Tour de France Diary, Stage 12.

With the stage shortened due to forecast high winds at the summit, the drama which unfolded on the slopes of Mont Ventoux yesterday is best watched: Froome forced to run .

There had already been a spill on the descent of the Col de Trois Termes about 50 kms from the finish, seemingly caused by a gust of wind, which took out Simon Gerrans and a couple of Team Sky riders. This incident allowed the long time break to consolidate its gains, with De Gendt, Pauwels and Navarro fighting out a thrilling finish at Chalet Reynard.

For those who have never cycled up Ventoux, it cannot be stated just how powerful the wind can be on the final turn to the summit. In 2014, The Wattmeister was forced to fill his jersey pockets with rocks in order not to be blown off the side of the bald mountain and become food for the wolves which are said to inhabit its slopes.

Meanwhile on Eurosport, Carlton Kirby dissed the regional wine. Ignore him. The Wattmeisterin visited the local wine co-operative just outside Bedoin, purchasing several cases of reasonably priced and very palatable red wine.


According to UCI rules, on the day of an individual Time Trial, The Wattmeister is allowed to leave The Wattmobile for some exercise. So, at 05:45 he crept out with the glorious Stephen Roche Special Edition for a trip to Regents Park.




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