73 miles, 6585 feet
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There are three roads out of Campo and each one goes uphill so there’s no escaping a nice little climb to start the day and warm the legs. Rumour had it that today was going to be the hardest stage of the Tour. Hmm. Before starting I had to carry out a little bit of bike maintenance as I had noticed yesterday that my lowest gear wasn’t quite engaging and I thought that the derailleur might have been just touching the spokes of my rear wheel. Not a situation that I wanted to take my chances with. A quick inspection confirmed that the derailleur mech was properly aligned so it was simply a case of adjusting the cable tension and I was sorted. Phew! All this meant that I was the last of the Elites to be ready for the off. But as ever the team were great and waited patiently for me.
|Hairpins of the Puerto de Bonansa|
|Time for a well-earned top up|
|The day's final descent - to Compte|
I managed to reach the Vall de La Nogeura Pajlaresa at bottom without incident and then it was a fast blast along a fairly busy road to our destination at the town of Sort. Along the way we passed a rider who warned us of heavy rain ahead. By an amazing coincidence one of our group, Vince, had a puncture. Once he’d replaced his inner tube and we’d got going again the shower had passed us by. The only evidence was a wet road surface with some rear wheel spray. This was indeed another superb day in the Pyrenees. Could it get any better?