When i got out of bed this morning in Pau i received a call saying that there was snow on the Tourmalet!
Well i managed to get to the start and this afternoon as i catch up on my blogs i watch the action on French TV ! Disappointed for Carlos that he does not catch the break but am hoping Jaffa stays away to win after his unlucky result on saturday.
As you know when i ride these stages the junior boys in blue who are wearing their winter wear make every effort to stop me even when their Commandant has called through a "laissez faire" for me, with this weather i thought it prudent to avoid a misunderstanding , after all sending a cadet to Afganistan for flouting instructions from a senior officer would not be my first choice of reprisal for having to stand aside on the Tourmalet due to misunderstanding.
We all know how badly trained the "acreditated drivers" are so they think that they are doing cyclists a favour by treating them to a halt hours before they stop the local yokels in their cars or on their tractors.Having had the roads swept clean there is nothing worse than a hay truck depositing more dust to tickle the nostrils.
Had hoped to pass Nicolas Sarkozy a "Livestrong Bracelet" this year when we met for his autograph, but Carla will have to keep the dress to go with it in the wardrobe until next time, since i will not be at the finish area where we met in Gran Bornand last year!