Stage 5 has been run and won… don’t know by whom though! It was the race’s hardest stage – a 92km loop starting and finishing in Cosne-sur-Loire with 6 categorised climbs. Vicki sent me a text saying that she thinks she is now sixth on general classification (i.e. in the overall) but is not too pleased as she missed the key break.
The mountains classification is “well and truly gone by about 50 points.” She thinks she has probably moved down to third. From what I can work out Vicki’s team decided the QOM was not a priority for it. Pity.
Tonight is the last stage. It is 100km from St-Germain du Puy to St-Amand Montrond. Vicki will attempt to hang onto (or improve) her overall position but this may be hard to do if the director decides to spend the team trying for a sprint victory. We will have to wait and see.