The Tour de l’Ain is rolling and this five-stage race is challenging, set in the Jura mountains, it’s queen stage is Saturday to the top of the monster… Le Grand Colombier (1490m).
Three stages are over; the prologue won by Wilco Kelderman (Rabobank), stage 1 won by Jimmy Casper (Saur Sojasun), & stage 2 by Thibaut Pinot. Frenchman Pinot is wearing the leader’s jersey as the race changes terrain and goes uphill.
Stage 5... the cruncher!
There’s plenty of French stars involved including; John Gadret (2007 winner), Jean Christophe Peraud, Pierre Rolland (Tour star), & Cyril Dessel (2006 winner).
John Gadret awaits the mountains!
I’ll also be watching and cheering for SpiderTech who will be gunning for a stage win. Svein Tuft is 12th overall leading a strong team; Ryan Anderson, Zach Bell, Guillaume Boivin, Hugo Houle & Martin Gilbert. And, Tour de France fan favorite Johnny Hoogerland is 28th overall and his mountains are awaiting.
Svein Tuft captains SpiderTech
This race is just beginning to sizzle… bring on the mountains!