some more. I had a cape on for 75% of the ride so just got wet from sweat anyway. Although it’s the 2nd July it was a dreary 10°C in places, and we moan about the British summer!

Having ridden and raced in my younger years around the area I knew what to expect, grippy rolling roads through the Ardennes that were rarely flat for more than a few kms, we climbed a total elevation of over 2200m.

Tomorrow’s another 200km day let’s hope we have the first dry day.


Photos by Dave Hayward

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~ by theboxterboy on July 3, 2017.

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