Tour de France: Stage 5 Saint- Dié-Des-Vosges to Colmar
Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, France
4 months ago
Stage 5: La route des vins d’Alsace Omg! Be sure to watch this stage on TV as it is by far the best so far! The scenery is absolutely spectacular with the most incredibly picturesque villages dotted throughout the vineyards of the Alsace region. We started the day off outside the town hall in Saint Dié-des-Vosges so for once had an actual toilet to use before we took off. Luxury! The mayor gave a wonderful speech about empowering women...”This is our time.” The German news channel ARD came with us for the first half of the ride, filming us amid the beautiful landscape. The first 15km were slow and steady as we had a lot of younger kids join us in support of our mission “Donnons des elles au vélo J-1” It was awesome to see them on their mountain bikes and roadies, pedaling as hard as they could. The peloton grew to about 200 which was great however it did mean everyone had to be extra careful to avoid wheels cutting in front of them or stopping without warning. “Richard” for example decided to show everyone how clever he was and sat up while descending at about 60km/hr, taking both hands off his handle bars to praise the skies...nice! We all know what happened to Chris Froome! Luckily no one came down. The course was undulating with 4 climbs. The last was definitely the most difficult as it seemed to go on forever however although they were longer, they weren’t as tough as the ones we did in the Champagne region. Somewhere along the way, we stopped in a historic village and the entire team had a glass of champagne from the mayor at least we think that’s who it was! 180km later we arrived in Colmar after an epic day of smiles and laughter. Julie-Anne was particularly delighted to see her name written in hearts all along this stage...unfortunately it was spelt Julian and may have been for the French rider coming through tomorrow! Time to rest up now and get ready for a big day in the mountains where the real climbs begin.
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Tour de France: Stage 5 Saint- Dié-Des-Vosges to Colmar