Hello from Carcassonne! The kids and I are here to catch a couple stages and visit Rory on the rest day. Rory and I just spoke (me complaining about the two hour drive taking four hours with insane traffic) and he gave me the synopsis for the stage today.
Rory calls days like this “sleeper stages. Everyone in the peloton was tired after a few hard day in the mountains and they just wanted a break to go, but it took forever for the break to get organised due to the wind. Things split apart a bit, but the leading teams took over riding tempo and that normally makes for a steady day of riding, but Rory said he felt every bump in the road today. Those mountain stages are most definitely catching up with him, but the game must go on for him and the team.
Dan punctured on the last climb of the day, which was unfortunate timing. One teammate gave him a wheel and Rory waited for him and went as hard as he could before sending Dan on by himself.
Fatigue during racing or training is a difficult hurdle for all cyclists. Rory knows that fatigue makes people want to “switch off” in their mind. This leads to people forgetting proper hydration and nutrition and can also lead to decreased stability on the bike. If you are battling fatigue, be sure to continue with your hydration and nutrition plan and stay alert, especially if you are racing or training in a group setting.
We are looking forward to seeing Rory after a few weeks apart and the kids are psyched to catch the end of the stage tomorrow here in Carcassonne. The castle is painted yellow and the town is ready to welcome Le Tour!