Saddle time for today – 6 hours 45 minutes
Total ascent – 3311 metres
Saddle time cumulative – 111 hours 30 minutes
This was Stage 5 of the Criterium Dauphine this year and the scene of the epic attack on the descent of Col d’Allos by Romain Bardet. He took enough time out of peleton on his descent off the col to enable him to keep the chasing group at bay on the final ascent of Pra Loup and take the stage victory. It was a super impressive display of talent and I wrote about it at the time. If you want to have a look, click here. I, however, didn’t come down the Col d’Allos as quickly. I did enjoy the Col though, both up and down it. It was also the highest point of this year’s Tour route. Spectacular views all round. We then headed up to the summit finish at Pra Loup, which is where Bernard Thevenet ended Eddy Merckx’s reign and took the Yellow Jersey. This is a photo of the location where he rode away from Merckx in 1975.
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