Today is all about preservation and preparation. 120 miles with 7500ft of climbing in temperatures that touched and the aim is to finish in better condition than when I started to give me the best chance to finish tomorrow's monster stage in good shape.
An early start today with an hour's transfer from one rather anonymous bit of central France to another. As you can see from the photo, all the riders were eagerly enjoying the scenery
Then rolling terrain makes it tricky to find a group going at my speed, so I did much of the day alone - losing time on the climbs and making up some of on the flats, descents and feedstops. Lunch was at the highest point - some 2500ft up. The temperature started to climb so it was important for today - and tomorrow to keep fully hydrated
Back in time to see Frome grab the real Tour by the scruff of the neck. The pace at which he climbs is astounding!
Strava link here
Tomorrow will be a late finish - even if all goes well. 220 km and 4 categorised climbs BEFORE tackling Ventoux.