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Le Tour de France – Day 5: Stage 17, Embrun to L’Alpe D’Huez


Ola!:  Wee bit Spanish there in honour of Carlos, a great ride — one that puts him up with the legends. But?… Is it enough to win him the 2008 Tour de France? We’ll find out on Saturday, in the chrono; Cadel has to be the favourite though. It’s 9.00 pm and we’re still in the Salle de Presse on L’Alpe D’Huez, another long one, but they all are. We spent the night in Pra Loup, a word of advice, do not visit the Club du Soleil les Bergers hotel, it’s not the answer!

We skipped breakfast and headed for Embrun, having its second visit from le Tour in 08; the stage started there on the Saturday we arrived. The scenery en route to Embrun was spectacular.

L'Alpe D'Huez
All the towns on the route make a huge effort for the race. Photo©Ed Hood

We didn’t stop there, just picking up race route as far as the half way point on the Galibier; I don’t h