Today we travel down the valley to Gap to see todays stage finish. Finishes are great fun to see with the caravan coming through a few hours before the race and then the endless parade of journalists and official vehicles before the riders finally arrive.
Stage finish in Gap
This morning after another big breakfast at our villa, we will travel down the valley in preparation for the arrival of the tour in Gap. Finishes are great fun to see with the caravan coming through a few hours before the race and then the endless parade of journalists and official vehicles before the riders finally arrive in the afternoon around 5pm. You might head down to the team buses that are normally behind the finish line. It’s a great place to see the riders after a hard day at the office.
Before the excitement of the stage finish, we’ll head off on a ride around some of the local cols and return to Gap in time to see the race arrive. We’ll make our choice of rides once we have a bit more info on the race route in to town, but don’t panic, the cols are not monsters in this part of the Alps and rarely reach over 1000 meters, so starting from Gap at 720 meters the climbing won’t be too strenuous.
We will travel back to our hotel and celebrate together our first experience of seeing the Tour de France. We’ll be joined by another Bikestyle group this evening, our Spectator Trip group. Together, we will visit the most important alpine stages of the final week.
TODAY IN THE RACE
Stage 17: Pont du Gard to Gap, Hilly, 206 km
Riders return to a long 200+ km stage as they head toward the French Alps. The early stages will highlight the historic sites along the Rhone Valley, including the theatre in Orange before the village of Vaison-la-Romaine. Winds are possible to challenge the peloton and favour a breakaway. The final climb under 10km to go will turn a cohesive breakaway against each other.