Tour de France Diary, Stage 10.

What day is it?

Never mind, after yesterday’s rest day, The Wattmeister was looking forward to today’s stage. He traditionally responds well to a recovery day, and consequently found himself (in a virtual sense) in the break  with Greg van Avermaet, Edvald Boassen Hagen, Vincenzo Nibali, Peter Sagan, Stephen Cummings, Rui Costa,  Michael Matthews, teammates Daryl Impey and Luke Durbridge plus another 6 riders, some of the strongest rouleurs in the professional peloton.

After wolfing down a double sausage sandwich liberally smothered with Dijon mustard, The Wattmeister settled in front of Eurosport and dozed off as Carlton Kirby and Sean Kelly effortlessly deconstructed the race into a series of certainties and uncertainties all revolving around what Peter Sagan might or might not do over the closing 70 kms.

During his catnap, The Wattmeister dreamed that the riders in the break had been replaced by characters from the Muswell Hill Peloton.

Nibz became SavilleRowAlex, GVA—Pistol Pete, EBH—Krispy Kreme, Stephen Cummings—The Wizard, Rui Costa—Iron Mike, Peter Sagan—Wolf, Daryl Impey—The Judge, Luke Durbridge—The Ringo Kid, and Michael Matthews—The Wattmeister

The strongest rider didn’t prevail, but the winner bought the coffees…again.

There is a strong feeling that the main contenders are saving themselves, waiting to do glorious battle on Thursday’s stage,  which finishes atop mighty Mont Ventoux.

There will be no catnaps on Bastille Day.

 

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