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Le Tour of France 2017 – Stage 10: Périgueux – Bergerac, 178km. Kittel makes his fourth look easy



VeloVeritas’ first Tour stage start of the year; Stage 10, Périgueux to Bergerac through the lovely Dordogne Valley countryside.

Our digs were well out in the quiet countryside with friendly hosts and eccentric but fun Dutch guests sharing the pension with us; pretty much perfect except for when the cicadas were in full effect – and the wi-fi could have been a wee bit faster . . .

But not before all them words were written and pictures edited, placed and posted from the VeloVeritas bedoffice.

The photo editing happens in the office. Photo©Ed Hood
Chaves and Herrada have a chat on the way to the start. Photo©Martin Williamson

Périgueux wasn’t the busiest stage start we’ve ever witnessed but we’re not complaining; we were in among the buses and riders in jig time.

Chris Froome’s spare bike. Photo©Martin Williamson

Our first bit of anorakdom was to check out Chris Frome’s spare bike on the Sky car roof, he’s riding 38/52 elliptical rings – is that why his knees and elbows seem to be everywhere but where they should be, perhaps?

The Team Sky bus parks up outside the Palais De Justice. Photo©Ed Hood

Perhaps prophetically, the Sky bus was parked outside the court.

If it’s the court which judges on style on a bicycle and race suffocation then they’re in trouble.

Ashley House. Photo©Ed Hood

‘Danger, man at work’ as Eurosport’s Ashley House interviews Trek’s Alain Gallopin.

Ashley is a former school teacher of Economics, Business Studies and Italian at Cheltenham College, who quit his job to pursue a career in sports journalism & broadcasting.”

So now we know where he gets his deep knowledge of the sport from.

Remember the days when we had Dickie Davies for five minutes just before Kent Walton and the wrestling?

Me neither!