Stage 3 -- Tour de France
Nice to Sisteron and another day of rain for a lot of the ride. Last year and this year they mount a camera on a rider's helmet so it can take photos of the riders behind him. The images are somewhat distorted from the bouncing of the tires and the speed but the images make for possible abstract paintings.
I learned that the white lines down the middle and along the sides of roads are slick in the rain but great during a time trial when it is dry. 2 tons of hand sanitizer has been distributed by the Tour to the public.
This stage was one climb after another with quick descents. The professional cyclists all have electronic gears and just have to push a button to change gears.
Three riders were in the breakaway from the start Perez, Cousins and Cosnecov (wearing polka dot jersey). There were points to be earned in the mountains today and Perez managed to win the most points and so he took away the polka dot jersey to wear tomorrow. Unfortunately he crashed and broke his collarbone. I sure hope they give him the jersey as a keepsake but Cosnecov will be in the jersey tomorrow. Sagan won the intermediate sprint and so will be in the green jersey tomorrow. Julian Alaphilippe remains in the yellow jersey and was playing it safe on this stage. J Cousins who rode in the breakaway most of the 182 miles alone before the peloton caught him with 16 miles to the finish line and will wear the "red" number as Most Aggressive Rider. The scenery was spectacular today and I got quite a few images of scenery, interesting architecture and some good images of the cyclists in the spints. We haven't visited this particular part of France but it definitely is on the list for the next trip.
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