As a colleague from another life used to say; ‘you should never drink on an empty head.’ A sentiment I can endorse as we sit in our hotel in Vielha, Spain. Having left Pau, there were no digs to be had in France near the stage finish at Bagnères-de-Luchon – the Tour is a black hole which sucks up every hotel room within an hour’s drive and we had to cross the border to get to our digs.
QuickStep, Saxo, Movistar and Euskaltel all did the same thing and are here in Vielha, too.
It took a bit of a struggle to find the digs, tucked up a back alley, but they’re sound – no wi-fi in the room but it’s good enough in the bar where we had a cerveza or two as we edited the pics, wrote the words and got our article organised.
It was nice and quiet until some English and Aussie Tour fans arrived – not that I have a problem with either nationality, but jings, they were loud.