Le Loop 2018 - Stage 8: Dreux - Amiens

I was strangely apprehensive this morning; as I alluded to on social media; I was just unsure what sort of stage today would be....

Super stage some beautiful countryside and vistas, some good roads with Tour tarmac but strange in so many ways.... there was no doubt the 4pm kick off of England v Sweden had an impact on the tempo of the day; possibly the quickest run off of the neutralised kms to feed stop 1; then stunningly (to me at least- but possibly them) off in the first group on the road; what a fun ride!

Feed stop 2 I dropped back a group and had another fantastic group ride; stunning rolling but not brutal roads; climbs that invite you to roll and work up them..... all good.

All good... until 6km from the end, Amiens Cathedral in sight... puncture!! I limped back having visions of walking to the hotel only for my tyre to deflate..... close call!!

The cobbles are now tomorrow

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