And no sooner have you done it, you have to do it all over again. And then again.
Anyway - here we are. We started with a lovely 10k drop from the Pra-Loop ski resort. Into a fast 1-3% incline at a cruisy 32+kmh for about 15k and then our only hill for the day. It was a classic French climb through forest and small villages, then above the tree line to the summit as the pitch went up. Paul and I tapped out a good tempo (for it was his last hill of the Tour) and then I hit the last 2k hard as we turned into a headwind on 10%. Great climb to Col de Vars.
Here are just some of the spectacular views enroute.
We even had time after the Froome-dog went past to cross the bridge back to Savines le Lac, get into the pub and watch on the big screen as Contador did his best, but Froome was better.
Now...the descent to get to Embrun was absolutely in the Top3 of the Tour. I'm not even going to bother trying to describe it. Simply beautiful.
The road is bottom left...so sweet.
We went pretty much straight to the start of the ITT. I mentioned yesterday it would be tough and those poor buggers faced a nasty long gradient straight off the ramp. We got there just in time to miss Sagan but right on song for Alba, Gerro and Hansen.
Just as we were leaving the starting area we bumped into Raymond Poulidor...massive TdF legend during the Merckx era (famous for never wearing yellow and 8 times on the podium without winning). He seemed happy about it though!
A road side bird bath followed, into shorts n t-shirt, bikes on the roof and then a 3 hour transit to Nice. The drive was gorgeous, very windy and seemed to only go down. We basically went from 2,400m down to 0m. Even though we got into beachside Nice at about 11.30pm it was pumping. Three went out for icecream and a knee deep wade in the Med. I wasn't one of them - directly to bed...do not pass go.
It was the last official day of my tour with Diamond Cycling Tours and it was a great, great day.