I know its only held once every 4 years and that I have loved watching Greg Van Avermaet in a gold crash helmet, but this Olympics has left me cold.
Whether it was the controversial build up with positive tests for Covid-19 across a number of sports that left me wondering if it would even happen, or my desire to visit the Jura which meant I was glued to the other race, I do not know.
I relaxed more watching L’Ain and really got into the attacking riding in the moyenne montagne over the weekend.
Michael Storer of DSM was a worthy winner but each stage had everything I want in a bike race in France.
Sleepy stages going across beautiful farm land coupled with forested hill sides and a race that isn’t controlled by a super-team like Ineos or Jumbo.
Tokyo on the other hand was won brilliantly by Richard Carapaz, but on a deserted wide open car racing circuit.
Maybe it would have looked better with fans.
Even the sheer variety of events on offer doesn’t engage me. Its a really bizarre sensation.
Cycling to me is all about the dreams you have about riding your bike and the feelings and emotions it evokes.
It’s clear where my cycling desires lie isn’t it !
They come in rolling mountains and finish with a chunk of cheese and chilled white wine.
So let’s get stuck into the remainder of 2021 and love the fact there are races for all to enjoy !
Don’t get me started on how excited I am for the Arctic Race to start this week…
Tour De L’Ain 2021 Result
|1||2||▲1||STORER Michael||Team DSM||125||100||9:13:09|
|2||3||▲1||VANHOUCKE Harm||Lotto Soudal||85||70||0:55|
|3||6||▲3||BADILATTI Matteo||Groupama – FDJ||70||50||1:01|
|4||13||▲9||BAGIOLI Andrea||Deceuninck – Quick Step||60||36||1:15|
|5||11||▲6||SKJELMOSE JENSEN Mattias||Trek – Segafredo||50||28||1:17|
|6||10||▲4||CHAMPOUSSIN Clément||AG2R Citroën Team||40||24||1:23|
|7||1||▼6||ZIMMERMANN Georg||Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux||35||20||1:29|
|8||4||▼4||ROCHAS Rémy||Cofidis, Solutions Crédits||30||18||1:39|
|10||7||▼3||DÍAZ José Manuel||DELKO||20||14||1:57|