Stage 14: Chapeau Trentin/Simon, A Look at Mont Ventoux and Mount Seymour & the New La Francaise Cycling Cap

Stage 14...
Matteo Trentin is the first
Italian rider to win a stage on this Tour. That's 4 stage wins
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I'm preparing for tomorrow morning for two epic endeavors; the Bastille Day stage to Mont Ventoux and our Frfuggitivi ride up our own Giant of Mount Seymour.

My preparation consists of checking my bike, giving it a once over-especially with the brakes because Mount Seymour is on the North Shore Mountains with a dizzying 1448m of climbing to the ski station. It's the descent that I'll be ready for. It will be hot going up and my water bottles are in the freezer. I hope to have photos of my epic ride for tomorrow's post.

Next up: A Giant Epic of a stage.

This will be the epic stage of the Tour, as all the contenders will be attacking each other like crazy. I have a feeling there's plenty of powder left in the Froome arsenal for an explosive stage. It is the longest stage, 242.5 kms in length to finish on the wind swept and hot summit of the Giant of Provence. Froome and his depleted troops will have to dig deeper than ever. Most likely look for Richie Porte to return but it is Bastille Day and the French riders will be attacking. The French are still looking for a stage winner. I'm thinking Rolland or Pinot could be the French hero.

Froome said, “To win the Ventoux stage in the 100th edition of the Tour, that’s definitely a feather in your cap." 

It promises to be a hell of a stage.

What a great ride...
Julien Simon's 'fighting spirit' wins today's combativity award.

The breakaway group on top of the last cat 4 climb.

Purito's saddle says it all.

The Giant is calling Rolland.

Just in time for Bastille Day...

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