The Tour is an Island

ITT finish

Next stop after the Tour de France was the Tour Cycliste de la Guadeloupe. Always great to get back to our favorite cycling island, especially for a first-time look at a spectacle with 64 years of history.

Though much smaller in stature than the signature event run on the roads of mainland France, the island race lived up to its billing in all respects: huge crowds of friendly fans, hot weather, crazy terrain, and, of course, great racing.

The entry of American team BMC’s development squad (under-23 guys), gave us something to focus our cheering on. Like everyone else, they suffered through the ten-day race, surviving the heat and two double-stage days (ouch!). And though their GC hopes were dashed early on, the squad took home two stage wins to go along with several other podium placings.

Joining us in Guadeloupe partway through the mission was NYC cyclist-writer-photographer Dan Chabanov. He put together a nice piece for Pez, which summed up the experience quite well.


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