Autrement, tous ont été grandement satisfaits de ce retour au Témis. Outre la route superbe et les paysages différents qu'en Abitibi, l'accueil était fantastique et la préparation et l'organisation des bénévoles exemplaire. On sentait que les gens étaient fiers de recevoir le Tour. Au départ à Timiskaming First Nation, nous avons même eu droit à des chants et de la danse traditionnelle autochtone. Ça change la routine!
Demain, randonnée des directeurs sportifs, si la température le permet. On va essayer de ne pas faire mourir personne sur la route. Comme on dit, ceci n'est pas une course! On s'en reparle. Une fois le gros morceau de carbone entre les deux jambes, il arrive que le cerveau ne suive pas vraiment... Ensuite, étape 6.
It was nice and warm, the roads were beautiful and trafic almost non-existant. The scenery was very nice too and the hills were rolling. The kids sweated a lot and their legs will remember the hilly Temiscamingue region. Plus, the days are adding up for some of the boys. The riders did suffer, but that does not mean that we had a lot of action. The Americans controlled the front of the race and no breakaway took more than 45 seconds on the peloton. A rider from Canada did play it solo for quite a while, but we all knew it wouldn't hold. We had a massive sprint in Lorrainville and Miguel Bryon, from a Cycling USA development team took the win. At least, Canadian sprinting ace Brian Etlz finished second, ahead of Alex Darville from the USA National team. The time bonuses did not change the general claddification and it is still 1-2-3-4-5-6 USA National. No crash, no pucture. What a change from the previous days!
Otherwise, everyone was deeply satisfied with this stage in Temiscamingue. Aside from the beautiful roads and scenery, we felt like the Temiscamingue people were really proud to greet the Tour. The entire organization was perfect. We were even treated with traditional chants and dances at the start in Timiskaming First Nation village. Quite an experience.
Tomorrow, it's the technical director's ride, weather permitting. We'll try not to kill anyone on the road. This is not a race, this is not a race... The problem is, once the body straddles the big piece of carbon, the brain does not always follow suit. Afterwards, stage 6.
|Vérification des braquets à Timiskaming First Nation / Gear check in Timiskaming First Nation|
|Danse traditionnelle / Traditional dancing|
|Une autre podium bleu-blanc-rouge / Another stars-and-stripes podium|