It’s all pretty beautiful around here but today was especially so it was like the North York Moors on steroids with little sections of tall woodland trees thrown in to add some variety. With that terrain came some short (by Tour de l’Ardeche standards) but very steep climbs!
Also super happy for Kasia taking the win. After so many nearlys it’s great to see her on the top step of the podium.
The Rally team debating if dimples aid aerodynamic performance
CANYON//SRAM Racing team are relaxed before the start – Special thanks to them for being my taxi to and from stage starts and finishes for the last few days!
Even the climb to sign on was brutal!
Acting all casual as riders arrive at the start line
Early attacks going for those precious rush points
Kseniya Dobrynina in an early attack earning her the combativity prize
The climbs just keep on coming
Back where we started in Grandrieu after a lot of climbing
Spain control the gap to the break
Here comes the break
Spain are still all over it
The peloton approach through Mende
Katie Hall, Kasia Niewiadoma and Sara Poidevin keep each other close
Kasia Niewiadoma and her reflection chase back after a DOUBLE puncture!
The final climb is fast approaching!
Ruth Winder sets the pace on the final climb…
… whilst Kasia Niewiadoma bides her time
Time to enjoy the final metres
Just hanging around on the podium