Tour de France 2021 – Recap

As promised, I will conclude the reporting on my Tour de France 2021 with a recap.

I cycled 14 out of 15 available days and have my own stupidity to blame for having a “rest day”.

While I guess this Tour de France once again showed I’m (still) capable of pushing myself through – and over – my limits, there’s no denying that I will have to take it down a notch.

How much will also depend on my capability to keep enduring the back pain on every climb.

Sure, taking in the mostly overwhelming landscapes, the feeling of tininess when looking around and the stunning views are great “distractors”.

But I keep increasing the number of short breaks to ease the pain, which eventually do not help very much any more either.

On the upside, these enable me to take in more of the views and make pictures too 😂

Anyway, lets get to the recap…

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Tour de France 2021 – Epilogue

Croix de Fer

We’ve already travelled home and I’ve cycled my pancake flat backyard yesterday afternoon, but here’s a short recap of my last Tour de France 2021 stage.

That was Friday the 13th, and I had no idea if I would.even get out of the village on my bike.

I did (get out of town), but as the road immediately started going up at between 7% and 10%  from our apartment, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to get all the way to the summit of the Croix de Fer for the last time.

After all, it’s a formidable, close to 30 kms long, climb, I was not in a good shape and trying it with no warming up to speak of…

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Tour de France 2021 – Stage 4

Croix de Fer and Frumezan

Another mixed weather forecast today:scattered clouds, but with sunny periods.

And at the end of this day, I cannot complain. The Croix de Fer summit, actually just starting some windy kms before, plus the descend of the upper part of the Glandon where cold, but climbing is worse when it’s over 30 degrees Celsius…

I only did the Croix de Fer from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne once and I had no good, let alone fond memories of it.

Back in 2012, it was part of our training camp for the Alpe d’HuZes event, a month before which I ended up in the hospital with several fractures after a crash.

I already realized that I didn’t recognize more than half of it on the way down during Friday’s Prologue and not because we took the Route Panoramique…

Anyway, I was a little weary to revisit this giant…

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Tour de France 2021 – Stage 2

Col du Glandon – La Toussuire

Before I get to today’s stage, I’d first like to make a mends with our apartment owners, Christelle and Jean Claude.

Apart from the warm welcome we received – as expected from the visitor’s comments on Booking.com – we found a basket with garden veggies in the kitchen: courgette, paprika and tomatoes.

We also found another basket with “regional products” in the living room, which we didn’t open until this morning.

To our surprise, we found two pocket knifes with our names engraved on them – all with the best of intentions, no doubt 😂

As to the apartment itself, it actually exceeds our expectations.

We’ve seen the pictures, but it’s not the same as seeing everything yourself and it’s always exciting to find out how those pictures have captured reality.

They actually sell the apartment short and there’s little left to desire more from it than it offers.

So, with that, let’s get to today’s Tour de France 2021 Stage 2…

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Tour de France 2021 – Prologue

Col de la Croix de Fer and Col du Mollard

We left our Ibis hotel just after 7am to go to Allemond, where I would get on my bike.

Under normal circumstances, that would be a three hour drive, but we ran into “a little” delay, as there was deadly incident on the A6 before Lyon.

We were stuck for just over an hour, before they cleared one lane and things started moving again.

I then found out the incident was just over a km ahead of us. Had we left 5 minutes earlier, we would never have seen the body bags…

Other than some road works around Grenoble, the rest of the journey went as expected.

But, where I had planned to start my ride around 10:30, I didn’t get on my bike before noon…

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