Day One at Tour de l'Ardèche 2018

Some stage races start with a prologue, it’s like a gentle introduction to a busy week or sometimes more of racing. Tour de l’Ardèche is not one of those races. We had two road road races! It was dark when I left the hotel this morning and it was long past dark again when I returned tonight. I didn’t sleep well last night, that definitely won’t be an issue tonight!

The Morning

I love the Rally Cycling kit. Yes, it is very orange but it’s so clean and simple.

Kasia holds up a wall with one hand!

Long shadows on an early morning start along the Rhône

Alexis Ryan in the bunch

Esther van Veen leads the break

Steam billows from the power plant

Silvia Valsecchi tries to bridge to the break

The break of the day… sorry… I mean Stage!

Way to go Alexis!

The Afternoon

It’s a hard life being a pro cyclist! 😉

So hot this afternoon in Saint Fortunat sur Eyrie

An early escape!

The break approach

Eider Merino leads the break

A Rally-way train

Stage winner and new race leader, Arlenis Sierra!

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