Stage 3: Verviers to Longwy

June 26, 2017, 7:00 pm

Wow what a stage; I posted last night on Twitter; my Garmins analysis of c3000m of climbing- a strongman’s day in the Tour; and really difficult to call but I’d put money on a GC contender being caught out- these first three days are far from giveaways.

 

So a 5.30 start; 6.30 transfer from Liege to Verviers… cool and moisture in the air but sun later. This evening saw most riders supporting the most amazingly precise tan lines- it was at times incredibly hot!

 

Let’s say from my perspective a day of mixed blessings; including a surprisingly safe blowout on a reasonably quick descent- fortunately no snaking of the back wheel but it did impact my time out riding (or not as the case might be)!

 

The pros have on occasion have to stay in rubbish hotels and after relative luxury in Liege; tonight’s accommodation makes Düsseldorf’s look positively palatial- but it wouldn’t be the Tour otherwise; and by Tuesday night, we will have covered over 650km- not sure what that equates too- three days of the Coast to Coast back to back (for the avoidance of doubt- that is full Coast to Coast in one day x3)

Pictures:

Summit of the Cote de Wiltz – preparations for the Tour underway

 

 

Town of Esch-sur-Sure, at the foot of the Category 3 Cote d’Eschdorf

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On the 24th June 2017, the Tour de Force riders will start cycling from Dusseldorf. Whether cycling two or more days, this is a heroic undertaking. It will hurt!

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