Stage 2: Düsseldorf – LiegeJune 25, 2017, 7:00 pm
There is no doubt that Germans have a sense of humour; I haven’t always understood it (but that is more a reflection of my strange sense of humour- possibly). But I have to wonder why a roundabout is put in on a long straight flat road…. is it the fact that the crosswinds will play havoc in Germany on the flat and the introduction of a seemingly insignificant roundabout creates a major opportunity for echelons. And the roundabout just makes the humorous point!!
On a day everyone thinks will be a sprint – a day for a classics rider or echelons tearing the race apart with an unlikely GC candidate emerging.
So then the story of the day is a double whammy of fresh legs and strong winds; what was going to be a day of easing myself into the tour; riding conservatively was dictated too by the conditions, not helped by fresh legs pushing too hard on more than one occasion and as a consequence every emotion under the clouds has passed through my mind from bad to good…but 202km under the belt; the Belgian cat 4 climb was a proper gentle climb; and some of the uncategorised digs were on occasion more of a question.
But talking of Belgium approaching the Ardennes was fab; I have a real soft spot for the country and wouldn’t think twice if circumstances allowed; the views are subtle but amazing; some of the houses are stunning architectural creations but sit so comfortably in the landscape so nice to be back (Will I still be extolling the virtues of The Belgian hills tomorrow I have been to Spa on a bike before……. So job done; kit washed, and other than a niggly quad; what is this European fascination (and I include the UK in this for traffic lights- accelerating from light after light gets a little irritating)!
Oh and finally a big shout out to the Belgian village of Olne; who despite having a fair in the village closing the Tour route for the day not only allowed us through but stopped me and asked what we were doing and offered encouragement for the coming days!
- June 25, 2017, 7:00 pm
- Category: michael